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Award-winning bands from GK Music to share faire stage
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Sharing the stage and limelight at the Manteca Street Fair this weekend are several up-and-coming musicians, bands, and singers from GK Music.

Below are just two of the GK Music solo performers and two bands who will be entertaining the thousands of revelers in the downtown business district of The Family City.


Solo performers

• DREAMA DIAZ: Dreama Diaz, at only 13 years of age, is one of the youngest solo artists at GK Music. She may be young but she can definitely keep up with the older kids. She plays guitar, piano, and drums and is also a singer. She fronts a band called Apex and teams up for duets with her little brother, Omar, who plays drums. Dreama has a bright future in music ahead of her and is playing solo shows all over town.

• OLIVIA HIGBY: Olivia Higby, 17, is described as a very diverse musician. She plays guitar, piano, ukulele, trombone, flute, and is a singer as well. She is very involved in GK Music and is a teacher as well as a student. She is a solo artist and, at the same time, spends a lot of time writing and performing with multiple bands. She will be furthering her music education at the University of the Pacific in the fall. Olivia is currently producing her first CD, “Unconventional,” herself and hopes to have it released by the end of this summer.



• TIME FRAME: Time Frame is a Latin/funk band from GK Music that has been going strong for the last two and a half years. Its members’ ages range from 13 to 19. Time Frame is a five-member band made up of: Andrea Martinez (vocals), Olivia Higby (keyboard, guitar, vocals), Allison Boyd (bass), Robert Parks (guitar), Shawn Jansen (drums), and a five-piece horn section comprised of: Pete Martinez (alto sax), Warren Weichmann (tenor sax), Josh Woodfolk (baritone sax), Alex Melena (trumpet), and Ryan Sundburg (trumpet). Time Frame has influences including Amy Winehouse, Santana, and especially the band’s favorite, Tower of Power. It’snot every day that you see a band with a horn section, even has choreographed dance moves. Their music makes people of all ages want to get up and dance. Time Frame has won first place at the 51st annual Hayward Battle of the Bands,played in Valley’s Got Talent show at the Gallo Center for the Arts, performed at the California State Fair, and has played countless gigs all over the San Joaquin Valley.

• NEON STRINGS: Neon Strings is another talented GK band that emerged two years ago. The band is made up of Mariel Cahiles (guitar/vocals), Sharmaine Cahiles (bass, keyboard, flute, vocals), Brendon Tagofunda (guitar), Joshua Dural (guitar), Peter Martinez (sax, bass, guitar), and Zach Johnson (drums). Neon Strings rocks out to everything from rock to reggae and are always yearning to change their sound and explore different genres. By changing their instruments and adding flute, saxophone, and keys, it changes up their sound and gives them the upper hand when it comes to diversity. This unique quality has landed Neon Strings first place at the 52nd annual Hayward Battle of the Bands, a featured slot at the Queen Bean, and numerous gigs all across the valley.

In addition to the above performers, there will be many others appearing on the four stage venues scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.