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Sweet Pumpkin Fair music on Main Stage
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Get ready to rock.

Move to the Latin beat.

Sing the blues.

Enjoy foot-stomping country.

Or be in the groove.

Seven regional and north state bands that are often booked every weekend at a club or some venue will provide the music for Manteca’s free open air concert Saturday (Oct. 4) and Sunday (Oct. 5) at the 30th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair.

They are playing the Budweiser Main Stage located next to the beer garden where Manteca and Sycamore avenues meet just before Center Street in downtown Manteca.

The Main Stage Saturday line-up features Steel Glass from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Resident Angels from noon to 1:30 p.m., Threshold from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Jim Anderson & the Rebels from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday’s line-up includes Mike Hammer and the Nails from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Penetrators Groove Band from 1 to 3 p.m., and Latin Sound from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Resident Angels are a country band out of French Camp featuring Katelyn Johnson, lead vocals; Charlie Wayne, rhythm/lead guitar and vocals; Joey Michaels, keyboards and vocals; Mark Hughes; bass guitar; Jim Atkinson, pedal steel and dobro; and Sandy Morrison, drums. 

The Penetrator’s Groove Band is locally based in Manteca. They enjoy playing live music together and have fun doing it. 

The Penetrators Band covers great music artist such as Kool & The Gang, Credence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, Nelly, Rick James, Al Green, Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Castro, ZZ Top, Santana, Lynard Skynard, The Spinners, Johnny Cash, Commadores, Eric Clapton, Toto, Foreigner, Allman Brothers, Keb Mo, Hall and Oats, Bonnie Raite, Led Zepplin, and Journey.

Anderson is a popular home-grown singer that pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s early years.

Jim Anderson & the Rebels have recorded their first album which is a compilation of songs previously recorded by Elvis. These songs were recorded during their live shows from 2013. They plan on recording their first Country and Gospel Album, and also a follow-up Album of Elvis Music in the coming months.

The group consists of Jim Anderson, a five piece instrumental group, and back up harmonies.

Anderson first performed in 1986, while still in high school, after being coerced by his football buddies to enter a variety show. After about six words of “Love Me Tender”, to his surprise, there were 1,000 people screaming so loud you couldn’t even hear the music. The reaction was so great he was immediately booked for several small venues. The venues continued to grow larger and he became an opening act for such renowned names as: The Platters, The Coasters, The Isley Brothers, The Marvelettes, The Del Vikings, Zydaco Flames, and the “Ragin’ Cajun” himself, Doug Kershaw.

In 1992, Anderson decided to step off the stage and he pursued a career in Law enforcement. He was both a police officer and a sheriff’s deputy until he was forced to retire due to major injuries sustained the line of duty. 

Despite his injuries and his forced retirement he was determined to step back on stage and rekindle his first passion, entertaining. 

The rhythm and blues/old school Threshold band takes much of their inspiration, and many of their musical selections, from the recordings of Tower of Power, Chicago, The Blues Brothers, Wilson Picket, and Sam and Dave to name just a few.

Mike Hammar has been playing the blues up and down California for the past 25 years. This Oklahoma born Native American was brought up on the blues by his father Mike Hammar, Sr. who introduced him to the music of Lightin’ Hopkins, Gatemouth Brown, T-Bone Walker, and BB King. After years of being a sideman, Mike set out to create his own legacy. He put together a hard working blues band in 2001 and swore he would do his best to write, record, and perform his own style of blues. Mike Hammar and his band, The Nails, released their first album “Going Home” in the summer of 2004. 

Their album has received airplay on American Roots Music Radio in Norway, England, Germany, Belgium, Canada, and on the college radio circuit here in the United States. In 2009, Mike and the band won the prestigious Monterey Bay Blues Festival’s Battle of the Blues Bands. They followed that up with the release of their second album “Recipe for the Blues” in the summer of 2010. This sophomore effort presented 12 eclectic blues tunes written and produced by Mike Hammar. One of the songs from this album “This Ain’t Goodbye” was nominated for an an Independent Music Award. Blues for the Gulf selected another song from the album, “Before Miss Katrina”, to be part of a national multi-artist digitally released album in 2010. His music has been featured on Sirius XM Radio’s BB King Bluesville station. Mike and his crew have had the honor of opening for some of the biggest names in modern blues. They continue to make their mark on the California blues scene with well crafted original music and heartfelt performances. The band consists of “Harmonica Jim” Pedersen, Sparky Gehres on the bass, Greg Merino on drums, and Allan “B3blues” Carroll on the Hammond organ. This unique blues crew offers a refreshing new feel to a traditional American genre of music. Influenced by many blues styles, their sound is eclectic, enthusiastic, and energetic.