As the outdoor concert season in Wrightwood California draws to a close, SummerFest 2008 will feature three outstanding bands in the San Gabriel Mountain village. The free concert on Saturday September 20 will combine traditional blues, country and rock music framed by scenic vistas of the mountains and pine trees.
Dennis Jones returns to Wrightwood with another blistering performance, which will include songs from his new CD to be released in November. Jones credits the major influences for his music to the “Three J’s” and “Three K’s”. Those include Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King.
Known for his “smoky vocals and searing guitar” Jones has played with Guitar Shorty and alongside Zac Harmon – for the winning performance of the 2004 International Blues Challenge. His 2007 song “Passion For The Blues” climbed to #15 on the Real Blues Magazine top 100 CD’s listing
Mary White brings new meaning to the singer-songwriter category. White has written more than 200 songs that she sings with the intensity of Loretta Lynn and the versatility of Barbara Mandrell. Similar to her idol Mandrell, Mary White also plays the guitar and saxophone. Pure country and powerful, White will be supported by a four-piece band and their back-up vocals.
The Dafogey Allstars have individually worked with over 20 legendary bands through the years. Alan Clark –inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will be joined by Billy Webb, Pat Woertink, Dave Cimino and Steve Moore. Playing a musical history of rock and roll, the band will take the stage accompanied by the influences of a few friends. Those musical roots include: Thurston Harris, Big Joe Turner, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Hank Ballard, Percy Sledge and The Guess Who.
Wrightwood's SummerFest 2008 is sponsored by DaFogey’s Diner and an array of local merchants. The free concert begins at noon between the two banks - located at the intersection of State Highway 2 and Park Drive in Wrightwood. Food and beverages will be available at the concert site and throughout the village. Bring a folding chair and go to: www.dafogey.com for additional information.