California Strawberry Festival Concert Line-Up Boasts International Stars and Grammy Winners

Youngdubs_smlrThis year’s 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival May 17th and 18th in Oxnard hits all the right notes with the internationally-acclaimed, “Young Dubliners” and Grammy Award-winning, “Mariachi Divas” heading the marquee of talented performers.

Two festival stages will be alive with tunes ranging from classic rock, reggae and world folk to soul, R&B and funk. Ventura County’s own “Dirty Rice” will be a guaranteed fan favorite.

When attendees need a break from dancing, they can visit a variety of 50 food booths that will serve up strawberry treats with scrumptious strawberry tarts, funnel cakes and even strawberry pizza, or they can visit the make-your-own strawberry shortcake tent, among others. Contests allow attendees to showcase their creativity and artistic skills. Even children can get in on the fun by dressing in their favorite berry attire for the Berry Best Dressed Baby contest.

Held on 15 pristine acres at the Strawberry Meadows (3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard), festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission prices range from $5 to $12. A free express shuttle service runs from six convenient locations off the 101 freeway to make getting there easy, saving $10 on parking. The official hotel of the California Strawberry Festival is the Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme, which offers special Festival rates. For more information, call 1-888-288-9242 or visit us: www.strawberry-fest.org

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FESTIVAL STAGE, Presented by Southern California Ford Dealers

SATURDAY, MAY 17TH

10:30am           Buena High School Jazz Ensemble

11:15am             Oxnard High School Jazz Ensemble

12:00pm           We The Folk (Contemporary weaves of world folk and soulful pop)

1:40pm              Jeanne Tatum and Co. (Everyone’s favorite Queen of Soul)

3:00pm             Berry Best Hat Contest

3:20pm             UnderCover Girls (Fun classics from this all girl band)

5:00pm              SkaDaddyZ (Reggae and world rhythms)

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH

10:30am            Studio B Dance Company

11:15am              Oxnard High School Jazz Ensemble

12:00pm            Berry Battle of the Bands Winner

12:30pm            Memo & Friends (Latin Grooves)

2:00pm              Dirty Rice (Reggae fun pop)

3:00pm              Berry Best Hat Contest

3:20pm               Action Down (All your favorite classic rock)

5:00pm               Hip Street (A salute to Tower of Power)

DR. KATO STAGE, Presented by Budweiser

SATURDAY, MAY 17TH

11:00am             The L.A. Allstars of Funk Classic (R&B at its funkiest)

1:00pm               Mariachi Divas (Two-time Grammy winners, Latin Folk)

3:00pm              Wanted, Performing the music of Bon Jovi

5:00pm              Queen Nation (The International Queen Show)

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH

11:00am            Chris Johnson & the Hollywood Hillbillies (Blend of classic & modern country)

1:00pm              We Funk (A mash up of 70s and 80s Funk and R&B with current hits)

3:00pm              Young Dubliners (Internationally-acclaimed Irish Rock)

5:00pm             Platinum Rockstars (The ultimate tribute to Classic Rock)

— Lisa Carey 


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