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Randy Caparoso
May 15, 2012 | Randy Caparoso

Musical zinsations at the 2012 Lodi ZinFest

Snap Jackson (right) will get your feet tapping in a hurry at the 2012 Lodi ZinFest

It’s all about the lush, juicy wines, good eats, the incredible greens and blues of Lodi Lake Park, and last but not least, the music at the 2012 ZinFest that will add up to memorably fine event in Lodi Wine Country this coming Saturday, May 19.

Start with Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, a mesmerizingly fun, toe tapping, hand clapping, high energy acoustic trio from Stockton.  This three man hurricane will be walking around the Lodi Lake Park grounds, zapping ZinFesters with their roux of Americana, Bluegrass, Soul, & Old Time.

Groove with Joe Spraker right beside Lodi Lake

In more stationary fashion, you will find the ZinFest Piano Bar (2 to 5 PM) located along the reedy Lodi Lake, where wine lovers can stop and put up their feet, watch the boats, ducks and swans sailing on by, while sipping, singing or even dancing along with the melodies of pianist/singer Joe Spraker.  Feel free to request your favorite tunes!

Last but not least, between the towering cypress trees upon the ZinFest Main Stage, Lodi wine lovers will be able to enjoy these zinsational vibes:

Joey V. can slip the bone right out of your back...

2 to 3 PM – Joey Ventittelli & Jambalaya!
Hailing from Sacramento by way of New Orleans vocalist Joey V and his band, Jambalaya!, will be popping second line and backbone bending shuffles and jives that will make it impossible for you to keep still or stand in one place, gau-ronteed.

3 to 4:30 PM – The Cash Tribute Show
Come along and ride this train:  classy and authentic production, The Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner, honors the life and music of the legendary Man In Black, Johnny Cash.  With all the conviction of the Man himself, Garner and his band perform Cash’s music with stunning accuracy, combining it with historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller.  The show will be fun, heart warming, and maybe a little tearful (this is country!, going down a memory lane honoring Cash’s life with the words and rolling railroad rhythms evoking country’s most famous backup band, The Tennessee Three… and that’s what tortures me.

James Garner definitely channels the Man In Black



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