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Randy Caparoso
May 15, 2014 | Randy Caparoso

Da’ music and green, green grass of Lodi ZinFest

Snap Jackson at ZinFest

Snap Jackson at ZinFest

At ZinFest Wine Festival, Lodi grown wines set the stage, the towering weeping willows and ancient valley oaks make the scene, and the green, green grass of Lodi Lake Park makes for a one, giant, lush, pillowy carpet for your feet, which you always find movin’ with the groovin’ of the music that fills the air.

Here’s what will be happening this coming Saturday at 2014′s really-big-show:


2-5 PM – Joe Spraker
Back by popular demand, pianist/vocalist Joe Spraker will take to his own stage and get ZinFest bibbers sipping, singing and even dancing to his familiar tunes and suave style. Stop by, put in a request or two, and just enjoy your Saturday in the park.



Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players is a finger snapping, toe tapping acoustic trio hailing from Stockton, California. These three amiable gents blend Americana, bluegrass, soul, and good ol' time music in their own irresistibly fresh, energetic fashion – always guaranteed to raise a smile as you find them strolling through the Lodi Lake Park, finger picking their doodling notes like a runaway hayride on a bumpy country road.


12:30-1:30 PM – Sandra Dolores
A dash of calypso, a touch of the blues, a feel of progressive folk, and refined yet sultry vocals – Sandra Dolores will start things off on the big stage with her own kind of music.

Takin’ it easy at ZinFest

2– 3 PM - LONG TIME (The BOSTON Experience)
The cascading guitars, the soaring vocals,"It's More Than a Feeling"… LONG TIME is a BOSTON tribute band extraordinaire, and you're sure to get the fuzzies when they take the stage and to start to hit all those memorable notes.

3:30-4:30 PM – Joey V & da' Big Easy
Every number performed by vocalist Joey V and his band oozes the irresistible syncopation of a Mardi Gras mambo, and the gotta-luv-it magic of New Orleans… “doncha’ just know it” and “mighty cooty fiyo!”

At ZinFest: if you can’t find a partner, find your own little piece of paradise on the green, green grass

At ZinFest: if you can’t find a partner, find your own little piece of paradise on the green, green grass



Lodi Wine Visitor Center
2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242
Open: Daily 10:00am-5:00pm

Lodi Winegrape Commission
2545 West Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242
Open: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

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