Dancing Upstream

Jul 31, 2012

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“This place rocks, so bring your dancing shoes and prepare to dance.”

“This place” is Farnsworth Park‘s ampitheater in Altadena, and you’ll be dancing Saturday night to the beat of Upstream, a reggae band and one of HP fan Peggy Sue Davis’ favorites.

Actually, Upstream is a reggae and a Soca band. Two of Upstream’s members are sons of the inventor of Soca music, Ras Shorty I. The band was formed in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago, but has been a Southern California staple since the early nineties.

Haile Blackman, the band’s leader, plays rhythm guitar and lead vocals. John McNight plays keyboard, guitar, trombone and bass, and has performed with Etta James and Ben Harper. Einstein Brown sings and plays the steel drums; Stokely Molineaux is the band’s “profound” poet and songwriter (bass, guitar, vocals, rapper); and Johnny Blackman displayed his talents as a drummer throughout Asia and India before joining Upstream in 2000.

People are welcome to bring picnics for this early evening show, including beer and wine, (allowed in the immediate area of the ampitheater). If you’d like someone else to put together your noms, El Portal Mexican Restaurant will on site and the Altadena Rotary Club will be selling beverages, beer, and wine.

You can also call Amy’s Patio Cafè for a picnic to go. Their menu consists of pastas like Penne Chicken Chardonnay, sandwiches such as Amy’s Turkey Club (a traditional club with the addition of avocado and brie cheese), and salads like a traditional Cobb, a very untraditional baby spinach salad that comes with strawberries, blueberries and walnuts, and the Mango Shrimp salad that has the two main ingredients accompanied by avocado, goat cheese, and cashews served with a raspberry vinaigrette.

So, take advantage of wonderful local eats and the loads of opportunities to hear live music like Upstream—out of doors—this summer. Especially when it’s free.

The Farnsworth Park Concert series is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Support Group.

Upstream at Farnsworth Park Ampitheater
Saturday, August 4th, 7-9 p.m.
568 E. Mountain Curve Ave.
Event is free, open to all ages, with free parking

Amy’s Patio Cafè
900 E. Altadena Dr.
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed Monday
For complete menu, visit Amy’s Patio Cafè




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