Santa Barbara Summerfest to rock Mesa’s central park, La Mesa

For the 5th year, the Mesa community celebrates neighbors—
this milestone year, also to celebrate Cliff Drive, its main street that was a state highway until January, now a City street.

And —Mesa Spring Fest is now Santa Barbara Summerfest!

The all-day grand party is set for Saturday, July 12 at the neighborhood central park (the area hosts ten) La Mesa Park —where the Pacific is its back drop—with main stage entertainment from 11a-6p.

Mesa Business Association spearheads. Aaron Lucket of Good Energy Renewables is chair of the organizing group.

To date, some 35 crafts artisans, 27 non-profits and 10 businesses will have their own booths.

Main stage entertainment
Stan Krome, producer-director since the first Spring Fest, opens this year’s line up with two host artists:

Mesa Jazz Ensemble is a group of standard and Latin Jazz musicians who all live on the Mesa: Mike Conaway -keyboard, Tom Towle-bass, Lee Neuenschwander-trumpet and flugelhorn, and Bones Howe-drums.

Another home-grown, Spencer, the Gardener, plays family fun songs from his sustainable and whimsical CD “Organic Gangster.”

On encore for the 4th time is LA’s Kiss the Salt, the versatile musical duo of Naomi Nektare, lyricist-vocalist and Richie Vaccaro on strings, carving out their melodies and song structure together. KTS has toured the US playing intimate rooms, grand venues and many festivals (Viper Room, Troubadour, Roxy, Whiskey, House of Blues, Lucidity Festival, Scheideck Music Festival, Lemon Festival & Roswell UfO Festival, among others).

A high-energy, all-woman band, The Honeysuckle Possums plays bluegrass, originals, and old-timey mountain music. Its three lead vocalists Nicola Gordon, Susan Marie Reeves and Rebecca Troon, all accomplished songwriters with their respective CDs, collectively play guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, and strum stick. Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin, and adds to the harmonies. Ruth Alpert is the dancing percussionist, an Appalachian Flat-Foot style dancer, who seems to float — inspiring the crowd to dance and clap along.

Tequila Mockingbird (formerly Dave’s Not Here and Santa Barbara Flash Mob) first came together at Live Oak, where it honed its sound to the delight of campers —and the annoyance of passing mountain lions. With the vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott. the thumping groove of bass player Jim Giles, drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the amazing guitar of Kevin (KP) Pampena, the band has settled into a rock solid group that keeps locals’ groove thangs shaking!

The SoCal sound of singer/songwriter David Loeppke’s band performs his diverse, eclectic songwriting style—with hints of Americana, Psychedelia and Rock, enveloping Indie, and Pop. David’s Indie label debut single Staring at the Sun sawx worldwide distribution. His newest songs feature JR Richards (Dishwalla), who played and sang harmony on some tracks. Thom Flowers mixes; master at Capitol Records.

The SUMMERFEST encourages dancing to stage music all day!

Family fun, children’s interactive activities
The fest starts early morning with a bike ride and Mesa Parks fun run that assemble 7a at Good Cup.

Attendees of the SUMMERFEST don’t have to leave La Mesa Park to enjoy the all-day celebration.

There’s the burger bus and food delivery service from a variety of Mesa business center dining places: Mexican (Super Cucas), Chinese (Szechuan Restaurant), American (Mesa Cafe), Japanese (Ichiban), pizz (Dominos) and Thai) Meun Fan Thai Cafe.

Canine Costume Contest

Giovanni’s Pizza on the Mesa sponsors Doggies in Disguise, a pet dog costume contest with prizes for the top five photos.
The online contest is on Giovanni’s Pizza Mesa Facebook page and also in its Santa Barbara Summerfest page.

Encourage friends to like your entry photos. Post no later than July 11th.

—and the Mesa Mouse Club!
Everyone has heard about the Mesa Rats. They are youths of what was once Santa Barbara’s hinterland — the ugly duckling that has turned into today’s swan!

The Mesa Paper, a folksy grassroots, the first and only neighborhood paper in SB, first heard about the phrase back in 2009 from 90-year-old interviewee Norman Hazard who proudly declared “I am a Mesa Rat!”

and, other than Disney, we can say that the Mesa can legitimately have its own Mouse Club.

Area children may join the Mesa Mouse Club to learn about the Mesa’s history, geography, flora and fauna, its past and present communities.

And oh, no Mouse ears! UCSB alumnus Joel Angeles has designed a mouse finger puppet as a membership token, for use with touchscreen devises.

For sure, children will enjoy the many fun activities (watermelon eating contest!) at Santa Barbara SUMMERFEST.

For one, they can learn to re-pot flowers and vegetables to take home.

Come and join the revelry!

Contact: themesapaper!gmail. com. 805.845.6870

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