Longtime local favorites the BluesBox Bayou Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with an album release.
The group, which started out playing in Sonora, has played festivals, clubs, wineries and the like since. The band’s music mixes New Orleans, Cajun blues, Americana and Tex-Mex styles. The band consists of Pete Grimaldi on vocals and accordion, Julie Johnson on bass guitar, Frank Grimaldi on lead guitars, Debi Krilanovich on rub board, and drummers Jim Anderson and Peter DeMattos. Members are from Modesto, Sonora and Santa Cruz.
To celebrate their two-decade milestone, members are releasing the band’s seventh recording, the 14-song CD “Ghosts on the Bayou.” The release includes originals and covers. The CD release party will be at Magic of the Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Coffill Park in Sonora. The band will also perform at the Peach Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Town Square in Copperopolis. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.thebluesbox.net.
Celebrity chef and Food Network star Alton Brown is returning to Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts.
The host of “Cutthroat Kitchen” brings his “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” tour to the downtown venue March 21. He last played a sold-out show at the Gallo Center in March 2015.
Tickets go on sale to Gallo donors Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 8-10, and to the general public Thursday, Aug. 11. Seats range from $39-$115, with the $115 tickets including a gift from Brown. For more information, call 209- 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
Jazz, Martinis & Cigars
Stage 3 Theatre Company presents Jazz, Martinis & Cigars on Saturday, Aug. 6.
The benefit event will include music by Rod Harris & Friends, dancing, dinner, martinis, oysters and cigars. The event will run from 3:30-8 p.m. at Stage 3’s downtown Sonora location. Proceeds will benefit the company’s expansion project. Admission price include martinis, oysters, dinner and entertainment. Tickets are $85 per person, $145 per couple. For more information, call 209-536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org.
Craig Wayne Boyd at Black Oak
“The Voice” Season 7 winner Craig Wayne Boyd returns to Black Oak Casino on Thursday, Aug. 11.
The country singer was on Blake Shelton’s team when the won the reality singing competition in late 2014. He had a No. 1 country hit with “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.” He will perform a free show at the Black Oak Casino’s Willow Creek Lounge starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 11. For more information, call 877-747-8777 or visit www.blackoakcasino.com.
Painting Around the Capital
This is the final week to catch the free Painting Around the Capital exhibit at Art Space on Main in Turlock.
The California State University, Stanislaus, exhibit includes the works of five painters from Sacramento. They are Ross Bowns, Andrew Cunningham, Mark Emerson, Joan Moment and Faith Sponsler. The Art Space on Main gallery is free and open to the public. Its hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The exhibit’s final day will be Friday, Aug. 12. For more information, call 209-664-9865.
Central Valley Vinofest
Mark your calendars for the return of the Central Valley Vinofest, set for Friday, Aug. 12.
The event, which was held at Pageo Lavender Farms its inaugural year, moves for its sophomore outing to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Festivities include unlimited sampling, a souvenir tasting glass, admission to a charity art gallery and live music. More than a dozen wineries and merchants will be pouring samples. In addition guests will receive a fresh baguette as well as tastings of local cheeses. Food trucks will also be on hand for participants to purchase more hearty offerings.
The Central Valley Vinofest will be from 5:30-9 p.m. at Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $35, or $40 at the door (designated driver tickets are $15). For more information, visit www.cvvinofest.com.