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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018

Walter Atkins By

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First Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Festival
7 Mile House
Brisbane CA
March 17, 2018

The inaugural 7 Mile House Jazz Festival was a jammed pack event featuring invigorating music running from noon to mid night on St. Patrick's Day. Sitting exactly seven miles south of San Francisco's Portsmouth Square, the historic (and sometimes notorious) 1858 spot had many music fans skipping the traditional St. Patrick's Festival in the City's downtown area to enjoy an extensive line up of SF Bay Area artists including in order of appearance: Soul Sauce, The 7 Mile House All-Stars, California Jazz Conservatory Student and Alumni Band, Stanford Jazz Workshop Miles Ahead Combo; Ratatet, Kristen Strom, Al Molina, Tod Dickow and Charged Particles, Brian Andres' Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Glen Pearson Quartet featuring Calvin Keys, and the Ray Obiedo Group.

Philippines native Vanessa Garcia became the owner/manager of the House in 2004. As a former drummer, backup singer and original member of the Philippine-based female group 'Prettier Than Pink,' her flair for music and food came naturally. With a master's degree in public relations, she worked in the tech sector as a consultant. Garcia also self-published the book 'See You at the 7 -Stories From the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House.'

Under Garcia's direction, the House became an award-winning family restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue. This photojournalist had the excellent scampi dish and a friendly regular and architect sitting nearby at the bar had one of his favorites, the patty melt. Some people were casually standing outside on the sidewalk with their kids listening to the flowing music. After the Cartel finished their fine set later in the evening, pianist Pearson and friends had the House fully engaged with Keys' powerful guitar solos. For the festival closer, Obiedo and company treated the supportive patrons to his Latin infused brand of jazz and funk. According to the popular East Bay guitarist, they were scheduled to finish at 11:15 pm, but the gracious owner let the group continue its high-energy roll to just before midnight. The satiated crowd stayed a little longer to talk with the musicians before exiting into the cool dry evening.

The first annual 7 Mile House Jazz Festival in Brisbane CA provided a compelling new option for splendid music and dining in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a cozy location where you can sit close to the performing bands. Everyone is looking forward to next year's festival and its continued success.

Besides hosting its opening festival, the venue also presented its annual '7 Mile House Jazz Awards' for Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Presenters, Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Promoters, and Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Artists; and hosted by Alisa Clancy, KCSM DJ.

Sponsors for this exciting free event included KCSM FM Jazz 91.1, the California Jazz Conservatory, the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Gelb Music.

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