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WELCOME Welcome to the 36th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair, presented by the Adams Avenue Business Association. The Fair was first held in 1981 to celebrate the repainting and relighting of the historic Normal Heights neon sign, and continues to exist today as a celebration of community pride by the neighborhood residents, property owners and small business operators. Aams Avenue runs through the craftsman communities of Normal Heights, Kensington, Antique Row, and University Heights. The canyon-rimmed district is known for its vintage character and neighborhood celebrations. Scores of restaurants line the avenue offering culinary favorites from around the world. The area’s pubs and coffee houses provide for intimate settings and local character. Shopkeepers focus on customer service and distinctive shopping alternatives. The Adams Avenue Street Fair and Adams Avenue Unplugged are San Diego’s largest free music festivals and occur every September and April. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Check out our website for all of the great events and businesses that make Adams Avenue BEYOND NORMAL.

UPCOMING EVENTS ADAMS AVENUE SPIRIT STROLL SATURDAY, NOV 25, 2017 HOLIDAY ON ADAMS SUNDAY, DEC 10, 2017 ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED APRIL 28, 2018 TASTE OF ADAMS AVENUE SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 Support the Street Fair Purchase an event T-shirt Only $10 A variety of colors to choose from Shirts located at the info booths outside the 33rd St. and Hawley Beer Gardens


VICE PRESIDENTS: Dave McPheeters-Zac‘s Attic Alison Flynn-Villianous Lair Comics & Gaming

TREASURER: Doug Generoli -Adams Avenue Car Wash

CONTACT THE ASSOCIATION: 4649 Hawley Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116 Phone: (619)282-7329

SECRETARY: Shayna Roberts-House of Imago Guy Hanford-Kensington Video Peggy Rose Levin-Joe Carta Realty Phil Linssen-Kensington Veterinary Michael Rammelsberg-Rosie O’Grady’s Ed Badrak-Badrak Services Ryan Altman-Adams Ave Integrative Health Tony Carrillo-Carrillo Auto Russ Vuich-Property Manager

AABA STAFF Executive Director: Scott Kessler Associate Director: Paige Newman Maintenance Staff: Mysti Schubert and Freddie Carruthers

Street Fair Production Team: Promotions Chair, Shayna Roberts / Talent Buyers, Steve Kader, Louis Brazier, Tim Mays (Casbah) / Beer Gardens & Beer Taste Management, Chad Wilson / Stage Management, Dana Shocaroff / Head Block Captain, Craig Burns / Street Fair Graphics, Felicia Crossley/ Publicity, Chris Mattson/ Equipment set up and maintenance, Ramiro Navarro & BID Council crew / Marquee, Annie Ross and Discount Fabrics / Electrical consultant, Joe Jackson (Jackson Electric) / Community Enhancements, Lois Miller and NHCDC / Street Fair Poster Distribution, Therese / VIP Program Coordination, Andy Boyd & The Reader Street Team / T-shirt Sales & Info booth coordination, Nancy Wright & Therese / Community Icon Stage Signs, Pete Evaristo / Security, Ray Hondl & Job Corps, Premiere Security /Carnival, Christian Amusements / Staging, Kleege Industries / Sound, Joe Damico & Spectrum Audio / Electric power and lights, Brudvik / First Aid, Rural Metro & First Aid Services / Equipment and services, United Site Services, EDCO, Arctic Ice Co, Cart Mart, Hudson Safe-T Lite, Clearcomm / Printing, Advanced Web Offset, Insta-Print / T-shirt printing, Classic Imprints / Water by Palomar Spring Water/ Lafayette Hotel / Layout, Jori Owens

Special Thanks to City of San Diego’s; Economic Development Department, Office of Special Events, SDPD Special Events Unit, SDFD, Park and Recreation Department, Risk Management, City Council offices of Georgette Gomez and Christopher Ward/ County Supervisor Ron Roberts/ County Department of Health / Adams Elementary School / St. Didacus School / SDUSD / Normal Heights United Methodist Church / Normal Heights Masonic Lodge / DiMille’s Restaurant / Lestat’s Coffee House / Smitty’s Service / Adams Avenue Car Wash Jyoti Bihanga / Corner Liquor/ Business Improvement District Council / Liz & Kent of The Troubadour / The San Diego Reader / ALL of the MUSICANS and the EXHIBITORS. Adams Avenue Street Fair is underwritten by a grant from the City of San Diego’s Economic Development and Tourism Support program and a grant from the County of San Diego.


First Aid

Adams Avenue

Starbucks Stage

Roots Rock Stage

Twisted Tea Blues Stage

Arts & Crafts & Retail & Food Vendors

DiMille's Variety Stage

Adams Avenue

*Beer Taste

Beer Garden

Beer Garden

Bike Valet

Hawley St.


34th St.


Felton St.

33rd St.

Beer Garden

info/ t-shirts

Carnival Rides Adams Avenue Park

35th Street

info/ t-shirts

Bancroft St.

32nd Street

Casbah Rock Stage

Mansfield St.

Adams Avenue Street Fair Map



Rod Piazza has set a standard for harmonica virtuosity that

San Diego’s beloved Creepy Creeps’ guitar warbles and

has established him as one of the most influential living blues

chirps and resonates with pure punk static. The drums are

harp players. The core of his band has been together for over

solid firecrackers, and the keyboards are vintage and elec-

three decades, and developed the kind of musical telepathy

tronic. The group has both go-go dancers as well as a pair of

that simply cannot exist without years of experience on the

male croup-rousers. While wearing Creepy Creeps chic (ma-

bandstand and in the studio. In the early ‘70s he joined forces with Otis Spann disciple Honey Alex-

riachi outfits, caveman drag, gorilla masks or spacesuits), the band likes to get a rise out of its fans.

ander (now his wife) on piano, and when they formed the Mighty Flyers over three decades ago, his

Their records, like their live shows, are like miniature atomic explosions. The group won Best Live

career really hit its stride. Since then Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have won or been nominated for

Performer at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, without asking one single person to vote for them!

just about every award that can be bestowed upon a blues band, played thousands of gigs around

In 2011, Robert Plant (yes THAT Robert Plant) was in San Diego and happened to be at a club where

the world, recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases, and along the way virtually created a

The Creepy Creeps were performing – he absolutely loved them and ended up booking them to open

new style of blues - a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing and jazz, and

his Southern California Band of Joy dates that year.

the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll. Quite simply, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers are one of the best, most experienced, and most distinctive bands in blues today.

DJ WILLIAMS & SHOTS FIRED Los Angeles based, DJ Williams & Shots Fired, has been


gaining a lot of attention in Southern California and are about

The Donkeys have an elusive, intuitive musical hive-minded-

to spread the sound to the masses with a new live record this

ness that informs every note the acclaimed San Diego quartet

fall. Karl Denson Tiny Universe guitarist Williams leads this all

ever play, live or on record, but is especially present on the mini-album Midnight Palms. Tracked largely live-in-the-studio, Midnight Palms oozes with the sticky, syrupy energy of a band fresh off the road and “in rare form,” as the expression goes. Recorded as it was at the end of one of the bands blitzkrieg road runs (which might see the band playing as many as 28 shows in 29 days), the collection’s lived-in live feel should surprise few.

star packed funk & rock ensemble featuring members of KDTU, Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, Soulive, Slightly Stoopid, Pimps of Joytime, Cris Jacobs Band, DJWP, & many more. “Live From Over Where” was recorded at several different live events and is scheduled for release this fall. Stay tuned!


The core founding trio is Tim Denardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague. The fourth Donkey on

Formed in Spring 1979 and originally an all-girl band, the Di-

Midnight Palms is The Hold Steady’s Steve Selvidge, stepping in after the (amiable) departure of

nettes were fronted by singer/songwriter Doriot Negrette. In

long-time guitarist Jesse Gulati. In all, the Donkeys have crafted in the Midnight Palms mini-album

late 1979, the band released a single recorded at Accusound,

a fine, half-sized document of their singular sound. At once accessible, adventurous, nostalgic, and

“Poison” b/w “T.V.” They also recorded demos at Straighta

progressive, it can only be the Donkeys.

Head Sound, and a live tape was later circulated from the November 1979 gig at the Deaf Club in San Francisco. The Dinettes later allowed men to integrate

DEAD FEATHER MOON Based in North County, most members of psychedelic alt-country rockers Dead Feather Moon grew up around Vista & the band was formed during the summer of 2008. Their first full-length record, Dark Sun, won ‘Best Alternative Album’ at the San Diego Music Awards in 2012. On the heels of several

the group, though they ultimately split for good around 1981. The surviving Dinettes were interviewed on camera in 2010 for a documentary film on vintage local garage bands, spearheaded by journalist and local music historian Eric Rife, Garageland. A reunion performance was staged at the Sounds Like San Diego showcase on July 8, 2017 at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad featuring vocalist Doriot Lair, singer/guitarist Joyce Rooks,

West Coast tours and showcases at South By Southwest, the band won ‘Best Alternative Band’ at

singer/drummer Irene Liberatore-Dolan, and keyboardist Sue Delguidice.

the San Diego Music Awards in 2014. Their second full-length record, ///// The Finder, was released


digitally and on vinyl in 2016.

Gary Wilson emerged from New York’s DIY movement with


1977’s proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Janiva Magness’ voice which can flow smoothly as cham-

Know Me, an extraordinary record which has been known to

pagne or churn up gravel on command. Since launching her

suck unprepared new listeners in like a drug and never let go.

career with 1992’s More Than Live, she has grown to become

Shortly after its limited release its creator simply vanished.

an accomplished storyteller and diviner of the heart, allowing

In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary’s small-town opus had spread by word-of-

songs like the title track, “Doorway” and “Say You Will” to re-

mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bi-

veal life’s potent truths. Altogether, Magness has been nominated for 25 Blues Music Awards and

zarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes Beck, who shouts him out in

follows the legendary Koko Taylor as the second woman to win the highly coveted B.B. King Enter-

“”Where It’s At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)””, The Roots’, Questlove, Simpsons creator Matt

tainer of the Year award. In 2017 she was also a Grammy nominee in the “Best Contemporary Blues

Groening, and of course, Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf. The re-release You Think You Really

Album” category for her album Love Wins Again. Magness is an alumnus of the foster care system

Know Me in 2002 won him accolades in The New York Times and culminated in sold-out shows in

and is a spokesperson for the Casey Family Programs National Foster Care Month as well as an

New York and Los Angeles. Gary Wilson has continued making music in the years following his “”

Ambassador for both the Foster Care Alumni of America and the Child Welfare League of America.

disappearance.”” His music continues to chronicle his obsessions and angst that his followers would

Having lost both parents to suicide as a young girl, traversed through 12 foster homes and given up

expect from him. His songs have been compared to everything from Prince to Talking Heads–burst-

a child for adoption at age 17 left Magness in the deepest despair. But ultimately, inspired by the

ing with electro-funk, synth rock, lounge, soul, and avant-garde jazz. And yet nothing has been

encouragement of her final foster mother and a galvanizing performance by the legendary bluesman

released until now with his new album, 12”” single, and Fan Club 45 on Stones Throw.

Otis Rush, she found stability and salvation in music. Today Janiva Magness is one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music world. She’s reached a larger and more di-

THE ROUTINE The Routine is a five-piece rock collective that defies catego-

verse audience with each succeeding album and developed a reputation as a live entertainer that’s

rization in today’s genre-driven media cloud. A sonic melting

made her a staple of the international festival circuit.

pot of electric blues, soul and world styling, they are not sim-

Street Fair Information

ply a band—and they are anything but “routine”. Together, this kindred fraternity of musicianship shatters the mold of con-

Event hours are 10am -10 pm on Saturday the 30th and 10am to 6pm on Sunday the 1st.

ventional, over-produced and underwhelming music with their own brand of Rock ‘N’ Soul. Never

First Aid Stations are located at the 7-11 parking lot (Hawley & Adams).

lovers from all walks of life.

Lost children/lost parents: Go to the nearest stage and the stage managers will make announcements to reunite family members as well as relaying information to adjoining stages.


Lost and Found: All beer gardens serve as lost and found. Take found items to nearest beer garden and/or go to nearest garden to claim lost items. At end of each day and after the conclusion of the event, lost and found is transferred to the Normal Heights Community Center, 4649 Hawley Blvd. Bike Valet: located at Brooklyn Bicycles, 3437 Adams, near SW corner of Hawley & Adams. No pets allowed in the beer gardens except for service animals. No open alcoholic beverages allowed in the event area except for inside the beer gardens or within an established bar or restaurant.

complacent with the status quo, they are an ever-evolving conglomerate poised to please music

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, trumpet whiz Gilbert Castellanos first earned local cred with the Charles McPherson quintet. He replaced the original trumpeter in the bebop band Black/Note, which recorded an album for Columbia Records (Jungle Music, 1993) and two more for other labels before splitting. Spin magazine has called Castellanos San Diego’s best trumpeter. Castellanos has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dr. John, Charlie Hayden, Charles McPherson, Eldar Djangirov, Bob Magnuson, Daniel Lanois, Carl Anderson, Liza Minnelli, and Natalie Cole, just to name a few. The trumpeter plays around town with various groups of his own, including the New Latin Jazz Quartet and his Hammond B-3 Quartet. Castellanos is a member of the LA based Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, as well as playing with

Please recycle your cans, bottles, cups and other recyclable materials at appropriate containers.

Anthony Wilson Nonet, Charles McPherson Quintet, Willie Jones III Quintet, Gilbert Castellanos

Information booths selling the official Adams Avenue Street Fair T-shirts, are located in front of the Hawley beer garden and in front of the 33th Street beer garden.

USC’s Thornton School of Music.

Please be respectful to the neighborhood residents when entering or exiting the event area.

ing Artist of the Year, Best Jazz Album (Federal Jazz Project), and Best Jazz, the latter an award

Public safety is everyone’s concern. If you see something, say something. If you witness any un-safe activities, please contact the nearest event staff or SDPD.

Quintet, the New Latin Jazz Quartet, and the Latin Trumpet Summit. In addition, he teaches jazz at The busy trumpeter took home three trophies at the October 2013 San Diego Music Awards, includhe also won in October 2014. In 2017, Castellanos launched the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, a non-profit year-round after-school program that “focuses more on the educational component of music: jazz theory, history, cultural context, Latin/afro/Brazilian rhythms, masterclasses, etc.”

Adams Avenue Street Fair Saturday TWISTED TEA BLUES STAGE

Street Fair Craft Beer Taste Saturday, Sept. 30th from 12-4 PM only at Felton & Adams (parking lot across the street from the Starbucks Stage) Includes 12 (4) oz tastes for only $25! Limited capacity

Brewers featured in the full pour beer gardens Located at the intersections of Hawley Blvd, 34th St., and 33rd St

Adams Avenue Street Fair Sunday TWISTED TEA BLUES STAGE


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