Santa Cruz Mountain Jam raises funds for youth music program – The Mercury News

An outdoor concert in the Santa Cruz Mountains is designed to help local students find their jam, musically speaking.

The no-entry Santa Cruz Mountain Jam is scheduled for August 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Loma Prieta Playground and Lookout, located at 23845 Summit Road in Los Gatos. Proceeds from a silent auction and concessions at the event will benefit the Loma Prieta and CT English Middle elementary school music programs and fund scholarships for students who wish to pursue a musical education.

“It’s a great way to build self-esteem in young people and a creative outlet,” said concert organizer Louis Niemann.

The Niemann family produced the first Mountain Jam in 2013. After a two-year hiatus in the pandemic era, the event is back this year with a lineup of five musical acts.

“For us, it’s kind of a way to pay back the community,” Niemann said. “We just want to have a really fun music event that everyone can enjoy. It’s free, so you can listen to all those great local bands and have a really budget-friendly experience.

The gig kicks off with Los Gatos favorite The Summit Sisters and new neo-soul jazz fusion band EDYN.

The Joint Chiefs will perform their funk, acid jazz and classic R&B, and the Santa Cruz-based Anthony Arya Band will bring rock, folk and blues. Alex Lucero and the Live Again Band will headline the show, performing a range of soul, funk, jazz and Americana.

Niemann said Mountain Jam is a “team effort” with lots of community support.

Items up for sale at the silent auction include cases of wine from local wineries, a painting by local artist Gordon Smith, reservations at vacation homes and a reservation for bands from the lineup to play at shows. an event of your choice.

Local star chef Matt McNamara, behind the vegetarian gourmet restaurant Pretty Good Advice, will serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to customers.

There will also be plenty of kid-friendly activities, Niemann said, including a “children’s musical instrument zoo” for kids to try out. There will also be a climbing wall, face paint, a bubble maker, a Dogs Are Welcome competition and various vendors.

“It’s a huge relief that we have enough confidence in him to move forward,” Niemann said. “With the way people are feeling, we think there’s stored energy for people who want go out and see live music.”

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