Solvang, Californa sets Summer Stage for Jazz, Guest Guitarist Frank Potenza Welcomes Tourists to Danish Village on May 26

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Solvang, The central California town known for Danish history, food and summer tourist traffic, adds jazz to the menu at one of its most popular Mexican restaurants. The Famous Jazz Artists Series, born in neighboring Cambria, is flourishing in its fourth month. Noted jazz guitarist Frank Potenza follows famous guests Lanny Morgan, Ron Eschete and Andy Martin at May 26 outing.

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Jazz Guitarist Frank Potenza guests at Solvang series

“We expect that the season’s visitors will join us for the Saturday night concert after a busy day of walking and enjoying the town’s attractions.”

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This year, when tourists kick off the seasonal trek to Solvang, California they’ll find jazz among the choices in the small Danish village. On May 26, noted jazz guitarist Frank Potenza, will be featured at the town’s Famous Jazz Artist Series.

In its fourth month of offering “the finest jazz musicians in the world right here in the Santa Ynez Valley,” said Solvang businesswoman/series co-producer Ruth Hoover, “we expect that the season’s visitors will join us for the Saturday night concert after a busy day of walking and enjoying the town’s attractions.”

Solvang is a visitor’s treasure hunt come true. Located off the 101 freeway between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo in central California, it is an authentic Danish settlement, founded in 1911 by Danish educators, where the heritage, faces, and customs of the Old World live on. The village area is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, surrounded by Santa Ynez, Ballard, Los Olivos, and Buellton. The town is populated by specialty shops, restaurants, charming lodging opportunities, bakeries, wineries, and the old Spanish Mission.    

A composer and performer with eight solo albums to his credit, Potenza has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Brother Jack McDuff, many others. He will be joined at the May 26 performance by Joe Bagg at the organ and drummer Charlie Ruggiero, along with Charlie Shoemake on vibes and Sandi Shoemake, vocals. The Shoemakes, who founded the original Famous Jazz Artist Series in neighboring Cambria 20+ years ago, are co-producers of the Solvang spin-off.

The May 26 event, at The Terrace Dinner Theatre Upstairs at Manny’s Restaurant, includes Chef Jessie’s acclaimed buffet dinner at 6 p.m., followed by music from 7-9 at 1693 Mission Drive in the heart of Solvang. Doors open at 5:30 upstairs at The Terrace Dinner Theatre (sorry, there is no elevator). Rear parking is free. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase throughout the evening. Entrance is by ticket only, at $35. per person, available in advance from Manny’s Restaurant, or by reservation/credit card, tel 805-691-9137.

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