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Picnic in the Park kicks off March 19

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Blue Blazes — from left, Dave Atkinson (lead guitar, vocals), Chuck O’Bear (drums, vocals) and, not pictured, Gary Meyers — will open Picnic in the Park. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo

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From page A1 | March 14, 2014 |

Break out those picnic blankets and baskets!

Picnic in the Park returns to the Davis Farmers Market on Wednesday, March 19, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Blue Blazes will open the season with rockabilly and blues in Central Park at Third and C streets in downtown Davis.

The Davis Food Co-op sponsors live music from local bands every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to dark through Oct. 29. Weekly visitors will enjoy an eclectic mix of music, including bluegrass, Americana, rock and roll, blues, Dixieland, Big Band, rockabilly, dance music, rhythm and blues, world music and Latin fusion.

Visitors are invited to shop the farmers market, buy dinner from local food vendors, visit the Davis Soroptimists’ beer and wine garden and entertain the kids with family fun. Children’s activities include the park’s bicycle-powered carousel, Rocknasium’s climbing structure, bounce houses, face-painting, pony rides by Greenich’s Acres and balloon creations from Dilly Dally the Clown.

The food fair offers picnickers a wide array of dinner specialties to tantalize worldly palates. New food vendors this year include the Davis Food Co-op, Montoya’s Tamales, Our House and Village Bakery. They join old favorites The Buckhorn, Ciocolat, Davis Creamery, East-West Gourmet, The Hotdogger, Kathmandu Kitchen, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, Raja’s Tandoor, Thai Recipes, Upper Crust Bakery and Kettlepop.

The Co-op will offer family-friendly fare, including two seasonal deli salads, turkey wraps and vegetable wraps, macaroni and cheese, milk and coconut water. Montoya’s Tamales — a popular vendor at the Saturday and winter Wednesday markets — will serve a variety of tamales, tacos, burritos and dinner plates.

Our House will offer up grilled artichokes with rosemary aioli, root beer pork sliders with horseradish slaw, grilled boneless chicken thigh skewers with jerk or chipotle sauce and Caesar salad bowls (plain or topped with a chicken skewer). Village Bakery rounds out the new food offerings with its “Best of Davis” thin-crust pizzas by the slice.

“The market is transitioning toward food vendors who source some of their ingredients from the market each week,” said manager Randii MacNear. “This supports our commitment to offer farm-fresh, local food from farmers as well as local restaurants and food vendors who sell at Picnic in the Park.”

The market is packed with organic and conventional spring produce — strawberries, asparagus, snap peas, greens, lettuces and more. Craft booths are at the north end of the market. For more information, call 530-756-1695 or visit www.davisfarmersmarket.org.

Listen up

March 19: Blue Blazes: rockabilly/blues

March 26: Lisa Phenix Band: folk/Americana

April 2: Peter Franklin Band: classic rock

April 9: Guitar Mac & the Blues Express: blues

April 16: The Road Crew: folk rock

April 23: The Notorious Shank Brothers: bluegrass

April 30: Tha’ Dirt Feeling: hip-hop and rock and roll

May 7: Sticky Vikki & the Pinecones: rockabilly

May 14: Sidetracked: eclectic folk

May 21: Papa Hip: rock and R&B

May 28: Avalanche and Cal Aggie Band-uh: bluegrass and Picnic Pops

June 4: High Strung: bluegrass

June 11: Hardwater: pop/rock/folk/blues

June 18: Frankie & the Fabletones: rock and roll oldies

June 25: Odd Man Out: folk and ’60s and ’70s rock

July 2: Over Forté: Dixieland

July 9: Acoustic S & M: 50 Years of folk/rock

July 16: The Hucklebucks: blues

July 23: Lincoln Highway Band: country/rockabilly

July 30: Julie & the Jukes: blues

Aug. 6: The Plainfield Pickers: Western swing/bluegrass

Aug. 13: Cold Shot: dance music

Aug. 20: Anderson-Gram Duo: folk/Americana

Aug. 27: Yolo Mambo: world music

Sept. 3: It’s About Time: Big Band/swing

Sept. 10: The Undulations: post-modern swing

Sept. 17: Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies: bluegrass

Sept. 24: Catfish & the Crawdaddies: American roots

Oct. 1: Pleasant Valley Boys: bluegrass

Oct. 8: Reegal Beezers: jazz and Beatles

Oct. 15: The Sharks: ’60s rock instrumentals

Oct. 22: Walkin’ the Dawg: rock and roll

Oct. 29: Red Union Blues: rock/pop/folk/country

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