March 16: Mad Dash, rock ‘n’ roll dance music
March 23: Lisa Phenix Band, folk/Americana
March 30: Peter Franklin Band, classic rock
April 6: Guitar Mac & the Blues Express, blues
April 13: Anderson Gram Duo, folk/Americana
April 20: Papa Hip, rock and R&B
April 27: Gary Lee Yoder Band, rock ‘n’ roll and more
May 4: Acoustic S&M, 50 years of folk and rock
May 11: Sidetracked, eclectic folk
May 18: Ron Goldberg Quartet, folk rock
May 25: Picnic Pops: Davis High School and Cal Aggie Band-uh
June 1: The 8-Tracks, classic rock
June 8: Plainfield Pickers, western swing and bluegrass
June 22: Sticky Vikki & The Pinecones, rockabilly
June 29: Hardwater, pop, rock, folk, blues
July 6: Odd Man Out, folk, ’60s and ’70s rock
July 13: Notorious Shank Brothers, bluegrass
July 20: The Hucklebucks, blues
July 27: Shayna & the Bulldog, rock ‘n’ roll
Aug. 3: Cold Shot & Sandy Holman, diversity and dance music
Aug. 10: Rolling Fork Blues Revue, blues
Aug. 17: Catfish & Friends, American roots music
Aug. 24: Pleasant Valley Boys, bluegrass
Aug. 31: Over Forte, Dixieland
Sept. 7: YoloMambo, world music
Sept. 14: Walkin’ the Dog, rock ‘n’ roll
Sept. 21: Sir Finn & the Sharks, surf music
Sept. 28: The Undulations, post-modern swing
Oct. 5: Blue Blazes, rockabilly & blues
Oct. 12: Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies, bluegrass
Oct. 19: It’s About Time, Big Band, swing, jazz
Oct. 26: The Surf-Liners, ’60s rock and surf music
Break out the picnic blankets again.
It’s time for the annual return of Picnic in the Park — the family-friendly celebration that takes place every Wednesday evening in Central Park, from spring through fall. The 2011 season is organized by the Davis Farmers Market and sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op.
The event, which runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., features live music, an international food fair, children’s entertainment and, of course, the farmers market.
Mad Dash headlines opening day with rock ‘n’ roll dance music of the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Members are Rachelle Byrne, vocals; David Meyer, bass and vocals; Dorothy Sills, saxophone and vocals; Michael Gregory, guitar and vocals; Steve Artz, drums; and Valerie Marston, vocals. The band has played at several wineries and festivals, including Hot August Nights in Reno, the Peach Festival in Marysville and Peggy Sue’s Cruise Car Show in Petaluma.
The food fair offers picnickers a wide array of dinner specialties to tantalize worldly palates, including El Mariachi Taqueria (Mexican cuisine), Raja Indian Cuisine (Indian nan-wrap cuisine), Kathmandu Kitchen (Indian cuisine), Thai Recipes (Thai cuisine), and East West Gourmet (Afghanistan bolanis and condiments).
Caffé Italia will bring its artisan baking oven on wheels to the park to make “pizzas with a purpose,” benefiting the Davis Farm to School Connection, with toppings sourced from local farmers.
Returning food vendors include The Buckhorn (tri-tip and chicken sandwiches and salads), Ciocolat (burgers, pasta and desserts), Davis Creamery (ice cream in farm-fresh flavors), Fat Face (ice pops in farm-fresh flavors), The Hotdogger (hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs and fresh lemonade), Monticello Bistro (farm-fresh salads and sandwiches), Mustard Seed (salads and sandwiches), Santa Fe Trading Co. (farm-fresh snow cones) and Steve’s Pizza.
Soroptimist International of Davis will sell beer and wine, with proceeds going to local charities.
Children’s entertainment includes pony rides from Pony Ranch Parties, Central Park’s bicycle-powered carousel, Rocknasium’s climbing wall, Bouncing Bungalows, face-painting and balloon-maker Dilly Dally the Clown.
Spring and late-winter vegetables — asparagus, greens, lettuces, kiwis and strawberries — fill the market, with craft booths at the north end. For more information, call (530) 756-1695 or visit http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org.