Festivals filled with crafts, food, drinks and a variety of musical entertainers will hit the stage at the Weber Point Events Center over the next few months, brought to the City of Stockton by SMA Entertainment. SMA affiliates expressed that these are family fun events and for all ages. The festivals will have kids’ activities including arts, crafts, fun and games as well as food and drink vendors. There are VIP tickets available for $45 which includes front row table seating, a private bar and a meet and greet party. General admission tickets are $25 where guests can bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Tequila Fest — Aug. 17
Tequila Fest is the first festival on the roster and for the second year in a row guests will be able to taste a variety of tequila and listen to the great sounds of Con Funk Shun, Richard Bean and Sapo and many more on Aug. 17.
SMA Entertainment brought the tequila festival to the Central Valley for the first time last year.
Jazz Fest — Sept. 28
The Eighth Annual Jazz Fest is next for those that love the smooth sounds of artists like Christopher Williams, Lin Rountree, and many more on Sept. 28. “I performed in Stockton a few years back,” said Rountree. “I loved it. I made so many great connections, and friends, and fans, and people, particularly musicians that I still work with today. “I have always stood by the old adage that people don’t remember exactly what you played or the notes you played,” stated Rountree. “They just remember how you made them feel. So, when you come to a Lin Rountree show I am going to make sure you feel good. That is what I strive to do and that is what I think people get when they come to my shows.”
Funktober Fest — Oct. 26
The Funktober Fest on Oct. 26 is sure to bring the dance party and the old school vibes with the all-girl group known as Klymaxx. Original guitarist Cheryl Cooley and the other ladies are ready to bring the 209 some hits and excitement.
“I am telling you when the fans get excited, I am excited that they’re excited,” said Cooley. “The music is not new; people have heard it over and over again but they still get excited about it. Back in the day I used to play the bass on a couple of songs but my primary instrument is guitar. Passion keeps me going.”
The original six all-female pop and R&B group began in the ‘80s and had hits “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room.” With a love and passion for music and performing, Cooley could not bypass the opportunity to continue the Klymaxx legacy.
With full appreciation for the fans, friends and family, Cooley explained that they are the ones that keep the Klymaxx legacy alive and as long as people keep coming to the concerts she will continue to perform.
“They are the champions for not only Klymaxx but for all the old school music,” stated Cooley. “I really appreciate them. I send them my love vibrations. It is an honor to still be able to get on stage.”