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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:00 pm

The Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner

The Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner delivers the original Man in Black's music with conviction, accuracy, sincerity and honesty. Lead man James Garner not only takes his audience through a musical journey of Johnny Cash's biggest hits, but also on an expedition of his legendary life. Between accurate performances of Cash's songs, Garner recounts the stories of Cash's childhood, entrance into the music business and the highs and lows Cash experienced in a career that spanned 48 years. Most importantly, audience members will find themselves tapping their toes and singing along with the train-like rhythm that became synonymous with the songs of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three.

While James Garner is not a Johnny Cash impersonator, his musical tribute reminds audiences of the energy, power and excitement that graced the stage every night Cash walked out and said, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash." Johnny may have walked off the stage for the final time in 1997, but audiences today can get a glimpse of what Cash concert-goers of yesteryear might have experienced when James Garner takes to the stage with strong conviction, historical accuracy, heartfelt sincerity and musical honesty in his tribute to the great Johnny Cash.

The Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 11 and at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. All performances will be on the Clark Pest Control Stage.

Eight Track

Based out of Lodi, Eight Track is a rock band that performs songs from the 1970s and '80s. Eight Track is influenced by Bad Co., Lynard Skynard, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seager, Joe Cocker, Taste of Honey, Van Morrison, Black Crows, Weezer, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Chris Isaac and Sheryl Crow.

Eight Track was formed in 2006. The band scoured the area for the best local talent to develop a fresh, upbeat sound. Eight Track put their collective efforts together to create a distinctive sound and selection of tunes from "then and now" to reach out to a diverse audience.

The Eight Track experience is rich with a mix of current and classic songs sure to please all demographics, which ensures your next event will be a memorable and fun time to be enjoyed by all.

The Trucco Band

The father and son duo from Stockton has been playing together for over 21 years. Steve Trucco began his professional career with a small four-piece group in the Stockton area. Steve Trucco's son, Michael, also a seasoned player, has been playing the accordion for many years. Through high school and college, Michael Trucco never had any thoughts of giving up the art. Steve and Michael Trucco play mostly Italian waltzes and polkas. Their unique style of playing duets has been honed to an art form. When they play together, they seem to meld into a single accordionist.

Busta-Groove

Busta-Groove is a Bay Area band that performs oldies-but-goodies. Featured songs include "1999" by Prince, "867-5309" by Tommy Tutone, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Brick House" by Commodores, "Gold Digger" by Kanye West and many, many more. Busta-Groove has performed for the Golden State Warriors basketball team and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Big Bad Boogie Rock

Big Bad Boogie Rock performs all varieties of music from the 1970s. They also dress the part with costumes that reflect the times. The band's repertoire includes hits from 1968 through 1983, 15 years of great music hits all in one show. When you see Big Bad Boogie Rock on stage, in costume, it will take you back to that moment in time: Afros, bell-bottom pants with psychedelic patterns and bright colors, peace signs, funky jewelry, platform shoes and all of the fashion fads. They are things that we can relate to when we remember the '70s.

You will be dancing all night long when you hear songs like "I Will Survive," "Black Magic Woman," "Brick House," "Get Down Tonight," "Miss You" and "Bad Case of Loving You." So if you want the No. 1 songs, the No. 1 look, and the No. 1 band that plays all your favorite '70s music, check out Big Bad Boogie Rock.

Patton Leatha

Patton Leatha is a band that prides itself on being on the cutting edge of the new generation, bringing you memories of the past and styles of today. The band plays the best of Motown, R&B, pop and top 40. They also mix in light rock, Latin and disco.

Duane Patton started the band in the Bay Area. His first band was a garage band at the age of 11. In the late '70s, he was signed to CBS records and was produced by Henry Crosby, who also produced Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

The Mike Torres Band

The Mike Torres Band (MTB) stands out as one of the most popular Latino show bands in Northern California. With more than 30 years of experience to its credit, the MTB has earned its respect as one of the premiere Latino musical acts gracing stages.

The MTB is a family business with the spearhead of the organization being Mike Torres Sr. Mike began playing and singing music as a young child. As a teen and young adult, he sang with many trios, mariachi groups and several musical groups. He ultimately formed the MTB in the late '60s.

Torres was joined on stage by sons Mike Jr., Martin and by his youngest daughter Christina.

The MTB is currently three generations strong since Mike Torres III became a full-time member in 2002. In 2003, Mike's grandson, Stephen Torres-Esquer, joined the band full-time as well. Behind the scenes, assisting with stage prep, lighting and sound engineering is another grandson, Angelo Torres-Esquer. MTB is a family powerhouse.

The Amigos

The Amigos is a salute to guitar and music legend Santana. Victor Arana plays keyboard, Eric Burnyea Burnett is lead vocals and percussion, Jose Garcia is on congas and percussion, Jose "Carlos" Marin plays timbales, Frank "Paco" Nieto plays lead guitar and sings, Luis Salazar is on bass and Delano "Dee" Sanders is the drummer.

Lead singer Burnett is a studied and accomplished entertainer who has traveled extensively performing throughout the United States and abroad. He is also a recording artist and has had two Billboard Top Fifty record releases on the R&B, hip hop and popular music charts. He has written songs, recorded, performed and appeared in television, stage and movies.

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