It’s that time of the year again and the Grape Festival is upon us. We’re all excited to ride the rides, eat delicious fair food, stroll the exhibits and see what deal we can swoop up at the various booths.
However, the most exciting part of the festival is the entertainment. This year there will be numerous shows each day of the festival.
Susan Rosen, Mistress Mesmerism, will be performing once again. Rosen is a certified hypnotherapist. Rosen not only hypnotizes people on stage, but members of the audience as well, as she believes this allows them to become more involved in her act. The show typically lasts an hour and ends in a roaring applause. It is not to be missed!
Greg Frisbee, magician and juggler will be performing at the festival doing three 30-minute shows each day. Frisbee has 15 to 16 years of performing experience and has been performing at the Grape festival for more than five years. Frisbee’s act is a comedy, juggling and variety show.
“I light my hands on fire and juggle knives,” said Frisbee in a phone interview. “It’s really something.”
This year Frisbee is adding a new act to his routine.
“I will be launching a rubber chicken from cannon into a KFC bucket on top of my head,” he said.
Frisbee hopes the trick will be well received. For more information on Greg Frisbee and his routine visit his website at www.frisbeeshow.com.
The Lodi Community Band will be at the festival grounds Saturday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Foster Lumber Stage. The band which consists of 50 members, ranging from seventh grade students to 94 years old, will be playing approximately 10 to 12 songs and marches, including the National Emblem March. They will also play selections by John Williams who composed songs associated with Star Wars. “Out of this World” and “The Raiders March” will be two of the main songs. The band will also play selections from the Disney movie Aladdin and selections from the Music Man.
Steve and Mike Trucco, father son accordionists from Stockton will perform at the festival Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. They have been playing at the festival for about 7 years and have been playing together for over 18 years. The Truccos play mostly Italian waltzes and polkas but also play music from the forties and fifties with Michael adding the vocals. The two typically perform at fairs, weddings and parties as a hobby and have been doing it as long as they can remember.
“I fell in love with the accordion at 10 years old and never looked back,” Steve Trucco said.
The Grape festival will have a Kid’s fest on Sunday. Disney channel will be on site. Banana Slug String Band will also perform. For more information on shows at the Lodi Grape Festival call 209-369-2771.