Mare Island Dock of the Bay Music Festival is the crown jewel of local promoters

MARE ISLAND – The second annual Mare Island Dock of Bay Music Festival, taking place September 17, is the crown jewel produced by Solano County impresarios Kevin Frazier and Jeff Trager, known professionally as Frazier Trager Presents.

The inaugural festival took place last year and took place when people were still nervous about attending live performances. The two promoters are very hopeful that the word-of-mouth reviews of the 2021 festival will lead to more people discovering their event’s slogan: “Music and beers with a view of the waterfront”.

Headlining the eight-act showcase is Karl Denson’s eclectic, high-energy band Tiny Universe. Other artists headlining the main stage include blues guitarist Eric Gales, San Francisco indie band The Mother Hips and funky jam band Vinyl.

There is also a promenade scene. Artists featured include American/rock/roots/reggae band Lorin Rowan & Deep Blue Jam, bluesman Alvon Johnson, guitarist Miles Schon (son of Neal Schon of Santana and Journey) and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Reyes.

Audiences enjoy a performance by the Jackie Greene Band during the first Dock of the Bay Music Festival at Mare Island in Vallejo in 2021. The festival returns Saturday, September 17, 2022. (Nathan McKinley/Courtesy Photo)

While some of the performers may not be household names, Kevin Frazier guarantees a killer show.

“It drives me crazy that more people don’t know about Karl Denson. Part of that is because a lot of people base their musical tastes on radio and that’s not what he’s talking about. man goes around the world,” Frazier said. “I think what happens this year will be similar to what happened at the festival last year. We had people who had never heard talk about Fantastic Negrito, but after the show they were like, “Omigod, that was amazing music.” When people see the show that Karl Denson is putting on and Eric Gales and the rest of the artists are putting on , their jaws will drop.They are some of the best live musicians and artists you will ever see.

“I mean, last year Fantastic Negrito played for us, this year he played BottleRock in Napa, which shows you what they thought of him,” Jeff Trager said.

Frazier Trager Presents united Frazier, who ran Vallejo’s Empress Theater for many years, and Trager, of Jeff Trager Presents, who took up residence at Fairfield’s Downtown Theater, in early March 2020. As the pandemic ended their ability to organize live shows, they produced a series of successful live events until the world reopens again.

Among other projects, the duo recently got their hands on booking acts for Fairfield’s first summer musical series and bringing famed comedian Paula Poundstone to the Downtown Theater. Upcoming events include a show Oct. 8 at the Downtown Theater titled “Drew Harrison in the Mind of Lennon,” a tribute to Linda Ronstadt titled “Ronstadt Revival-Tribute to a Legend” Oct. 8 at the Journey Theater in Vacaville, and the legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra on November 5 at the Downtown Theater.

The Mare Island Dock of Bay Festival will feature six gourmet food trucks and artwork from several local artists on display and free parking. Frazier and Trager listened to feedback from last year when some viewers didn’t like that only those in the VIP section could see the promenade scene, but now everyone will be able to.

“When it comes to locations, you can’t beat that. Directly on the Napa River overlooking the Vallejo Marina with two massive stages at either end of the boardwalk. It’s going to be a cool interactive experience with people on the water,” Frazier said. “We are excited because we know what a great show we have. Jeff and I have built a level of trust with viewers over the years as promoters, and people know we’re not going to bring them anything that isn’t great.

Frazier Trager Presents Mare Island Dock of Bay Music Festival

• Main Stage: Tiny Universe by Karl Denson, Eric Gales, The Mother Hips, Vinyl
• Promenade Stage: Lorin Rowan & Deep Blue Jam, Alvon Johnson, Miles Schon, Carlos Reyes
• 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 17 (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
• On Mare Island, 850 Nimitz Avenue, Vallejo

Freelance Fairfield humor columnist and local accidental historian Tony Wade writes two weekly columns: “The Last Laugh” on Mondays and “Back in the Day” on Fridays. Wade is also the author of The History Press books “Growing Up In Fairfield, California” and “Lost Restaurants of Fairfield, California”.

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