'Feed Your Body and Soul at Concert'

  • May 25, 2005

Memorial Day is mostly about respect, but it's also about having fun, according to the promoter of Hayward's eighth annual Stone Soul Picnic concert.

The rhythm-and-blues event has sold out every year and has proven itself a cornerstone of the Bay Area concert scene.

The concert is at Pioneer Amphitheater on the campus of California State University, East Bay. A portion of the proceeds will go to the university.

The concert is presented by KBLX-Radio (102.9 FM), which has been a successful pop, jazz and R&B station since 1979.

Performers will include Teena Marie, The Gap Band, Angie Stone and Ledisi.

Promoter Erroll Jackson said the concert is mostly attended by middle-aged people but that music lovers of all ages are welcome.

"This concert is about celebrating and having family fun with good music," Jackson said. "We want to remind people to relax and enjoy themselves."

Jackson has been an event promoter in the East Bay since the early 1990s, when he helped organize Nelson Mandela's visit to Oakland.

The amphitheater has many seats and lots of lush green grass that's perfect for picnics, Jackson said.

Many vendors will sell food and concertgoers can bring their own too. No coolers, chairs or umbrellas are allowed, though.

Doors open at 10 a.m., and the concert begins at noon. Tickets range from $52 to $76. The most expensive tickets are for chair seating.

The Hayward hills setting of the concert is beautiful, Jackson said, and will set the scene for 10 Bay Area couples who will get married on stage. This is the first year that people will get married at the concert.

The ceremonies are part of an anniversary celebration launched by Southwest Airlines, which will fly all the couples to Las Vegas. The concert is at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.

For more information, go to tickets.com or KBLX.com.

Michelle Beaver is a general assignment reporter who also covers police and San Lorenzo. She can be reached at mbeaver@dailyreviewonline.com or (510) 293-2463.

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