VALLEJO, Calif. – The Mare de Vallejo Island marks a first Saturday: a music festival that is expected to attract more than 1,000 fans.
“Once people come here and experience this, they’ll want to come back here,” said Kevin Frazier, half of the duo producing the Dock of Bay Festival.
Headliners for the event include Fantastic Negrito, Jackie Greene, Dumstaphunk, Them Vibes and New Monsoon.
The waterfront site at 850 Nimitz Avenue is behind the historic coal sheds that once supplied WWII warships when Mare Island was a shipyard.
“This island is a beautiful island but people have forgotten about it,” said Jeff Trager, the other half of Frazier Trager Presents.
Both men are music industry veterans, who produced live shows during the pandemic, and are relishing the opportunity to once again entertain audiences in person.
“All artists want to play,” Trager said, “it’s what they do, it’s what they love, and so it’s really exciting, especially because it’s the first one.”
The festival will take place from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will respect Covid protocols: proof of vaccination required, or results of a negative test carried out in the last 72 hours.
Masks will be necessary to access interior spaces.
There will be food trucks and craft vendors as 15 acts perform on 3 stages.
“Real people in the audience is just awesome,” said American Canyon blues musician Greg Rahn.
Rahn has played a few summer festivals before, but when he brings his boogie-woogie to the acoustic scene on Saturday, it’ll be even better, so close to home.
“This place is super cool,” Rahn said, “and you can get there from ferries, from Marin through 37 or from counties in East Bay, it’s so easy to get to.”
A Blue and Gold chartered ferry will bring fans to Sausalito and San Francisco for $ 35 round trip.
The festival still has tickets available at $ 75 which includes parking.
Promoters have sold 1,000 tickets, but with a capacity of 6,000, admit it takes time to establish.
“I think everyone thinks of Vallejo like, ‘maybe I don’t want to stop there,’ they walk right past it, so this festival brings them to i,” Frazier said.
With any luck, the couple hope they continue to bring them back for an annual festival.
“That’s our goal because it’s a special place, it really is,” said Trager.