Debbie Croft: A treat at Tenaya for music lovers

April 4, 2013 

The father- daughter duo Joe and Alison Sharino will perform together in a rare acoustic "unplugged" show this weekend at Tenaya Lodge. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the lodge on Saturday from 7:30 until 10 p.m., it will be an evening of unforgettable entertainment.

Joe and Alison are professional musicians who split their time between the Madera County foothills and San Francisco.

The Joe Sharino Band is one of the biggest dance bands in the Bay Area.

Sharino began filling nightclubs with his music in the 1970s and '80s.

Over the years he invited other musicians to join him, forming a band that has played all over the world.

Featured on major television networks and in music magazines, this group has won 17 "Best Band" awards.

They have been the opening act for music greats such as B.B. King, Charlie Daniels, America, Chuck Berry, the Temptations and many others.

Combining accomplished musicians with polished vocalists, the Alison Sharino Band brings high energy to any dance floor.

Alison has sung the national anthem for the Oakland A's, performed with the Monterey County Symphony Orchestra, and graced the stages of many nightclubs all over San Francisco and Monterey. She has performed with the Fifth Dimension, Kenny Loggins, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

A rare treat for guests of the lodge, Tenaya's general manager, Paul Ratchford says, "We are very excited to present An Evening with Joe and Alison Sharino, and plan to bring more experiences like this to our guests and the local community."

The audience can expect a night of the very best pop music, country, folk, soul, and classic rock for dancing the night away.

Tickets for the show are $20 apiece. For combination buffet dinner and show tickets, the cost is $50 (plus tax and gratuity). Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (877) 247-9241. For more information or to view the dinner menu, visit

Established musicians

Columbia College's Big Band Concert Series is coming to Modesto.

On stage this weekend, guest trumpeter Marvin McFadden of Huey Lewis and the News will lead the trumpet section.

In a career spanning over three decades, McFadden continues to be one of the Bay Area's first-call musicians.

Electric bass player Clinton Day teaches jazz by day at Columbia College.

After work hours, he performs with the Mic Gillette Band, plus four other groups including the Columbia Kicks Big Band.

Orquesta Dharma's leader, composer, arranger and trombonist Jamie Dubberly is an award-winning musician in the Bay Area.

The band's first album, Road Warrior, was named one of 2012's top ten albums by Latin Beat magazine.

Woodwind artist Gordon Giedt plays alto sax. He is a distinguished teacher of music, mathematics and physics.

Jim Anderson, professional drummer and teacher, began his music career touring with the Pointer Sisters. He now performs in several Northern California bands.

Columbia's long-time jazz director, Rod Harris, plays soprano and tenor saxophones. Several of Tuolumne County's musicians got their start learning from Harris.

These top jazz performers will join the Columbia Kicks Big Band on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Foster Theater of the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 each.

For reservations call (209) 338-2100 or visit

Later this month, Mario Flores and his band will add their Latin flavor to Columbia's big band music in a Jazz Series season finale concert. This performance will take place at the campus Dogwood Theater on April 20 at 7 p.m.

For details and reservations, call the box office at (209) 559-0565.

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at

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