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Concert and Dance Party at Veteran’s Memorial Building

PLEASANTONCalif. — On Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m., the Grammy-nominated masters of New Orleans ragtime, Dixieland blues, and early swing, better known as the California Feetwarmers, slide into the Veteran’s Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton for a concert/dance party hosted by the City of Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center.

Known for their boisterous on-stage antics and fine playing, which is as close to original 1920’s New Orleans as it gets, the 7-man Los Angeles-based band features “horn-heavy rags, banjo stomps, and happy trad jazz.”  Folkworld magazine says: “Enough spark to raise the dead!” 

The set-list includes stylishly re-worked classics, revisiting material from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers, to name a few. Major influencers on the group’s vibes are Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Emmett Miller, Henry Red Allen, Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Dodds, Kid Ory, and the like.

Firehouse Youth Programs Coordinator Mark Duncanson says: “This show is unique and it’s a first.  We chose to have them perform at the Vet’s Hall to give our audience a chance to enjoy a band with the added experience of being able to dance!  We will set up the concert like a dance hall – New Orleans style!”  Guests are encouraged to come dressed for the genre, notes Mark.

The band: Brandon Armstrong – sousaphone/Bass; Charles De Castro – cornet/Accordion/vocals; Josh Kaufman – clarinet/accordion/piano/vocals; Carlos Reynoso – washboard/Guitar/vocals; Dominique Rodriguez – snare drum/bass drum; Justin Rubenstein – trombone/vocals; Patrick Morrison – Banjo/Guitar.

One night only: Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $20.00 Tickets online at, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Firehouse Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, in downtown Pleasanton. Tickets at the door are cash only. Limited seating is available. 


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California Feetwarmers – Dance Concert, Saturday, 16th March, 8:00 p.m. Pleasanton’s Veteran’s Memorial Building, 301 Main Street. Grammy-nominated ragtime, Dixieland blues, early swing.  Boisterous on-stage antics meets playing that is as fine and close to original 1920’s New Orleans as it gets. Vintage attire welcome.  “Enough spark to raise the dead!” – Folkworld. General admission tickets: $20.00.  Purchase online at, 925-931-4848, or in advance at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton. Tickets on the door are cash only. Limited seating is available.

The Firehouse Arts Center is owned and operated by the City of Pleasanton, and dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  

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