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JJ Hawg 

Best Band In Gilroy California 2017 - 2019 -  2021 - 2022

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Robert Guerrero

Photo By Sumio Yamada

Robert Guerrero Day won't be short on entertainment either, as musical acts Bombshell Bullys, JJ Hawg and the 40-piece Mariachi Alma de Mexico band are slated to perform free of charge. Gilroy Dispatch Article - Robert Guerrero

San Martin - The second annual "Happy Days" Custom and Classic Car Show is refurbished and ready for crowds on Saturday.

The public can expect to see about 100 classic and street rod cars at the event, designed to benefit the San Martin Neighborhood Alliance's efforts to incorporate the area into an independent city.

A few changes were made this year to make the fundraiser even more successful. The event will be held from 11am to 6 pm to avoid problems with lighting the park after dark. They have also hired JJ Hawg Band, a blues and blues rock band, to perform from 2 to 5pm.

James Avena of JJ Hawg sings at the Happy Days Carshow. in San MArtin

The shade of the large trees on the Ludewig property provided a respite and perfect seating for listening to the blues/rock Gilroy band J.J. Hawg. Gilroy Dispatch Article - Happy Days Carshow

James "Papahawg" Avena and Alex Vanderveen of JJ Hawg.

"We've gotten a really big response, and we're really jazzed! It's just kids wanting to have a good time. We've got hundreds of rock fans here in Gilroy," J. J. Hawg said, aka "Papa Hawg." His band is one of the competitors.     Hawg plays for many benefits, including the Relay for Life, which raises money to fight cancer; his band has also played for the prom at Gateway Center for the handicapped in Gilroy.

"I've been given so much by this community; I am able to make a living with my music," Hawg said. "Sometimes it's important to give back." Gilroy Dispatch Article - Longhouse Battle of the Bands.




Local bands release CD to support cancer research

Photo Art by: Sam Curtis and James Avena

The cover of the benefit CD. Photo by: James Avena and Sam Curtis

Local musicians banded together to join the fight against cancer by recording Music for Life, a CD of original music they're selling to raise money for the cause. The musicians will donate the proceeds of their CD sales to Relay for Life, which supports cancer research. Local bands featured on the CD include Tip of the Top, JJ Hawg, The Fast Lane Band, Five Minutes to Freedom, Brendan Delumpa, Hersheyz Kiss, Hip Shake, Naked in Vegas, Time and Pressure, Frank A. Dicker, Sr., Jessie Consentino, and The Lokust.

Hosting their first "Party on the Green" were Rick and Rebecca Santos featuring a live band (J.J. Hawg), smoked tri-tip, chicken, hot dogs, more kegs than a fraternity party and ****Sweet Retreat ice cream all out on their expansive back lawn.

Families picnicked on blankets listening to the tunes, and I'm sure reminiscing about their "day on the green" days when the promoter was Graham instead of Santos. Dana and Mike Lombardi, former Morgan Hill residents now living in El Dorado Hills, brought their brood and festive mood to the gathering along with North Carolina residents Ed and Virginia

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