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Dozens of people relaxed to the soft melodies of two time Hawaiiin Music Award winner Ricky Hana and Los Olivos resident Bent Myggen. The July 12 small event continued a summer series of delicious food and music put on and hosted by New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

The series started in 2001 as a way to help promote community events, said Ron Colone, the marketing director for New Frontiers.

Music on the Green features original music in various genres – rock, reggae, jazz, county, bluegrass, and more. Each year, the series begins the week after school ends in June and continues until Labor Day.

Colone said he gets several dozen submissions for performance slots and mixes things up by bringing in new bands and individual artists as well as returning favorites. The groups come from Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Atascadedro, and, of course, the Santa Ynez Valley. “The response has been fantastic – the core of the audience shows up week after week, year after year to enjoy food, friends, fellowship, good music and the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley,” Colone said. “This is classic small-town America.”

Audience members ranged from young couples relaxing on lawn blankets to senior citizens sharing tables under umbrellas to kids soaking up the energy by bobbing their heads or even dancing along with the music. The food included all-natural beef, chicken and vegetarian barbecue, including side salads, melon, drinks and old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. The remainder of this year’s lineup is: July 19 - History of Painters, July 26 - Al, Mo & Chris, Aug. 2 – Cuesta Ridge, Aug. 9 - The Honeycombs, Aug. 16 - Doug Groshart, Aug. 23 - The Grasshopper.

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