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Oakley Car Show adds big name band for its concert

On July 29 the stage will be set for Oakley’s Third Annual Main Street Car Show and Concert in Civic Center Plaza.
Everyone is invited to come out and admire collectible and custom cars from each decade back to the 1920s and to groove to the sounds of The Floorshakers, the premier Bay Area band whose special brand of funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll will keep the party lively.
Hosted by the city of Oakley along with Les Schwab Tires of Oakley, the car show and concert is one of the city’s newer additions to community events organized to encourage people to go downtown, enjoy the Civic Center Plaza with its amphitheater and promote local businesses.
For car buffs, having something for every taste, from classics like a 1953 Chevy pickup to rare vehicles like a 1941 Pontiac Torpedo, or a 2014 Corvette, just sweetens the appeal.
This year’s goal is to attract even more people to the event, and with that in mind, city of Oakley Recreation and Event Coordinator Cindy Coelho decided to bring in a bigger, well-known band.
“The Floorshakers is the band we’ve used the past two years for our summer concert so they have a following already and they play a lot of shows in the San Francisco Bay Area,” she said. “They also have a tie with the local community, which we like as well; the man who runs the band, Doug Mascardo, is an Oakley resident.”
The 10-piece band, featuring horn and rhythm sections and three lead vocalists, haves been performing all genres for 10 years, from funk, soul and R&B to the latest Billboard top 40 hits.
Along with the car show and concert, a snack bar will be open for guests, there will be picnic tables with umbrellas for shade or event-goers can bring blankets and a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park.
Coelho explained that food vendors are not included to encourage residents to visit some of the restaurants within walking distance. These include Black Bear Diner, Buon Appetito, Mr. Pickles, La Costa Taqueria, Guanatos Ice Cream, Silver River Chinese Restaurant and Yogurt Island, among others.
The family-friendly event attracts all ages, from teenagers and young adults up to seniors.
“People enjoy the cars for all kinds of reasons — they enjoy them if they have a special paint job, if they have a lot of chrome on them, or the engine has been hyped up,” Coelho said. “You see people from all walks of life that really appreciate what goes into owning a car like that.”
What sets Oakley’s car show apart from many others is the park near where the cars are parked, allowing for car ogling and music appreciation at the same time.
The car show is also more about admiring vehicles rather than stiff competition. Cars aren’t registered in specific categories, but are divided for judging when they arrive.
“We’re trying to keep this car show more low-key, more about just showing off your car and enjoying the day and not make it super competitive,” Coelho said. “We just want to provide an opportunity for car owners to show off their vehicles and for guests to view and appreciate them.”
The car show is open to anyone; quite a few entries come from Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Antioch. One goal is to give car owners in Oakley a nice venue right in their hometown and have their friends and family come out.
Registration is $25 and space is limited so pre-registration is recommended. Vehicles will be judged from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for six plaques, including four Judges Choice, one Mayor’s Choice and one Best of Show. All the car owners receive a goodie bag with a dash plaque and a T-shirt among other items.
The event brings people out and brings the community together. The city purposely keeps all community events free in to allow residents of all income levels to participate.
The cars entered in the show represent a lot of commitment and effort on the part of the owners, so Coelho hopes many residents turn out.
“The car owners take such pride in the care of their cars and they’ve invested a lot of money and time into their vehicles,” she said. “I really encourage the community to come out and to walk around. I think people will really appreciate the workmanship that go into these cars.”

If You Go
What: Third annual Main Street Car Show and Concert
When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 29,
Where: Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St., Oakley.
Registration: $25, forms available on City Hall website,, and at Les Schwab Tires, 89 Carol Lane.
Space is limited, pre-registration highly recommended. Same day registration will only be taken if space permits.

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