La Ventana: Hot band for a cool night at Concert in the Park


The night was cool and the band was hot at Friday's Concert in the Park. La Ventana performed Latin rock and salsa music at the weekly concert, sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

The Houserockers will perform Friday, July 31. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Wayside Park, at the corner of First and Neal streets.

Weekly drawings are held at approximately 8:15 p.m. for prizes donated by downtown merchants. Drawing forms can be found in the Pleasanton Weekly each Friday and forms can also be printed from the electronic edition available online at

Winners and prizes awarded at the La Ventana concert were: $25 Downtown gift certificates provided by the Chamber of Commerce Leadership program - Tim Daper and Charlene Daper; Lube, oil and filter from Rynck Tire and Auto Center - Jenny Wing; Silver Jewelry Box from Hacienda Business Park - Dorothy Scull; Free cut / style and 30 percent off spa services from Image Salon - Deborah Cauldier; 50 percent off massage from World School of Massage - Maria Rogers, Debbie Sairn and Teri Terrell; Free massage classes from World School of Massage - Paul G., Tim Albertson, Lori Wallace and Terry Acklund; and free tax planning from Fox and Associates - Bela Yonen.

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Posted by Carlos Elizalde
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

We had a great time playing for our home-based Beautiful Pleasanton!
It was a awesome night that we will never forget!
Thank you Pleasanton!
Carlos (lead singer)

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Posted by Steve Rosefield
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm

This band has truly been a pleasure to watch mature over the last few years. I think I might have caught their first gig five or six years ago at Main Street Brewery. They opened with three or four near perfect renditions of well known Santana tunes, then looked at each other with an expression that clearly said “now what.” The next two hours were pretty raw and unrehearsed, but it was clear from those first few songs that someone in this band knew how to rehearse a large group and work with arrangements. A year or so later I saw them again. The karaoke girls were gone and a few other members had been replaced by stronger players. And it was evident that they were working on building a quality band capable of delivering a complete show. I have seen them several times since, always at one of the downtown events. Each time there has been steady musical progress and a more professional presentation. This group is more than ready for the professional ranks, and while that is no guarantee of commercial success in what is left of the recording industry, it is a tremendous accomplishment that requires tireless focus. I hope their efforts are rewarded with continued and expanded acclaim.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 28, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I'll do my best to be there but I'm not sure that I can make it. I've been detained!

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