Colony Days Parade


Colony Days is a 501(c)3 organization supported by our community — we couldn’t do it without you. The concert raises funds for the annual community celebration of Atascadero.

Tent City After Dark will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

The annual fundraiser for Colony Days will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. There will be food vendors, beer, wine and a five-pound burger eating contest in addition to live music. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the event and include a drink (wine, beer or non-alcoholic). VIP sponsorship tables will be available for $500 for eight people and include a reserved table, one drink per person, a platter of tacos for the table and table service for the entire night.

Our featured artists are Carolina Story, Hilary & Kate and Wood. Toro Creek Ramblers will open the event at 4:30 p.m. Grape Encounters host David Wilson will be pouring wine from Cordant | Nelle, Ruby Cellars, Pianetta Winery, and others during the event. Tent City After Dark will feature beer from Firestone Walker Brewery and Dead Oak Brewing.

Tickets are on sale now HERE. To get on the Tent City After Dark mailing list, CLICK HERE.

Food vendors who have registered for Tent City After Dark

Carolina Story

Carolina Story, made up of Ben and Emily Roberts, writes and performs songs, knowing that there are enough love songs on earth. They evoke the blue collar man and woman, because that’s exactly who they are. It was music that drew them together at Visible Music College, a progressive arts college, on a fateful, summer day in late-August 2007, they met outside the dorms under the hot Memphis sun as Ben helped Emily move a couch into her room. While drawn to each other’s talent, they came to realize the overlapping nature of their hearts. It was in Western North Carolina, on a week-long fall camping trip, where the band’s story really begins. They were both preoccupied by separate projects at the time with Emily focusing on her budding career as a solo singer/songwriter and Ben being in another band. It was on that trip camping along the Davidson and French Broad rivers that the light bulb went off. They decided to ditch their current endeavors upon returning to Memphis and focus on writing and performing together. Carolina Story was born beside the afterglow of a campfire along the banks of those rivers with the name embodying the inception of their journey together. They were married in June 2009 and embarked on their first tour right after their honeymoon with Ben finishing his last semester of school online from the road.

Hilary & Kate

Hilary & Kate is a duo made up of Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller. As their two voices, guitar, and violin intertwine, they conjure up echoes of time-honored musical traditions rooted in folk, bluegrass, and gospel while putting a fresh spin on these sounds as only young artists can.

In early 2012, Hilary and Kate began playing and recording together; Hilary was already seasoned from years of traveling and performing both solo acoustic and with her full band, but Kate brought something new and unique with her voice and violin that instantly clicked. The year ended up being one of rich blessing for Hilary and Kate, with extensive tours around the United States and Europe.


Wood is made up of five members: Steve Kindel, Paul Steven Silva, Dahlan Richenberg, Rob Strom and Barry Johnson from San Luis Obispo. Wood plays acoustic music, best described as folk pop. Catchy, thoughtful original tunes that reflect the natural beauty and diversity of the Central Coast. The group is rooted in music that came out of the Laurel Canyon scene in the early 1970s.

Toro Creek Ramblers

The Toro Creek Ramblers is an informal group of (mostly) amateur musicians who meet at the Last Stage West’s bluegrass jam session and buffet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The band is anchored by “Executive Director” Bern Singsen on guitar, and “Musical Director” Dan Mazer (BanjerDan) on the banjo. The personnel varies from show to show, but the sound is always rooted in the style of the first-generation artists who made bluegrass music what it is today.



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