Art & Culture

Entertainment, Concessions and Camping at Bolado Park Event Center Complements Hollister Freedom Rally Activities

A lineup of local bands is offering great entertainment 3:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the patio at the Bolado Park Event Center; biker movies follow in the Pavilion.

Bolado Park Event Center, located in the beautiful countryside of San Benito County in the small town of Tres Pinos, is just a 10-minute drive southeast of downtown Hollister. The Official Campground of the 2015 Hollister Freedom Rally features top musical performances for members of the general public and campground guests on The Patio Stage at the Center. This year, campers and guests at Bolado Park will be able to readily access food and beverage concessions, as well as some vendors providing a wide array of merchandise. The relaxing and fun evenings end with the complimentary showing of popular biker movies in the newly renovated Pavilion. Admission is just $10 for non-campers and includes entertainment and no-host cold refreshments. Food trucks will also be on-site. 

The line-up of local bands is varied offering great entertainment.  All of the performances will be supported by the local audio production of Danny Perales.  Musical entertainment is provided 3:30- 10 p.m. with the following showcase:

July 3rd Band Lineup: 

Change in the Weather – A local Hollister band performing all original music in the style southern rock, blues and Latin influences. 

Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat – A power blues trio from Aromas featuring Jake Nielsen on lead guitar and vocals.

Spinfarm – The band plays meaty power chords with no frills reminiscent of Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots and Muse based on their home-grown Monterey County roots.  

July 4th Band Lineup:

Jeff and Juli Strametz – Representing Morgan Hill/Gilroy, this talented duo will entertain listeners with a wide array of acoustic rock music.

Kizmet – A local Hollister band featuring Zachary Freitas, Max Crist and Mathew Virak, their original and cover songs are in the style of rock, grunge, Americana and folk.

Miles Schon Band – This North Bay Area guitar virtuoso performs brilliant power rock and electric ukulele tunes with a top-notch back-up band. He hails from rock and roll royalty (Hint: his dad used to play with a guy named Carlos Santana and currently leads a band called Journey). 

If you’re camping, visit the Hollister Freedom Rally website for the special discounted Rally camping code and then call the reservation hotline at 831-628-3421 or register on-site. The admission fee to musical entertainment and access to the concessions for non-campers is $10 per person.

Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.