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More shows than you can shake a drumstick at

Posted: June 25, 2009 2:05 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2009 6:00 a.m.

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"Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone goes, 'cause everyone knows...." With apologies to Neil Diamond, that line from "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" sums up summer nights in the SCV. Everyone goes 'cause everyone knows there are good times and great music aplenty, with a free concert around nearly every corner. Hallelujah.

The big boys of the season are the Concerts in the Park and the Lexus Jazz & Blues Concert Series. The former transforms Central Park on Saturday nights and the latter takes over Town Center Drive on Fridays.

Just up the street, the Westfield Valencia Town Center offers Rockin' Summer Nights on Tuesdays, and not too far away the Valencia Marketplace presents Friday concerts that end early enough so you can follow up with Jazz & Blues afterward.

You can combine a Saturday at Six Flags Magic Mountain with one of the free concerts offered there - and, within an hour's drive, Ventura Harbor Village showcases music by the sea on Sunday afternoons. Just think, with a little planning, you might be able to see all the shows!

Concerts in the Park
Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road
Saugus, CA 91350
All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
For more information contact the city of Santa Clarita's Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 or visit www.santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Saturday, July 11: The Skinny Little Twits (classic rock and dance band)
Saturday, July 18: Led Zepagain (Led Zeppelin tribute band)
Saturday, July 25: The Doo-Wah Riders (country)
Saturday, Aug. 1: The SCV All Stars (local entertainers)
Saturday, Aug. 8: Urban Dread (danceable reggae)
Saturday, Aug. 15: Don't Stop Believing (the songs and sounds of Journey)
Saturday, Aug. 22: Lisa Haley and the Zydecats (neo-zydeco and ballads)
Saturday, Aug. 29: Boogie Knights (disco revival)

The city of Santa Clarita's Concerts in the Park series is one of the most popular summertime traditions year after year. The 2009 talent lineup, complete with returning favorites and first-time bands, ensures that the hits will keep on coming. The concerts are free and kick off July 11 at Central Park, continuing every Saturday evening there through Aug. 29.

Concerts in the Park 2009 will showcase an impressive lineup comprised of popular tribute bands and performers from multiple genres. The Skinny Little Twits, one of California's premier classic rock and dance bands, will be the first band to hit the stage this year, performing on July 11. The band has opened for the likes of the Go Go's, Christopher Cross and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
"Concerts in the Park is one of the City's most celebrated summer traditions," said Mayor Frank Ferry. "The series allows local residents to relax and enjoy a night out with quality musical entertainment at a great venue - for free."

The summer concert series culminates with the return of one of series' most popular performers - Boogie Knights, presenting one of the great disco revival shows.

Lexus Jazz & Blues Concert Series
Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and end promptly at 9:30 p.m.
For information call Barbara Myler at Summit West Management (661) 290-2911.

Friday, June 26: Gino Matteo (blues)
Friday, July 3: Delgado Brothers (Latin blues)
Friday, July 10: Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats(big band swing, blues, oldies, rocabilly and more)
Friday, July 17: Dona Oxford (blues)
Friday, July 24: Michael John & the Bottom Line (blues)
Friday, July 31: Lori Andrews JazHarp Quartet (jazz, fusion, R&B: featuring harp)
Friday, Aug. 7: Jim Gibson (blues, soul, funk and jazz)
Friday, Aug. 14: Reno Jones (blues)
Friday, Aug. 21: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps(New Orleans meets Texas blues)
Friday, Aug. 28: Tom Nolan Band (soul, blues, rhythm, jazz - dance)

They're going be partying on Town Center Drive in Valencia every Friday night through Aug. 28. This will be the 11th year that the Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series will feature regional, national and international jazz and blues recording artists in a street party setting, while offering interactive activities for adults and children.

The concerts are held on Town Center Drive, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Valencia, where the street is blocked off and good times reign. There is no admission charge and tables can be reserved for a fee. There is a variety of food and beverages, including wine and beer for the adults. Continuing the tradition of supporting the SCV's local charities, a portion of the weekly sales from the beverage bar, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, will be donated to a local non-profit organization.

Rockin' Summer Nights
at Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 West Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information contact the Westfield Concierge at (661) 287-9050 or visit www.westfield.com/valencia.

Tuesday, July 7: Radio Disney Street Team and Letters to the Editor (rock, pop, alternative)
Tuesday, July 14: The Stars of Santa Clarita (Cherry Bomb, Divebar Superstars, and Fentruck)
Tuesday, July 21: Boogie Knights (disco revival)
Tuesday, July 28: Mishavonna (from American Idol)

July 7 - 28, every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., Town Center Drive's "Town Square" will be transformed with an outdoor stage, lighting and music of different genres to entertain Santa Clarita families and adults alike. Rockin' Summer Nights concerts provide free community entertainment and offer samples of sweet treats from shopping center restaurants and even opportunities to win prizes and free gifts from Westfield retailers.

Westfield Valencia Town Center recently held its first annual open call for all Santa Clarita stars to perform in the Stars of Santa Clarita evening of entertainment (July 14). Three were selected to perform: Cherry Bomb, Divebar Superstars, and Fentruck - all residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Westfield Valencia Town Center has selected the SCV Youth Project as the non-profit charity partner as the beneficiary for all donation tickets sold. Donation tickets will be available each performance evening at the Westfield Information Booth.

Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater
The marketplace runs between McBean and Lyons along East side of The Old Road in Valencia. The amphitheater is near the northern end.
Concerts are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on six consecutive Fridays.
For more information visit www.valenciamarketplace.com.
This is the 13th year these popular concerts have been held at the outdoor amphitheater at Valencia Marketplace and attendance can reach to 1,000 or more, as people sit on the grass or bring their own chairs. "Join your neighbors and friends. Have a picnic and enjoy the music," said Connie Cashin, marketing director of Valencia Marketplace. "We have 16 different restaurants and eateries and most have takeout."

Friday, July 10: Fantastic Diamond (tribute to Neil Diamond)
Friday, July 17: Imagine (tribute to The Beatles)
Friday, July 24: Dwight Kennedy Band (classic rock and pop)
Friday, July 31: The Hodads (the beach sounds of the 1960s)
Friday, Aug. 7: Dock Rocket (rock from the 1950s and 1960s)
Friday, Aug. 14: The Red Elvises (from Russia with love)

Sunday Summer Concert Series at Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001
Concerts run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, July 5 through Labor Day weekend on the Carousel Stage.
Admission and parking are free and some seating is available.
For more information, visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com or call (805) 642-8538.

Sunday, July 5: The Phantom Riders(surf beat)
Sunday, July 12: Pentasonics (funky jazz and soul)
Sunday, July 19: Pirate's Day - Steve Stafford's Strolling Pirate Musicians
Sunday, July 26: Unkle Monkey (tropical rock)
Sunday, Aug. 2: Chris Murphy Band (violin music) Sunday, Aug. 9: Aubrey & Elan (pop and soft rock)
Sunday, Aug. 16: Sam Warren Spade & Company (eclectic pop and rock favorites)
Sunday, Aug. 23: Beach Bums (beach tunes)
Sunday, Aug. 30: Teresa Russell & Friends (blues, jazz and pop)
Sunday, Sept. 6: Upstream (Caribbean)

The Sunday Summer Concert Series entertains guests with a variety of music on Sundays from July 5 through the Labor Day weekend. The events take place on the Carousel Stage in a casual atmosphere. In addition to the Sunday concerts, steel drum artists perform along the Village Promenade on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The harbor is loaded with fine dining experiences as well as trendy boutiques, arts and entertainment, boat rentals, harbor cruises, arcade and carousel, waffle cone ice cream cones, a French bakery, fresh seafood, or homemade fudge. The Harbor Village Gallery offers kids a way to tap into their creative energy every Saturday in the summer with a variety of art projects each week through Sept. 5.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Golden Bear Theater
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
Concerts are held during the afternoon/early evening. You must buy a park ticket, but there is no other charge.
For information call (661) 255-4100 or visit www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/index.aspx

Saturday, June 27: Pablo Montero(ranchero) and Adela Noriega
Saturday, July 11: Wale and Sean Kingston (rap)
Saturday, July 25: Montes de Durango(Latin) and Alacranes Musical(Duranguense)
Saturday, Aug. 8: Flock of Seagulls(electropop)and When in Rome (new wave)
Saturday, Aug. 15: Dramarama(alternative rock)
Saturday, Aug. 22: Everclear(alternative rock, post-grunge) and Lit(alternative)
Saturday, Aug. 29: Firestorm ReliefBenefit (Mitchel Musso, Five ForFighting)
Saturday, Sept. 19: Newsboys, The Afters, and Project 86 (pop, rock, alternative - Christian)

Six Flags Magic Mountain's popular summer weekend concert series is returning, covering a variety of music genres including pop, R&B, ‘80s and Latin. Acts include some of today's hottest, and yesterday's favorite, artists. The park will also present shows featuring talented Hispanic novela stars and music. Plus, guests can enjoy additional concerts this year including Hallelujah Jubilee featuring Newsboys, The Afters and Project 86.

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