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First 2009 Concert in the Park draws thousands

Posted: July 12, 2009 10:26 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

From left, Mike Pieper, Rich Morlock and Shellie Dorman of the Skinny Little Twits perform "Free Ride" at the Concerts in the Park held at Central Park on Saturday night.

 
“It reminds me of Woodstock,” said Ian Mort, 53, of Chatsworth.

“Yeah ... a much smaller version ... with no naked people,” agreed Kristi Baker, 49, also of Chatsworth.

Mort and Baker, who have friends in the Santa Clarita Valley, have attended the last two annual Concerts in the Park series.

The city of Santa Clarita’s popular — and free — Concerts in the Park series kicked off Saturday as hundreds of people piled into Central Park with coolers, blankets, chairs, and umbrellas.

This event is “great. Other cities don’t do this,” Baker said. “It’s a great way to meet people.”

Paul Thompson, 44, of Saugus, came with his family to “enjoy a nice Saturday evening,” he said.

Thompson is a longtime Concerts in the Park attendee and tries to make as many shows as he can.

“We used to go when (the concerts) were on Lyons Avenue,” he said. “If we could make all of them, we would. We make the ones we can.”

“We come here to listen to some music,” Baker said. “It’s a kicked-back atmosphere, and we like people-watching.”

“People can bring pets and kids, too,” added friend Toni Smith, 41, of Saugus. “And it’s all free.”

Classic rock and dance band the Skinny Little Twits started the annual summer series this year.

Mustafa Seyrek, 34, has enjoyed the concerts since he moved to Canyon Country four years ago.

“We come to the concerts every year,” he said.

It’s a great opportunity “just to hang out,” said friend Denise Palucki, 31, also of Canyon Country.

Although Seyrek has never heard of the Skinny Little Twits, he looked them up online to check out what the night had in store.

“Looks like they are a cover band,” he said. “It should be fun.”

This year’s lineup — ranging from classic rock to neozydeco, countryand reggae — should include something for everyone to enjoy.

“In today’s economy, where else can you go and enjoy yourself with friends for free?” Baker said.

The event is one of the most popular organized by the city, officials say on the site, “drawing approximately 40,000 spectators through the course of the series or about 5,000 per concert.”

This year, co-sponsor Bristol Farms will be serving food.

The concert series runs every Saturday at 7 p.m. until Aug. 29. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a good spot.

Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.

For more information on the 2009 Concerts in the Park series, contact the city’s Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 or visit www.santa-clarita.com/concerts.

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