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Concerts in the Park draws a crowd

Posted: August 20, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The city's Concerts in the Park series has garnered heightened interest this summer.

Journey tribute band Don't Stop Believing took the stage on Aug. 15, highlighting what has been a popular summer for the program.

"The concert was as big as I have ever seen. I'd think there were about 9,000 people in attendance," said Mike Fleming, Santa Clarita's arts and events supervisor. "Three of the soccer fields were completely filled and normally only about one and a half are full."

Tribute bands have proven to be a fan favorite among all ages. Led Zepagain performed in mid July and the crowd rivaled that of Don't Stop Believing.

The series doesn't just boast tribute bands. Many different musical genres are represented and overall popularity has swelled.

"I think over the years it has become more popular because it's at one location. It used to move from park to park, and now everyone knows when and where it's going to be," Fleming said. "The economy has also been a factor because people in Santa Clarita are taking more ‘staycations.' They aren't spending as much money."

Lisa Haley and the Zydecats, an eclectic musical experience will be rocking out in Central Park this Saturday, and disco band Boogie Knights will close out the concert series on Aug. 29.

Fleming and the arts and events office don't like to look to far ahead into next season, but he said when the selection process starts in November it's going to be vastly competitive. They will have to sift through hundreds of candidates who are eager to perform for the Santa Clarita Valley next summer.

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