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Summertime ‘rocks’ at Central Park!

Live From City Hall

Posted: July 6, 2008 1:13 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Every year the city of Santa Clarita's Arts and Events Office produces and hosts a Summer Concerts in the Park series. Each year has a new theme, and this year's series is set to impress, as it will feature live cover and tribute bands.

The Concerts in the Park series is free to all and is located at Central Park in Santa Clarita. Every Saturday through Aug. 9, Central Park will be jam-packed with musicians, families, friends, local food vendors and, of course, music lovers.

The concerts are set to begin at 7 p.m., although it is wise to arrive early with your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics as the spaces do fill up fast.

This all-ages event promises to be the most eclectic, with sounds ranging from R&B to vintage and pop rock.

No Duh, a No Doubt tribute band, takes the stage July 12. No Duh will be rocking the park as they bring the energy and create an experience similar to a live No Doubt and Gwen Stefani concert.

No Duh rocks the crowd with their amazing visuals, stylings and props of the No Doubt videos.

On July 19, Bonne Musique Zydeco will be turning Central Park into a dance party with their captivating music that combines an assortment of rhythms and natural beats that is guaranteed to keep feet moving and heart rates up.

This unique form of American folk music, which takes its origins from the Creole community, was recently added as a category on the Grammy's. Bonne Musique Zydeco is a musical experience that should not be missed.

Hollywood U2, the world's leading U2 tribute band, will be entertaining the crowds at Central Park on July 26.

Hollywood U2 has toured many countries and emulates U2 like no other with their interpretations of numerous U2 hits.

Aug. 2 brings the Durell Coleman Soul Review, a Motown, soul, classic and current R&B variety show band. The band features Star Search winner Durell Coleman as well as multiple lead vocalists, choreographed dance steps, and a powerful horn section.

The Durell Coleman Soul Review performs all the hits of classic R&B and Motown, as well as current dance tunes.

The Craze comes to town Aug. 9 and brings the rock with them. This band, as their name states, causes a craze when they perform with girls screaming, and crowds dancing around.

The Craze's influences range from ‘60s rock to ‘80s new wave. With a large following, this is one band that will pack the park.

As eclectic as can be, the Summer Concert series will switch gears on Aug. 16 with Ken O'Malley & the Twilight Lords, a band with classic American and British roots as well as Irish favorites deeply rooted in Irish tradition.

Listening to Ken O'Malley & the Twilight Lords has been compared with taking a journey to the heart and soul of Ireland.

On Aug. 23, the final night of the Summer Concerts in the Park series, Queen Nation, a picturesque re-creation of vintage band Queen, will perform.

With thousands of loyal fans throughout Southern California, Queen Nation has been hailed by many critics as one of the best Queen re-creations in the world.

Attending the Concerts in the Park series is a long-running summer tradition for many city residents, having begun in 1989.

For those attending, it is important to remember that for prime seating and viewing, try to arrive early and perhaps consider bringing an umbrella, as the sun is out later throughout the summer months.

Parking is limited in the lot, so there is yet another reason to arrive early to the concerts. Food and beverages will be available for purchase for all to enjoy, but concert goers are also able to bring picnics. Keep in mind, however, that barbeques, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted at the event. Videotaping is also not allowed.

Be sure to put on your dancing shoes to catch one of the great Concerts in the Park and make it part of your family's summer tradition.

Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. For more information on the concert series, either contact the city of Santa Clarita's Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 or visit the city Web site at www.santa-clarita.com/arts/concerts/.

Rick Gould is director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a weekly column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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