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Shake it like it’s summer

Hart Park kicks off seasonal concert series

Posted: June 16, 2012 9:52 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2012 9:55 p.m.

Randy Runyon dances to the blues music of Kelly’s Lot as the group performs at the Music in the Park event held at William S. Hart Park in Newhall on Saturday.

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Some people might try to avoid getting the blues, but that definitely wasn’t the case for the crowd that enthusiastically welcomed it Saturday with open arms at the 2012 Music in the Park Series in Newhall.

“We love the blues,” said Robert Duarte who sat with his wife, Kathy, under the shade of trees at William S. Hart Park while their 8-year-old son Julian sat nearby recording the event with a digital camera. “It’s just great music.”

The concert featured two regional blues bands: Kelly’s Lot and 10th Street West.

Kelly’s Lot lead singer Kelly Zirbes said the concert series will do nothing less than bring people together for a good time.

“Music gives people a reason to get out and about instead of staying home stuck inside their TV,” Zirbes said. “Music connects people — it connects you with your neighbors and your friends and makes everything better.”

Kelly’s Lot hit the stage just before 2 p.m. and soon had some in the crowd dancing or clapping along to the band’s music, which Zirbes said is heavily influenced by 60s icons Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker with a healthy dose of Texas guitar—slinger Stevie Ray Vaughan added to the mix.

The Duartes are regular visitors to the park and would like to see more concerts there, they said.

So would event coordinator Al Ewing, for that matter.

“This is a great start to bringing more music into this park,” Ewing said. “If the question is, ‘Will events at the park like this work here?” the answer is an absolute ‘yes.’”

Saturday’s concert was the first in a four part series featuring a variety of music.

The next concert in the series takes place 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 14 and features Latino music.

Due to the large number of jazz festivals in the county, jazz musicians did not play at Saturday’s concert in the park as originally intended, Ewing said.



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