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Concerts in the Park returns Saturday

New rules prevent concert-goers from staking out territory

Posted: July 6, 2012 3:36 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 3:36 p.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita will be welcoming eight bands during the coming weeks as it returns with its popular “Concerts in the Park” series starting this Saturday.


The bands range from the Latin jazz band Bandidos De Amor, to pop rock with The Basix, to Motown classic rhythm-and-blues with The Durell Coleman Band.


“Concerts in the Park is a long-standing tradition that returns every summer by popular demand and is entirely free for everyone to enjoy,” Mayor Frank Ferry said in a statement. “Not only will attendees enjoy outstanding performances of popular music, (but) guests are guaranteed to have a fun night with friends and family.”


The first performance of the year this Saturday features The Shoemaker Brothers, which plays folk rock music and switches instruments during performances.


This year, the city is offering 100 premier parking passes for sale at $150 each that will guarantee residents a parking spot at Central Park for all eight concerts, according to city officials. The money from the parking passes will be used to pay for increased security at the events — which have attracted up to 8,000 people during a single concert.


As of Thursday, the city had sold 10 parking passes, said Community Services Supervisor Ingrid Hardy.


The passes will remain on sale until the end of Friday, Hardy said. Residents can visit the city’s website to purchase the parking passes at http://arts.santa-clarita.com/Index.aspx?page=42.


The 750 free parking spaces at Central Park will remain available to concert-goers, although they’re advised to get to the event early if they want a spot.


In addition to the new parking passes, the city is also starting new rules and guidelines this season in an effort to allow equal access to the concerts after some people began arriving at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. to claim a spot, according to officials.


The new rules won’t allow concert-goers to use stakes, ropes or caution tape to claim spots, according to city officials.


Residents also won’t be able to leave their canopies, chairs and blankets unattended, and staff members will remove unoccupied canopies and chairs prior to the concert.


The free concerts start Saturday and continue each Saturday through Aug. 25 at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

kjonas@the-signal.com
661-287-5517

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