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Summer heats up with free concert series

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Posted: July 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Outdoor performances at Central Park are part of what makes summer in Santa Clarita so memorable and fun.

With world-class musical acts and cool summer evenings, residents are sure to enjoy a great mix of free, nonstop live music every Saturday night through Aug. 25.

Beginning tonight, the city of Santa Clarita will kick off the free Concerts in the Park series at Central Park at 7 p.m. With sounds ranging from Classic Rock to Motown and Jazz, this year’s eight-week lineup offers something for everyone with popular tribute bands and high-energy performers spanning multiple genres.

The 2012 summer series begins tonight, with a performance by The Shoemaker Brothers. Known as Folk Rock music, this band’s originality captivates audiences as they switch instruments during performances. The series continues on July 14, as Led Zepagain takes the stage. This band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin by replicating their familiar rhythms and energetic electric classics.  

A well-established pop rock cover band known as The Basix, performs July 21.  These professionals are no strangers to the stage as they have opened for many popular bands, including: Air Supply, The Coasters and The Village People.  

The hits keep coming with a performance by The Atomic Punks on July 28; a tribute to the early Van Halen and David Lee Roth era. Voted “Best Tribute Band” by LA’s “Rock City News” three years in a row, The Atomic Punks have performed numerous timesin venues throughout the country.  

On Aug. 4, The Walking Phoenixes take the stage paying homage to Johnny Cash with harmonies and guitar solos. The band will also play songs by other popular artists like Willie Nelson, The Eagles and John Denver.

A Motown classic R&B group called The Durell Coleman Band returns to Concerts in the Park on Aug. 11. This band will include multiple vocalists, choreography, and a powerful horn section to infuse true soul into some of the greatest hits in R&B.  Having opened for Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations and Anita Baker, The Durell Coleman Band is a performance community members won’t want to miss.

Latin Jazz music from Bandidos De Amor fills the air on Aug. 18.  Singing in both Spanish and English, the band’s style of music is an electrifying mix of Jamaican Roots, Argentinean Folklorica and American Alternative Roots.
The explosive summer concert series culminates on Aug. 25 with Wanted. This rock ‘n’ roll band creates a fun, concert environment using the style and atmosphere that is known as the Bon Jovi show.   

For the first time in Concerts’ history, 100 premier parking passes are available for guests looking to purchase a backstage parking spot for the entire Concerts in the Park summer series. Premier parking passes may be purchased online or picked up at the Arts and Events Office, at the city’s Sports Complex, Activities Center at 20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy.

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, lawn chairs and blankets, and arrive early as spaces fills up quickly at Concerts in the Park. This year, out of consideration for others, guests cannot reserve areas and are asked to stay with their belongings at all times.  Chairs, tables, blankets and other possessions left unattended will be removed by city staff.  
Central Park is at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd. For more information on the 2012 Concerts in the Park series, please contact Arts and Events at 661-250-3787 or visit    

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Councilmember and can be reached at:


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