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Marsha McLean: Live from City Hall

Posted: June 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

There are many things I look forward to each summer in Santa Clarita, and the Concerts in the Park series is on my list of favorite ways to enjoy a Saturday evening.

Obviously I am not alone, as more than 5,000 people come each week to enjoy music under the stars. A picnic, friends, family and music in a beautiful park setting make for great summertime memories.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the concert series, and the event keeps getting better and better. We are extremely grateful for all of the community partners who support this event, and particularly the presenting sponsor, First Entertainment Credit Union.

More than just tribute bands, Concerts in the Park is a chance for all ages to enjoy a well-produced, free event that brings a diverse mix of musical talent to our community.

The eight-week series at Central Park includes some very accomplished and talented bands, a few we’ve previously enjoyed, and a band that is new to our lineup.

The 2013 season kicks off on Saturday, July 6, with the tribute band Queen Nation, a superb re-creation of the classic band Queen. If you’ve never seen Queen Nation in concert, this performance is not to be missed.

Then, on July 13, four life-long friends from the heartland of California take the stage as Poor Man’s Poison. The band was recently named "Best New Act" in country music at the Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville. After one pure, honest melody, you’ll understand why.

On July 20, Bostyx takes the stage, providing a unique tribute to two American pop music icons — Boston and Styx. This high-energy show is sure to please rock ‘n roll enthusiasts of all ages.

Then, on July 27, the interactive variety band Platinum Groove will entertain audiences, blending classic rock, swing, disco, new wave 80’s, top-40, current dance, funk, Motown, R&B, jazz and oldies.

Three years ago, the band Incendio performed at our Concerts in the Park series for the first time, and the Latin-Guitar-World group is back again on Aug. 3 for another energetic performance that’ll have you dancing.

On Aug. 10, you won’t want to miss Boogie Knights, a group that’s been dubbed as the "greatest disco revival show in the world."

The show includes choreography, polyester, Afros, bell-bottoms and crazy humor that’ll take you back to the ‘70s in a flash.

The final two concerts include Lisa Haley and the Zydecats on Aug. 17 and The Spazmatics on Aug. 24. Join Lisa and her band as they combine the spirits of jazz, folk, rock and blues with compelling vocals and ballads.

And you won’t want to miss The Spazmatics, who regularly perform in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as they bring the best of the ‘80s to Santa Clarita.

Residents are encouraged to arrive early to each concert and take advantage of VIP parking, which is available for $20 per car on a first-come, first-served basis.

Early arrival also allows time to set up chairs and grab dinner. This year, attendees can enjoy a variety of food vendors, including Whole Foods, Schreiner’s Fine Sausages and Our Place BBQ for the first four concerts and Soul Food, Persia Cuisine, Louisiana Charlies, and Chick-fil-A for the final four performances.

Out of consideration for others, guests cannot reserve space by staking or roping off areas, and attendees are asked to stay with their belongings at all times.

For more information about the 2013 Concerts in the Park series, please visit santa-clarita.com/arts or contact the city’s Arts and Events office at (661) 250-3787.

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

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