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Concerts in the Park return in July

Posted: May 26, 2014 1:11 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2014 1:11 p.m.
 

The familiar look and feel of Santa Clarita’s annual “Concerts in the Park” will have a familiar sound this year, as city officials have brought back a collection of popular acts to mark the 25th anniversary of the summer performance series.

“We definitely wanted to bring back some of our favorite groups from over the years,” said city Arts and Events Supervisor Mike Fleming. “And I think we’ve been successful in doing that.”

This year’s series begins July 12 with a performance by one of the more popular bands from the quarter-century run of the concert series — DSB, described as “America’s favorite tribute to Journey.”

“They’re one of the all-time favorites,” Fleming said of the band.

The next performer, on July 19, will be Suzanne Harper, an award-winning country singer and songwriter who finished in second place nationally at the 2013 Texaco Country Music Showdown.

Following Harper will be another familiar band: Led Zepagain — a Led Zeppelin tribute band — on July 26.

Following will be Hotel California, which will bring its tribute to The Eagles to the Santa Clarita Valley on Aug. 2.
Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries are next on tap on Aug. 9. The band’s performances combine a variety of classics from different periods and genres, including Motown, British invasions, doo-wop, rockabilly and surf.

The Aug. 16 concert brings Poncho Sanchez, who pays homage to the traditional flavors of Latin music while incorporating jazz harmonics.

Next, on Aug. 23, will be Hollywood U2, which pays tribute to the work of U2.

Rounding out this year’s Concerts in the Park series will be Boogie Knights on Aug. 30.
The band’s performance is a disco revival, featuring a variety of hits from the era.

Concerts are free, typically start at 7 p.m. and will be held in Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Since the concerts draw thousands of attendees, those looking to come out this year are encouraged to arrive early.

Fleming said it’s important for attendees to give themselves plenty of time to park and potentially walk a ways into the park.

“Those who want to attend need to be aware that if you’re going to show up at a quarter to 7 (p.m.), chances are slim you’re going to find a convenient parking spot at Central Park,” Fleming said.

For more information on this year’s series, visit Arts.Santa-Clarita.com/Events/Concerts-in-the-Park.

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Comments

ricketzz: Posted: May 27, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Showing some promise. Is there a shuttle from the Mall or the High School? Is there a drop off zone for passengers?


FunTimeSportSharks: Posted: May 27, 2014 7:58 a.m.

Concerts in the Park are a great time, we love going with our friends every summer to hang out and enjoy the music in an awesome family friendly venue. Like seeing a couple of the bands listed, but disappointed not to see Atomic Punks on this years lineup. Would love to see BonFire (AC/DC Bon Scott years tribute band) or Just Like Priest (Judas Priest tribute) added to the line up in the future. Damage Inc., even though the SCV may not be ready for a Metallica tribute band, is the best Metallica tribute bands out there (they play the Santa Fe Springs swapmeet a lot, must see tribute band for families interested in seeing them).


CastaicClay: Posted: May 27, 2014 5:49 p.m.

Move the concerts back to Sunday evenings.


Allan_Cameron: Posted: May 28, 2014 11:23 a.m.

The Poncho Sanchez band is at the apex of Latin Jazz. Inspired by the late, great Mongo Santamaria, this band came into its own many years ago. Poncho is a great musician, a Conga drum master, and combines Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha, Jazz, Blues, Afro-Cuban, bolero styles, and far more into just great music. If you have never seen or heard him, do so, and be entranced.

Thanks to our City for booking this all time great band.



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