POWAY – The city has been
trying for years to get a local favorite, The Corvettes, to play its
free summer concert series.
The vintage rock 'n' roll
band finally said yes and will kick off the 13th annual Target
Summer Concert in the Park Series on June 27 at Lake Poway. The
eight-concert series, which shifts back and forth between Lake Poway
and Old Poway Park, runs each Sunday through Aug. 22.
The Corvettes fit in perfectly with the concerts' family-oriented
theme, said Sean Rauch, the city's recreation supervisor for Lake
Poway. The series emphasizes family recreation and cultural
experiences in an outdoor setting.
Organizers aggressively pursued The Corvettes, but didn't have
much trouble filling the rest of the bill.
"There's no shortage of bands that want to play in our concert
series, that's for sure," Rauch said, adding that he's been flooded
with promotional packets from local bands.
Organizers hope to match last year when more than 900 people
showed up for each performance, including 1,200 for the Bayou
Brothers, a Cajun zydeco band that returns Aug. 1 to Lake Poway.
"One thing we do like to do is mix it up, have just a wide
variety of bands, of music types," Rauch said. "That way it just
turns some people on to some music they might have not regularly
been aware of."
Keeping with that theme, other Lake Poway performers include
Nitro Express (country rock, July 18) and The Fabulous Ultratones
(classic rock/soul, Aug. 15).
Performers at Old Poway Park include 2nd Ave. Dixieland Jazz
(July 11), Tami Thomas Big Band (swing, jump jive, July 25), The Big
Mo Band (jazz/funk, Aug. 8), and Mark Jackson (country/honky-tonk,
Funded by a $5,500 grant from Target, admission for all the
concerts is free.
For more information, contact Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road,
at (858) 668-4770; or Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, at (858)
Craig Gustafson: (760) 737-7559; email@example.com