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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Corvettes give green light to concert


June 5, 2004

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, Aug. 22).

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) 668-4576.

Craig Gustafson: (760) 737-7559;

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