Thursday, June 23, 2011

Arcadia free summer concerts start July 7

The Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department announced a partnership with Target in recognition of its efforts in creating community through people, parks and programs. We strengthen community image and sense of place, support economic development, strengthen safety and security, promote health and wellness, foster human development, increase cultural unity, protect environmental resources, facilitate community problem solving and provide recreational experiences. This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that equals more than $3 million every week.

“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with the City of Arcadia as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Mark your calendar! The City of Arcadia’s FREE summer concert series is approaching fast, so make sure you don’t miss out on the fun in the sun! The summer concerts are held on the lawn between City Hall and the Police Department (240 West Huntington Drive). The summer concert series are held on Thursday evenings starting at 6:30-8pm. Bring the kids out to participate in the FREE fun zone, featuring games, crafts, and activities each week. For more information, please call 626.574.5113. Listed below is the line up for this summer.

July 7th - The 1st Marine Division Band - Patriotic

The 1st Marine Division Band, based out of Camp Pendleton, California, consists of 50 Marine musicians. While the primary mission of the 1st Marine Division Band is to provide musical support for military parades and ceremonies, they remain versatile to accommodate other needs. In addition to the Ceremonial Band and Concert Band, the band forms smaller ensembles such as Big Band, Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet, and Party Band. They perform at over 300 commitments a year, with highlights including the State Funeral of President Ford, the Tournament of Roses Parades, Disneyland's Independence Day Concerts, and annual concerts at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. In 2007, the 1st Marine Division Band was awarded the "Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands" administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

All Marine Corps Bands fulfill the objective of preserving the values that comprise the unique and fundamental national strength and character of the United States. Whether performing music or serving in a combat zone, the 1st Marine Division Band carries on this esteemed tradition and remains the Pride of the Division.

July 14th - The Fenians - Celtic

For nearly two decades now, The Fenians have delivered their potent mix of traditional Irish folk and good old rock n roll all across the USA and Ireland. With an ever expanding set of original creations, as well as contemporary and traditional tunes plucked from the panoply of the genre, these five lads put on a live show that is second to none. Their foundation is decidedly Celtic, but there is no mistaking the complimentary influences of Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, and World music.

July 21st - Mariachi Divas - Mariachi & More

Founded and directed by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, Mariachi Divas are making big waves on the national music scene. Mariachi Divas are a unique, multi-cultural, all female ensemble, imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles. In 2009, Mariachi Divas won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album of the year for their 2008 release, Canciones De Amor. This marks the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group has been a nominee, or of course, a winner. You don’t want to miss this award winning show!

July 28th - The Late Bloomers - Folk Rock

The Late Bloomers are an acoustic folk-rock band with some intriguing originals in its repertoire. Now two married couples, they cut their teeth on the music of Dylan and Neil Young while still in high school in the sixties and have since found their own sound by putting their individual stamp on favorites from that era. All four are accomplished vocalists and pleasing harmonies dominate the sets. They have individually been part of the Pasadena and LA music scene for many years and have played with other bands and are now enjoying their collaboration as The Late Bloomers.

August 4th - Cold Duck - 70’s top 40

Back by popular demand! Join us once again for this special celebration….National Night Out & Arcadia’s 108th Birthday! National Night Out promotes crime prevention and awareness through police-community partnerships. Arcadia’s Police and Fire Department will be joining us for this very special occasion. Free fingerprinting for the kids, crime prevention materials and other information will be available. Stop by and show your support to Arcadia’s finest. But wait…that is not it! Help Arcadia celebrate our 108th birthday by enjoying some birthday cake (while supplies last) sponsored by Arcadia’s Historical Society.

Since its inception over two decades ago, Cold Duck’s philosophy has been directly responsible for their continued success: “Give the people what they want to hear and have a good time delivering it!” With this solid experienced musicianship, it should come as no surprise that Cold Duck is renowned for being one of the most versatile bands in existence. Cold Duck continues its tradition of excellent musicianship and groovin' rhythms. So let’s have a good time dancing the night away!

August 11th - Tommy Tassi and the Authentics - Oldies

Tommy Tassi and the Authentics have been entertaining southern California audiences since 1978. They specialize in the pop hits of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. The group’s main feature is its front man and lead vocalist, Tommy Tassi, who has an uncanny ability to sound like many of the legendary artists. From the tender ballads to the bellowing rockers, he truly delivers sound-a-like renditions of the classic hits. As a showman, he brings much enthusiasm to the stage, working the audience with his spirited personality and creating an atmosphere of clapping, singing along and dancing.

August 18th - Surfin’ Safari - Tribute to the Beach Boys

Surfin’ Safari is a faithful recreation of what it would have been like to see the Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime. The incomparable beauty of their vocal harmonies, the crashing back beat of Dennis Wilson’s drums, the soaring surf guitar of Carl Wilson, and the genius of Brian Wilson’s music are all here. The uniband choreography, the fender guitar line up, the famous custom striped shirts, right down to the black suede Beach Boys boots, it’s all here.

For more questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 626.574.5113.

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