Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Welk Resort Hosts Free Music Festival, July 1-4

I've lived in San Diego all of my life and I never knew that The Welk Resort actually had events for the public. I also tend to skip over North County events, not because I don't care, but the central and south parts of the county keep me pretty busy on their own.

Anyhow, there's a music festival this weekend at the Lawrence Welk Resort. It's free for the early evening portion from 3-7pm each day, and there are ticketed night shows featuring some tribute bands. I'd go into more detail, but the press release is pretty clear and concise. Click 'keep on reading' for details.

This weekend catch the Lawrence Welk Resort Summer Music Festival featuring local bands from 3pm-7pm on the Welk Resort outdoor stage next to the Beer and Wine garden. Sit on the patio and enjoy different varieties of beers while listening to local bands! Enjoy BBQ and a Farmers Market, activities for the kids, golf and much more! In the evenings at 8pm catch Surfin' Safarai - A Tribute to the Beach Boys (July 1); Abbey Road - A Tribute to the Beatles (July 2) and Hollywood Stones - A Tribute to the Rolling Stones (July 3). All tribute shows begin at 8pm and are just $20.

Local bands will playing on the outside stage at the Welk Resort from 5-7 PM and rock tribute acts will perform inside the theatre at 8 PM during the festival. Popular North County punk band, Plane Without a Pilot, opens the festival on July 1 and plays a free concert from 5-7 PM. www.myspace.com/planewithoutapilot .

The headline music act on July 1 is Surfin Safari – The Ultimate Tribute to the Beach Boys. The band is musically directed by former Beach Boys’ music director Chris Farmer.The show starts at 8 PM and tickets are $20.. www.surfinsafariband.com.

July 2 features local favorite acoustic singer/songwriter John Lowery. The highly acclaimed acoustic guitarist was a member of Hatful of Rain at the height of the group’s popularity. He plays original songs, which he performs in North County coffee houses, and covers artists like Jack Johnson. His site is www.myspace.com/johnlowerymusic.The show is free and is from 5-7 PM.

The headline act on July 2 is Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles. The Los Angeles Times said “this show delivers” the Orange County Register said “if you see one tribute act, see this one – smart and loads of fun,” and the Idaho Stateman said “if you like the Beatles, this is the ticket for you.” The group’s three costume change show, Liverpudlian patter between songs and faithful recreation of the music of the Beatles is a great show. The show begins at 8 PM and tickets are $20. www.tickettoridemusical.com.

July 3 features a Traditional and Dixieland jazz, blues and ragtime band, the Dixie Express Band. The band was formed in San Diego in June 2000 by a group of musicians participating in the America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society's workshops and jazz camps. The show is free and the band performs from 5-7 PM> Their site is www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=36594896811

Headlining July 3 is Rolling Stones tribute, Hollywood Stones. This nationally touring band captures the musicality of the original as well as the unique Rolling Stones “vibe." The show begins at 8 PM and tickets are $20. http://www.hollywoodstones.com

On July 4 from 5-7 PM headlining the outside stage is Cathouse Thursday, lead my recording artist Will Farber. Will Faeber on keyboards and vocals. David Allen of the BBC called Will's 1997 release, NO SMALL COMFORT, "One of the best of the year". Will's third CD, TRAVEL BY STARS was released world wide to critical acclaim and he has just released the sound track CD for his feature film comedy, CLOTHING OPTIONAL, which he wrote and directed. http://www.willfaeber.com

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