Rockin Out in Beaumont!
Rockin’ out in Beaumont
The city of Beaumont’s hometown Summer Concert Series 2011 promises to rock the house, or in this case, the great outdoors.
Whatever your taste in rock ‘n’ roll, the city has lined up hit makers who will bring good times and legendary music to Stewart Park.
Bring the family, spread out a blanket, have a picnic and enjoy!
For music lovers who haven’t yet attended a concert at Stewart Park, check out the slide show for last year’s Summer Concert Series on YouTube http://www.ci.beaumont.ca.us/ and see what all the excitement is about.
This year’s line-up will include the following acts:
—July 4: Three Dog Night: (“Mama Told Me Not To Come,” “Joy To The World,” and “Black and White.”
—July 13: The Bangles”: (“Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Eternal Flame,” and “Manic Monday.”)
—July 20: The Commodores: (“Still,” “Three Times A Lady,” and “Nightshift.”)
—July 27: Kansas: (“Carry On Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind” and “Point of Know Return.”)
—August 3: Rick Springfield: (“Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything For You,” and “Speak To The Sky.”)
The city of Beaumont’s 5th annual Summer Concert Series is free to all. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the grass Stewart Park, located at Ninth and Orange streets.
Each summer, fans eagerly await our local music festival. For many, it’s a great opportunity to see the musical acts they grew up with and loved so much. It also gives moms and dads a chance to introduce their favorite music to their kids.
Some diehard fans begin staking out their spots at 7 a.m. on the day of a concert, setting out blankets, coolers and maybe an EZ Up Canopy tent. They’ll have a friend or family member take turns watching their spot in the morning and then return in the afternoon for sound checks and the chance to meet recording legends and score autographs.
Listen to the music
Sandy Chatigny, 48, is one of the faithful concert-goers at Stewart Park.
She picks out her spot, has her family hold it while she goes to work and then returns for the fun by about 5 p.m.
“I’m a big fan,” she said. “This is such an awesome thing that Beaumont does for the community.”
She has enjoyed Air Supply, the Little River Band, Pat Benatar, Michael McDonald and KC and the Sunshine Band in past years.
The city began staging the forerunners to today’s professional concert productions about a decade ago with free, Saturday night pool parties at The Plunge in Stewart Park. Families gathered around the community pool and a DJ played music while locals danced on the pool deck and enjoyed 50-cent “Plunge Dogs.”
In 2005, the line-up of entertainment blossomed.
The Superfreaks, a tribute group known for disco and funk, delighted crowds at The Plunge. About 300 people gathered around a fence surrounding the pool and waited for their turn to do the “bump” and the “boogaloo.”
As the city began signing national acts like the Air Supply, America, War, and KC and the Sunshine Band, the event was spread over the summer and held on Wednesday nights and on the Fourth of July. The city gets a good deal mid-week on big name bands as they head to weekend engagements across Southern California. Last year, nearly 90,000 people attended the concerts, giving a big boost to the local economy.
Behind the scenes
Bob Sherwood, the city’s director of Community Services, works quietly year-round to line up talent. In 2012, Beaumont hopes to present a themed festival that will be called, “Women in Rock `n’ Roll.”
At his own expense, Sherwood attends up to 30 concerts a year and keeps up with bands on the Internet. To help arrange the acts, Beaumont works with M & M Entertainment in Rancho Cucamonga and Walden Media, a full-service production company in Las Vegas.
The Summer Concert Series is a family-friendly event. Children can enjoy the park, with its swings and special skateboarding area. Parents can bring a barbecue from home or fire up one of many grills in Stewart Park. Fans can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and bottled water as they wait for the hits to begin. Beaumont will have plenty of community-minded police officers mingling with the crowd to offer assistance and make sure everyone has a good time.
So as our nation celebrates Independence Day, come out for the first in what promises to be a wonderful series of concerts this summer. Stewart Park has become a great venue where you can listen and dance to the hits of yesterday and make new musical memories that will last a lifetime!