ETC unveils 2011 summer season
Entertainment, Theatre & Culture for Rancho Murieta on Monday announced its upcoming summer season at Lake Clementia. The five-show season includes tributes to some of rock's greatest performers.
There's more information about the season, as well as this month's show by comic Jack Gallagher, at ETC's web page.
The season-kickoff event will be May 15 at Lake Clementia. Here's a peek at the summer of entertainment:
STUNG -- June 11
STUNG, a San Francisco Bay Area band voted “Best Cover Band” in a 2007 San Francisco Bay Guardian poll, brings a dedication to authenticity that captures the distinctive original sound of The Police in hits like “Roxanne,” ”Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” “Every Breath You Take” and “King of Pain.” Tickets are $10 for ETC members.
Good Vibrations -- July 2
Good Vibrations pays tribute to the quintessential California group, the Beach Boys, with a show featuring the best of Golden State sun-and-fun mythology -- “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations” and more.
The five Good Vibrations performers take audiences on a musical journey of sun, surf, cars and girls as they capture the incomparable harmonies of the Beach Boys.
Bruce in the USA – July 30
This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect recreation of a show by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
Matt Ryan, from the “Legends In Concert” cast, played the Springsteen character since 2000 in the Las Vegas “Legends” show, which evolved into Bruce In The USA. Ryan's portrayal, not to mention his resemblance, is as close as you can get to seeing the real thing in concert. Backed by a seven-piece, powerhouse band, which includes characters like Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons and of course, “Little Stevie,” Bruce In The USA takes this genre of performance art to a whole new level.
Gregg Rollie – Aug. 20
Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular, multi-platinum super groups, Santana and Journey. In 1998, the world class keyboardist-vocalist-producer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the original Santana band.
Recalling those days with Carlos Santana, he remembers, “It was an amazing time. We created something that no one could fathom. … It was about the rhythms and solos more than the songs. It wasn’t Latin music, rock music, the blues – not any of the above. It was a combination of all of them.”
The Family Stone – Sept. 10
The Family Stone includes Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson, members of Sly and the Family Stone as well as Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductees and R&B Pioneer Award winners.
Jerry Martini is the original founder of Sly and the Family Stone, calling upon Sly Stone to become the leader of the first interracial, all-gender major American band. He has also performed with countless luminaries including Mike Bloomfield, Carlos Santana, Rolling Stone Bill Wymann, Robert Cray, Willie Lomax, Prince, Graham Central Station and Van Morrison.
Cynthia Robinson, along with Sly Stone, was part of "Sly and The Stoners" in 1966. Through her years with Sly and The Family Stone, she was notable for being an early, black, female trumpet player in a major American band. In recent years, she has played with George Clinton, Larry Graham, Prince and others.
The Family Stone presents a set of hits you'll remember -- "I Want to Take You Higher," "Everyday People," "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin," "Dance To The Music," "Hot Fun In The Summertime," "Family Affair," "Sing a Simple Song" and many more.
Somewhat disappointed in this summer season concert series. Although I do enjoy an occassional cover band, there is no standout musician or group this year.
I'm not a big fan of cover/tribute bands either. However, about a week and a half ago, I went with a friend to DESPERATELY needed to get out of the house. I knew she wasn't kidding when the event she wanted me to go to with her was a tribute band of The Carpenters. They were at Harlows. I went, somewhat dreadding it, and had a GREAT time! The Carpenters did a lot of songs I'd forgotten about (probably on purpose)!
What I especially liked was the price. Tickets were sold at the door $15, and I had "dinner" (a quesadilla that was plenty), and a beer. Total for the evening $40. Time spent with a friend from jr. high and some other random "old" people. Priceless!
I would have enjoyed that show....loved the Carpenters. So sad that Karen died......who performed the show?
Glad you enjoyed the evening, even with the "old" people!!!!!!
I have to say I'm actually excited.... The Best- in my opinion ETC concerts have been the Elton John and Neil Diamond Tribute........ So very MUCH looking forward to Stung and the Bruce tribute...
Martha... I'd be careful what you say out loud... would really hate for you to be hanging poolside and one of your neighbors is blasting their worn out Carpenters Greatest hits CD on their outdoor speakers... Just . Sayin.
Elk Grove's CSD puts on Comedy Under the Star each summer. They hire 3 comedians from Laughs Unlimited and charge $10.00. Lots of fun. The crowd is approximately the size as our crowds. I wonder if ETC could work some comedy into the venue.
Jacque, the band was called (are you ready for this?) "Close To You." ;-) The singer, I think her name may have been Michelle, did a GREAT job, and from our seats sorta looked like Karen Carpenter!
Kara, I'm a little worried, but my one neighbor that likes the music cranked up typically goes for heavy metal! Neighbor probably needs to worry more that I'll stick my head over the fence and start singing along! LOL!! Just sayin'...ahem...
I'd like to thank the volunteers of ETC for putting together another fun line up of concerts this summer. I am looking forward to enjoying them with my friends and family while sitting lakeside!
It's really not "so much" about the band. Any band promises to be a fun night out with your friends and having a few laughs and a few beers and such. A "real" band, a cover band, it's all good. Just be there to enjoy your surrounding company. Your fellow neighbors and your work associates and friends. That's what being an active Rancho Murieta participant is all about. ETC is working within their budget, and we should respect that. I sure do.
I gotta admit though: I enjoy the Carpenters as any fan would, but I wouldn't want to sit through a whole hour or more of only their songs. Now have a band that can cover the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Grand Funk, The Rolling Stones, Chicago, Rod Stewart, The Who, Carly Simon, The Steve Miller Band, Olivia-Newton-John and the such, and mix it up, now that would be a fun band!
I love bands that try to define an era, or a decade, not just one popular or established band.
What do you think?
The age old cover/tribute band debate. Overall I agree with Kerry though to me it's great that there's a good Carpenter Tribute band out there because it means people who can really SING are able to do what they love to do. Great harmonies are hard to achieve and get second billing to high profile leads- big oversight in my view because well crafted harmonies are a lot of work and significantly elevate songs. Re: The Family Stone - we've worked with them a fair amount and Jerry Martini is the real deal - not a tribute to anyone but his own artistry. All the groups featured - good job ETC! It'll give the young people in the area a chance to see real musicians playing instruments instead of tracks. Finally, re: 'cover bands" - they've got a long and honorable history - most musicians played "covers' for ages. Mozart, Brahms, Opera.. Composing and performing are two different arenas - sometimes talented musicians just want to play excellent, classic music. And that's cool.
It's only an hour! Geeze Kerry. As patient as you are with all us local postal patrons, I doubt you'd have a problem with an hour worth of the Carpenters.....LOL.
I went to a Neill Diamond concert a few years back and a young coworker had joined me. She told me she was not really sure what songs Neill Diamond was known for. During the 90 minutes of this concert, she excitedly sang along with each and every song. She had grown up hearing all these songs that are connected to many commercials not knowing who the artist was. (young people!). It was funny and lots of fun.
I actually agree, mixed groups and songs would be more fun.
Any concert here in Rancho is guaranteed to be good fun. Even if you're just gettin' together with your friends or to be with a loved one. Just go and enjoy the music in the background.
Remember when we were younger and we took a date to the Drive-In? We didn't always go to the Drive-In to actually watch the movie. Right? LOL
Kerry, it depended upon whether I was going to the Drive-In or the Drive-Inn! LOL
Regardless. There were good times to be had, if you know what I mean.
I do remember drive in movies. They were not really about the movies! How funny, I've not thought about that in years. My mom and dad would take the four of us kids. Mom would make pop corn (on the stove, not in the mircowave), would pick up some licorice and have jars of iced tea. We would take lawn chairs and pile into the back of my dad's truck. Yes, kids could ride in the back of the truck in those days. I remember the popcorn and dad carrying us into the house and putting us to bed when we got home. I don't actually remember the movie itself, just the speaker on the pole. It's a good thing we wore our pajamas to the movies. An outdoor activity on a warm summer night with the family will leave lasting memories, even songs from the Carpenters.