Concerts on the Green Gearing Up to Start Summer 2017 Season
In providing diverse programs and events in the arts that bring together talent, community and business throughout the San Fernando Valley, the Valley Cultural Center was originally founded in 1975 to assist the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks in delivering arts and culture to this region of sun-kissed California. Now at the forefront of culture, arts and arts education for more than 40 years, the Cultural Center has become renowned for its free Concerts in the Park series, launched in 1975 under the guidance of its first chairwoman, educator Lou Bredlow. When these concerts became known as Concerts on the Green, the experience turned into a phenomenon for Southern Californians who hankered for summertime concerts in Woodland Hills, and continues to satisfy such fans to this day.
The 2017 Concerts on the Green schedule reads like a proverbial who’s who of incredible tribute bands and other celebrations such as fireworks shows, with all performances taking place on Sunday evenings at 6 pm and the calendar running from June 18 to August 20 (with the exception of July 2). The shows end at 8 pm unless otherwise noted, and all are held at the beautiful Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park at 5800 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills.
There’s plenty of room for a late-afternoon picnic with the family to enjoy while taking in these free concerts in Woodland Hills, and parking is available in the structure directly behind the stage on Califa Street for $15.
Ready for a summer you and the family won’t soon forget? Here’s the 2017 lineup for performances at Concerts on the Green!
Sunday, June 18 – 6:00 PM
Ticket to Ride: Tribute to The Beatles
From genuinely authentic costumes to instruments and even precise note-for-note renditions of the greatest songs ever written, this is America’s leading tribute to one of the most instantly-recognized musical acts ever.
Sunday, June 25 – 6:00 PM
Which One’s Pink?: Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd
This Los Angeles-based band that pays homage to perhaps the most legendary classic rock act of all time was founded in 1997 by musician-turned-lawyer Larry Isenberg, and has built a massive following from its more than 300 performances at premier live music venues throughout the southwestern United States.
Tuesday, July 4 – 6:00 PM-9:30 PM
Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Presented by Keyes Motors
With one of the most talked-about fireworks displays in Southern California, the Valley Cultural Center’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza delights over 600,000 people with a free concert and 20-minute jaw-dropping fireworks display. This year’s event features the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra!
Sunday, July 9 – 6:00 PM
Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac
There’s no denying the raw, visceral energy of one of the most beloved classic rock bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac. The members of the L.A.-based Mirage bring the vision of the band to the stage musically, vocally and with the energy of “the Mac” at its peak.
Sunday, July 16 – 6:00 PM
Surf City All Stars: Featuring Original Beach Boy David Marks
This COTG favorite has become a staple, with original Beach Boy David Marks and the Surf City All Stars singing the greatest hits of the classic group.
Sunday, July 23 – 6:00 PM
Billy Joel 2 Elton John with Opening Act The Gay Men’s Chorus
Los Angeles native Kenny Metcalf has become renowned as one of the best Elton John tribute artists worldwide, his on-the-nose performances embodying copycat vocal accuracy, stellar musicianship and stage antics having won him infinite accolades from fans as well as from peers in the entertainment industry. Likewise, Mike Santoro, born and raised in Levittown, New York – just a few miles from Billy Joel’s childhood home – is a Long Islander who pays homage to the music of the man who, in Mike’s words, “told the story of every kid’s, teen’s and adult’s life in the suburbs of New York City.”
Sunday, July 30 – 6:00 PM
Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen
All you Freddie Mercury fans, get ready to rock – Queen Nation carries on the musical torch by paying homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts. If “Another One Bites the Dust” doesn’t conjure up memories for you, “Under Pressure” surely will.
Sunday, August 6 – 6:00 PM
The Who Generation: Tribute to The Who
The Who Generation is a dazzling tribute to the British rock phenomenon The Who, recreating – visually and sonically – the magic of the original band with such classics as “Who Are You” and excerpts from the Tommy concept album.
Sunday, August 13 – 6:00 PM
Stayin’ Alive: The World’s Number One Tribute to The Bee Gees
If you were a child of the disco era, you remember the awesome Saturday Night Fever and the group that contributed to most of the film’s soundtrack, The Bee Gees. Stayin’ Alive offers to this audience the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, encompassing blockbusters like “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “You Should be Dancing,” “Nights on Broadway” and, of course, “Stayin’ Alive.”
Sunday, August 20 – 6:00 PM
Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience
While Stevie Wonder impersonations dot the musical landscape, Natural Wonder rolls into Woodland Hills and COTG with the full band experience, complete with a crack rhythm section, full-on horn ensemble and the formidable Gabriel Bello.
For additional information about the 2017 Concerts on the Green series at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park, visit http://www.valleycultural.org/concerts-programs/concert-schedule-2017/.