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FEATURED ARTISTS

     Featured Artists are musicians or concert series drawn from the summer concert performances. Over the summer, the section introduces, re-introduces and welcomes back as many bands and artists as possible. This year's Featured Artists and the dates in which they first appeared in the section are listed below. A new band/artist/series is added each week. You can read more about them and/or view a performance video.

A warm welcome to the newest Featured Artists for '24,
Pulp Vixen (Show Band/Dance/Variety)

PULP VIXEN

Upcoming performances: July 18 - La Habra, July 26 - Santa Fe Springs, August 1 - Westminster and August 4 - La Canada Flintridge

Past performances: June 27 - San Bernardino and July 11 - South El Monte

     Pulp Vixen is an all-female show band, a high-energy dance band specializing in today's Top 40 dance music, classic dance standards, and favorites from Latin and R&B to hip hop and classic rock. They also offer DJ services, MC services and sound/lighting, with formats ranging from a four-piece band to a nine-piece band with three lead vocalists and a horn section.

     Members of Pulp Vixen include: Roseann Aldrete (Lead Guitar), Chrissy Ras (Drums/Vocals), Megan Steiner (Bass Guitar/Rhythm Guitar/Drums), Sandy Chao (Keyboards), Tatiana Tate (Trumpet), Ruri Matthews (Saxophone), Susan Joyner (Keboards/Guitar), Jen Paro (Guitar/Bass), Jasmin Guevara (Drums/Percussion), LJ Stone (Guitar) and vocalists Becky Maheata Tahauri Moon, Niki Bente and Yo Jonesy Jones. In addition to the park concerts they also perform at Pala and Morongo Casinos and at corporate and other private events.

     Pulp Vixen was named Band of the Year by Inland Empire Magazine and was voted Best Cover Band at the Temecula Valley Music Awards. To learn more about Pulp Vixen, view the video below or visit their website at www.pulpvixenband.com.


2024 FEATURED ARTISTS

     This year's Featured Artists and the dates in which they first appeared in the section are listed below. Click on a link to read more about them or continue scrolling down the page.


THE DREAMBOATS

Upcoming performances: July 17 - Diamond Bar, July 24 - West Covina, July 29 - Covina, July 31 - Glendale, August 2 - Cypress, August 4 - Glendora and August 7 - Temple City

Past performances: June 19 - Downey, June 26 - Riverside, June 27 - Rancho Cucamonga, July 3 - Santa Fe Springs and July 11 - Fountain Valley

     Part modern, part retro and part revival, The Dreamboats deliver a high-energy show inspired by the music of the 1950s and 1960s. It is music that they adore, and they are bringing back the timeless sounds for a new generation to discover. The Canadian quartet has brought their show to Southern California stages this summer with a sound that is "equal parts Chuck Berry and The Wonders."

     The band has toured in Europe and performs in both Canada and the United States. Members of The Dreamboats' U.S. lineup are: Chris Hummel, lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Gianmarco Fiacconi, vocals/drums, Justin Zoltek, vocals/bass guitar, and Andy Alvarez, vocals/lead guitar.

     To learn more about The Dreamboats, view the video below or visit their website at www.thedreamboatsband.com.



LONG BEACH MUNICIPAL BAND

Upcoming performances: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through August 2

Past performances: June 25 - 28, July 2 - 5 and July 9 - 12

     This year the Long Beach Municpal Band, conducted by Kurt Curtis, celebrates its 115th season of concerts in a variety of Long Beach parks. The 2024 overall theme for the summer is "Music to My Ears," and the concerts for the July 4 holiday week celebrate with a "Spirit of America" theme. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., with instrumental performances for the first half of the show, followed by performances by guest vocalists in the second half of the program. This week's guest vocalist is Mark Kopitzke. Members of the band range from studio musicians to members of local orchestras, and several long-time members have performed with the band for decades. The conductor, Kurt Curtis, also is the conductor of the Disneyland Band and has been involved in music at the park for nearly four decades. In the video below, he speaks a bit about the band after he was named conductor in 2021.

     For this Tuesday only (July 2), the concert will take place at Whaley Park North, 5620 Atherton. Remaining Tuesday concerts will take place in Bixby Annex Park, 130 Cherry Avenue. Other concert locations are: Wednesdays - Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Avenue, Thursdays - Recreation Park (behind Blair Field), 4700 E. 7th Street, and Fridays - El Dorado Park West, Studebaker/Willow.

     To learn more about the Long Beach Muncipal Band, view the band's conductor in the video below or visit the City of Long Beach information page for the band at www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/programs-and-classes/municipal-band.

THE KINGS OF 88

Upcoming performances: July 18 - Corona, July 31 - Downey and August 25 - Manhattan Beach

Past performances: July 11 - Apple Valley, July 12 - Cypress and July 14 - Glendora

     The Kings of 88 celebrate the legendary musicians of piano rock. Their concerts feature the music of Billy Joel, Elton John and others who inspired them - including Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Beatles, Billy Preston, Ray Charles and others.

     Members of the band are LA-based musicians, each with their own impressive list of professional credits. They are: founder Tommy Reeves, piano and lead vocals, Joel Wachbrit, guitar and background vocals, Maurice Verloop, bass and background vocals, and Scott Wittenberg, drums and background vocals. The Kings of 88 have entertained audienced up and down the West Coast for over 15 years at concerts, festivals, private parties and corporate events.

     To learn more about The Kings of 88, view the video below or visit their website at www.thekingsof88.com.



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