Calimesa gears up for summer concert series

The Doo Wah Riders perform at the Calimesa Country Club.

A mix of past favorites and new talent form the lineup for this summer’s 19th Concerts on the Green series in Calimesa.

Eight bands will take the stage during the free series that kicks off Thursday, July 11, at the Calimesa Event Center, formerly known as the Calimesa Country Club.

“We’ve got a good lineup and we are looking forward to that,” said Charles Hurt, president of the Calimesa Cultural and Performing Arts Association, which sponsors the event with the city of Calimesa.

Five of the performers will return from last year, including opening act, the Connie Roener Band, and the grand finale of the Ravelers.

“We had her last year for the first time and we had really never seen her before,” Hurt said about Roener. “She’s local, from Redlands. Everyone on the board liked what they saw and that’s why we are going to have them start the concert series again.”

The Connie Roener Band, which posted a recent performance at the Apple Blossom Festival in Oak Glen, plays a variety of classics, from rock to country to easy listening.

Besides the Connie Roener Band and the Ravelers, other returning performers include the country tunes of the Doo Wah Riders, the surfin’ sounds of the Hodads and the Buddy Holly Review and its ‘50s classics.

“We were really excited to get the Buddy Holly Review back and the people really have a local interest in the Ravelers and so we are having them back to finish the series,” Hurt said.

Bands making their Concerts on the Green debut are the groovin’ Yachty by Nature, Americana group Alehouse Fire and Kelly Boyz.

Confirmed changes for the upcoming season include improvements to the bathrooms at the event center, which will also provide the food service. Last year, food was served by a vendor. Hot dogs and hamburgers are again expected to be on the menu.

During last year’s concert by the Hodads, local Past Pleasures Car Club displayed an array of vehicles for concertgoers to check out between songs. Hurt said the cultural arts association is looking to do that again and possibly expand the mini car show to more concerts.

“I guess my personal favorite would be the Ravelers,” he said about this year’s lineup. “Because they are really personable and they interact with the audience. They have a pretty wide range of music that they give and it’s music that the local people really like. They are just good performers and we really like them.”

The concerts are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, from July 11 through Aug. 29. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

The Calimesa Event Center is located at 1300 Third St. in Calimesa.

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