The Yucaipa Performing Arts Center was the place to be last Saturday night, Oct. 21, as it held its Flashback Fest live concert at the outdoor stage. It was a flashback from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
The Lowrider Band hit the stage first and the band received a huge response from concertgoers.
Joe Cole came from Hemet to listen to the tunes.
“This is my first time here,” Cole said. “I heard about this on the radio and it is fantastic. Never been to Yucaipa before. I came here for Jefferson Starship but was pleased with this first band. It is a great venue and really, a pleasant experience.
Between sets, the audience could peruse some vintage cars parked around the YPAC. There was a classic car contest and the winner received a ticket for the upcoming YPAC concert Creedence Clearwater Revisited band.
Brenton Wood was a crowd favorite and brought out some enthusiastic dancers from the audience. Jefferson Starship ended the evening with classic songs and great sound.
Local residents also came out for the show.
“The concert was a real flashback to the music of Starship of the ‘70s and Jefferson Airplane of the ‘60s,” said Yucaipa resident George Sardeson. “As a baby boomer from the ‘60s, having band member David Freiberg from the original Jefferson Airplane performing songs from that era was a real treat. Singer and guitarist, Cathy Richardson, really brought the spirit of original singer Grace Slick to the stage. Wow, what a voice. The sparse but enthusiastic crowd was into the concert which included a spectacular video graphics production.”
Recent administrative changes at YPAC’s outdoor stage concerts will allow concertgoers to bring chairs to concerts, even for general admission. Additionally, a limited amount of chairs will now be provided for general admission ticket holders.
The next YPAC concert is on Oct. 3, and will feature Della Mae and will be an indoor event The Grammy-nominated, all-female string band Della Mae will enliven Historic Uptown Yucaipa with the toe-tapping blend of soulful roots-based folk music and contemporary influences of the present day.
General admission tickets for Della Mae are $35 but if you’re a senior, military or student, the price is $20. YPAC is located at 12062 California St., in Yucaipa. For more information, visit the box office or call 500-7714.