Yucaipa Performing Arts Center opens its indoor stage with rockin’ show by Wild Child

Dave Brock of Wild Child recreates a live Doors concert at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center.

The first indoor stage concert at Yucaipa Performing Arts Center, Wild Child, brought down the house on June 29. According to concertgoers, the sold-out show was a perfect beginning to a great season of music and talent at YPAC.

Doors cover band, Wild Child, brought out some local fans. Fred and Elva Brooks, Calimesa residents who have a long history with the Doors, were excited to relive some of their hits. Elva saw the Doors in 1965 at the Hollywood Palladium.

She said she was pleased with the tribute. “These guys were so great. The lead singer was not quite as sexy as Jim Morrison was,” she laughed. “But it was a really great show. The venue is great ... and we’re only five minutes from home!”

Wild Child certainly hit all the right notes with concertgoers in the multi-generational crowd.

“We started off the night by attending the grand opening for Fire Pizza and the pizzas were absolutely delicious,” said longtime Yucaipa resident Allison Cunningham. “We stopped at Uptown Wine Merchant for a glass of wine with friends and headed to the new Yucaipa Performing Arts Center to see Wild Child. Great music! We ended at Uptown Tavern , another new establishment. So thrilled to see all of these places popping up in Yucaipa. It allows us to remain close to home.

The 287 seat theatre was a sold out concert. According to the crowd, the lights, sound and overall vibe was a success. The VIP section was located in the first four rows VIP ticketholders had the select use of the dance floor.

Greg Martin worked in the state-of-the-art sound room, controlling the lights. Along with Martin, the production was managed by Yucaipa Information Systems Administrator Jason Underwood, and YPAC Technical Director Mike Gutierrez, all contributing to making Saturday night’s magic happen.

“This is super successful,” said Underwood about the show. “The sound in the theatre is amazing.”

Yucaipa Director of Community Development Paul Toomey concurred. “We certainly had a successful maiden voyage for our first rock show in the indoor theatre. We were able to put on a quality show and the bands were well taken care of. We hope the reputation of our venue continues to get out to the music industry as a quality, fun place to play. It was a super fun Saturday night in Yucaipa. The crowd was enthusiastic and the show was excellent.” 

The concession stand also made its debut at the concert. Local businesses offered adult beverages in addition to a variety of sodas, water and snacks.

The Yucaipa Performing Arts Center is located at 12062 California St., in Historic Uptown Yucaipa.

If you want a chance to check out the interior of YPAC, it will be hosting Uptown Onstage, an open mic night, on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. There is free admission to the event. The next YPAC concert, which will be held at the outdoor stage, will be July 19 at 8 p.m. The Fab Four is a Beatles tribute band and tickets are on sale now. Call 500-7714 or visit the box office Tuesday though Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

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