Calimesa’s Concert on the Green summer season kicks off in a big way

The Connie Roener Band kicks off the season.

The Connie Roener Band kicked off the 19th season of the Concerts on the Green last Thursday with a mix of classics, from country to rock to blues, at the Calimesa Event Center.

“I think she has a tremendous voice. I love the beat,” said CeCe Palumbo about Roener.

Palumbo was attending her first Concert on the Green on July 11 with other Calimesa Chamber of Commerce members.

“I love it, it’s wonderful here,” Palumbo said. “I love that the kids can come and enjoy themselves.”

From “You’re No Good” to “Brown Eyed Girl” to “Walkin’ After Midnight,” the Redlands group entertained the crowd that sat dotted around the rolling hills and trees at the former Calimesa Country Club.

“I like her voice, her tone and the beat,” said Joyce McIntire, a member of the Calimesa Cultural and Performing Arts Association that stages the free summer concert series in partnership with the city of Calimesa and the support of the Calimesa Event Center and the Braswell family. “The whole band is in sync.”

Music wasn’t the only thing happening at the concert. To celebrate its new beginning as the Calimesa Event Center, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held before the Connie Roener Band performed.

Coordinator Monica Robinson, who has been overseeing the renovating of the former clubhouse and bathrooms, cut the ribbon with the help of the chamber of commerce before inviting those in attendance to an open house at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, to see the updates at the event center.

New to the Concerts on the Green this year are the additions of a dozen or so local vendors and vintage and classic vehicles, courtesy of members of the Past Pleasures Car Club. They are both expected to be regular fixtures at the concerts this summer.

“We wanted to be different than years past because we are the Calimesa Event Center,” Robinson said about the changes. “I think it brings out more people and it’s more fun.”

The remaining schedule for the eight-week series is July 18, high-energy country group the Doo-Wah Riders; July 25, groovy tunes of the ’70s and ’80s from Yachty by Nature; Aug. 1, Irish, Americana sound of Alehouse Fire; Aug. 8, beach party classics from the Hodads; Aug. 15, retro beat from the Buddy Holly Review; Aug. 22, country-rock mix from Kelly Boyz; and Aug. 29, classic rock ‘n’ roll from the popular Ravelers.

The Concerts on the Green take place each Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Calimesa Event Center, 1300 Third St. in Calimesa. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages are available for purchase.

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