For those who survived and remember the ‘70s, a huge part of the American music culture was sitting outside on a lawn, listening to great rock and roll. Events like “Day on the Green” in Oakland always featured rock groups who would often play from early morning until late into the night. Throughout the U.S. in those years, from Woodstock on, large music events occurred to the joy of millions of music lovers.
Rock aficionados of all ages can once again experience the fun of outdoor rock and roll thanks to the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department’s Minden Park 2013 Family Concert Series. This series, which has three remaining concerts, features tribute bands that cover a diverse genre of rock, blues and soul music that bring back memories of yesteryear.
Set in the tree-lined setting of Minden Park, this free event provides a relaxed family atmosphere that gives listeners a two-hour escape into the depths of good music. Patrons are welcomed to bring chairs, food and their favorite beverages without the crowds, security and costs that the larger venues require.
Journey Unauthorized played two long sets June 21 of Journey hits from the ’70’s and 80’s. Song after song, all exceptionally re-created, showed listeners what a strong influence the band was on the music scene from those incredible decades. The band was so accurate, that if you shut your eyes, it could have been Steve Perry and his mates belting out those classic songs.
Coming up on Friday, July 12, Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads provide a Jimmy Buffet tribute, playing such classics as “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The band, who have performed throughout the nation,, have been billed as the No.1 Jimmy Buffet tribute band.
Enjoy Southern blues on Aug. 2 when Savannah Blue, a southern rock revue, highlights the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and the Charlie Daniels Band. Rock to classic blues such as “Midnight Rider,” The “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”
The final show features Jelly Bread on Aug. 23, a funk and soul group from Reno. The band’s sound ranges from Stevie Wonder to James Brown, up to more contemporary artists like Ivan Neville. Jelly Bread has performed over 350 shows in its three year history.
All shows start at 6:30 pm, with the exception of the Aug. 23rd show which begins at 6:00. For more information contact Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, or visit: http://www.douglascountynv.gov/index.aspx.