Santa Rosa Plateau announces summer concerts, art show

True Willie Band with “guest” Patsy Cline performs for eager concert goers at the summer concert series at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Courtesy photos
True Willie Band with “guest” Patsy Cline performs for eager concert goers at the summer concert series at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Courtesy photos

MURRIETA – Back by very popular demand, the deck and stage area behind the visitor center at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in rural Murrieta will be transformed into an outdoor concert and art show venue to include seven weeks of celebrating 20 years of the annual Santa Rosa Plateau Art Show and six Saturday evenings of tribute concerts.

The art show that has grown in popularity and stature will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the reserve. Focusing on local art, the art show will feature the works of 25 local artists conveying the celebration of nature in a wide range of media from pen and ink, oils, watercolor, sculptures, textures and glass to support children’s nature education programs for youth in grades 3-12 in southwestern Riverside County. This year a special opening night reception will be held Saturday, July 1, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance. The art show is free to the public during the day, beginning Sunday, July 2 until Aug. 13. The art show will be open during the Saturday night concerts, but will require a concert admission ticket purchased in advance.

Plateau Vineyards presents the 2017 summer concert series “Live! @thePlateau,” held in conjunction with the annual summer art show. The concerts will be held on the six Saturdays during the duration of the art show, beginning July 8 – Aug. 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chair.

The Plateau Vineyards has announced the concert lineup.

For opening night of the concert series, Saturday, July 8, The Beach Boys tribute, performed by Woodie and the LongBoards, will be featured. They are a top rated Beach Boys and surf tribute band in the country, performing all of the hits of the Beach Boys. This concert is sponsored by the Murrieta Firefighters Association. Fire Chief Scott Ferguson’s art will also be featured in the art show.

The tribute to Barbra Streisand will be presented Saturday, July 15, by “Hello Gorgeous,” Rebecca Clark, and the Temecula Valley Symphony. When in costume, character and makeup, and Clark add the voice, it’s as close to Barbra Streisand as most audiences will ever come. Joined by the Temecula Valley Symphony orchestra, visitors will enjoy their favorite Barbra Streisand classic hits all evening.

In Tribute to the 50s, 60s, rhythm and blues and disco, The American Made Band will perform Saturday, July 22. Come ready to party and dance with this dynamic and diversified band. Be ready for 50s, 60s, county, rhythm and blues, disco and even some big band sounds to enjoy, literally something for everyone.

The Killer Dueling Pianos, Ryan Bueter and friends, present a tribute to spontaneous musical fun Saturday, July 29. This local, very popular and talented duo will bring their brand of “laugh your socks off” impromptu musical performances fueled by audience requests to the concert line up. Bring a list of favorite tunes, from any musical genre, and be prepared to be thoroughly entertained and embraced into an evening of pure fun and laughter. Guests should tune up their signing voices as they may be invited to center stage to sing with the Killer Dueling Pianos.

Woodie and the LongBoards present their Beach Boys tribute at the upcoming summer concert series and art show at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.
Woodie and the LongBoards present their Beach Boys tribute at the upcoming summer concert series and art show at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

Jim Curry presents a tribute to John Denver Saturday, Aug. 5. Praised as one of the top performers of John Denver’s music, Curry is not the usual “Vegas-style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. He sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso” fill the room.

Closing Night Saturday, Aug. 12, features Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline tributes presented by The True Willie Band. Because of overwhelming request from concert goers in 2016, True Willie comes back to the Plateau to close out the 2017 summer season. A band chosen as the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America. The True Willie Tribute Band is fast becoming the first choice with audiences across America.

Concert goers have said, “Roger looks and sounds so much like The Man that fans and friends are convinced that he and Willie were twins separated at birth!”

Not just a Willie Nelson “impersonator,” Roger Hegyi has found a way to reach into the musical soul of Willie Nelson and share it with audiences wherever he performs. This year he brings with him a talented guest performer to include a Patsy Cline tribute.

“We are very excited about the introduction of music into the construct of our annual summer art show,” Rob Hicks, naturalist and interpreter with the Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District, said. “We hope this unique event will inspire attendees to support and understand the important work the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation is doing to reconnect children to nature.”

The summer concert series will be held on the new outdoor stage behind the visitor center, 39400 Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta. The art show will be set up inside the visitor center. Concert tickets are $27 for general admission, $20 for SRPNEF members and children age 3 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Season tickets are available for $150 general admission and $100 for foundation members. Wine, craft beers, sodas and water will be available for purchase on-site. Attendees will enjoy a wide array of craft beers provided by the Temecula- and Murrieta-based Garage Brewing Company. Award-winning wines provided by Plateau Vineyards.

All performances will be interpreted for the deaf in American sign language.

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