Summer retro concert series heats up Temecula Valley Wine Country

A favorite in Temecula Valley Wine Country, the Depeche Mode tribute band “Strangelove” is on the docket for upcoming Heyday tribute band concerts. Crispin Courtenay photo
A favorite in Temecula Valley Wine Country, the Depeche Mode tribute band “Strangelove” is on the docket for upcoming Heyday tribute band concerts. Crispin Courtenay photo

Southwest Riverside County residents have come to look forward to summer concerts in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Thanks to Heyday Productions, both retro concerts by 80s and 90s hard rocking tribute bands, as well as some of the hottest new acts on the country circuit, will keep residents entertained all summer long.

Venues range from Mount Palomar Winery to Longshadow Ranch Winery and all promise to pack the house with high energy entertainment. “We are thrilled to promote and present Elizabeth Huett, who headlined our Sundresses and Cowboy Boots event last year in 2015,” Robert Walker, owner of HeyDay productions said. “Elizabeth just signed with a major record label, and she’s returning to Temecula to headline her own show.”

Huet, best known for her time touring with Taylor Swift, has been featured on ABC’s “Road to the CMAs.” She was co-writer of Sara Evans’ hit “Put my Heart Down,” and has been lauded by such artists as Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. Huett will play at Mount Palomar Winery, the favored location for Heyday events Friday, June 24.

“Visitors to Huett’s show, as with all of our outdoor concerts, can reserve a full table, or purchase general admission tickets,” Walker said. VIP tables seat eight and are available for advance reservations of $250.

“Mount Palomar is the perfect venue for these events, with their wine and food from the Annata Bistro and Bar,” Walker said. “Come for happy hour and stay for the show.”

This summer, many old standbys will make the concert circuit across the Heyday stage, such as the Oingo Boingo tribute band, Dead Man’s Party which will appear June 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mount Palomar Winery. “This band brings awesome energy and always packs the house,” Walker said. “They will be playing all of the back in the day Oingo Boingo hits, such as ‘Weird Science,’ ‘Dead Man’s Party,’ ‘Goodbye Goodbye’ among the band’s many other hits.”

As expected with Heyday concerts, there will be clean clear sound and a vivid laser light show to light up the sky will accompany the tribute band’s version of Oingo Boingo in live performance.

Next in the lineup, Desperado will showcase the Eagles’ favorite hits July 1 with songs such as “Take it Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “Hotel California” among many other platinum songs.

This year, San Diego based Noise Pollution will rock the stage out at Mount Palomar with a tribute to AC/DC appearing July 22. Come to bang your head or watch this high energy rock band showcase their renditions of the 80s metal favorites from, “TNT” to “Shook Me All Night Long.”

Country lovers will enjoy the sixth annual Sundresses and Cowboy Boots review, when Heyday makes a return appearance at Longshadow Ranch Winery. This epitome of country location, as well as presentation of area talent with the lineup coming soon, promises to kick the dust up and of course, offers the opportunity for guests to ride the mechanical bull. Sundresses and Cowboy Boots is a regular sellout event. Get tickets accordingly for the Aug. 5 show.

Follow Heyday back to Mount Palomar Aug. 19 for yet another hard rocking tribute show, this time with Pyromania, a tribute to Def Leppard. If you rocked out to “Hysteria,” “Animal” and “Photograph,” come enjoy the sounds of the British band on the outdoor stage this summer.

Tickets to Visions, an evening of the music of Rush, returns Heyday to Longshadow Ranch Winery in Temecula Wine Country. The Sept. 9 show promises Geddy Lee worthy vocals, drums and slamming guitars of this SoCal tribute band fronted by band leader Rich Dorkin. Come to see this return to the music that shaped an era, from “Tom Sawyer” to “Limelight.” Hear their sound at:

When you order tickets through you will be put on a list and checked in when you arrive. “All you need to do is check in when you get there, and of course, enjoy the show,” Walker said.

All shows are rain or shine. Wine, beer and food will be available at the majority of the performances. More performances will be added through October 2016. Check the website for specifics on each show. For more information on upcoming concerts or to purchase tickets, visit and follow Heyday on Facebook.

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