Rockola rocks Temecula

The ‘60s inspired band Rockola brought large crowds to the Temecula Amphitheater during the final night of the summer concert series on August 14. The local arena boasted a full house as all ages came out with lawn chairs, blankets and picnics in tow for a final night of music.

Long time Temecula resident Katie Colvin said she was looking forward to the evening. “It’s nice to be out, and I love music, so it’s very refreshing,” she said.

Gail Zigler, program coordinator for the City of Temecula is the mastermind behind the summer concert series. She booked the bands back in January and has done so every year. Her planning provided those in attendance eight to 10 weeks of musical fun, depending on what day the Fourth of July celebration falls on.

Zigler said she does have a special place in her heart for the local bands she works with, never claiming a favorite.

“Truly, they’re all really good,” she said.

Because of an issue on the freeway, Rockola ran a little behind schedule. To tide the delay over, brave 3-year-old Samantha Gausepohl, eagerly took the stage and gave an opening debut of “Let It Go” from Disney’s hit musical feature, “Frozen.”

Once the band arrived, it definitely did not disappoint. Consisting of five band members, Rockola immediately opened up with the Beatles classic, “All My Loving.” Encouraged by the band, the audience sang along as couples of all ages made their way to the dance floor.

The artists stuck to their 60s roots, singing hits like “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)” by the Hollies, “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks, and “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett. Filled with costume changes and humor, Rockola entertained not just with music, but also with its comical act.

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Zigler also plans the Saturday night movie classics that take place in various parks throughout Temecula. A showing of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Jack Nicholson, scheduled for Saturday, August 23 at Town Square park, will wrap up this season’s series.

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