DVAC Hemet charts Spring ‘Music at the Center’ performances


A series of top music artists are scheduled to take the Diamond Valley Arts Center stage in Hemet this spring, beginning with Seahawk MoJo with pianist, bassist and jazz teacher Marshall Hawkins all taking the stage Saturday, Feb. 28, celebrating the DVAC’s sixth annual Black History Month event.

Admission for this event is $25 for DVAC members and $30 general admission. Student tickets are $5 for online presales and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at www.thedvac.org. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Violinist and pianist, Jac Jacaruso comes to the DVAC Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Jacaruso got his start in New York City where he honed his skills as a rhythm and blues singer, song writer and guitarist. Admission is $20 and $15 for members.

Guitarist and vocalist Barnaby Finch, creator of JazzGrass, will be on the DVAC stage March 21, starting at 7 p.m. He offers the newer and more progressive side of bluegrass music in his performances. General admission is $20 and $15 for DVAC members.

The Sandi Castleberry Band will appear Saturday, March 28, at the center. She is one of Idyllwild and Fallbrook’s favorite performers with her band for adults, “Hot Flash,” and performs regularly on the DVAC stage. She will perform jazz standards, classic country and songs from the 60s and 70s from her 700-song repertoire. Joining Castleberry are: keyboardist and vocalist Laree Gibson and saxophonist Paul Carman also from Idyllwild and Don Reed. General admission is $20 and $15 for members.

The Pump Boys and Dinettes Country Music Theater will make two appearances: Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, with a similar show both nights. It will be two toe-tapping evenings of country western songs on guitar, piano, bass and even a kitchen utensil or two. Cost for these shows is $20 per person with bistro tables at $30 each. The event is a part of the DVAC Harvard Street Theater Company.

April 11 features TimbreWood Americana and Country Blues for another Music at the Center night. The duo Terry Jos Stratton and Jeff Hixon from Idyllwild will perform at 7 p.m. General admission is $20.

The Super 300 Blues Band take the stage Saturday, April 25. The group performs dynamic arrangements of Chicago and traditional blues, as well as their own high energy boogie and swing-inspired original material.

Hanky Panky Country comes to the DVAC May 9, and the Hot Flash and Men of Pause with Sandi Castleberry make another appearance May 23.

The Peter Curtis Jazz Band ends the spring concert series, May 30.

The DVAC is a nonprofit arts organization that provides the community with fine arts and music throughout the year. Information about DVAC and additional entertainment and art show schedules can be found at www.thedvac.org.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.