Bogguss brings country and more to Lodge

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County Music artist Suzy Bogguss performed at the Lodge on Saturday, July 30. It was the third of four shows in the CLPOA’s 2016 “Concerts at the Lodge” series.

The CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer opened her show with her hit song “Drive South.” The rest of her eclectic song set list included a mix of Folk, Country, Americana, Jazz and Swing songs.

Bogguss’ 90-minute performance included her smash hits “Someday Soon,” “Today I Started Loving You Again” and “Letting Go.” “Someday Soon” was on the Country Top Ten, and her version of “Letting Go” has been named one of the Top Ten all-time “Sad Country Love Songs” by The Boot.  Suzy concluded her performance with “Outbound Plane,” another one of her songs that was on the Country Top Ten.

Alexis Prince, who attended the concert with her husband Steven, says, “It was a great evening; very entertaining. She seemed to have a great sense of humor too. I wonder if she ever got her boat ride.”

Suzy dined at the Lighthouse Restaurant with band members and residents before the show. After the show she greeted concert goers and signed autographs at the meet-and-greet table.

“It was the longest meet-and-greet line we ever had for a performance at the Lodge,” says “Concerts at the Lodge” promoter Doug Schultz.

Resident Jill Torkelson, who attended the concert with her daughter Lindsay, says, “It was a lot of fun, as are all the concerts at the Lodge. After the concert and meet and greet, Suzy stopped by the Lodge Lounge. She was very friendly with everyone, and I got to speak to her one-on-one and take a photo with her. She even gave me one of her roses. I had so much fun that the following day I purchased tickets to the next concert at the Lodge.”

Opening for Bogguss was local folk singer songwriter Joe Gillaspie. Joe, who has been compared to the likes of Jim Croce and Ray LaMontagne, is a native Californian who was born and raised in San Diego and now resides in Temecula.

Joe was named the 2014 Best Folk Artist by the Temecula Valley Music Awards. All the songs he sang during his 30-minute performance were originals and written by him. He opened with “Just Like You” and concluded with “Nothin’ To Do Anyway,” a fan favorite.

Joe says, “I had a great time performing for the Canyon Lake community; thank you for the warm reception. It was a pleasure to meet and open for Suzy Bogguss, and to work with Doug Schultz. Both are class acts.”

Doug Schultz says, “It was a pleasure to work with both artists. Suzy, who I’ve known since the ‘90s, has had a very rewarding career, winning awards and selling over 4 million records. Once again, where can you go to a concert where you drive a few minutes to get there, park for free, have the option of having a great meal at a decent price, and watch an up front and personal live show with the likes of artists that have performed at our Lodge? It pleases me to see such a cross section of Canyon Lake residents having such a good time. I couldn’t be happier.”

The fourth and final performance in the 2016 “Concerts at the Lodge” series will be country music artist Darryl Worley. Worley is best known for his smash hit, “Have You Forgotten,” a song that spent seven weeks at number one. His six albums have produced 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number ones: “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.”

Tickets for the October 1, 2016 concert are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at the CLPOA website or by calling the CLPOA’s Member Services office at 951-244-6841, ext. 310. VIP tickets cost $55, General Admission is $35.

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