Over the last two years, the Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild presented tribute bands for The Eagles, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Creedence Clearwater, Fleetwood Mac, Santana and The Beach Boys (Dec. 2). Out-going Guild President Travis Montgomery said “The Guild is grateful for the support of this community over the past 17 years. We sold out every 2017 concert offering the same low price for each event.”
The 2018 season will include tributes to Billy Joel, Bee Gees, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago and Rod Stewart.
First up in 2018 will be a tribute to Billy Joel by Mike Santoro on Mar. 3. The native New Yorker will sing smash hits such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Piano Man.” These talented performers are generally recognized in the industry as one of the most wildly popular and most entertaining acts in the business.
On May 19, Bee Gees Gold will recreate the look and sound of the one of one of the most celebrated groups of the 60s to the 80s with unique falsettos that made them legends. The group will be performing the Bee Gees solid gold hits “Staying Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “I Started a Joke.”
Last summer, the Fine Arts Guild sponsored a free summer concert for the community at Holiday Harbor Park called Hot August Night. The all-afternoon event featured Little Lies Band, a Fleetwood Mac tribute that wowed approximately a thousand enthusiastic music lovers. The stage backed up to the lake for an additional audience in 75 boats to enjoy the event from the water. Hot August Night was the Canyon Lake community’s most well-attended concert of the year.
This coming summer, on July 21, the Fine Arts Guild will present Margaritaville by the Lake. This free summer community event will return to Holiday Harbor with Gary Seiler and the CoastRiders who will perform a tribute to Parrot Heads with four-part TropRock (Tropical Rock) harmonies heavily influenced by Jimmy Buffett as well as the Beach Boys and the Eagles. The Fire Arts Guild asks the audience to be prepared for some fun in the sun.
A legendary rock horn section joins popular music on Aug. 25 with Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience. The large multi-faceted band will play hits such as “Saturday in the Park,” “Make Me Smile” and “If You Leave Me Now.” As the younger brother of Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera, Kenny formerly toured with Chicago and was a contributing vocalist on Chicago 17, the band’s number one all-time grossing album.
For over 25 years, Gregory Wolfe as Rod Stewart gained notoriety for the uncanny vocals and striking resemblance to the rock legend. Gregory needs no makeup, “I can just roll out of bed and jump on stage,” he said. On November 3, Gregory will come to the lake singing “Maggie May, “Hot Legs” and “Do You Think I’m Sexy.” He said the most enjoyable part about performing is delivering the on-stage energy of the dynamic and iconic superstar.
The Fine Arts Guild’s remaining 2017 concert will be held on Dec. 2 in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge. Tribute band Catch a Wave returns to the lake to perform the Beach Boys Christmas Special. Their set will include classic four-part harmonies of feel-good tunes. Subjects of their songs include surfing, hot cars and hot girls, but given the season, they will also perform holiday favorites from the Beach Boy’s best selling Christmas album, such as “Little Saint Nick,” “Blue Christmas” and “Man with all the Toys.”
Tickets to The Beach Boys tribute concert and all 2018 events are on sale now and can be purchased on the Fine Arts Guild’s website at canyonlakeguild.com, by calling 800-838-3006 and at the POA office. The POA sells general admission tickets only and does not accept cash.
Ticket prices will remain the same in 2018; $25 for general admission and $45 for VIP reserved seating.
The Fine Arts Guild is also accepting membership applications. Members can enjoy preferred seating, discount pricing and hosted receptions that include appetizers and adult beverages before each concert. More information about membership can be found on the Fine Arts Guild website.
Newly elected Fine Arts Guild President Ron Martel said, “People come to our events for music they know and love. These artists perform the most memorable and influential songs of our lives. Guild events are simply enjoyable and fun!”
The 2018 Guild Board of Directors are; Dee Zasio, Treasurer; Sue Bonner, Membership Director; Bert Barbay, Operations Director; Bonnie Dubbs, Social Director; Orlando Lopez, Activities Director; Corrie Tutt, Secretary and Larry Garland, Publicity Director.