Fine Arts Guild prepares for 2018 concert season

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The Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild has closed another successful season and is poised for an exciting 2018. The Fine Arts Guild welcomes all guests from within or outside the lake. People come to the events for memorable music they know and love. They just want to have some fun for the evening.

The 2018 season will include sensational tribute bands for the following performers: Billy Joel, Mar. 3; Bee Gees, May 19; Chicago, Aug. 25; and Rod Stewart, Nov 3. In addition, the Guild will sponsor another free concert at Holiday Harbor Park featuring a Jimmy Buffet tribute on July 21. Tickets are on sale now. Information about all Fine Arts Guild events, ticketing and membership is available on its website at canyonlakeguild.com.

Over the last two seasons, the Fine Arts Guild presented tribute bands for the Eagles, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, Santana and the Beach Boys.

The Guild has offered these events for the same low price of $25 general admission and $45 VIP reserved seating. Although each event sold out, prices will remain the same for the new season. Membership is available for discount prices, preferred seating and hosted pre-concert receptions (appetizers, adult beverages).

The Fine Arts Guild has searched the nation for the most talented tribute performers. The take this seriously. In many cases, these groups have provided the musical backdrop of our formidable years, the music of our lives. At one time, tribute bands were simply cover bands playing their favorite songs. Elvis impersonators stepped it up a notch by making every effort to emulate “The King” through his looks, dress, vocal style and stage mannerisms. So we say, “Thank you, thank you very much.”

Over time, serious musical artists impersonated legendary rock groups. Early popular tribute acts were The Beatles, because anyone can tell the difference between a band playing Beatles songs and a credible Beatles tribute band. Tribute bands became a serious business by looking and sounding like the originals, but not as they would be today, but as we knew them decades ago. By creating this magical time machine, local audiences can now relive their youth in their own backyard for a fraction of the price of watching the original chartbusters, of which many are long past their prime, or not together anymore.

The Fine Arts Guild can only do this with a dedicated team of community volunteers. The 2018 Board includes: Ron Martel, President; Dee Zasio, Treasurer; Sue Bonner, Membership Director; Bert Barbay, Operations Director; Orlando Lopez, Activities Director; Bonnie Dubbs, Social Director; Corrie Tutt, Secretary; and Larry Garland, Publicity Director.

Over the past 17 years, the Fine Arts Guild has offered symphonies, choral groups, jazz, Broadway, country and rock. For many reasons, Canyon Lake is currently enjoying a lineup of tribute performers; however, the Guild listens to its audience by formally surveying their musical preferences annually. The Fine Arts Guild will evolve its program as the audience directs.

The Guild thanks the community for its support and will continue to provide quality music for a fair price.

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