Fine Arts Guild presents a tribute to Billy Joel

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The Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild will present its Billy Joel tribute concert, featuring Pat Farrell, on Saturday, Mar. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge. General Admission tickets are $25; VIP $45. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at CanyonLakeGuild.com or by calling 800-838-3006. General Admission tickets can also be purchased at the POA office.

Pat is a six-time Grammy contender and voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences who has shared the stage with luminaries such as John Legend, Dave Mason and even Dr. Oz. He’s played at Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium and the QVC Network.

“Pat heard about Canyon Lake from Elton John tribute artist Kenny Metcalf and is eager to fly in from New York just for this performance,” said President Ron Martel. “Pat and the band capture the sound and spirit of Billy Joel and the feeling of being at a Billy Joel concert, singing Just the Way You Are, Uptown Girl, Piano Man and a multitude of other smash hits.”

Pat has also recorded his own album along with several of the original Billy Joel band members. “Music was a hobby that became a business, a very, very busy business,” said the artist. “It’s a home away from home. I’ve played in places I’ve never even dreamed of and it became a big deal.”

This is the first concert of the Fine Arts Guild’s 18th season of operation in Canyon Lake. The 2018 season line up also includes the Bee Gees on May 19, Chicago on Aug. 25 and Rod Stewart on Nov. 3. The Fine Arts Guild will also sponsor “Margaritaville by the Lake,” a free Jimmy Buffett tribute concert, on July 21 at Holiday Harbor Park.

Having sold out each tribute concert over the past two years, the Fine Arts Guild is recommending those wishing to attend its concerts to buy their tickets sooner rather than later.

The Fine Arts Guild searches the nation for the most talented tribute performers who look and sound like the originals. By creating this magical “time machine,” local audiences can relive their youth in their own backyard for a fraction of the price of the original chartbusters, of which many are long past their prime, or not together anymore. “These terrific bands are playing the music of our lives,” said Operations Director Bert Barbay.

The Fine Arts Guild is driven by a team of community volunteers: Ron Martel, Dee Zasio, Sue Bonner, Bert Barbay, Orlando Lopez, Bonnie Dubbs, Corrie Tutt and Larry Garland. This year, the organization introduced a team of associates that includes Cathy Barr, Kathy Barbay, Tammy Revard, Shari Skidmore, Kathy Bacon, Pat Smith and Julie Doherty.

Board member Dee Zasio said, “The role of the associate is to assist the Guild board members at our events with activities directed at providing our audience a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.”

“It’s not a coincidence that our board and associates represent the broadest cross-section of Canyon Lake. This group loves music and loves our community,” said Ron. “Although we charge about 30 percent less than other local concerts, we generate enough proceeds to promote additional music programs in the community.”

The Fine Arts Guild offers various levels of membership. Membership allows access to events for discounted prices and preferred seating. According to Membership Director Sue Bonner, membership has increased more than 50 percent over the past two years.

Members are also entitled to pre-concert receptions that include appetizers and adult beverages. “People take time from their busy schedules to see and hear memorable music they know and love, so we treat them to an evening as our very special guests,” said Social Director Bonnie Dubbs.

The Fine Arts Guild will soon be introducing college scholarships for Canyon Lake seniors majoring in music and theater and announcing a major donation that will provide an improved music venue for all of Canyon Lake.

“It is the Guild’s continued goal to promote the advancement of music in our community wherever we can,” said Ron. “The Guild thanks the community of Canyon Lake for the opportunity to provide quality musical entertainment at a reasonable price.”

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