Fine Arts Guild celebrates music of Billy Joel


The Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild celebrated the music of Billy Joel on Saturday evening at the lodge. In the Fine Arts Guild’s first concert of the season, tribute artist Pat Farrell and his electrifying band captured the sound and spirit of Billy Joel to a full house audience with “Just the Way You Are,” “Piano Man” and a multitude of other Billy Joel smash hits.

Pat Farrell and the band generated a level of excitement reciprocated by the Canyon Lake audience. The performer was clearly under the weather and stepped off stage for an impromptu intermission. After about 15 minutes, he returned to an audience that seemed fully supportive. He stepped up the pace with several up-tempo numbers that led to a rousing finale and encore. Pat stayed after the show to meet concertgoers and pose for photos.

“Not only was this another wonderful concert, but Pat delivered a very gutsy performance,” said Fine Arts Guild President Ron Martel.

In his opening remarks, Ron announced that the Fine Arts Guild will be offering college scholarships for Canyon Lake seniors majoring in music and theater, and proposing to donate $25,000 to the POA for the building of an amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park. The board accepted the donation and approved funding for the project at the Regular Session Board Meeting on Tuesday.

The Fine Arts Guild also conducted its annual entertainment survey before the show. The stated purpose is to learn which groups the audience prefers to see and hear in 2019. “Our audience’s input is all important in deciding our next season’s schedule of performers,” said Ron.

The Fine Arts Guild’s remaining 2018 tribute concerts are the Bee Gees on May 19, Chicago on Aug. 25 and Rod Stewart on Nov. 3. The Fines Arts Guild is hosting a free Jimmy Buffet tribute concert for the community on July 21 at Holiday Harbor Park.

Tickets to the Fine Arts Guild’s concert are on sale now at the POA office and at General Admission tickets are $25; VIP $45.

The Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild thanks the community for its support and suggests that music helps Canyon Lakers become more harmonious in “A bit of paradise.”