Summer concert series coming to The BLVD

(L to R) Jim Hawse, President of Sierra Toyota Scion of Lancaster; Councilwoman Sandra Johnson; Amanda and Brett Hawse attended a press conference Wednesday to announce the lineup of the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series.

LANCASTER – On Thursday, May 31, the City of Lancaster and Sierra Toyota Scion will kick off the All American Summer Concert Series. The free concerts will take place throughout the summer, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., every other Thursday, coinciding with The BLVD Farmers’ Market.

“With the Farmers’ Market going on, the bands playing, people strolling, it’s a great place to come out and have fun with your family and enjoy yourself,” said Jim Hawse, President of Sierra Toyota Scion of Lancaster.

“People have been drawn to downtown Lancaster for decades,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Today, the unique boutiques, shops, and restaurants along The BLVD continue to make our downtown area a natural gathering spot. On Thursdays, the City gives people yet another reason to come visit, as patrons spend a warm summer night enjoying great music, shopping at the weekly Farmers Market, and feasting on our many downtown delights.”

Next Thursday, Raihanna Estrada will perform country favorites on the BeX Bandstand stage beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs so they can kick back while enjoying the music.

Shoes to Fill will perform on June 14, playing everything from Sinatra to Santana. The Beach Boys tribute band Woodie and the Longboards will perform on June 28. Subsequent performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Last year’s concert series was a huge success, and we’re delighted to support such a well-received community event again in 2012,” said Hawse.

For more information about the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series, contact the Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at 661-723-6077 or visit

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)

  5 comments for “Summer concert series coming to The BLVD

  1. William
    May 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    “People have been drawn to downtown Lancaster for decades” says Parris. What does that mean? During the 90s and until they remodeled it, kids could have played touch football in the middle of Lancaster Boulevard like it was a quiet residential, dead end street. Parris is such big-mouthed liar. Of course, he’s a republican and they seem to be born that way.

    By the same token, people have been drawn to Death Valley for decades as well. People were also drawn to Sierra Highway which is just around the corner to checkout the ‘sidewalk hostesses’.

    • Chris
      May 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Are you kidding me? It definitely was not a tourist spot in the nineties, but it was far from a dead end street. It was more like a freeway, with people just roaring by. I went to driving school there, and the traffic was always noisy. It definitely was not a hot-spot, but it wasn’t some abandoned street either.

      Previous to that, Lancaster Blvd was the primary shopping area in the entire Antelope Valley, and surrunding areas, there is no denying that.

    • Tom Rosen
      May 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      This reply is to William:

      I have three generations of Antelope Valley family living here. Lancaster Blvd was the place that everyone went to for shopping, dining and entertainment from the 1930s all of the way to the 1970s. There is tons of history there. As for your snide comment about Parris being a “republican”, he was actually a Democrat most of his life. He was born in Palmdale into a Democratic family. His mom was a Democrat and a struggling single mom for most of his life–Just like me! I am a Democrat who was born into a Democratic family too but I am not beholden to the party nor do I use any of its left wing bumpersticker phraseology. I live in Palmdale now but my earliest memories are on Lancaster Blvd in afternoons after class would get out at AV High School. I also remember the German Beer Garden as a popular spot between Av High and the railroad tracks.

      • William
        May 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        I moved to Palmdale in 1990 and from then till it was remodeled, Lancaster Blvd. was dead. That’s 2 decades, more recently than the 50s, 60s and 70s. Parris’s comment made it seem that Lancaster Blvd. was a prime attraction up until the time it was redone.

        He is such a braggart. He’s said that people from all over California will come to the Lancaster Auto Mall to buy cars. Really? Adjacent counties have lower sales tax than Los Angeles county, so I doubt it would be worth the drive from Sacramento.

        He’s said that the BLVD is the heart of the Valley. I’ve driven down it mid-day and then back on Avenue K to Palmdale. Heck, Avenue K has more going on in the various retail centers. And, driving past the AV Mall on the way home is the real ‘heart of the Valley’. The Mall is busy all day not just at happy hour or the weekend nights.

        He’s said that the BLVD will be the ‘safest place in the universe’. We’ll see. It’s centered around alcohol as much as around food. And, there have already been incidents. The more built up it gets, the more likelihood of problems.

        Do you think the voters in Lancaster would elect a Democrat as mayor, what with the Runners and the Lancaster Baptist Church? The horror. The horror.

  2. Adam Chant
    May 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    There will also be a car show from Fern to Fig featuring classic and custom vehicles. Awards will be given in 5 categories and all vehicle types are welcome. We expect to have everything from corvettes, mustangs and mopars to rat rods, drag race and drift cars in attendance.
    Details can be found at:

    No entry fee is required to participate in the car show, but it’s a first come basis with room for 80-100 vehicles in a sectioned off area on the BLVD.

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