Palmdale unveils Starlight Concert Series lineup

Parks & Recreation Manager Keri Brady announced the lineup for the 2012 Starlight Concert Series at a press conference Thursday.

PALMDALE – City officials Thursday morning announced the entertainment lineup for this summer’s Starlight Concert Series at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

“We’ve been anxiously awaiting this day plotting and planning for several months,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Keri Brady. “I don’t think that summer official starts here in Palmdale until we have this announcement.”

“The excitement level with the tribute bands and some of the other performances we’ve been able to put together has just been incredible,” said Palmdale Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hofbauer.

Terry Lee Goffee

The series opens on Saturday, July 14 with Terry Lee Goffee, The “Ultimate” Johnny Cash Tribute. Like an actor in play, Goffee literally becomes Cash from the moment he walks onstage until the end of the show, which features classics such as “A Boy Named Sue,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hurt.”

On Saturday, July 21, Catch A Wave – A Tribute to the Beach Boys brings the sounds of surf, sun and classic cars to the stage with shimmering vocal harmonies on hits such as “I Get Around,” “Surfer Girl,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ USA.”

The Boys of Summer: A Tribute to the Eagles take the stage on Saturday, July 28, authentically recreating the sounds of chart-topping hits like “Hotel California,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Desperado,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Heartache Tonight.”

The Hollywood Stones – The Very Best of the Stones, LIVE! will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 4, performing a string of red-hot Stones hits like “Under My Thumb,” “Shattered,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Brown Sugar.”  The Hollywood Stones live shows are packed with street fighting stage attitude and full-tilt classic rock.

The series closes with a performance by Wanted: Featuring the Music of Bon Jovi on Saturday, Aug.11. The band is a slick rock and roll machine that promises to deliver a true Bon Jovi concert experience as they belt out hits like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “It’s My Life,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free.

Catch A Wave – A Tribute to the Beach Boys

A season pass is available to Palmdale residents for $15, a savings of $10 for all five concerts, and $20 for non-residents, a savings of $5 for all five concerts.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $10, which includes express entry and seating at the front of the stage, ensuring that VIP ticket holders can arrive just before the concert and still get one of the best seats in the house. VIP seating is theater style (first-come, first-served), with chairs provided courtesy of the Antelope Valley Mall. Guests 12 and younger will need to purchase a VIP ticket to be seated in the VIP area.

Season passes, VIP and individual concert tickets are on sale now at the parks and recreation office, located at 38260 10th St. East. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and accepts cash, check, Mastercard and Visa. Palmdale residents must bring proof of residency (California I.D., driver’s license or current utility bill) to purchase a season pass at the resident fee.

New this year, VIP and individual concert tickets can be purchased online at

The Palmdale Amphitheater is located at 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard. All concerts begin at 8 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Carry-in food, beverages, coolers, alcohol and pets are not permitted. Food will be available for purchase.

The Starlight Concert Series is sponsored by American Medical Response, Antelope Valley Mall, Double D Cupcakes, High Desert Broadcasting, High Desert Medical Group, Lancaster JetHawks, Robertson’s Palmdale Honda, Southern California Edison, Valleywide Dental and Waste Management.

For more information about the upcoming Starlight Concert Series, visit,, or call parks and recreation at 661-267-5611.

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

  23 comments for “Palmdale unveils Starlight Concert Series lineup

  1. sickboywill
    June 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Tribute bands are cool, but an entire lineup of tribute bands? What happened to the concerts like Kenny Chesney and other big named bands? I think the starlight concert series is going downhill. I hope those that go have fun, but I will save my time and money!

    • Stinger
      June 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Tell ya what… If YOU can get Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, and/or Bon Jovi to come out to play the Starlight Series Concerts at the same rates as the tribute bands, sickboywill, please stop holding out on the AV, ‘kay?

      These are professional tribute bands, not garage bands (there are other concerts in the community for them), and will be able to give good entertainment for the money.

      • John Mlynar
        June 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

        Agree, Stinger. The cost to put on a mainstream concert are huge. A band like America, for example, can cost $25k just to get the band. Then you have to add in lights, sound, security, insurance, staffing and you’re talking a lot of money. If putting on concerts were financially easy, there would be a line of promoters ready to put shows on all through the summer. During these financial times, the tribute bands will provide excellent music and a night of fun in a beautiful venue. I’m thankful we have them.

    • Palmdale_Steve
      June 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Got big bucks?

      Palmdale is doing pretty well with even holding these events even with the tough Obama economy.

      • William
        June 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        I notice that republican governors take credit if their states’ economies are doing OK and unemployment is lower than the national average but blame Obama if that isn’t the case.

        Remember how some (r) governors badmouthed the stimulus program then did photo ops in front of big checks like lotto winners.

        Them republicans is the worst.

        We had Arnold and Bush for 8 years but Obama and Brown are supposed to turn the messes around overnight with the repubs fighting them every step of the way.

        Only idiots would think republicans are trying to make things better in this country.

        • Hmm
          June 11, 2012 at 6:23 am

          Maybe not overnight, over three years later and still blaming the republicans/Bush when things have been worse under the great O. Wake up and stop playing the blame game and accept the fact that O is over head and clueless. Nice hijacking by the way!!!

          • Theodore
            June 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

            Coming from the party that blamed Clinton for every stumble Georgie made. If it took 8 years to break it, it’ll take 8 years to fix it. Just the way it is. But then, if one looks at history, that’s what the left does. Cleans up after the right. Every time.

          • William
            June 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

            Are you a birther, too?

        • fullmoon
          July 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

          William – Well said. I’m glad to see I am not alone in the AV. Remember that a hundred voices screaming one idiotic thought doesn’t make the thought less idiotic, just the hundred voices. Stay strong.

      • June 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        The tough bush economy [removed]

    • Clyde Merrick
      June 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Here, here…

  2. Sam
    June 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to the concerts. It’s good to see good news on this website. It’s always the most wanted or criminal activity in the AV.

  3. really
    June 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I agree, however I long for the days of seeing up and coming artists like Blake Shelton, Shedaisy…etc… Seeing caricatures of acts of yesteryear is a little lackluster… That being said Im glad that the city is doing something in these tough economic times!!!

  4. John Mlynar
    June 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Nothing better than a summer evening at the Palmdale Amphitheater listening to great live music!

    • S. Parker
      June 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      I agree! Looking forward to the Bon Jovi tribute!!!

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