PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has announced the lineup for its summer concert series and Family Movie Nights at the Palmdale Amphitheater (The Amp).
Now in its 11th year, The Amp will kick off its summer concert series Saturday, July 11, with an appearance by soft rock legends Air Supply, followed by classic Latin rockers Los Lobos on July 18, R&B and Pop divas En Vogue on July 25, and duranguense stars Montéz de Durango on August 1.
More on the performers
Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015, Air Supply members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 at rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia. In 1980, “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts and was named Song of the Year. The albums “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Now & Forever,” and “The Greatest Hits” sold in excess of 20 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.
Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut “How Will The Wolf Survive?” in 1984. Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band — David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin — saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity they had when they began in that garage in 1973.
The all-female group En Vogue fuses style, sophistication, sass and sex appeal, which have resulted in more than 8 million albums sold and a string of red-hot R&B and pop hits including “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Free Your Mind” and “Whatta Man,” featuring Salt-N-Pepa. Since En Vogue’s 1990 debut, the ladies set a standard for female R&B and pop acts like Destiny’s Child and the Pussy Cat Dolls.
Formed in 1996, Montéz de Durango, led by its founder and musical director, José Luis Terrazas, comprises a group of talented musicians who, like him, had a strong desire to succeed and make a difference in the Mexican regional music genre. One of the pioneers of the duranguense style, Montéz de Durango’s sound is deeply rooted in traditional Mexican music, but it is also influenced by the members’ hometown of Chicago. They have produced 21 albums, including the million-sellers “Dry Branch,” “Your Look,” “De Durango A Chicago,” and “Live from Chicago.”
“Variety and excellence —that’s what this year’s summer concert series is all about,” stated Palmdale’s Recreation and Culture Director Keri Smith. “We have some of the biggest names in four different styles of music to offer something for everyone. And there is nothing quite like a live music concert on an Antelope Valley summer evening at The Amp!”
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 a.m. at www.cityofpalmdale.org/amp. Tickets are $10 for all ages for general admission seating.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $20, 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).
VIP and individual concert tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday, May 12, at the recreation and culture office, located at 38260 10th St. East, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cash, Discover®, MasterCard® and Visa® are accepted. Tickets will also be available the day of each concert beginning at 4 p.m. on a cash-only basis.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8 p.m., rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Carry-in food, beverages, coolers, alcohol and pets are not permitted. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Family Movie Nights on four Fridays, starting July 31
Following the concert series will be the popular “Family Movie Nights,” coming to The Amp on four consecutive Friday evenings beginning July 31.
The movies are: Frozen, Friday, July 31; Jurassic Park, Friday, Aug. 7; Monster’s Inc., Friday, Aug. 14; and Guardians of the Galaxy, Friday, Aug. 21.
The Academy and Grammy Award winning 2013 Disney animated film Frozen tells the story of the newly crowned Queen Elsa who accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home into infinite winter. Her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Movie attendees are invited to join in on a “Let It Snow” dance party before the movie.
Jurassic Park is a 1993 science fiction blockbuster film. Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
Starring the “voices” of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, Monster’s Inc. is a 2001 computer-animated comedy film centering on two monsters employed at the titular Monsters, Inc. — top scarer James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his one-eyed partner and best friend Mike Wazowski. Monsters, Inc. employees generate their city of Monstropolis’s power by targeting and scaring children, but they are themselves afraid that the children may contaminate them. When a child enters their city, Mike and Sulley have their world disrupted and must return her.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 Academy Award winning hit movie based on the Marvel Comics superhero group of the same name. Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan (Lee Pace), Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), treelike-humanoid Groot (Vin Diesel), enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
Tickets for Family Movie Nights are $2, with children 12 and under admitted free. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m., and movies will start at dusk. Moviegoers are allowed to bring a picnic dinner and non-alcoholic beverages to Family Movie Nights.
For more information on the concert series and movies, visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/amp or call 661-267-5611.
Sponsorships are available for the concert series and Family Movie Nights, which offer businesses the opportunity to reach potential customers in a unique setting that allows for personal interaction for greater impact. To learn more about either series of events, contact Sponsorship & Marketing Specialist Stella Devine-Knight at 661-267-5120 or email@example.com.