PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s Summer Concert Series at the Palmdale Amphitheater (The Amp) kicks off this Saturday.
Now in its 11th year, the Summer Concert Series will feature Air Supply on July 11, Los Lobos on July 18, En Vogue on July 25 and Montéz de Durango on Aug. 1, with general admission tickets for each show starting at $10.
“Our summer concerts at The Amp are one of the best deals in live music you will find anywhere in Southern California this summer,” stated Palmdale Communications Manager John Mlynar. “Ten-dollar seats and free parking for each show – that’s $40 for all four concerts! Whether you go to one show or all four, you’ll be getting a lot of bang for your entertainment dollars.”
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).
Tickets are available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/amp, or at the Palmdale’s 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. 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.
“With our convenient location, great sight lines and comfortable, grassy seating areas, a live concert on a summer evening in the High Desert under the stars is an amazing experience,” Mlynar stated.
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.”