Featured Artists are musicians or concert series drawn from the summer concert
performances. Generally two "Featured Artists" are named each month, one for the first half of the month and one for the second half, and the section also includes one
featured concert series for the summer. The current Featured Artists remain at the top of the page for a two-week period, then the information remains on the page in chronological order through
the end of the summer. The current Featured Artists are The Answer (Classic Rock).
This year's Featured Artists and
the month in which they first appeared in the section will be listed below. Click on a link
to read more about them or continue scrolling down the page.
Upcoming performances: August 18 - Laguna Niguel, September 4 - Claremont, and September 14 - Fullerton
Past performances: June 1 - Temecula, June 17 - Cypress, June 21 - Diamond Bar, June 22 - Lakewood, June 29 - Arcadia, July 1 - Huntington Beach, July 7 - Eastvale, July 9 - Glendora, July 13 - La Habra,
July 19 - La Habra Heights, July 26 - San Dimas, July 27 - Bellflower, July 30 - Monrovia, August 3 - Rancho Cucamonga, August 9 - Fullerton, August 10 - Garden Grove, and August 13 - La Verne
True veterans of the summer concert scene, The Answer has been performing their renditions of classic rock hits for audiences for over
Over the years the band has opened on stage for Pat Benatar, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Blue Oyster Cult, Jefferson Starship, Journey, Yes, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money and Foreigner, among
many others. In addition to the summer park concerts, the band has appeared at venues from the Burbank Starlight Bowl to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, including the LA County and San Bernardino County Fairs, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, night clubs and casinos.
The "make it happen" guy in the band is Jim Searing (guitars/vocals/keyboards/sound). He is vice president of his own company and owns Searing Sound, a company which managed managed the early years of
Beatles Tribute group the Fab Four. He has known Van Mosley (lead vocals/bass guitar) since the sixth grade and recruited him for The Answer in 1965. Southern California native Van Mosley has been playing music since the age of fourteen and also has performed in numerous musical theater productions, but rock and roll - along with
his wife and four kids - is still his first love. Dave Slater (lead guitar/vocals/keyboards) is an expert in composing, arranging, performing, engineering and instructing. When not with The Answer he is music department chairman at Los Osos High School. The newest member of the band is Rob Pry (drums/vocals). He has been playing
drums for most of his life and started his first band in the late 1970s.
If you'd like to learn more about The Answer, you can visit their website at
www.theanswertoclassicrock.com. To see them in performance, watch the video below.
* Photo credit: Deborah Dodge. Photograph courtesy of The Answer *
2017 FEATURED ARTISTS
Upcoming performances: September 20 - San Juan Capistrano
Past performances: June 28 - Tustin, July 5 - Temple City, July 7 - Santa Fe Springs, July 12 - Brea, July 16 - Rancho Santa Margarita, July 19 - Orange, July 23 - Yucaipa and
July 26 - Norwalk, August 6 - Dana Point, August 9 - Buena Park and August 11 - Pico Rivera
Smith is a six-piece pop country group based in Southern California that performs hits by artists from Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert to Luke
Bryan and Thomas Rhett. The band originally was formed in 2014 when chosen by ABC and Disney executives to perform the (now) CMT series "Nashville" soundtrack for Disneyland visitors. Their musical "recipe" is a mix of modern country and country
classics, with a splash of rock and top 40 thrown in as well.
The band has performed for audiences at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Gilley's Las Vegas, at private events for companies like E&J Gallo Wineries, Michelin,
ViewSonic, Deloitte, Hulu and Briggs Electric, and at park concerts and other venues throughout Southern California. Band members are seasoned musicians who have worked with Albert Lee, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Lee, Keith Emerson and others.
Members of Smith are Brandi Smith (vocals/founder), Mike Wallace (guitar/vocals/founder), Jason Smith (drums/vocals), Jim Rubel (bass),
Hal Ratliff (keyboards) and Paul Haaker (pedal steel/fiddle/banjo/mandolin).
If you'd like to learn more about the group, you can visit their website at
www.smiththeband.com. To see the band, watch the video below.
* Photograph courtesy of Smith *
Upcoming performances: August 25 - Claremont and
September 16 - Downey
Past performances: June 3 - Anaheim, June 9 - Anaheim, June 30 - Claremont, July 16 - Huntington Beach, July 25 - Puente Hills/Rowland Heights, July 28 - Anaheim, July 29 - La Palma and
August 4 - Anaheim
Another of the newer artists to the summer concert stages this year is vintage - current jazz artist Amanda Castro. Castro is an up-and-coming singer from Southern
California. She specializes in an eclectic mix of upbeat jazz appealing to a wide variety of audiences. Whether it's a song from 1910 or 2010, she re-imagines many of the tunes with her own jazz stylings.
Amanda Castro has appeared at venues from Southern California to Las Vegas, and she frequently performs at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. While she has been a
"regular" at concert series in Claremont and Beverly Hills for the last few years, she will be singing for the first time at several of the summer concert venues this year. She has performed at many private events with clients such as Super Bowl Champions the Seattle Seahawks and Toyota, and she also
has had the privilege to perform with 10-time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval.
Some of the musicians who have appeared with the Amanda Castro Band include pianist Patrick Aranda, Steve Alaniz (tenor sax), Adam Hawley (guitar), Michael
Morales (drums) and Richard Lueras (upright bass).
If you'd like to learn more about Amanda Castro, you can visit her website at
www.amandacastro.com, or watch the video below.
* Photograph courtesy of Amanda Castro *
Upcoming performances: August 28 - Claremont,
September 16 - Downey and September 23 - Irvine
Past performances: June 4 - La Canada Flintridge, June 9 - Los Angeles (Mid-Wilshire/Museum District), June 15 - Fullerton, June 24 - Fountain Valley, July 13 - Azusa, July 16 - Monrovia, July 27 - Placentia, July 31 - Whittier,
August 5 - El Monte, August 9 - Norwalk, and August 12 - Altadena
Upstream is five-piece band performing a wide variety of Caribbean music, namely Reggae, Calypso, Soca and Steel Drum Music. The band was originally formed in the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago in the late 1980s and then re-formed in Southern California in the early 1990s.
The band members are veterans of the summer concert stages and also perform year round at festivals like the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Faire in Laguna Beach, and at a variety of corporate and private events.
Bandleader and lead singer/guitarist Haile Blackman originally is from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the son of the legendary creator of Soca Music, the late Ras Shorty I. Other members
of the band include fellow Trinidad and Tobago native "Derek Brewstafari" (Steel Drums), John McKnight (Bass/Trombone/Keyboard/Guitar/Background Vocals), and Mark Spiller (Drums/Background Vocals).
Upstream currently has eight CDs available, and a new song collection will be released later this year. If you'd like to learn more about the band, you can visit their website at
www.upstreammusic.com, or watch the video below.
* Photograph courtesy of Upstream *
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