By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– When the Big Fat Steve Band takes the stage at Thursday night’s Sunset Concert Series presented by Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, concert goers can expect great music, lots of laughs, fun dancing and maybe a familiar face or two. The band, which classifies itself as a swing, rockabilly, jump blues and oldies group, is a five-man ensemble that hails from right here in Apple Valley. Lead guitarist Steve Orsinelli is also a film teacher at the Lewis Center for Education.
“It’s really great to play in the town that I live and work in,” said Orsinelli, who noted that the majority of the venues the band plays in are outside of the Victor Valley. “I think it’s good to play up here where my fellow teachers, and the kids I teach, can come out and enjoy live music.”
This week’s concert is also supported by featured weekly host The Village in Apple Valley. In order to entertain here at home, the Big Fat Steve Band had to take an evening off from Knott’s Berry Farm where they are the headline band five nights a week all summer.
“It’s important for me to give back to the community. Apple Valley has been great to us. These concerts provide art and culture to the community that are normally not found in desert towns like this,” said Orsinelli, who often invites his musically-inclined students to join the band on stage to sing or play an instrument.
The 7th Annual Sunset Concert Series, presented by Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, will continue featuring hometown talent weekly in the amphitheater at Civic Center Park every Thursday through August 8, with the exception of July 4 when the Freedom Festival will showcase Bon Jovi tribute band Wanted at the Lenny Brewster Sports Center.
The concerts feature an array of food choices, a beer garden, and a sampling of farmer’s market vendors. The park has inclined lawn seating, so concert goers should bring blankets or portable chairs. No pets are allowed within the concert seating area.
The entertainment line-up for the rest of the summer includes:
- July 11 – BOK (Variety/Dance)
- July 18 – Pop Gun Rerun (80’s Pop)
- July 25 – Southern Spirit (Southern Rock)
- August 1 – Under Construction (Top 40)
- August 8 – Phoenix Rising (Classic Rock)
Civic Center Park is adjacent to Apple Valley Town Hall and across from Super Target in the Apple Valley Commons shopping center. Parking and admission are free. The Town is grateful to all of the sponsors who have made this year’s concert series possible including Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, Apple Valley News, Parsons, Bluestar Properties, Inc., Armstrong Fairway Insurance, Apple Valley Village and Roberta L. Taylor & Associates, as well as our supporting sponsors. For more information about events or sponsorships please visit www.AppleValleyEvents.org or call (760) 240-7000 x 7072.