Sunset Concert Series To Feature Hometown Talent

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– There is no need to drive down the hill to see great entertainment this summer. For the 7th Annual Sunset Concert Series, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group and the Town of Apple Valley will provide weekly concerts in the amphitheater at Civic Center Park every Thursday from June 20 to August 8.

This year, all of the concerts will feature only home-grown talent based right here in the High Desert! They represent a wide range of musical styles from the Latin flair of Latin Express to the classic rock sounds of Phoenix Rising; and with Country, 80’s pop, southern rock, rockabilly and Top 40 in between.

“Our region has such a rich pool of talent there was no need to search elsewhere to hire great bands for our concert series,” said Julie Gilmer, Events Coordinator for the Town of Apple Valley.

Take, for example, Latin Express. This Latin and top 40 band was formed more than 40 years ago by Victor Valley High School graduate Johnny Camarena. Although Johnny no longer plays in the band, his children have carried on the tradition and continue to make the band a staple of High Desert performances. Camarena said that although their name implies that they are a Latin band, he emphasized that the band is made up of people from many cultures. Their music reflects that diversity by incorporating old school, funk, pop and top 40 tunes.

“Our fan base ranges from young kids, to middle aged folks to older adults,” said Camarena. “When the parents go, the kids go, and the next thing you know we have three generations at our concerts.”

Latin Express will take the stage June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The concert will also 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.

The music will continue Thursdays through August 8. The entertainment line-up for the summer includes:

  • June 20 – Latin Express (Top 40 and Latin)
  • June 27 – Big Fat Steve Band (Country & Rockabilly)
  • 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 seeking additional sponsors to ensure the success of the 2013-2014 events season. For more information on the concert series or to join Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, Apple Valley News, Parsons, Bluestar Properties, Inc., Armstrong Fairway Insurance, Apple Valley Village and Roberta L. Taylor & Associates as a main concert sponsor or to become one of our supporting sponsors, please visit or call (760) 240-7000 x 7072.

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