By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)–It’s been hot. It’s been muggy. But everything will be ok this Thursday when “BOK” takes the stage at the Apple Valley Civic Amphitheater.
This top 40 dance band is the featured performer at this week’s installment of the Sunset Concert Series presented by Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group. Although many of the six-member band have performed all over the world in places as far away as Tokyo, the group is no stranger to the High Desert. Most of them have lived in the Victor Valley since before elementary school and graduated from Victor Valley High School.
“Rob, Bary and Rafael played in “Desert Reign” back in high school,” explained lead singer Darlene “Lady D” Velasquez. “A few years later, I gathered up some musicians to play for my daughter’s graduation. We had so much fun playing this event that we have continued playing together.”
The band has gone through a couple of name changes over the years but have settled on “BOK.”
“Seeing our brokenness, and the brokenness of others around us, we wanted to make a difference,” Said Velasquez. “We changed our name to BOK because our hope and prayer is that everyone will be OK.”
The group’s musical and community roots run deep. Drummer Bary Brand and bass guitarist Rafael Estrada have both owned Tom’s Music at different times. Lead guitarist Ron Chavez owns his own heating and air conditioning business while serving on the Victorville Planning Commission. Keyboardist Rudy Garcia is a local radiology technician and singer/dancer Trisha “Trinity” David co-owns a medical office.
“We have played many venues in different places and there is no place like home,” said Velasquez. “Our family and friends get to see us and we get to reconnect with many we don’t always get to see.”
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. This week’s concert is also supported by featured weekly host Armstrong Fairway Insurance.
While the music is playing, park visitors can choose from an array of food choices and a beer garden. 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:
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.