Local Band To Rock Apple Valley Civic Center Park

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Victor Valley residents will get the “green light” to party like a southern rock star when Southern Spirit hits the stage at the Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group Sunset Concert Series on July 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Together since 1991, the southern rock band is deeply rooted in the High Desert, a fact that is evident by the crowd of devoted fans they draw to venues all over the Victor Valley and beyond.

“This is our backyard. Our fans are the friends and acquaintances we see every day in the grocery store, at the hardware store or in the drive through at Del Taco,” said band member Jaye Sooter, whose dad was Apple Valley’s last honorary mayor before the Town’s incorporation in 1988. “We have 33 years of history here and have grown from being kids, to being parents of kids who can now come out and see our shows too.”

Part of their large, local fan base can be attributed to the fact that all of the band members are graduates of Apple Valley High School including Jaye Sooter, vocalist, guitar and bass player; Joe Eiffert, vocalist, lead guitar and keyboards; Teeci Eiffert, rhythm guitar and vocals and Bobby Jo Bearden on drums and vocals.

But don’t confuse “local” with small-time. Southern Spirit has traveled all over the country and has opened or played for the likes of Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard, Pam Tillis and more. They play a mix of music that ranges from rock to country. Sooter noted, “We hit everyone’s taste at some point during the show.”

This week’s concert is also supported by featured weekly host Sunland Ford. An automotive sponsor is a natural fit for this group of NASCAR fans. The term “green light” is the band’s signal to fans that the good times are starting.

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. Remaining concerts will feature an even stronger presence by the Apple Valley Police Department, to ensure a safe environment for our growing audience.

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:

  • 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.

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