BY DAVID JAMES HEISS

Official newspaper

After a forced year-long hiatus in light of the pandemic, the Playhouse Bowl returns next month for Banning’s traditional August evenings summer concert series in the park, with the added bonus of an additional concert in September. .

“The bands that we had already booked for last year all agreed to stay and let the deposits we paid in advance for last year’s concerts apply to this year, which is great. Said Justine Naus, Co-Chair of the Playhouse Bowl. “We’re adding a fifth this year to thank the Zone Pass for supporting us and hooking us up. “

Co-Chair Lynette Espinosa adds, “2020 was the first time since its inception in 1952 that the Playhouse Bowl Association had to cancel production of Evenings in the Park. We are grateful that the city can help us financially this year and are proud to be a flagship event of the city, ”which allows the city to contribute $ 12,500 to the program.

In 2015, the city designated Concerts in the Park and Days of Coaches as “flagship events”, prioritizing funding and in-kind services if the city has the resources to provide them.

The Playhouse Bowl Association lined up the tribute band with the Beach Boys Surf City All Stars on August 5; The Doobie Brothers tribute band Listen To The Music on August 12; the tribute band Journey Unauthorized on August 19 and Tennessee River on August 26, a tribute to Alabama.

An additional concert on September 2 will feature a return of Tony Suraci’s The Highway Man, a tribute to the Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson). An amazing artist with an amazing voice that can move seamlessly and flawlessly from each of the Highway Men.

Tony Suraci’s band The Highway Man also wrapped up the 2017 Playhouse Bowl season.

Concerts in the park are funded largely by donations during intermission, as well as memberships and sponsorships.

All shows are free and start at 7:30 p.m.

Banning Park and Recreation Manager Ralph Wright, whose department maintains the Playhouse Bowl, is eager to see it again at full capacity.

“The city is thrilled that one of our flagship events, the 68th annual Evenings in the Park series, can once again deliver the great music in Replier Park that Banning has become accustomed to. The series provides an opportunity for the community to come together and see incredible musical talent in a fun format for individuals and families. I want to thank the tireless work of the Playhouse Bowl Association which has led to the return of the series. For more information on free concerts, visit playhousebowl.com.

Editor-in-Chief David James Heiss can be reached at [email protected], and messages can be left at (951) 849-4586 x114.