Minden Park concerts start Friday

Eagles tribute Heartache Tonight opens the Minden Park concert series on Friday, May 30.
Eagles tribute Heartache Tonight opens the Minden Park concert series on Friday, May 30.

Rock aficionados of all ages can once again experience the fun of outdoor rock ‘n’ roll thanks to the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department’s Minden Park 2014 GE Family Concert Series.

The series features tribute bands and original acts that cover a diverse genre of rock, blues and soul music that bring back memories of outdoor concerts of yesteryear.

Jesse Kalin's band plays Aug. 22.
Jesse Kalin’s band plays Aug. 22.

Set in the tree-lined setting of Minden Park, this free series provides a relaxed family atmosphere that gives concertgoers a two-hour escape into the depths of good music. Patrons are welcomed to bring chairs, food and drinks without the crowds, security and costs that the larger venues require.

The shows are free, with costs covered by many local businesses. Vendors are set up to sell food and drinks.

The season kicks off on Friday, May 30, with Heartache Tonight,a Salute to the Eagles. Such hits as “Hotel California,” “Witchy Woman” and “Lyin’ Eyes” will fill the Northern Nevada skies, as the band recreates songs from the classic band.

On June 20 Savannah Blue, a Southern rock revue, highlights the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and the Charlie Daniels Band. Rock to classic blues such as “Midnight Rider,” “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Sharp Dressed Man”.

The Chicago Tribute Authority will pay tribute to the great band Chicago on July 11. With its powerful horn section, the band hits that were made famous by the only American band to have Top 40 hits in five consecutive decades.

Next up is Mumbo Gumbo,the versatile Sacramento band that was formed in the 1990s. It has produced eight albums. Their genre ranges from rock to pop, country to zydeco, and always gets the crowd on their feet. It promises to get Douglas County rocking on August 1st.

The final show features the JKC Band on Aug. 22, a group described as “grass roots American groove.” The band’s sound ranges from Lyle Lovett to Eric Clapton, up to more contemporary artists like The Zac Brown Band. Jesse Kalin, lead singer and songwriter, puts on a diverse show, offering a sound that will please a multitude of tastes.

All shows start at 6:30 p.m., with the exception of the Aug. 22 show which begins at 6 p.m. For more information contact Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, or visit: http://www.douglascountynv.gov/index.aspx.

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