2014 looks like a great summer!
Entertainment, Theatre & Culture has a great summer of entertainment planned for 2014, starting with the annual kickoff event May 4. Do you like good music on a summer evening, with maybe a picnic spread on a blanket as you sit alongside a gorgeous Lake Clementia?
Well, then, welcome to ETC! Have we got a fun summer for you!
May 4, 1-4 p.m.: Annual kickoff event, Country Club
Here's our warmup to the summer, with raffles, a silent auction and great music with food and wine tastings. You can even buy tickets for the shows! Have we mentioned it's free?
June 7, 8 p.m.: Petty Theft and Timeless Wonder
Petty Theft is made up of six Bay Area musicians who perform Tom Petty music that sounds like the original, with a show that’s based on Petty’s performances. The tribute is in the music, not the costumes, with songs like “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Refugee,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Breakdown” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
Timeless Wonder features Steven Baldwin, a man whose life parallels that of Stevie Wonder, known worldwide for decades of Motown hits.
A rare eye disorder cost Baldwin his sight at an early age, but that didn’t keep him from pursuing a career as a session vocalist and performer. As Stevie Wonder, he brings to life dance-along, sing-along hits like “My Cherie Amour,” “Sir Duke,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” “Superstition” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”
The Country Club will offer beer and wine for sale along with a specialty cocktail prior to the show.
Tickets -- $20 for ETC members, $30 for non-members -- will be available in front of Local Bean at the ETC tickets table Friday and Saturday two weeks before the show. Tickets are available for members at the Biz Center. Non-members can purchase at Local Bean, Go Fore Pizza and the Biz Center at any time.
July 5, 8:30 p.m.: SuperHuey
If you were among the ETC fans disappointed when the SuperHuey show got rained out last September, well, the sun is shining again.
During the 1980s and early '90s, Huey Lewis and the News scored a total of 19 top-ten singles. The seven-piece SuperHuey creates the feel-good Huey Lewis experience with those hits, songs that became part of American pop culture: “The Power of Love,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Heart and Soul,” “Hip to be Square” and many more.
SuperHuey offers high-energy, faithful versions of the songs you know and love. The band boasts some of the best players in the business.
Huey Lewis and The News have carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band, endearing them to millions of fans. So for the July 4 weekend, grab your 501 jeans, your Ray-bans, your linen sport coat and your skinny tie and join SuperHuey at Lake Clementia Amphitheater.
Aug. 2, 8:30 p.m.: Long Time
For years now, Long Time has been performing the hits of the band Boston, but Long Time doesn’t stop there. The band’s July 5 show at Lake Clementia Amphitheater, staged by Entertainment, Theatre & Culture for Rancho Murieta, will offer hard-rocking music from a half-dozen other hit-making bands.
The distinctive Boston sound -- guitar harmonies and big vocals -- that launched hits like “More Than a Feeling,” “Piece of Mind,” “Smokin’,” “Amanda” and “Don’t Look Back,” will give life to songs from legendary bands like Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple.
Long Time is made up of talented Northern California musicians who’ve been performing at festivals, corporate events, private parties and special occasions since 2008.
Aug. 30, 8:30 p.m.: Chicago Tribute Authority
Chicago Tribute Authority, a band that graced Lake Clementia Amphitheater in 2009, will return Aug. 30 to wrap up the 2014 season.
Chicago Tribute Authority’s eight musicians made their debut as a band in 2006, offering faithful reproductions of the music of Chicago, a group that has been making hits since 1967. And Chicago Tribute Authority covers them all, from the oldest to the newest.
Some examples from the Sacramento-based band’s song list: “25 or 6 to 4,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Make Me Smile,” “Questions 67 and 68,” “Saturday in the Park” and many more.
As the band’s promotion material says, “While they make no pretense of being the original, Chicago Tribute Authority comes close enough in their performance you may ask yourself ‘Does Anybody Really Know Which Band It Is?’"