La Cañada's Memorial Park was the happening place last Sunday when Dean Colley's Hot August Nights Band, a Neil Diamond tribute band, rocked the town with the music of the famous singer.
Instead of it being a hot August night, it was a temperate one with a gentle breeze wending its way in and out of the huge crowd that had come to listen to Diamond familiar tunes like "Sweet Caroline," "Crunchy Granola Suite," "Sing Sung Blues" and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."
Colley, who physically has a striking resemblance to Diamond, also has a similar rich baritone with a slightly craggy edge to it that everyone has come to love.
Neil Diamond's cousin Judy Diamond, who lives in the valley, was also in the crowd and Colley introduced her. I spoke with her after the show, and she said she usually tries to come to a couple of Hot August Night concerts each year. She said that she really enjoys the shows, and that Colley does a pretty good job sounding like her cousin. She said emphatically, "Dean is not a Neil Diamond impersonator, but I prefer to say that he pays tribute to Neil Diamond with his style."