August 29, 2012
Memorial Park was packed Sunday with a record attendance estimated at more than 3,500 people - and some family dogs - when the Neil Diamond tribute band Hot August Night took the stage to present the final performance of this summer's Music in the Park concert series. Lead singer Dean Colley convincingly evoked the singer-songwriter Diamond, from his sounds to his attire, in a well-paced concert that brought many in the audience to their feet for some vintage dance moves. The concert series, presented by the city of La Cañada Flintridge, has been a summer tradition going back about 20 years, according to Carl Alameda, senior management analyst for the city, who added that the early seasons offered just six concerts, which in more recent years has been expanded to every Sunday night, June through August.
August 28, 2008
The Music in the Park summer concert series wrapped up the 2008 season on a ?Hot August Night? with Dean Colley and a tribute to Neil Diamond. On Sunday night every square inch of Memorial Park seemed to be teeming with Diamond fans. Even those who didn?t know every word to every song, were humming along and dancing to the music. As always patrons of this La Cañada tradition brought meals that ran the gamut of cuisine, from sandwiches bought at a nearby store to elaborate and table settings including roast chicken and wine.
May 27, 2010
All concerts start at 6 p.m. unless indicated otherwise. Children, blankets and picnic dinners are welcome. • May 31, 4 p.m. : Rock 'n' roll oldies featuring Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries . • June 6 : Blues featuring L.A. Bluescasters. • June 13 : Classic rock featuring Misplaced Priorities . The concert will be preceded by a classic car show. Attendees are encouraged to drive and park their vintage cars.
August 24, 2006
It's hot, hot, hot outside but cool things are in-store on these sizzling summer evenings. Kat Scrap Fever, Webster's Pharmacy of Altadena's popular new scrapbooking store is hosting its Hot August Nights 50's-theme Crop on Friday, Aug. 25, from 7 p.m. until midnight. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Light refreshments will be served. Arrive with your scrapping tote and a friend. "What better way to cool off and scrap this hot summer night away, " says Sue Webster Felt, president of Webster's Pharmacy of Altadena.
August 30, 2013
Oh no! Summer is slipping away and we have to face reality - no more music in La Cañada's Descanso Gardens or Memorial Park until next year. The music just died this weekend. But it's fair to say that it went out on a high note. On Monday I packed up my lawn chair, the picnic basket and the wagon that carries all the stuff and stored it all away until next summer, when the music begins once again. It has been quite a tune-filled ride these past few months - our hills have been alive with wonderful music.
August 4, 2010
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."
July 6, 2006
Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic will take to the bandstand in La Cañada Flintridge Memorial Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 9 as the latest offering in the summer Music-in-the-Park concert series. The city of La Cañada Flintridge and the Valley Sun co-sponsor the series, which continues each Sunday through Aug. 27. Thierry, who has been labeled as the Jimi Hendrix of Zydeco music, will be marking his 27th birthday on the day of his performance here. He was born in Richmond and raised in the East Bay area, but has deep French Creole roots.
July 13, 2006
Sway your hips and dance the evening away to the rhythm of the music. Long before the band was even there, dozens of residents and non-residents took up nearly every foot of turf with shade at last Sunday's Music-in-the-Park concert. While the crowd awaited the first song to play children played ball and chased each other around. Meanwhile the Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic band was on their way. Once on site, without any rest the band quickly unpacked their equipment, tuned up their instruments and began to jam. Some anxious dancers didn't hesitate to jump on their feet and dance in step to the harmonious tunes by the accordion.