IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Lisa Haley and the Zydekats open the Summer Concert Series at Idyllwild Community Center on Thursday.
Expect full-spirited dance music rooted in Americana, Cajun/Zydeco, Irish/Celtic, World/Pop, Folk/Bluegrass, Blues, R&B and Jazz.
The Los Angeles Times has likened Haley to “the bluesy moans of Janis Joplin,” and she has been called “the Mick Jagger of the Zydeco” by KUCI Radio in Irvine. She describes herself as a “National Touring Act of the ‘One World Swamp’.”
“The world needs joyful music!” Haley declares on her web site.
This is a Grammy nominated band with at least 10 CDs. Their music has been used in Hollywood movies and TV shows.
Swift Pony featuring Lily McCabe and Wayne Cameron will open for the Zydekats. This is a popular duo that has returned to Idyllwild, after a move to the north, to perform several gigs over the summer.
The series will continue every Thursday through Aug. 20. Opening acts will begin at 6 p.m. Main shows start at 7 p.m. There will be opening acts for all except the Big Bands.
Many people like to go early, stake out spots with portable chairs and snacks, and visit with friends.
Here’s the line-up as of June 28:
July 9: Llew Matthews Quintet (easy listening). Opener Paul Carman.
July 16: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Nancy Knorr of The Pied Pipers (Jimmy Dorsey Show). No opener.
July 23: The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers (cowboy music). Opener Roger Dutton and Friends.
July 30: Grupo Bohemio Band (Santana and Mexican music). Opener to be announced.
Aug. 6: Ken Dahleen and his Big Band Staff (Stan Kenton music). No opener
Aug. 13: The New City Beat (Rock and Roll plus the Blues, with blazing horns). Opener Sandii Castleberry and the Girls.
Aug. 20: Blue Breeze Band (Motown). Opener to be announced.
Idyllwild Community Center is at Highway 243 and Ridge View Drive. Look for these signs.
The Summer Concert Series was founded by Ken Dahleen and supporters in Idyllwild in 2000. Manny and Linda Rider are corporate sponsors.
To support the series, send checks to the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series, P.O. Box 1542, Idyllwild, CA. 92549-1542.
For more information check out the series web site.