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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Springsteen Tribute band livens up Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve


Last updated 7/12/2018 at 6pm

Tony Ault

Josh Schreiber and his Springsteen Experience band play at a special appearance Saturday, July 7, at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. The band is a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band known around the world.

The animals of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve and more than 250 guests were wide-awake on the hot Saturday night, July 7, as the sounds of the Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band reverberated through the Engelman Oaks above Murrieta.

Josh Schreiber, complete with mustache and classic Fender guitar, was almost the image of Bruce Springsteen with his band during the special performance at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve's Visitor Center stage. The rock music of Springsteen set the audience to dancing and cheering on the grounds behind the visitor center.

Inside the center were many of the area's artists displaying their artistic creations of wildlife and nature from around the plateau while vendors from the Plateau Vineyards and Garage Brewing offered fine wine and craft beer to guests. Sponsors of the special Bruce Springsteen Tribute, The Glass Doctor from Murrieta had fans and glow sticks for guests who gladly accepted the cooling gifts as the temperatures that evening were still in the 80s.

"Can you believe the turnout for the concert tonight, even as hot as it is," Ginger Greaves, the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Foundation executive director, said. The Bruce Springsteen Tribute concert is the first of summer series of concerts being presented by the foundation to support the reserve's student education program, The SRPEF supports the 8,000-acre ecological reserve and educational trips to the plateau for local elementary school students. The students from the local schools participating learn how to be good stewards of the natural environment and wonders around them.

The Springsteen Experience puts on the most authentic tribute to the great rock and soul singer Bruce Springsteen, according to the entertainment media. Schreiber and his band, all top musicians, use many of the same instruments and the same type of equipment Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band use to give it the most authentic recreation.

The audience danced the night away. Schreiber ran out to the dancers, his Fender guitar slung under his arm and mic in his hand, to join them in song and dance during the two-hour performance that night.

Schreiber played many of Springsteen's more than 300 songs at the concert, including those from some of his famous albums like "Born to Run," "The Wild the Innocent" and the early "Greetings from Asbury Park."

The Bruce Springsteen Experience is the first of five more tribute bands to take the outside stage behind the SRPER Visitor Center at 39400 Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta. The bands, according to Greaves, all well-known and respected in the music world, have consented to appear at the reserve for reduced prices to benefit the foundation and its goal to education children in environment stewardship.

Tony Ault

Ginger Greaves, CEO of the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation introduces the Springsteen Experience Tribute Band with Josh Schreiber at the first summer concert fundraiser at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta Saturday, July 7.

On tap at the reserve during the next five summer Saturdays are the Jimmy Buffet Tribute, July 14; Neil Diamond Tribute, July 21; Journey Tribute, July 28; Elton John Tribute, Aug. 4 and the closing Willie Nelson Tribute, Aug.11. The concerts begin 6:30 p.m. with an art show exhibit in the Visitors Center, 5:30 p.m.

All the concerts are held outside with parking and shuttle service provided, and concertgoers are urged to bring their own chairs. Seating is limited, and reserve tickets are required. Tickets are available at $30 per person and $22 for SRPEF members. Reserve tickets may be purchased online at SRPEF concert memberships are also available at $115 for season tickets.

Concert lunches are also available for sale. Iced coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer and popcorn are available for purchase at each performance. Proceeds from the concert go to the foundation's student program, which is a nonprofit organization, tax ID 71-0946697.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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