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Summer arts and concerts to perform on the plateau


Last updated 6/27/2019 at 1:54am

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MURRIETA – Back by popular demand, the deck and stage area behind the visitor center at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 39400 Clinton Keith, in Murrieta will be transformed into an outdoor concert and art exhibition venue, to include seven weeks of celebrating 22 years of the annual Santa Rosa Plateau Art Exhibition and six Saturday evenings of tribute concerts.

Celebrating its 22nd year, the reserve has hosted a summer art show that has grown in popularity and stature. Focusing on local art, the seven week exhibition will feature the works of 25 local artists conveying the celebration of nature in a wide range of media from pen and ink, oils, watercolor, sculptures, textures and glass. This year, a reception will be held opening night, Saturday, June 29, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets, $15, must be purchased in advance. The opening night reception will include wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres and entertainment by singer Kodi Lee. The exhibition is free to the public during the day, beginning Sunday, July 7, until Aug. 11.

The art show will be open during the Saturday night concerts, but will require a concert admission ticket, purchased in advance.

Plateau Vineyards presents the 2019 Summer Art and Concert Series Live at the Plateau, which is held in conjunction with the annual summer art show. The concerts will be held on the six Saturdays during the duration of the art show, from July 6 to Aug. 10. While the art exhibition is free to the public during the day starting July 7, the Saturday night concerts and exhibition will require a ticket purchased in advance. No tickets are sold on the day of the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Plateau Vineyards Concert Lineup features Journey tribute band Lights Saturday, July 6. Established in 2005, Lights takes the audience on a musical Journey, with unexpected historical stops in-between.

The tribute to Huey Lewis & the News by The Heart of Rock & Roll will perform Saturday, July 13. The colorful and exciting concert experience teleports audiences back in time when Huey dominated the charts and the world of the music videos.

The "Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute Show" by The Garth Guy is set for Saturday, July 20. Dean Simmons is still the only "Garth" on Legends' roster and performs in many of the Vegas Legends shows to rave reviews.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Jersey Boys Tribute will perform Saturday, July 27. All the old favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the classics that have thrilled audiences for years including from the Broadway musical "The Jersey Boys."

The "Ultimate ABBA Tribute" by ABBA FAB is scheduled to play Saturday, Aug. 3. From the earliest hits to "Mamma Mia," ABBA Fab will take audiences on a whirlwind ABBA journey that is unmatched. Bring those dancing shoes.

The closing night band is a Willie Nelson tribute with Roger Hegyi and The True Willie Band Saturday, Aug. 10. Because of overwhelming request from concert goers, True Willie comes back to the Plateau to close out the 2018 summer season. The band was chosen as the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America.

Concerts will be held on the outdoor stage behind the visitor center. The art exhibition will be inside the visitor center. Concert tickets must be purchased in advance. Wine, craft beers, sodas, coffee and water will be available for purchase on-site. Attendees will enjoy a wide array of craft beers provided by our own Temecula and Murrieta-based Garage Brewing Company and award winning wines provided by Plateau Vineyards. Picnic dinners, provided by The Naughty Pig, must be purchased in advance. Art reception and concert tickets purchased at

The concerts feature all performances interpreted in American Sign Language for the deaf.

"We are very excited about the inclusion of music into the construct of our annual summer art show," Rob Hicks, naturalist and interpreter with the Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District, said. "We hope this unique event will inspire attendees to support and understand the important work the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation is doing to reconnect children to nature."

Concert tickets cost $35 per person for general admission, $25 per person for SRPNEF members and children 12 and under are free. Season Tickets cost $150 for general admission, $130 for SRPNEF members. The tickets to the art exhibition reception with Kodi Lee are $15. All tickets must be purchased in advance and no tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase tickets at or in person at the visitor center at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 39400 Clinton Keith Road, in Murrieta.

Submitted by Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.


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