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Locals rock out in the park to classic tunes at LH annual summer concert series

By Leon Romero
La Habra Journal

The La Habra Summer Concert Series began its musical lineup on June 23rd with the Mariachi Divas, and most recently on June 30th with DSB: Journey Tribute Band at El Centro – Lions Park. This year the series put on by the La Habra Community Services Recreation Department celebrates its 30th year featuring free concerts for the community in the park, and most recently at the La Habra Marketplace.

LHJ Concerts in the park and 4th of July 2016
Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal Don’t stop believin’: Lead singer Juan Del Castillo sings a variety of Journey’s greatest hits as part of the band DSB’s performance last week at the annual Summer Concert Series in La Habra.

The department recently changed the series name from Concert In The Park to Summer Concert Series, according to Katie Elmore, the assistant recreation manager for La Habra.
Last Thursday, El Centro/Lions park was filled with over 200 eager residents awaiting DSB, who  was scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. and rock out to Journey’s greatest hits under the stars.
The event also featured food and drinks being sold by the La Habra Police Explorers, Kala Truck, and Peejay’s Italian Ice.
The La Habra Recreations Department provided a Kid’s Zone where kids played with hula-hoops and arts and crafts to construct their own stylish glasses. La Habra resident, Julie Rodriguez, attended the event with her friends and was very excited to see DSB perform once more.
“Events like these bring out comradery, unity, and we’re having fun out here enjoying the weather and entertainment,” said Rodriguez.
This was the band’s first time performing for the summer concert series in La Habra. When their agent contacted them if they would be interested in performing for the La Habra community they agreed immediately.
According to the band’s lead vocalist, Juan Del Castillo, outdoor summer concert series are his favorite events to perform for because they get to perform for different communities and hangout with the residents.
DSB was formed in January 2009 and has performed at venues like the Grove of Anaheim and The House of Blues Las Vegas.
“You can tell that people are used to coming out and hearing live music, and not every city has that. It was a very warm welcome especially for our first time out here,” said Del Castillo.
CR & R Environmental Services is the musical series’ main sponsor, and companies including Sprouts, Pizza Rev, La Habra Marketplace Chick-Fil-A, and Grocery Outlet sponsored individual nights, according to Recreation Specialist for the city of La Habra Melissa Rivera.
The Recreation Department began planning for this series in November 2015 when they began polling the community for the type of music or even specific bands they’d like to see perform.
Between the community service commissioners and recreation committee’s community poll, the bands to perform this summer  were chosen.
The first two events for the series were held at the El Centro – Lions Park. The remaining three events will take place at the La Habra Marketplace with the next event being on July 7 featuring Retro Soul.
The series continues with Cold Duck performing on July 14 and ends with Kelly Rae Band on July 21.
For more information on this concert series visit the La Habra city website.

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