It isn't necessary to spend a lot money on quality entertainment during the summer. One just needs to do a little research and have a willingness to travel outside of their neighborhood.
While recuperating in Rancho Cucamonga, I decided to venture over to Victoria Gardens, a massive outdoor shopping complex. The management of this project made it possible for residents and visitors to take care of all of their shopping needs in one location.
Throughout the summer, Victoria Gardens presents Sounds of Summer at Chaffey Plaza. These are a free outdoor music series, held every Friday and Saturday. The Friday evening concerts are of an acoustic nature, meaning one or two band members performing together. Saturday's features several types of bands. Concert goers are encourage to grab a blanket or chair, and relax with an eclectic line-up of music. If you arrive early you might get lucky to find a seat provided at the concert. If you are lucky, you can find that chair located underneath a canopy, which is a big help on a humid evening.
Everybody is feeling hot! hot! hot!. Saturday, July 30th, featured entertainment provided by Alex Cabrera & The Infinity All-Stars. This band was smokin' on an already humid evening in the Inland Empire.
"Alex Cabrera is an accomplished trumpet and flugelhorn player from Los Angeles. He studied with the late great Cat Anderson of the famous Duke Ellington Orchestra. Alex has a great reputation in the music world as being a powerful lead player with many recording and film credits to his name. Alex has shared the stage with such greats as George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Michael McDonald, REO Speedwagon to name a few. He has also met and performed for The President of the United States." His debut Cd is entitled Latin Smooth. www.alex-cabrera.com/live
Mr. Cabrera assembled a talented roster of gifted musicians to share the stage with on this humid evening. Saxophonist Don Bell is best known in the local jazz circles as "saxophonist extraordinaire" for his smooth and melodic, yet electrifying and explosive style of playing. The many highlights of the evening was witnessing Alex and Don facing off/cutting as the jazz cats from back in the day used to do. The band featured Will Rise- percussions/trumpet, Vadim Silverstein- guitar, P. Bass Jones- bass, Tyronne Flemmings- on drums and Roger Rivas on keyboards.
They opened their first of three sets with a spicy, sometimes funky version of Mr. Magic by the late great Grover Washinghton Jr. Everyone was able to stretch out on this popular tune. The atmosphere kept getting hotter and hotter with each tune. Alex Cabrera & The Infinity All-Stars added some Latin Smooth arrangements to the following tunes- "On Broadway," "What You won't do For Love," "Sweet Thang," "Days of Wine and Roses" from his debut CD, "Cantaloupe Island," and "Grazing in the Grass." I'm looking forward to hearing more about this band in the future.
You are in luck. The Sounds of Summer at Victoria Gardens continues until August 20th. This is the remainder of the schedule for the series at Chaffey Plaza.
Friday, August 5th- Pan Jive (Caribbean steel band duo)
Saturday, August 6th- Hodads (surfer/pop/60s/70s quartet)
Friday, August 12th- Wendy Ryan- solo keyboard/ jazz/pop/standards
Saturday, August 13th- Empire Swing Orchestra (big band swing) You might need your dancing shoes for this concert!!!!!!!!!
Friday, August 19th- Gordon Halligan- jazz duo
Saturday, August 20th- The Hit Squad (classic rock quarter) be prepared to travel down memory lane. Lots of sing-a-longs