Summer Serenades concert series in Carmel Valley begins June 30

The Carmel Valley Recreation Council, along with Pardee Homes, Kilroy Realty Corporation and Sampson California Realty, are presenting the Summer Serenades 2013 concert series. This will be the Council’s 23rd year to host the summer concert series and this summer promises to be one of the best! Bring the whole family for a night of live music and fun. Don’t forget your picnic baskets and dancing shoes!

“This year we have an exciting schedule,” says Sharon Fornaciari, the event organizer for more than eight years. “Our concert series has something for everyone, from oldies Rock and Roll to the best of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the smooth sound of Reggae music, and the return of the string quartet playing classical music. This year, new to our lineup, is a patriotic concert put on by the Navy Band Southwest.”

The Recreation Council has six excellent concerts lined up, which will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings, and this year they will all be held in the amphitheater at the Carmel Valley Rec Center, located at 3777 Townsgate Drive.

The series begins June 30 with the Navy Band Southwest. This 45-piece concert band will be playing your patriotic favorites along with sounds from the big band era and hits by current pop and country artists. This concert is sure to put you in the mood for the 4th of July.

Back for their second year is Plato Soul who will be performing on July 7. With the amazing vocal talent of KT and their solid rhythm and horn sections, they will again be performing music that will make everyone smile and get up on their feet.

No Summer Serenades would be complete without the amazing sounds of Atomic Groove. If you are looking for energetic dance music for the whole family, this is the concert for you. Atomic groove is high energy from the first beat to the last. They will be performing on July 14.

After the introduction last year of Quartetto Sorrento, they are back again performing classical music for everyone’s enjoyment. They will be appearing on July 21 when these four talented musicians will be playing their wonderful and spontaneous music.

Headlining the Family Fun Evening on July 28, Upstream returns with their smooth reggae sounds. Originally formed in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago and then relocated to southern California in the early 1990’s, they have an energetic eclectic style of Reggae. Performing with them this summer will be the Caribbean Gems, a Calypso dance group that is sure to entertain and amaze.

Later that night, as part of the Family Fun evening, the Rec Council will be hosting Family Movie Night. The movie showing will be Wreck It Ralph.

Wrapping up the series this season will be Left4Dead performing on Aug. 4. This seven-member band plays a variety of great dance music that will have the audience dancing to the beat!

The Summer Serenades concerts are free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Carmel Valley Recreation Council along with Pardee Homes, Kilroy Realty Corporation, and our new sponsor this year, Sampson California Realty. “We have had a longstanding relationship with Pardee Homes going back more than 20 years. Pardee Homes continues to support this wonderful community event year after year. This year we again thank Kilroy Realty and we welcome Sampson Realty in what we hope will also become a long term relationship” said Pat Collins, Chair of the Council. “Additionally, these concerts could not be held without the continued support of the City of San Diego and its Parks and Recreation Department,” Collins adds.

For more information on the Summer Serenades, contact the Carmel Valley Recreation Center at 858-552-1616 or go to