Sawyer Brown joins Starlight Bowl season

Joyce Rudolph

This summer’s Starlight Bowl entertainment will be a little bit

country, a lot of swing and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll.

Sawyer Brown, one of country music’s biggest names, joins the


Sunday concert series lineup this year.

Within its first year of performing back in 1984, the group won

the Country Music Assn.'s Horizon Award. It has since earned Top

Vocal Group honors from the Academy of Country Music and six


consecutive TNN/Music City News Top Vocal Band prizes.

The group is going to be a big draw, said Gwen Sam-Indermill,

recreation services manager for the city’s park, recreation and

community services department.

“I think it’s going to be a sellout,” she said. “We’re getting

calls for tickets already, for both Sawyer Brown and Big Bad Voodoo

Daddy. Those will be sure sellouts.”

The season begins and ends with swing music. The Bill Elliott


Swing Orchestra returns as the headliner for the Fourth of July

concert, joined by The Alley Cats doo-wop group and the Jokesters

comedy team.

Patrons are urged to purchase tickets early as this concert sells

out every year, Sam-Indermill said.

Under the theme of “Star Spangled Summer,” the Sunday night

concert series kicks off with Motor City Memories on July 13,

featuring Motown Tribute to the Temptations, the Supremes and Junior


Walker and the All Stars.

Sawyer Brown appears July 20 followed by Beatles tribute band, the

Fab Four, on July 27. Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries is scheduled

for Aug. 3, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra on Aug. 10 and Big Bad

Voodoo Daddy culminates the season Aug. 17.

Opening for Captain Cardiac is The Answer.

“They are Arrow 93.5 FM’s official house band,” Sam-Indermill

said. “They say it is America’s ultimate tribute to classic rock.

Captain Cardiac is already one of our most popular concerts but this

will bring in even more people.”

Season organizers also worked with Burbank Philharmonic music

director/conductor Steven Kerstein on its program.

The program is Ravel’s “Bolero,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,”

and music from “West Side Story.”

Big Bag Voodoo Daddy is releasing its new CD, “Save My Soul,” in

July and it will be sold during the final concert.

Fourth of July concert and advance season tickets go on sale

today. Regular tickets can be purchased beginning July 14 at the City

Hall Annex, 301 E. Olive Ave., Suite 300. For more information, check

out the Web site at