In Templeton one of the highlights of summer are the annual Concerts in the Park where hundreds of locals and visitors come out to enjoy live music, local beer or wine and food. The concerts kicked off on June 7 and are hosted every Wednesday.
All concerts are free to attend and organized each year by the Templeton community Service District with the help of local sponsorships. The next four concerts from July 12- Aug. 2, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. The final two concerts Aug. 9 and 12, will run from 6- 8 p.m. Now half way through the summer run, these are the remaining bands folks won’t want to miss.
Royal Garden Swing Orchestra: July 12
The Royal Garden Swing Orchestra is made up of professional musicians from the San Luis Obispo County area and is celebrating 27 years performing big band era favorites. With a musicality rarely heard today, this nine-piece band provides a full guttural sound that will blow the average band out of the proverbial water.
Under the direction of band leader, Warren Balfour are: saxophonists; Ron McCarley on Tenor/Soprano, Bob Sennett on Baritone and Scott Liddi on Tenor; in the brass section Mitch Latting on Trumpet / Flugelhorn, Bruce “Scotty” Scott on Trombone, Bob Bennett on Trumpet/Flugelhorn; and in the rhythm section Ken Hustad on Bass and Darrell Voss on Drums. These collaborative musicians boast over 200 special arrangements in their library, from the swing era to modern classics.
Mother Corn Shuckers: July 19
For those looking for a crazy, country bluegrass band that could raise the roof off a barn and boasts a foot stompin’ good time, the Mother Corn Shuckers will more than fulfill that need. This local band are fixtures of the music seen and also rock private parties and more.
Making this sweet music are: Che Miller rocking Lead Vocals and guitar, Mark Hughes playing banjo and singing back up, Jeff Pienack adding in that sweet harmonica, guitar and backup vocals, Greg Steers on Upright bass, Kurt Micheals banging the drums and washboard alternating with Curt Miller, Lillian Dennis on fiddle, Chris Dennis on the slide guitar and Mark Travis on Mandolin; no one will want to miss this show.
The Counterfeit Kings: July 26
Ty Christensen, Tony Menocal, Doug Swain and Scott Robertson are The Counterfeit Kings. Playing the hits from the 1990’s featuring rock, pop and country artists all know and love. They are known for their stage presence and ability to get a crowd up and dancing.
The Counterfeit Kings play many local gigs throughout the year and are ready to take the stage in Templeton. Those that make it out to this concert in the park are in for one memorable show.
The Martin Paris Band: Aug. 2
For 15 years the Martin Paris Band has been playing Rock, Pop, and Country music for all to enjoy. The band includes lead vocalist Debby White, lead guitarist, fiddle, and vocalist Kelly Powers, bassist Terry Newby, drummer Matt Wilson, and founding member Martin Paris on acoustic and electric guitar.
Paris is also a local solo artist who is well known for his talent as a guitar player and plays many concerts in the park as well as winery concerts and more. With over a decade performing together, The Martin Paris Band are sure to wow all at the Templeton Concerts in the Park.
Ricky Montijo & The Mojitos: Aug. 9
Soul, rock, Latin, funk fusion is the specialty of Ricky Montijo & The Mojitos. Crossing all genres, this band appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes. The band boasts a rotating group of talented musicians ranging from solo acoustic work to a full 6-piece band.
The typical instrumental configuration of the band includes saxophone, piano, and percussion. Montijo personally selects the most talented musicians in the area to tailor a set to specific performances so no one is like the other making this concert in the park a must see.
Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band: Aug. 12
The year 2017 marks 41 years for Monte Mills and his Lucky Horseshoe band. This rotating gang of musicians always wows the crowd at any concert they play. The group is known as a country band and they do play mostly country music, but they can just as easily slip into 50s and 60s oldies rock and roll, 1940’s big band or Gospel. Monte personally loves to play and sing those old Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys western swing tunes.
The band’s repertoire is mostly pre Garth Brooks. Instead of performing the new songs heard on the radio, Monte has chosen to feature the songs that have become classics. Songs like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Jambalaya,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Crazy,” “Silver Wings,” etc. will be with us always. The same can be said for the old Rock standards like “Johnny Be Good”. Be prepared to dance with a full crowd at this concert as Mills is known to be a favorite of these concert series that closes out these events each year.