Monthly Archives: June 2014

Celebrate the 4th with KRF!

Fender Benders at CycloneThe Parade begins at the intersection of Main and Ontario at 10 a.m. and moves north to Olive Avenue. Grab a seat early along Main Street near one of the three announcers’ booths along the route located at the intersections of Main/Pueblo, Main/Rancho, and Main/Francis to watch the more than 70 entries representing local sports teams, non-profits, and businesses celebrate Independence Day in our community.

The festivities continue at 4 p.m.  at Santana Park with the Family Festival which includes games, bouncers, food booths, and live entertainment throughout the day. The Fender Benders from the Kids Rock Free® program open the entertainment at the Festival followed by the ever talented Southland Band which is returning to our event this year. Pop Vinyl, a popular Southern California band brings its vibrant sound to the stage at 7 p.m. With a dynamic play list featuring everything from Motown to classic rock to current hits, Pop Vinyl brings energy and fun to entertain its audiences and get the crowd popping. [More]

Bobby Kimball – “Original Lead Vocalist of Toto”

squareComing this September to Fender® Center for the Performing Arts: Bobby Kimball “Original Lead Vocalist of Toto”!

Join Kids Rock Free® at Fender® Center for a special concert. Enjoy a summery night of exciting music at our extraordinary outdoor amphitheater with Kimball—a master musician. Kimball’s first LP with Toto broke out with the massive hit single, “Hold The Line.” The band was nominated for a Grammy as “Best New Band” the year it was released. Kimball is an avid supporter of the Kids Rock Free program at Fender Center, which is dedicated to providing free and low-cost performing arts education to children of Inland Southern California. The band Electric Ash will open for Kimball.

Electric Ash 2014

Electric Ash

Together, Kimball, Electric Ash, and Kids Rock Free rock to benefit children’s musical education and improve access to music lessons in our community. Join us September 6, 8:00 p.m. (Doors open 7:00 for VIP, 7:30 for GA) here at Fender Center for the Performing Arts. The VIP pre-concert reception includes Meet & Greet with artist, 2 complimentary wine/soft drink tickets, light dinner, and preferred seating prior to GA entry. There will be a silent auction benefitting the Kids Rock Free program during the VIP dinner.

Date: September 6 Time: 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 for VIP, 7:30 for GA) Fender Center for the Performing Arts 951.735.2440 Tickets

How KRF Changed My Life – Michael

Age 9



I have been at Fender for three years and I have learned a lot from Lee. Lee has helped me with songs, riffs, and the summer jams. Some of the songs I have learned are Sunshine of Your Love, Beat It, Smoke on the Water, just to name a few. My goals are to be in the KRF Bands. Thank you for providing me with lessons. Rock on Fender!!!

Casey Abrams @ Fender Center’s Rhythm Lounge!

Casey Abrams

24-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, proves he is here to stay with his self-titled debut album on Concord Records.

Casey Abrams will appear at the Fender Center Rhythm Lounge on September 20, 2014 at 8 p.m., doors open for VIP at 7 p.m. and General Admission at 7:30 p.m.

The VIP pre-concert reception includes Meet & Greet with artist, a complimentary wine/soft drink ticket, munchies and preferred seating prior to GA entry. Casey Abrams will be featured in a Master Class from 2-4 p.m. same day. Tickets for Master Class and Concert are sold separately or as a package; with discount for package.


Casey Abrams’ story is that of a born natural, but it’s also the story of a person who studied diligently and worked extremely hard, striving toward his dream of a life in music. He was born in Austin, Texas to professionally accomplished, extraordinarily creative parents. Casey’s mother, Pamela Pierce, a screenwriter and teacher, also plays piano and sings. His father, Ira Abrams currently teaches at Idyllwild Arts Academy. The walls of Casey’s childhood home resonated with, “the music of the 1950s and ‘60s,” he states. Even then, he was “hearing those blues riffs and little things that make a song what it is.”

I Love the DRUMS! – Sophie’s Story

IMG_2023Kids Rock Free has really changed my life! I love playing the drums. I’m always keeping a beat to something, or playing in the car, or even on the dinner table. I have been playing for 4 years and it’s my passion. I am recently in a band and it’s been wonderful. I love playing with amazing people, and playing awesome songs. Sometimes when I feel down, I like to play the drums or keep a beat in my head. I always have people saying I have such an amazing talent for how old I am. Sometimes it’s hard like a couple songs or lil things, or rhythms. I always keep my head up and love learning more!

Sophia is 12 years old and she participates in both the Drumline, as well as a band. We’re very happy to have received this story from her.