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Summer Concert Series

krf_moving_postcard-1Kids Rock Free® will host three major concerts at the Fender® Center this season, before we move into the Civic Center.

These concerts will sponsor free music lessons for kids. Indoor and outdoor concerts will not look the same after Kids Rock Free expands to the Civic Center and the City remodels the building into a Community Center.

“In the intimate Rhythm Lounge, audiences feel like they are a part of the concert surrounded by the cool rock ‘n roll décor. Outdoors the amphitheater is magical. Audiences shouldn’t miss one of the last chances to see a concert there,” said Gregg Hassler of Golden Crown Productions. At each concert there will be incentives to purchase tickets for the Laguna Beach Home raffle and silent auctions for Fender® Center memorabilia. Buy a raffle ticket for later, win a concert ticket now.

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Lukas Nelson and his band P.O.T.R. continue to make noteworthy musical contributions – together and separately. “We are so pleased to have the band return to support the Kids Rock Free® Music School,” said Pam Hogan, director. The Aug. 16th concert tickets are being sold at $25 for the concert only or $50 for a VIP ticket (includes wine at Meet & Greet with artist in the Fender® Museum & more). Doors open for VIP Reception at 6:30PM, for GA ticket holders at 7:30PM. Concert starts at 8PM.

On Sept. 20th Casey Abrams will perform his first concert at Fender® Center. See this local rising mega-star in the Rhythm Lounge. Tickets are on sale for $25 GA or $50 for a VIP ticket (includes Meet & Greet with artist & more). All concerts include a no-host bar and touring the Fender exhibits.

Lukas Nelson and Casey Abrams will each hold an unplugged Master Class on the day of their concerts. Meet the musicians and hear their stories, $15 per ticket at 2pm. KRF students may attend the master classes for free. Master Class and Concert ticket packages are available now at PurplePass.com or the office at 951-735-2440.

Bobby Kimball, Original vocalist of Toto, will light up the Fender® Center outdoor stage. Summer outdoor concerts are thrilling at the Steve Miller Amphitheater. Add in a Silent Auction of Fender® Center memorabilia and you have a winning night. VIP guests will be treated to a light dinner reception, Meet & Greet and concert seating up front. Tickets are $80 or $150 per couple. GA seats are $35. VIP reception opens at 6:30pm, GA gate at 7:00pm. A no-host bar and food for sale will add to the party on the grass. We are pleased to have Corona’s own Electric Ash open the concert and the Kids Rock Free® band to rock the audience.

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How KRF Changed My Life – Carson

Age 9



I like “Kids Rock Free” because Lee Zimmer is nice and he makes sense. If I don’t understand, he helps me. I get excited when it’s the day of my guitar lesson. When I play I feel happy and relaxed. I’m thinking “I’m doing it!” reading music makes me feel smart. School is complicated for me sometimes but guitar relaxes my brain. I want this guitar because I want to teach my big brother. He usually teaches me, but now I can teach him.

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 info@KidsRockFree.org 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.”