POPS IN THE PARK
Nobody said that you can’t celebrate the 4th of July a day or two after the holiday. Hell, with all of the events happening in the IE alone we should just call it Independence Week. Join the rebel San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra as they perform a few major classics from the songbook of America. Music from classic composers like John Williams, Gershwin and Sousa will blow your patriotism through the roof.
7pm-9pm. Miller Park Amphitheater, 17004 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, (909) 349-6949; www.fontanachamber.org.
THE BAND OF HEATHENS
Rock and roll isn’t dead. Yes, it is floundering in a sea of retreaded pop music, manufactured self important hip-hop artists and indie music, but it is not dead. New rock music can be found right around the corner, specifically the corners of Austin, Texas. That’s where The Band of Heathens was born, coming together to play some good old–fashioned Southern style rock and roll. The Band of Heathens has been playing for over a decade and it knows how to work its sound. This night is bound to be one for the record books, and you would be a fool to miss it.
9pm-2am. $10. Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (866) 468-3399; www.pappyandharriets.com.
The IE has plenty of local sports to go around. From Ontario Reign hockey, a local football team and the addition of four different minor league baseball teams; every new season has something new. If you seek a different sports thrill then check out the IE Derby Divas racing against Chino’s Prison City Derby Dames this Saturday. What these girls do may look easy, but it’s also pretty violent so get some team spirit and root for your favorite.
6pm. $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door. Cal Skate Grand Terrace, 22080 Commerce Wy., Grand Terrace, (909) 783-0400; www.iederbydivas.com.
Nobody cares about one side of the brain because math is largely despised but the other, used for expression and creativity, is quite popular. Four local artists are going to take you on a journey into the better, more entertaining world of the creative side of the brain with abstract expressionism. As the title hints, this talent comes “from within” which can only make you wonder what “within” might look like.
Thru July 22. Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 12pm-4pm. Chaffey Community Art Association, Joseph Filippi Winery, North Wing, 12467 Baseline Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 463-3733; www.ccaamuseum.org.
“RED ROCK SPLENDOR”
Somewhere near Las Vegas is a park of natural desert beauty in the Red Rock Canyon. Naturally an artist might see the potential in such an unspoiled area so over the course of a few days Patricia Rose Ford and a few friends grabbed their paint and canvases and headed out to the desert. With a few gorgeous sunrises and the fleeting moments of red rocks illuminated, they created a few plein air pieces you won’t want to miss.
Opens Sat, July 7. Thru August 25. Free. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm. Banning Center for the Arts, 130 N. San Gorgonio, Banning, (951) 849-3993; www.banningculturalalliance.org.
THE FOUR PREPS
Take members from various local oldies groups like The Diamonds and The Crew Cuts, put them together and you get a mix of both original ’50s tunes as well as newly created songs influenced by the era. There is no better time to check out the Redlands Bowl, too, because every Friday and Tuesday until mid-August there’s some kind of old-school music to listen to.
7:15pm. Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St., Redlands, (909) 793-7316; www.redlandsbowl.com.
KOOL AND THE GANG
Celebrate good times, come on! It’s summertime and there isn’t a better time to celebrate good weather and a decent tan than with Kool and the Gang. Not a tribute band, but THE Kool and the Gang. Beaumont’s summer concerts are bringing popular oldies groups in hopes to increase the economy in the city as well as make the citizens happy. Plus, nobody can deny the Gang.
7:30pm. Free. Stewart Park, 650 E. 9th St., Beaumont, (951) 769-8524; www.ci.beaumont.ca.us.