Hippodrome a highlight of second last Arts in the park


The weather was beautiful for the second last Arts in the park presentation, which was in Nicholas Sheran park, Sept. 4 and 5.

 The Sept. 4 show was all about having fun in the sun.

Hippodrome trombonist Sarah Marie Burger at Arts in the Park, Sept. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught a few songs from Celtic Routes, who played a great version of “Heave Away” as well as several other traditional Irish and Scottish ballads.


 Bryan Bradfield was in a Leo Kottke and John Fahey mood, as he played his dobro and told a few stories behind the music.


The big attraction was Hippodrome, who were hoping people would “Dance to the Music.”


 But it was too hot to dance.

 The band, sans Juran Greene, who had another comittment, smiled their way through a variety of R and B and disco hits from the ’60s and ’70s.


 The band got to show their chops while Erica Hunt and Karen Romolliwa took turns singing lead vocals.


“Standing on Shaky Ground” and “Hold On I’m Coming” were immediate highlights.


 Eric Hunt grinned and waved to the audience, many taking shelter from the sun under trees or under umbrellas and in the beer gardens.


Bryan Bradfield performs at Arts in the Park, Sept. 4. Photo by Richard Amery

They played vintage should like “ I Heard it On the Grapevine” and went modern with an impassioned version of “Valerie.”

 Erica Hunt has the perfect segue for every song.

And there was plenty of disco like “Blame it on the Boogie” and “Car Wash.”


Arts in the Park concludes, Sept. 11 in Legacy Park with Dance Extravaganza  with Van Dance Studio and Dance Images, beginning at 1 p.m.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 September 2021 14:21 )