Free Tribute Shows On Friday & Saturday Nights In The LA Mountain Village
Ih the mountains outside of Los Angeles – but not quite to Big Bear – the village of Lake Arrowhead holds free musical shows from May thru Labor Day, including a show and fireworks on the 4th of July.
The Summer Concert Series features primarily rock ‘n roll tribute bands – The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys and even Bruno Mars.
The shows are held in a small outdoor area in the Village, a compact area of shops and a few restaurants and bars. The crowds are mostly locals who have summertime cabins in Arrowhead, which is to say this isn’t exactly a wild singles scene. But there are some youthful people scattered about and overall the shows are a very good time, well worth a weekend road trip, if only for a Friday or Saturday night.
There’s beer and wine at the shows and there’s a lot more to drink about a 30-second walk from the venue. In other words, you won’t go thirsty here.
The shows start at 6 p.m., and go until just past sunset. Then, of course you pop into the LAB (Lake Arrowhead Bar) for one or two more drinks, tho if you really want to party it does not start to fill up with the locals until about 10 p.m.
Other places to have drinks are Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina the for its potent margaritas on the patio overlooking the lake, Lakefront Tap Room and the peaceful deck at The Grapevine wine bar.
Seating on the concrete steps is $30 for two people, and the free lawn chair section is on the grass at the back of the venue.
2019 Lake Arrowhead Weekly Summer Concert Lineup
5/17 Jim Curry (Tribute to John Denver)
5/18 The Neil Deal (Tribute to Neil Young & CSNY)
5/24 Garth Guy (Tribute to Garth Brooks)
5/25 Colour My World (Tribute to Chicago)
5/26 Walking Phoenixes (Tribute to Johnny Cash)
5/27 Three Lock Box (The Ultimate Sammy Hagar Tribute – afternoon concert 2-4pm)
5/31 Superlark with Michelle Mangioni, Angela Riggio & Steve Soest (Classic Rock Hits)
6/1 Sixty Grit Band (Blues Rock by our local favorites!)
6/7 Turn the Page (tribute to Bob Seger)
6/8 Gypsy (Tribute to Stevie Nicks)
6/14 Atlantic Crossing (Tribute to Rod Stewart)
6/15 Bonfire (Tribute to AC/DC)
6/21 Lights (Tribute to Journey)
6/22 Dead Man’s Party (Tribute to Oingo Boingo)
6/28 4NR (Tribute to Foreigner)
6/29 Spazmatics (80’s mayhem)
7/4 2-4pm Adrianna & Her Groovecutters (Groovy blues with a touch of jazz) THEN 7pm High Tide (formerly Catch a Wave, Tribute to Beach Boys) THEN catch the ALA Fireworks at 9pm!
7/5 80’s Daze (80’s to the max!)
7/6 Paperback Writer (Tribute to The Beatles)
7/12 Styx Xperience (Tribute to Styx)
7/13 Bruno & The Hooligans (Tribute to Bruno Mars)
7/19 The Band That Fell To Earth (Tribute to David Bowie)
7/20 Ultimate Stones (Tribute to the Rolling Stones)
7/26 Fan Halen (Tribute to Van Halen)
7/27 Desperado (Tribute to the Eagles)
8/2 Masters of Puppets (Tribute to Metallica)
8/3 Venice (Quintessential California rock/pop/folk)
8/9 Strange Days (Tribute to the Doors)
8/10 Kenny Metcalf as Elton John
8/16 Led Zepagain (Tribute to Led Zeppelin)
8/17 Platinum Rockstars featuring David Victor formerly of Boston
8/23 Who Generation (Tribute to The Who)
8/24 Queen Nation (Tribute to Queen)
8/30 Petty and the Heartshakers (Tribute to Tom Petty)
8/31 Which One’s Pink (Tribute to Pink Floyd)
9/1 The Answer Classic Rock Show
9/2 Dave Matthews Experience (AKA Stepping Feet – afternoon concert 2-4pm)
9/6 ENCORE WEEKEND featuring LIGHTS tribute to Journey!
9/7 ENCORE WEEKEND featuring DEAD MAN’S PARTY tribute to Oingo Boingo!
Lake Arrowhead Village Information
Hotels & Rentals: The only hotel in the Village is the Saddleback Inn, although there are several condos and rental properties available; here’s a Google search for rentals. There’s also VRBO and Airbnb rentals, tho be careful not note the cleanup fees associated with those rentals.