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Spring Fest breezes in with cool tunes



Spring Fest is entirely sold out! We will see you this weekend. Don’t forget, gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Concessions will be available for purchase: Friday, Dillon’s BBQ; Saturday, Chick Fil-A; Sunday, Burgers, Dogs and Brats. Shows start at 7 p.m. Performers will be: Southwest Surfers – Beach Boys Tribute band (Friday); Coral Paradise – Jimmy Buffett/Reggae/Caribbean Tribute (Saturday); and Hot Rocks – Rolling Stones Tribute (Sunday).


Back by popular demand, the 2017 Spring Fest, featuring three groovin’ bands, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, at Beardsley Park, 12755 Beardsley Road, Sun City West. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

Tickets will be $12.50 per person for individual shows or $30 for the event package. Tickets go on sale 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the R.H. Johnson Box Office or online at The three-day lineup will include:

southwest-surfers-01_8x10Friday, March 10 – Southwest Surfers (Beach Boys Tribute). The Southwest Surfers, Arizona’s premier Beach Boys tribute band, have been providing a fun and entertaining musical experience to sellout crowds since 2009. The group was formed with the express purpose of recreating the Beach Boys sound. The Southwest Surfers provide fans with more than great music: It’s an interactive show that lights up smiles and has fans dancing in the aisles and singing every song. The Southwest Surfers sold out every show during its 2014-15 season.

coral-paradise-picSaturday, March 11 – Coral Paradise, Jimmy Buffett/Reggae/Caribbean Tribute. Chris Farmer spent 12 years on the road with The Beach Boys, singing and playing their well-known vocal pop gems. Currently, Chris is touring with Timothy B. Schmit of the world-famous Eagles band. While the Eagles were on break in the 1980s, Timothy joined Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers, and it was he who coined the now classic term “Parrothead,” to describe fans of Jimmy’s music.

Margaritaville is a state of mind – relaxing on a tropical beach, warm sand between your toes, cool drink in your hand, shrimp beginnin’ to boil. The Coral Paradise band transports you to this special place with its Jimmy Buffett and Caribbean show.

An expert harmony singer, lead vocalist, and instrumentalist, Farmer knows how to recreate these classic Jimmy Buffett and Caribbean tunes. With the Coral Paradise band, Jimmy Buffett and Caribbean hits like “Margaritaville,” “Stir It Up,” ”Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Come Monday,” and “One
Love” are performed with the help of his list of first-rate, topnotch players and singers, many of whom have performed with famous music groups and national artists of the era.

hot-rocks-band-picSunday March 12 – Hot Rocks (Rolling Stone Tribute). More than a tribute, a theater- like show complete with the sound, the look and the energy! Chicago-area Rolling Stones fans unanimously picked Hot Rocks as the best Stones tribute. The Rolling Stones, Paramount Pictures and Martin Scorese selected Hot Rocks as the best in the Midwest.

Bobby Keys, saxophone player for The Rolling Stones performed with Hot Rocks just before the Stones 50th Tour.

  1. Are there ANY extra tickets for 2 for the Friday evening concert??

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Tami, we have been sold out for quite some time. If you are on Facebook, join a group called Sun City West Buy, Trade, Sell, Services. This group was created by a resident and is not affiliated with the Rec Centers. We saw various Spring Fest tickets for sale there yesterday! Also check the bulletin board at the Sports Pavilion as people list items there. Good luck.

  2. Marilyn Kloha says:

    Is there a wait list for The Southwest Surfers in March? I never heard of them until this last weekend when we heard them at the Mesa Flea Market. We just loved them. I have a selfie of Dave (the cute, energetic blond one) and me! What can I do to see them?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Marilyn, no, the Box Office doesn’t keep a wait list. Anyone who lets them know they cannot use purchased tickets is directed to the bulletin board at the Sports Pavilion, so you might try there. Or if you’re on Facebook, keep an eye on a site (not ours) called Sun City West Buy, Trade, Sell, Services. People who can’t use their tickets often post there. Good luck.

  3. We are new to the area and got tickets to the “Hot Rocks” concert. Since this is our first time we wondered if people bring blankets and picnic food, etc., or just bring chairs. Thank you.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello MaryAnn, so glad you got tickets to this great show! Feel free to bring coolers, food and blankets in addition to your chairs. There will be full concessions for sale as well. Welcome!

  4. mike white says:

    I agree, three in a row is a bit much. Why not one a week for three weeks?

  5. Sheri Houck says:

    I realize there are probably many benefits to having concerts back to back….but jeez O Petes, it’s a bit exhausting to do 3 at once and an all at once expense. Also if a 3 night ticket holder gets ill or some other emergency, they miss 3 events..not just one. I really liked it when you scheduled them separately. I’ve talked with many other concert goers and we all agree, 3 at once is too much. So, please think on it from the concert attendees perspective when you make next years agenda please. Thanks for your attention and the great line up of performers you schedule for us.

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