Get your Fourth of July celebration started early on Friday, with a day at the park capped off with rock music and fireworks.
This year, the annual Bank of the West Celebrates America concert features Pat Benatar and husband/guitarist/songwriter/producer Neil Giraldo on the stage at Memorial Park. Rock group Loverboy will warm up the crowd, and don't forget The Morgan Leigh Band, which won a battle of the bands and a slot opening the show.
Benatar and Giraldo will bring the hits, including “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Heartbreaker.”
Though she's been singing for 30 years, Benatar's voice is reportedly as good as ever. “Benatar belted with much of the same power as she possessed in her 1980s heyday,” read a recent review on accessatlanta.com.
You may not know who Giraldo is, but you should. He met and married Benatar in the late '70s and, as her musical partner, is responsible for composing and producing most of her material. Giraldo also produced albums for such artists as Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins, among others.
The Canadian rock band will celebrate America with its hit “Working For the Weekend,” which to this day reminds us of a certain “Saturday Night Live” skit starring Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze. The band is also known for such songs as “Turn Me Loose,” and Loverboy recently released “Rock 'n' Roll Revival,” on which the band re-recorded its hit songs.
The Morgan Leigh Band
If you're an “American Idol” die-hard, you might remember Morgan Leigh for a brief appearance on the most recent season of the talent show. The SoCal singer is good for country tunes such as the shoes-make-everything-better track “New Shoes” and the ballad “Sugar.” Expect a lot of twang and plenty of country from the opener.