Thousands enjoyed free concert, car show and kids fun zone
Story and Photos by Leon Thompson
Viejas (September 26, 2009) Thousands of enthusiastic rock music fans of all ages convened in the parking lot of Viejas Casino to hear a free concert co-sponsored by radio station Magic 92.5 on Saturday, October 3. The event, new this year, was clearly a success—as evidenced by a line of cars backed up to the freeway exit by mid-afternoon.
The event featured attractions for the whole family including free rides in the fun zone for the young and young at heart, a vintage and custom car show. A troop of young spray-can outlaws fascinated the crowd by transforming a blank wall into living art that seemed to jump from the wall. (The artists, who declined to have their faces photographed, honed their skills from years of practice in places not so welcoming as here.)
Beautiful vintage and custom cars brought back memories of a past generation. The Impala Car Club congregated in the car exhibit. One candy-apple red convertible apparently ran on keg beer—and the owner held a party in its trunk.
The longest line was clearly for the Round-up, a gut wrenching spin ride that at its apex send its riders hurling toward space.
The lighting, giant-vision and sound emitted from the Stage were first-class. Earlier a trio of gorgeous rockers in micro-minis called Siren’s Crush warmed up the crowd for the headline trio of female stars Teena Marie, Lisa Lisa and Debbie Deb. The other gender though was well represented in the crowd, estimated to be near 2,000.
A field of vendors also plied wares such as solar panels, weight loss programs, custom Hawaiian shirts and hot motorcycles—as well as a sign-up booth for free Viejas wildfire alerts powered by East County Magazine.
Given the success of its first Block Party, Viejas hopes to host similar events in the future, Viejas spokesman Bob Scheid informed East County Magazine.