Mixture of Music is Rocking Ramona
— Tracy Rolling
Each year, the number of talented musicians in and around Ramona increases, bringing inspiration and entertainment to residents and visitors alike.
According to Jon Hasz of Ramona Music Center, “It’s been a huge
year for musicians and music lovers in Ramona.”
Hasz explains that the music scene is growing at an exponential rate. With more and more budding musicians — and venues willing to host concerts and open-mic events — the community is reaping the rewards.
“We have live music playing in Ramona seven nights a week,” says Hasz, telling how the content ranges from original to cover bands, tribute bands, reggae, country, rock, salsa and more.
Four days a week, live music is offered at D’Carlos On the Patio. It’s geared toward patrons of all ages and is free to restaurant-goers.
The Par Lounge, Cheers of Ramona, Way Point Saloon and a few wineries offer a medley of melodies on the weekends.
“We have a free concert series on the last Friday of every month at Ramona Mainstage,” Hasz adds. Open to guests of all ages, concerts are sponsored by music lovers and a handful of local businesses.
Hasz suggests it’s unfortunate when young people haven’t had an opportunity to attend a live concert.
“If they don’t have examples, how do they know what it might be like?” he asks.
An updated calendar and a list of music event sponsors may be found online at www.ramonamusiccenter.com.
In addition to regularly scheduled concerts, local organizations also host such annual events as Ramona Music Fest in the spring, summer concerts at several locations, music and entertainment at Ramona Library and the Ramona Country Fair, and four concerts presented by the Ramona Concert Association during its upcoming 2019-20 season.
Hasz maintains that music promotes a diverse cultural experience.
“It’s very inspiring to see this much music in town,” he says. “People should really get out and enjoy it.”
Ramona Nights Concerts
Ramona Community Library hosts music performances throughout the year. On the schedule for 2019 are John Nilsen on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., and Peter Sprague on March 14. Stop by the library at 1275 Main St. or visit www.sdcl.org/locations_RM.html.
Ramona Music Fest
Live music and dancing are on the agenda at the Ramona Music Fest April 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the event will also offerraffles, food and beverages for purchase. Visit www.ramonamusicfest.org.
Ramona Concert Association
The Ramona Concert Association brings a variety of top musical acts to Ramona, including the Gliadkovsky Family on Feb. 9, and The Fitzgeralds on March 9. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln. Call 760-789-7474 or visit www.ramonaconcerts.com.
San Vicente Resort ~ The Par Lounge
Mountains and the San Vicente Golf Course serve as the backdrop for an evening of musical enjoyment at The Par Lounge, 24157 San Vicente Rd. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheParLounge.
The Patio at D’Carlos
Enjoy an evening on the D’Carlos patio with dinner, drinks and entertainment from a variety of acts performing throughout the week at 1347 Main St. Check out the entertainment schedule at www.DCarlos.com.
Dating back to 1947, the Ramona Theatre brought a hint of Hollywood to the backcountry. Known today as Ramona Mainstage, the art deco-stylized facility at 626 Main St. hosts world-class musicians, wrestlers and a variety of acts that bring excitement to Main Street. For information about upcoming performances, visit www.ramonamainstage.com.