Entertain yourself at Pechanga

By Brent Thompson |Staff Writer|

A consistent complaint among students at CSUSB is that they have to drive to Los Angeles to see some of their favorite bands and artists.

Well, just because you don’t live in a metropolitan city with seven million plus inhabitants doesn’t mean you don’t have the opportunity to see great concerts, entertainers and shows.

“I like L.A. better,” said student Soheila Hajjar, “All there is to do here is to see a movie or go bowling. I don’t know where to go to see a show.”

“Coachella is the only place I know of around here where you can go and see a show,” expressed student Joh Nuqui.

The Pechanga Resort and Casino provides Inland Empire residents with a chance to see big name entertainers from the past and present.

Located in Temecula, the Pechanga Theater is considered one of California’s leaders in providing an affordable, up close and personal experience without the hassle of making that long drive to Los Angles.

From rock n’ roll, pop, country or stand-up comedy, the 1,200 seat theater gives audience members the opportunity to view their favorite entertainers in an intimate environment that those huge Los Angeles theaters such as the Nokia or the Greek Theater do not provide.

With the average price of a ticket $75 for most of these arenas, not including the money you will have to shell out just to park your car, and the fact that many expects are predicting $5 a gallon for gas by summer, you can find a cheaper alternative at Pechanga to entertain yourself throughout spring and summer.

Here are some upcoming shows and concerts soon to arrive at Pechanga.

Hop into your DeLorean and experience the 80s by seeing the original “girl power” rock band the GoGo’s with 80s hair band Berlin on August 20.

Not an 80s fanatic, then go back to the 60s and 70s on May 20 and 21 to see the English rock band the Moody Blues, which to this date has sold 70 million albums.

The 90s rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will be bringing their act to Pechanga May 27 and 28, and fellow 90s rocker, Matchbox Twenty will be appearing July 9.

Missed your chance to put on your cowboy hat and dust off your boats at the Stagecoach Festival? Well, you have another opportunity to do so because legendary country music star Alan Jackson with special guest The Doo-Wah Riders will be appearing August 25.

Fellow country superstars, Lady Antebellum with special guest Troy Olsen will be at Pechanga July 27. Former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer, turned country musician, Darius Rucker will be appearing October 30.

Want to give your funny bone a chance to laugh? Then you’ll want to be entertained by comedian Carlos Mencia who will be appearing July 16.

Lisa Lamponelli, an up and coming female comedian will be doing her blue stand-up June 10.

And fellow female comedian and host of her late night E! talk show, Chelsea Handler, will be appearing August 8.

Pechanga also gives fight fans a chance to view championship boxing. Names such as James “Lights Outs’ Toney, Vernon Forrest, Michael Moorer and Vasilly Jirov have demonstrated the art of the sweet science in national televised fights on HBO and Fox Sports at the Pechanga Grand Ballroom.

You don’t have to go to the old Great Western Forum or Staples Center to see modern day gladiators duke it out for pride and glory.

In the tough economic times that we live in every penny saved goes a long way. Yet, you don’t have to spend your nights singing karaoke with your parents just because you don’t have the cash to dish out in Los Angeles.

While L.A. is the capital of entertainment, residents of the I.E. don’t have to trek to our neighbor to the the west all the time to be entertained. “It’s all to easy to go to Los Angeles,” said student Kate Perry, “but you don’t necessarily have to go to L.A.. You can find shows here.”

Pechanga can give you a chance to see some of your favorite artists without leaving your wallet looking like Skid Row.

The prices for the tickets depend on the concerts or artists you wish to see. For more information go to www.pechanga.com to view upcoming events, prices and sales. But for most of the shows the average price for a ticket will put you out $50.



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