New Sensations family dance band next at Summer Concerts

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The New Sensations from Palm Springs will perform at Idyllwild Summer Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 7. Seen here are Azhia Velasquez, Don Hoeber, Alex Hoeber, Mary Hoeber, Jared Yates, Ariss Janae Lugo Durazo and Jeremiah Van Skike.                    Photo courtesy of Don Hoeber

The New Sensations from Palm Springs will perform at Idyllwild Summer Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 7. Seen here are Azhia Velasquez, Don Hoeber, Alex Hoeber, Mary Hoeber, Jared Yates, Ariss Janae Lugo Durazo and Jeremiah Van Skike. Photo courtesy of Don Hoeber

“Music for every era” is how New Sensations leader Don Hoeber describes pop music genres his family band will be playing when it makes its first appearance at the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series.

Based in Palm Springs, New Sensations features Don on guitar, wife Mary on keyboards and son Alex on drums. They are joined by two vocalists — Jared Yates, 2005 American Idol top 20 finalist and Azhia Velasquez.

“We’re a variety dance band,” said Hoeber, “playing ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and some newer stuff. We especially like Motown.”

Started in 1987, New Sensations has a cohesive vibe and enjoys playing together — the value, said Hoeber, of being a family band. From ’60s hits “Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone to ’80s “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie to adult contemporary, jazz and ballads, and some tear drops of country twang, New Sensations plans to have something for everyone. Visit www.newsensationsband.com for pictures and videos of the group.

Opening for New Sensations at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, are Sandii Castleberry and Hot Flash. New Sensations takes the stage at 7 p.m.

ISCS producer Ken Dahleen and his board begin this series each year on a wing and a prayer without total funding to bankroll the season. Donations from sponsors and concert attendees each season help Dahleen make budget. So bring chairs for comfort, food for the appetite, wine for the soul and money for the series.

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