Fortunate Son lead vocalist Brad Ford, left, and guitarist Mike Franceschini, right, perform at a Summer Music in the Park concert at Memorial Park in La
Fortunate Son lead vocalist Brad Ford, left, and guitarist Mike Franceschini, right, perform at a Summer Music in the Park concert at Memorial Park in La Canada Flintridge on June 29.

When she heard the familiar voice of one of rock music's most recognizable singers during a recent Sunday afternoon concert at a park in La Cañada Flintridge, Sue Lindstrom wasted no time getting off her lawn chair to charge the stage. The La Crescenta resident had seen Creedence Clearwater Revival perform in Detroit in the 1970s when she was 18 but admits she doesn't remember much of the show. This time, she was determined to take it all in.

But the show wasn't a long-awaited reunion of the rock group with lead singer John Fogerty performing at a small city park for the lucky 400 or so people who attended.

The concert was a show by Fortunate Son, one of the city's many busy tribute bands made up of talented musicians who strive to capture the sound, spirit and, more often than not, the exact look of a specific group. Unlike cover bands, they don't just play famous songs from a certain era or genre, they try to re-create the experience of their chosen band. And for fans like Lindstrom, that means a chance to dance to live music from a band that's no longer together.

“They're great; they really are very good. They sound just like Creedence,” Lindstrom said.

The group is part of a busy local scene that includes dozens and dozens of tribute bands who perform regularly at music venues such as Los Angeles' House of Blues, Whisky A Go Go, Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, The Starlight Bowl in Burbank, as well as casinos, county fairs and other events.

“We all basically started with a vision like everybody else of being rock stars and playing original music,” Fortunate Son drummer Dan Murdy said. “We've all done the original music band thing back in the '80s, and we were all close to record deals that never happened.”

Fortunate Son is preparing to perform at the Whisky in September as part of season four of “The World's Greatest Tribute Bands.”

The show, broadcast live from the famous club, airs on AXS TV on Tuesday nights starting Sept. 9.

“These tribute bands come with a lot of energy and excitement,” said Steve Sheldon, director of entertainment events at the Queen Mary. “People who are into music and follow the music scene enjoy these great musical performances.”

Members of Vitalogy, who were preparing for the Queen Mary show at a small rented practice space in Hollywood a few weeks before the show, said they are first and foremost huge fans of the band they emulate.

Rock the Queen

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 2.

Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach.

Tickets: $15 online, $20 at the door.

Information: 877-342-0738, queenmary.com.

The World's Greatest Tribute Bands

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 9.

Where: AXS TV.


Tribute bands dominate the local music scene
Holly Andres, Daily News, Los Angeles

Here is a partial list of tribute bands playing in the Valley through August:

Starlight Bowl: DSB, a Tribute to Journey, and The Pettybreakers, a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 6:30 p.m. today. Gates open, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $15; $8 seniors and ages 3-12. Parking $8. 1249 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank. 818-238-5300. www.starlightbowl.com

Santa Clarita Concerts in the Park: Hotel California, a tribute to the music of The Eagles, 7 p.m. today; Hollywood U2, a tribute to U2, 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Lawn seating. Free. Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. 661-250-3787. arts.santa-clarita.com/events/concerts-in-the-park

Valley Cultural Center's Concerts on the Green: Hollywood U2, 6 p.m. Sunday; Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen, 6 p.m. Aug. 10. Free. Lawn seating. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-704-1358. www.valleycultural.org

Tribute Bands Summer Concerts at Janss Marketplace: Neil Deal, a tribute to Neil Young, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Fan Halen, a tribute to Van Halen, 6 p.m. Aug. 13; Hollywood U2, a tribute to U2, 6 p.m. Aug. 27. Free. 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. www.janssmarketplace.net

Conejo Recreation and Park District's Summer Concerts in the Park: AbbaFab, a tribute to ABBA, 5 p.m. Aug. 10, Led Zepagain, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, 5 p.m. Sept. 1. Lawn seating. Free. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. 805-381-1247. www.crpd.org

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District's Music in the Park: One More From the Road, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynrd, 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Lawn seating. Free. 556 Lake Peak Drive, Simi Valley. 805-584-4400. www.rsrpd.org

City of Agoura Hills Concerts in the Park: Fan Halen, a tribute to Van Halen, 6 p.m. Aug. 17. Donation $2. Chumash Park, 555- Medea Valley Drive. 818-597-7361. www.agourahillsrec.org

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