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Journey tribute band headlines concert at Sunrise Mall to benefit local businesses

Lead Singer Frank House of Journey Revisited cover band performed a live drive-in concert at Sunrise Mall Saturday. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
About 400 people gathered behind Sunrise Mall on Saturday to hear Journey Revisited at a drive-in concert organized by the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Journey Revisited frontman Frank House said the May 22 event was their first show in about seven months. He said the band typically does 30 to 40 shows throughout the year, but only performed 10 shows last year.

A resident of Citrus Heights himself, House said he prefers to do shows that benefit the community, and worked closely with the Chamber to plan Saturday’s concert.

“I came up here about 20 years ago, and it’s been my home ever since,” House said. “This is my home. That’s the big difference between living in a house and living somewhere where you’re a real part of the community. This is how I’m active in helping people that I live with here in the city.”

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Kia Mazarei, director of operations for Taco Bell and Hot Dog on a Stick, said he was encouraged to see the turnout at the mall.

“When you look around here and you see all these cars and people who are lined up when we first came in, to see that interest is still there in Citrus Heights at a mall that’s been basically closed, that’s really promising,” Mazarei said.

The event was organized to help local businesses struggling to recover from economic losses as a result of the pandemic shutdowns over the past year.

Citrus Heights Chamber Executive Director Diane Ebbitt-Riehle said the event raised about $20,000 for local businesses through sponsorships and ticket sales. Funds will be distributed to local businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis through the Chamber’s COVID Community Relief Fund she said.

“What we’re trying to do is show the community that the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce cares about our small business owners and we want them to succeed,” Ebbitt said.

Citrus Heights resident Leo Jacobs said he and his wife are Journey fans and came to hear the band.

“I’m really grateful that they’ve chosen to safely open up and have more events and start bringing the community together,” he said.

City Councilman Bret Daniels said he hopes an entertainment venue, proposed as part of Sunrise Mall’s redevelopment, will materialize. He said Saturday’s event shows the community will support a venue.

Vice Mayor Porsche Middleton was also in attendance and said she was excited to see the community turning out for the event.

“We’re hoping it opens up and encourages people to get out, to go back out and visit our local businesses and really reactivate our community because that’s really necessary for us to pull out the other side of this.”

Major sponsors of Saturday’s concert included Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost, Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District, McDonalds, KB Home, Atlas Disposal, SMUD, Taco Bell, Coldwell Banker, Hot Dog on a Stick, Pretzelmaker, Sunrise Marketplace, Aba Daba Rents, and the Rotary Club.

Rancho Cordova-based Spider Ranch Productions provided sound equipment and a technical crew, while the stage was provided by Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District.

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