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Music fans express concern, but find joy, in attending Cal Jam 17 after mass shooting in Las Vegas

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Kelli Skye Fadroski

Walking up to Cal Jam 17, the Foo Fighters-curated daylong rock fest held at Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheatre in Devore on Saturday, Oct. 7, fans were greeted by giant arching plywood rainbows. The signage is clearly a nod to the festival that Cal Jam 17 is modeled after, California Jam, a daylong show headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer that drew more than 200,000 fans and was held at Ontario Motor Speedway in 1974.

Today, however, less than a week after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas which left 58 dead and more than 500 fans injured, these rainbows signified peace and unity. Fans posed for photos under those colorful arches and didn’t complain once about having to wait in line to be thoroughly checked in by event security.

  • Concertgoers walk around the Glen Helen Regional Park during Cal Jam Ô17 in San Bernardino, Ca., October 6, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

  • Concertgoers walk around the Glen Helen Regional Park during Cal Jam Ô17 in San Bernardino, Ca., October 6, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

    Concertgoers walk around the Glen Helen Regional Park during Cal Jam Ô17 in San Bernardino, Ca., October 6, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

  • Lead singer Kieran Shudall of Circa Waves performs with his band during Cal jam 17 at Glenn Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday October 7, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Lead singer Kieran Shudall of Circa Waves performs with his band during Cal jam 17 at Glenn Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday October 7, 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

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