SPRING CONCERT SERIES WILL HELP REPLENISH LOCAL FOOD BANK
COSTA MESA, CA --- You can help feed the hungry and get a free taste of music during a new three weekend Spring Concert Series in May at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the O. C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. A food drive to benefit the Orange County Food Bank, a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County, will offer attendees free admission to the concerts and swap meet during the series. Classic rock tribute shows will be held on Saturdays, May 2, 9 and 16 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and blues and jazz artists will perform on Sundays, May 3, 10 and 17 at noon and 2 p.m.
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“This event is being done at a great time because we are desperate for food, “
said Mark Lowry, Director, Orange County Food Bank. " Due to the economy, the demand for food is at an all time high. What we have seen is so unprecedented that we're handing out more food than we ever have before."
Other food drives have been conducted at the Market Place with the most recent one during last year’s holiday season. More than a ton of food - 2,148 pounds of canned and dried food item - was donated by shoppers for the South County Outreach Food Bank.
“We feel this concert series and the food drive are a great way to benefit the community two-fold. We are helping to provide much needed food for Orange County families while giving the local community a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy quality entertainment close to home, “ said Jeffrey Teller, president of the Orange County Market Place.
HELP! Tribute to the Beatles http://weplaythebeatles.com
The menu of concerts kicks off with HELP!, a tribute to the Beatles on Saturday, May 2, The foursome based in San Diego County are known for their authentic sound of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music They have performed at many special events and festivals, recorded for major artists and have appeared in Las Vegas and Southern California casinos and many network television specials.
Flattop Tom and his Jump Cats www.flattoptom.com
Changing tune the next day, Sunday, May 3 is Flattop Tom and his Jump Cats, a versatile eight-piece band that plays classic big band, swing, blues, jump blues, jive, oldies, boogie woogie, rockabilly and 40’s to 50’s rhythm and blues. The band has been in existence since 1992 and has released four critically acclaimed CD’s.
Jumping Jack Flash www.jjflash.biz
The second weekend features a salute to the Rolling Stones with Jumping Jack Flash on Saturday, May 9. This group which bills themselves as the World’s Greatest Rolling Stones Live Concert Re-Creation combines the music along with the theatrics of lead vocalist Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones while performing song selections from all periods of the Stones' legendary career.
Candye Kane www.candyekane.com
Blues diva Candye Kane, the mother of two grown sons--including one who plays drums in her road band --will bring a special touch to her Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 10 . A winner of awards in the blues genre including the Best Blues Band award at the San Diego Music Awards seven times, she has performed throughout the world. Kane has sung alongside many of the greats including Ray Charles, B.B, King, Buddy Guy to name a few, and has a long list of film and television credits such as HBO’s “Queer As Folk.“ Most recently she helped organize a thirteen city tour of the Netherlands for special needs kids.
On the final weekend, Springsteen performs on Saturday, May 16 with their Premier Tribute to the Boss, which takes the audience back in time to 1975, just after the release of Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough album “Born to Run.” The tribute band’s Josh Tanner is a Jersey-grown reincarnation of “The Boss” himself and performs what fans call “an authentic re-enactment of a vintage-era Bruce Springsteen concert.” He fronts a seven piece band that takes on the look and sound of the Jersey Shore to comprise a realistic representation of the E Street Band.
2,000 Lbs of Blues www.myspace.com/2000lbsofblues
The series closes out with 2,000 Lbs of Blues on Sunday, May 17. Anchored by the highly entertaining and energetic Michael “Pink” Arguello, the band has played at music festivals and clubs at local and national venues as well as toured Europe with their signature style of jump swing and boogie blues. Their new CD “Soul of a Sinner” will be released May 1 and includes 13 original songs.
Special staging and sound will be brought in for the concert series and will be set up within the swap meet near Westside Grill. Seating is open.
“People can come out and enjoy some music, shop, eat and simply relax, “ Teller added.
More information may be obtained by visiting www.ocmarketplace.com or calling (949) 723-6660.
Regular admission to the swap meet is $2 for ages 13 years and older, but will be waived by bringing any of these most needed items for the Orange County Food Bank: canned food (fruit, meats, vegetables, easy open pop top items), dry foods, personal care items, peanut butter, snack bars or drinks (juice boxes, bottle water, coffee and tea.)
Additional information on the Orange County Food Bank may be obtained at www.ocfoodbank.org. or by calling 714-897-6670.
Children 12 and under are admitted free to the swap meet. Free parking is available as well as $5 preferred parking. Admission includes access to the swap meet which runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features nearly 1,000 vendors, food concessions, fresh produce, artisans and crafters, manufactured homes, kid’s playground and much more.