FREE JOURNEY TRIBUTE CONCERT CELEBRATES YEAR MARK
FOR DON’T STOP BELIEIVIN‘ BAND AND SONG
Costa Mesa, CA-May 11, 2010- Last May the already hit song "Don't Stop Believin'“ by Journey, became the most downloaded song in history, according to SoundScan. Reaching in excess of three million digital sales, the power ballad is now the biggest-ever catalogue song on digital platforms. Journey has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and continues its reign at the very top of the short list of rock bands whose music has truly stood the test of time.
In January of 2009, a group of five professional musicians from Los Angeles joined together using the chart topper Don’t Stop Believin’ as its name to pay tribute to the celebrated American band which formed in 1973. Though the original band, which included former members of the band Santana, has had its share of twists and turns and currently only one of its founding members, its legacy of rock songs and ballads remain popular among fans, young and old, though none top their signature song “Don’t Stop Believin.’”
The Don’t Stop Believin’ tribute band, which includes lead singer Juan del Castillo (formerly of Lights, another Journey tribute band) will perform two concerts on Sunday, May 16 at noon and 2 p.m. at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. Other band members include Roger Cain, Tony Love, Jeff Piemonte and Scotty Kormos.
This concert is part of the Spring Concert Series at the Market Place.
Los Fabulocos with Kid Ramos takes the stage on Sunday, May 30, also at noon and 2 p.m. This band of seasoned musicians merges blues, rockabilly, surf and R&B with norteno, cumbia, Chicano and other North and Central American-styles into a liberating blend of cultures and sounds that could best be described as Calimex. It’s fueled by the extensive experience of its members including Kid Ramos on guitar, a longtime member of the James Harman Band.
U2 fans that cannot afford concert tickets to see them perform at Anaheim Stadium on Sunday, June 6 or are planning to see the “real” band can get an early Bono fix the same day when Hollywood U2 is at the Market Place with concerts at noon and 2 p.m. The tribute band’s lead singer Joe Hier has been named the Best Bono Impersonator.
Rockabilly pioneer James Intveld performs on Sunday, June 20. Intveld will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the winner of the West Coast Rockabilly Showdown, which began this Saturday, May 1 at the Market Place, opening for Intveld at noon.
Later, a Woodstock Music Tribute will be held the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. The Summer of Love Show will be on Saturday, July 10 and brings together six performers recreating the actual vibe, sound and feel of several rock legends from 1969’s Woodstock including Janis Joplin, John Fogerty, Sly Stone, Jim Hendrix and Arlo Guthrie to name a few.
Woodstock Mud performs on Sunday, July 11. The four member San Diego area based band will perform classic music of the 1960’s and 1970’s including the songs of renown musicians who took the stage at Woodstock.
Both Woodstock tribute bands perform at noon and 2 p.m.
Admission to the swap meet and the Sunday Spring Concerts and Woodstock Weekend shows is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Regular admission is $2, or free for kids 12 and under.
In its 41st year the Orange County Market Place is held every weekend (except during the Orange County Fair) at the O. C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa and features hundreds of merchants selling a variety of products and services, an artisans’ and crafters’ section, fresh produce, luxury used car lot, manufactured homes, hair salons, children’s play area and much more.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at www.ocmarketplace.com or by calling 949-723-6660