KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival Announces Line-Up

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More than 30 musicians help local college station celebrate birthday and new this year is the first annual Taste of the Bash that will feature over 20 restaurants and wineries showing off their finest creations

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival

“The KSBR Birthday Bash is unique because most of the musicians are bandleaders in their own right; here they play each other's music, making each Bash a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both the artists and the audience,” KSBR Operations Director Terry

Saddleback College Radio Station KSBR (88.5 FM) is proud to announce that Hiroshima, Paul Brown, Chris Standring and Jackiem Joyner will be among the more than 30 musicians appearing at this year’s KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival. The Birthday Bash debuts on Sunday, May 27, 2012 on the Village Green of Oso Viejo Park in Mission Viejo.

Some of the other artists appearing at this year’s event include, trumpeter Greg Adams, Brazilian singing sensation Fabiana Passoni and Spyro Gyra keyboardist Tom Schuman. As always, there will be at least 5 very special guests who cannot be announced until they come on stage. Previous surprise artists have included Mindi Abair, Patti Austin, Chris Botti, Larry Carlton, Brian Culbertson, Bob James, Boney James, Joe Sample, Tom Scott, and Peter White.

The concert is co-sponsored by the City of Mission Viejo. This will be the 23rd year of the station’s largest fund raising event, and it celebrates the 33rd anniversary of jazz on KSBR 88.5 FM.

New this year is the first annual Taste of the Bash that will feature over 20 restaurants and wineries showing off their finest creations. The Taste is an added value, so those purchasing tickets to the concert will be admitted to the Taste of the Bash for no additional charge. The Birthday Bash is the major fundraising event for KSBR-FM, Mission Viejo’s own community radio station at Saddleback College. Some of the restaurants who are confirmed to serve up are Pita Jungle in Newport Beach, California Pizza Kitchen in Mission Viejo, Chilis in Mission Viejo, Roma D’Italia in Ladera Ranch, as well as wineries Hamilton Oaks Vineyards from Trabuco Canyon and Long Shadow Ranch from Temecula. More restaurants and wineries that will be at the Taste of the Bash can be found at http://www.ksbr.org.

Platinum and Premium Gold VIP guests will be treated to a fine dining experience by The Anaheim White House Restaurant, Hanna’s Restaurant in Rancho Santa Margarita and Vintage Steak House in San Juan Capistrano; dessert will be provided by Donna B’s Bakery in Laguna Niguel, Tommy Bahama in Newport Beach and Oh For Sweet Sakes! in San Clemente. It’s a Grind Coffee in Mission Viejo will also be serving coffee. Islands Restaurant in the Mission Viejo Kaleidoscope will be serving lunch to the 100 plus volunteers who work tirelessly to make the festival a success. And, once again, Two Guys Grilling will be providing meals for the Bash All-Stars and their families.

The event will include a special tribute to Veterans. Saddleback College’s is the most significant tribute to veterans at any community college campus in the nation. In recognition of this event and the role that the college’s VETS (Veterans Education and Transition Services) Center plays in the community, the festivities will include a color guard performance and a special musical tribute to kick off the concert.

In addition, veterans and active military personnel may purchase general admission tickets for just $25 through the Saddleback College VETS Center (949) 582-4252. The Center is open Monday – Thursday 9am to 4:30pm and Friday 9am to 12 noon.

Doors open at 3:00 pm; the Taste of the Bash will run from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Advance sale ticket prices begin at $45; $50 at the door. Reserved VIP seating is still available and is priced at $100-$175 per person. Tickets are available to the public at http://www.KSBR.org, at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center and at the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 949-582-4656.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,00 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.

When:             Sunday, May 27, 2012
                        Gates open – 3:00 P.M.
                        Taste of the Bash 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
                        Military Appreciation Festivities - 4:30 P.M.
                        Music – 5:00 P.M.

Location:         Oso Viejo Park
                     24932 Veterans Way
                     Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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