All Star 2013 KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival Celebrates 25 Years

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KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival returns to the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park in Mission Viejo, along with the second annual Taste of the Bash which features more than 25 restaurants from Orange County.

Mindi Abair and Dave Koz at 2012 Birthday Bash Jazz Festival in Mission Viejo

"The Taste was so positive, that we had to bring it back. We had jazz lovers saying they found out about some great local restaurants and foodies saying they discovered just how fun a jazz concert could be." - Terry Wedel, KSBR

Celebrating its 25th year, the 2013 KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival, presented by Saddleback College radio station KSBR (88.5 FM), returns to the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park in Mission Viejo, on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Organizers are excited to announce the second annual Taste of the Bash, which was a wildly successful element introduced last year and will again feature more than 25 restaurants 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.

The unique event features more than 30 contemporary jazz artists with headliners often leaving their own bands behind to play with each other. Dave Koz, Joe Sample, Brenda Russell, Boney James, David Benoit, Hiroshima, Rick Braun, and Peter White are just a few of the musicians who have appeared in the past. Because of contractual obligations, many of the most popular artists cannot be announced until they actually step on stage, which makes the event even more fun and surprising.

The event will once again include a special tribute to Veterans. Saddleback College’s Veterans Memorial 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 $30 through KSBR’s Membership Services office: (949) 582-4501.

Advance sale ticket prices begin at $55; $60 at the door. General admission tickets are available to at, and beginning April 22 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, and the Saddleback College Fine Arts Ticket Office (949-582-4656). A limited number of reserved VIP seats are still available at $110-$180 per person at

The concert takes place on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Oso Viejo Park, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. Gates open at 3:30 P.M.; Taste of the Bash from 3:30-5:00 P.M.; Military Appreciation Festivities at 4:30 P.M.; Music at 5:00 P.M.

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. For more information, please visit and for Fine Arts information, please visit

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