Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Orange County Concert Round-up: Vonda Shepard, Pacific Amphitheatre, Deep Purple summer tour

Good morning everybody. While I continue to mine a number of new albums that have landed in my inbox this past week I want to update you on a number of strong concerts coming our way this summer...

Vonda Shepard to Perform at The Coach House on July 10
Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician to will take the stage with long-standing band members to perform songs from her hit albums

Vonda Shepard, the singer/songwriter who has worked with artists such as Gladys Knight, Sting, Barry Manilow, Al Green, Chubby Checker and Jon Bon Jovi, will be at The Coach House on Thursday, July 10. Shepard will perform an intimate trio show featuring long-standing band members, James Ralston and Jim Hanson (Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, respectively) and will be playing songs from her hit albums including From The SunBy 7:30ChinatownIt's GoodEve, as well as a few favorite cover tunes from her years as the “Ally McBeal musical director and on-screen performer.

Shepard had her first hit in 1987 with “Can’t We Try,” and followed it up with “Don't Cry Ilene” from Shepard's first album on Reprise records. Still, she was a relative unknown when she was picked up in 1997 for the “Ally McBeal” show, here her popularity skyrocketed as she wrote much of the music for the show as the musical director and appeared in numerous episodes as a performer at a bar where the characters would hang out after work.

Since the end of “Ally McBeal,” Shepard has released five albums and toured extensively, further solidifying her fan base with her electrifying shows. Most recently, in addition to opening for Sugarland’s summer 2010 and 2011 tours, Shepard has been performing at her own international and domestic concerts, plus numerous private and fund-raising events. Along with touring and performing songs from “SOLO,” and previous albums, Shepard is currently working on a new album.

“SOLO” is Shepard’s latest album which features many originals (“Lose My Way,” “Don’t Cry Ilene,” “The Sunset Marquis,” “Soothe Me,” “I Know Better”), as well as some favorite cover ballads (“Walk Away Renee” and “You Belong To Me”). “SOLO” is Shepard’s fifth collaboration with producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman).

Shepard’s show at The Coach House will begin at 9 p.m., with doors at 6 p.m. She will go on at 9:30 p.m. after two openers. Tickets are priced at $20 and can be purchased in advance here. The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA.

About Vonda Shepard
Vonda Shepard is singer, songwriter and musician. Her new album, “SOLO,” is a showcasing of Shepard’s earthy, accessible style and intimate interaction with her audience through her original songs. For more information on Shepard and her music visit Become a fan at or follow on Twitter @VondaShepard.

Pacific Amphitheatre summer concert series kicks off Friday, July 11 with performance from The Offspring

Friday, July 11 marks the opening day at the Orange County Fair. That includes another summertime schedule of concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Kicking things off on July 11 is a strong bill including both The Offspring and Adolescents. I am also excited about the hard-rocking tandem of Deep Purple and Blue Öyster Cult set to perform at the venue on Wednesday night, Aug. 6. Click here to see the full schedule of Pacific Amphitheatre shows playing out in July and August.

Speaking of Deep Purple, the band has announced its full 2014 North American Tour. The legendary outfit continues to tour in support of its excellent 19th full-length studio album NOW What?!. Here is the media release:

Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American trek! The tour kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (all tour dates below).
NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+ year career, blending the classic 70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purplecelebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.
In anticipation of their return to North America, Deep Purple will release their next single to radio: “All The Time In The World.”
Blazing off the success of NOW What?!Deep Purple is ready to bring the sizzle to the States this summer!
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Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:
08/04/14    Scottsdale, AZ                  Talking Stick Casino         8:00pm
08/05/14     Ventura, CA                      Ventura County Fair       8:00pm
08/06/14    Costa Mesa, CA               Orange County Fair          8:00pm
08/08/14    Lincoln, CA                       Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre          8:00pm
08/09/14    Roseburg, OR                   Douglas County Fair          8:00pm
08/10/14     Snoqualmie, WA             Snoqualmie Casino             8:00pm
08/13/14     Saratoga, CA                     Mountain Winery               8:00pm
08/14/14     Valley Center, CA             Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center           8:00pm
08/15/14     Las Vegas, NV                  Fremont St. Downtown    8:00pm
08/16/14     Wendover, NV                   Peppermill Casino Concert Hall           8:00pm
08/20/14    Elgin, IL                             Festival Park                       8:00pm
08/21/14     Windsor, ON                     Caesars Casino                    8:00pm
08/22/14    Rama, ON                          Casino Rama                       8:00pm
08/24/14    Morristown, NJ                  Mayo PAC                            8:00pm
08/25/14     Englewood, NJ                  Bergen PAC                         8:00pm
08/26/14    Westbury, NY                     NYCB Theatre at Westbury           8:00pm
08/29/14    Biloxi, MS                          Hard Rock Casino              8:00pm
08/30/14    Orlando, FL                        Hard Rock Live                    8:00pm
08/31/14     Hollywood, FL                  Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena  8:00PM

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