A Fun Fourth Of July With Fireworks And Live Rock

Elton John Tribute featuring Craig A. Meyer aka “Almost Elton John” with Pacific Symphony at Irvine’s Fivepoint Amphitheatre, July 4 at 8 p.m.

As the nation celebrates its independence, live music returns to the great outdoors when Pacific Symphony kicks off the OC summer concert season at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine. The Fourth of July Spectacular features an Elton John Tribute starring multi-award-winning, multi-talented singer/actor/pianist Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John.” You’ll hear “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Rocket Man,” “Your Song,” and so many more iconic hits. Plus enjoy patriotic favorites, a salute to the U.S. armed forces and brilliant fireworks finale! For more information, go to PacificSymphony.org. Or to buy tickets visit Ticketmaster.

In a world filled with musical homages, there are tribute artists, cover bands and impersonators, but Craig A. Meyer’s “Almost Elton John” show is unlike anything else. “Really, I’m an illusionist,” says Meyer, who for the last 13 years has used smoke, mirrors, sequins and platform heels to convince audiences that he’s the next closest thing to the British pop superstar. “I lovingly call Almost Elton my ‘superhero’ alter ego,” he adds. “I step in a phone booth and walk out wearing a cape. I’m still Craig, but I’m also this other entity. It’s fun to step into somebody else’s heels for a while, if you will.” Barry Manilow said Meyer is “one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. He can do ANYTHING!.”

Meyer and his backing group, the Rocket Band will perform to the lush orchestral sounds of Pacific Symphony under the baton of Richard Kaufman, Hollywood’s quintessential “maestro of the movies.” Kaufman said, “As families and friends reunite and the country opens up this Fourth of July, we look forward to bringing you an exciting program that will make you feel glad to be alive again. There’s something for everyone. And it will be the perfect way to celebrate our country’s 245th birthday!”

Pacific Symphony SummerFest season sponsors include PBS SoCal, K-Earth 101, KPCC 89.3 FM and Classical KUSC 91.5. Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa is the official hotel of Pacific Symphony. The July 4th Spectacular is generously supported by Live Nation.

FivePoint Amphitheatre is located at 14800 Chinon in Irvine. For venue information, click here.

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