This spring, a variety of music genres will be blooming at the Orange County Market Place during its 4th Annual Spring Concert Series. It opens with a Double Header Blues Band Weekend May 12 and 13 featuring eight different blues performances, follows with five Sundays of classic rock tribute bands and concludes with a psychedelic tribute to Woodstock. All concerts are held in conjunction with the regular Market Place activity at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds and are included in the $2 swap meet admission or free with a canned food donation for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Noon – The Memphis Kings are first on stage with their blended fusion of Swamp, Delta, Chicago and Pre WWII blues styling.
1pm – Lil ‘A’ and The Allnighters led by Lil ‘A’ Alex Woodson on the blues harp and vocals.
2pm – Big Rockin’ Daddy and The Usual Suspects come out swinging with Chicago-style blues
3 pm – Accomplished musician, Brophy Dale. Having recorded six records, his musicianship can be heard on several compilation records including sound tracks for Kids ESPN in Japan, to TV show tracks for five-year running CBS FBI crime drama, Numbers and the WB show Supernatural with Lee Rocker (bassist for the iconic Stray Cats).
In addition to the concerts, the 3rd Annual West Coast Rockabilly Showdown will be held five corresponding Saturdays of the Sunday tribute band shows. Twelve bands selected from electronic auditions will be battling it out for a spot in the finals, $2,500 in cash awards and an opportunity to open for a top name Rockabilly band on Sat. Sept. 1. Three bands perform on Saturdays, May 26, June 2, 9 and 16 at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. First place winners from each date return on Sat. June 30 to perform at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and determine the winner. Bands selected for the contest will be posted on the Market Place website at www.ocmarketplace.com .
In its 43rd year, the swap meet operates every Saturday and Sunday except during the annual Orange County Fair. Hours are 7am to 4 pm and features nearly 1,000 vendors. Admission to the Orange County Market Place is free for kids 12 and under, and $2 for ages 13 years and above or free during the Spring Concert Series and the Rockabilly Showdown with a canned food donation.
–via Rent Food Broke
Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa