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One of the most desirable aspects of living in Southern California is the weather. The Orange County community is invited to enjoy a day to remember without an entry fee. Outdoor concerts sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation give away awesome artists in amazing venues every season to the lucky folks that know when and where to show up. Other venues offer the newest local bands that sometimes play free for local guests. Here’s a carefully selected list of the best free concerts to catch over the summer.
“Flashback Heart Attack”
Concerts On The Green
Newport Beach Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-3309
Date: July 9, 2017 at 7:30pm

As part of the City Arts Commission of Newport Beach, they will be presenting Concert On The Green: “Flashback Heart Attack. The performance will feature this acclaimed 80’s cover band which has won numerous awards. All band members are from the Orange County, including Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and have a loyal following and great reputation.

The Petty Breakers
Heritage Park
34400 Old Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-3530
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:30pm

A tribute to Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers, this band does a great salute to their music. They cover all the greatest hits by Petty and put on a fast paced and exciting show. With flashy costumes and amazing guitar licks, listening to songs like “Breakdown” and “American Girl” will thrill the audience just like the real Tom Petty would have if he were there. A tight back up band insures that the music will bring the memories back to vivid life.

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The Originalites
Gallagher’s Pub
300 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 113
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-2422
Date: Summer Mondays through August 5, 2015 at 9:00pm

A local beach group, these hipster surf dudes bring great music to the floor of this cool little Irish pub every Monday throughout the summer. Inspired by greats like Marley and Hendrix, they offer an eclectic mix of modern pop and classic rock tunes with a little Reggae on the side. These upcoming trendsetters rock the house with an original take on the classics that will please a crowd on an otherwise gloomy Monday. Take note of the venue, as this is a pub you’ll want to revisit again and again.

Elton John Tribute
Pearson Park Amphitheater
401 N. Lemon St.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 956-3586
Date: Saturday August 8, 2015 at 7:30pm

With all the pomp and circumstance of Sir Elton himself, this tribute is almost like traveling back in time to see him again. A younger, more athletic version of the current Elton, Kenny Metcalf performs brilliantly with the outrageous costumes and wild dance tunes from the “Yellow Brick Road” album and “Crocodile Rock” days. A show that will thrill and excite the whole family with inspired dancing tunes and thoughtful ballads from the celebrated artist, Sir Elton John.

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