Everybody Cut Loose! Rockin’ Concert Stars Kenny Loggins in a Feel-Great Night of Smash Hits
“Lose your blues, everybody cut loose!” Shouldn’t be too hard to do when the iconic rocker Kenny Loggins joins Pacific Symphony for a concert co-presented with the OC Fair & Event Center, featuring the popular singer’s greatest hits. For more than four remarkable decades, Loggins’ smash songs have catapulted the dynamic singer-songwriter to the top of the charts, making him the toast of the Grammys. And now—backed by the full orchestra, led by Symphony favorite Albert-George Schram—Loggins and his talented band come to Orange County to belt out many of his most-loved tunes, from “Danny’s Song” and “House at Pooh Corner,” to “This Is It,” “Celebrate Me Home,” the blockbuster “Footloose” and more! For those seeking a sensational musical evening under a perfect Southern California sky—“This is it!"
“One real joy of my job is that I always get to dip into the best of the muse a guest artist has to offer,” says Maestro Schram, who will be conducting a Loggins concert for the second time. “I’m privileged that way. So I look forward to working with Kenny again. He’s the real thing!!"
The concert takes place on Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m., in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair & Event Center. Patrons will be happy to discover they no longer have a lengthy walk in from the parking lot, as in past seasons at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, which is now closed. There are a variety of vendor options for pre-concert dining from Spectra. Single tickets range from $35-$69. For more information or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
While I’ve never conducted at the OC Fair before,” says Schram, “I know Pacific Symphony has a party wherever they go, so nothing can stop us from having a really great time in their new summer venue! I have chosen familiar, popular music for the first half, where the Symphony has a chance to strut its stuff in its own rockin’ way! We’ll be swinging with the ‘Band Stand Boogie’ and ‘Sing Sing Sing,’ and culminate with a free-for-all sing-along, where the audience will sing as Pacific Symphony plays such fine favorites like ‘Rawhide,’ ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and ‘Louie Louie.’ All in all, a profound, stirring musical experience of the highest artistic caliber!"
As for the concert’s headliner—the signature shaggy, sandy-colored hair and goatee, tall, trim frame and strong, powerful vocals announce Loggins’ identity the moment he takes the stage. Longtime singing partner for the duo Loggins & Messina, he is perhaps best known as the king of movie soundtracks. He has also rocked stages worldwide and found his way into children’s hearts, while bringing his soulful, stunning voice to platinum albums of a remarkable variety of genres. Loggins’ gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it’s been a part of his life as long as he can remember.
“The more honest you can be, the less you have to hide... When I have nothing to hide, I have everything to give,” Loggins says. Although he’s got 12 platinum albums, a pair of Grammys and hits on almost all the Billboard charts under his belt, Loggins is far from done. Last year he released his latest children’s project, the book “Footloose,” inspired by his 1985 Oscar-nominated and Grammy award-winning “Song of the Year,” and he’s looking forward to what’s next. He adds: “I feel very lucky that this is the way I make my living, and not a lot of people can say that. I’ve been lucky that I love what I do and I get to keep doing it."