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Photography by Rick Chatillon
OCSS was pleased to be an official media sponsor of the recent Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation’s first ever Balboa Beach Music Fest at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach. In collaboration with The Producing Group, the music festival featured stand out performances by Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, A Fine Frenzy, Maria McKee, Lucy Schwartz and several local singer-songwriters performing in support of the renovation of the historic Balboa Performing Arts Theater.
Balboa Beach Music Fest marked the first music festival to take place at the beachfront picturesque Peninsula Park location. Two stages presented 10 indie artists performing throughout the daylong event. Over two thousand concertgoers attended the festival, many of which brought beach chairs and blankets to sit on the grass and enjoy the live music. Balboa Beach Music Fest raised over $100,000 in sponsorship support from local organizations. 200 supporters purchased VIP tickets to further the historic theater resurgence.
“The Balboa Beach Music Fest represented the future entertainment plans of the Balboa Performing Arts Theater in artistry and atmosphere,” commented John Sullivan of The Producing Group. “We hope to produce more music events that will continue to support the venue renovation efforts and provide quality entertainment for the local Orange County community.”
The Balboa Performing Arts Theater is a 300-seat historic concert venue and Newport Beach landmark located in the heart of the Balboa Village. With recent approval of construction documents and the issuance of building permits by the City of Newport Beach, the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation is ready to embark on the final phase of fundraising to begin renovation on the theater.
Craig Smith of the Balboa Theater Foundation commented “The festival accomplished one of our primary goals which is to raise community awareness surrounding our campaign to not only revitalize the Balboa Theater but also the Balboa Village as a whole.” The distinguished theater architect, John Sergio Fisher, created the updated theater design. Upon reopening the venue plans to showcase the best in contemporary entertainment.