ABBA in Newport

Variety Is The Theme For This Year’s Taste-y Musical Headliners

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (AUGUST 10, 2011)—The 23rd Annual Taste of Newport will kick off on Friday, September 16th to celebrate the community and another great Newport Beach summer.  Year after year, locals and visitors look forward to this September bash that uniquely brings fine dining and great live entertainment together for this three day party. The Taste of Newport has featured some of the greatest performers from the world of rock n roll, pop and dance, jazz and more. Southern California’s premier food, drink and music festival will take place at Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island from September 16th through the 18th. Over 35 local restaurants are preparing their tasty fare to gear up for another great weekend, and the especially diverse main stage entertainment line-up has been set with something for everyone’s taste.

ABBA in Newport
ABBA in Newport

Rocking the weekend stage on Friday night, September 16th is Joan Jett, an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”,  and “Crimson and Clover.” Jett has the honor of being one of only two women named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Not one to sit still, she even sits at the head of her own label, Blackheart Records and has acted in movies and in the Broadway musical, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

Barenaked Ladies will command the stage on Saturday, September 17th! By combining humor, well-crafted songs, and an eclectic mix of folk and pop/rock, Barenaked Ladies rose to universal status with 1998’s “One Week”. Their hits also include “If I Had a $1,000,000”, “Pinch Me” and “It’s All Been Done”. Launched as a traveling acoustic act, they began injecting their performances with humorous exchanges to hold their audiences’ attention. The trick worked, and the band’s mixture of humor and musicianship was forever cemented. Their albums Gordon, Rock Spectacle, Stunt and Maroon went multi-platinum in theU.S., and Barenaked Ladies is now a top-selling, award-winning concert draw acrossNorth America and The U.K. with their recognizable blend of high-energy melodic-pop, crack musicianship and spontaneous repartee.

Sunday, September 18th features even more variety with ABBA: The Concert and Taylor Dayne.  ABBA: THE CONCERT, featuring original members of the band, racked up 5 consecutive USA tours from 2002-2006 and 2009 with sold-out shows at the famous Hollywood Bowl and at Highland Park in Chicago. ABBA THE CONCERT a Tribute to ABBA”, became known for its stunning live “ABBA-esque” performance. This incredible  homage continues to be the TOP ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see them with their fantastic performance playing their most iconic hits, including “Mamma Mia”, “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” and “Dancing Queen”.

Dance-pop diva Taylor Dayne had a remarkably quick ascent to stardom in the late ’80s. Overall, she has seventeen individual Top Tens on Billboard charts including, most recently, the 2008 song “Beautiful”, which reached the top spot in Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play. She achieved three gold singles with “Tell It to My Heart”, “I’ll Always Love You”, and “Love Will Lead You Back”.

For photos and bios on Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Barenaked Ladies, ABBA: The Concert and Taylor Dayne, please contact Jeff Parker at or 949.729.4400. For more information on the Taste of Newport, please visit Tickets to attend each full day are $25 at the gate or $22 when purchased online. VIP tickets are available for each night of the event, and they’re a great way to enjoy the show from an amazing seat in the first 20 rows.  A $125 VIP ticket includes valet parking, single day admission to the Taste, reserved stage-front section seating for the concert, and access to the Taste Concert VIP Tent with private restrooms, bartenders, 2 free cocktails and tables. There is a limited amount of VIP tickets available. For more information please call theNewport Beach Chamber of Commerce at (949) 729-4400 or Estey-Hoover Advertising and Public Relations at (949) 756-8501.

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is a business organization of almost 1,000 members representing over 25,000 employees. The Chamber, with its five councils, committees, staff and valuable members, works with city officials, local businesses and the community at large to promote the local economy.


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