The Blues Brothers Rock ‘Orange County Great Park’ Debut

“We’re on a mission…”

The Legendary Blues Brothers Band took the stage on Saturday, August 5th to commemorate the opening of the state of the art Orange County Great Park. An epic undertaking by the City of Irvine and Fivepoint Communities, the 14 year project was debuted to the general public with special events that ended with a live concert by the iconic 1980 film’s headline duo.

The Blues Brothers take the stage in Irvine, CA.
The Blues Brothers take the stage in Irvine, CA.

Partnered along with a powerful ensemble of talent, Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rocked through the over hour long show with plenty of blues hits that included songs from the original film. The band also payed their respects and tribute to the late John Belushi, who lived on through the night’s performance.

Fans got to participate in the show, singing and dancing along with the stars on stage and in the crowds.

One lucky fan jams on stage with the band to the applause of the crowd.
One lucky fan jams on stage with the band to the applause of the crowd.

The show took place in the newly created Soccer Stadium located in the heart of the park, which will be one of countless facilities used for major sporting events as well as concerts, benefits, and other community activities. 53 acres of the grounds are complete, with plans for massive expansion still underway. When completed, the facility will be home to more than 194 acres of sports and outdoor activities.

A quick look at some of the facilities the park will host in 2018.
A quick look at some of the facilities the park will host in 2018.

The rest of the grounds are slated to open in Spring 2018.

A look at some of the newly open segments of Orange County Great Parks grounds.
A look at some of the newly open segments of Orange County Great Park’s grounds.

On the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, both the Mayor of Irvine, Donald Wagner, and the CEO of Fivepoint Communities, Emile Haddad, were excited to bring the Blues Brothers and the park to the public spotlight. “This is just the start,” said Wagner. “This is going to be your great park. I couldn’t be happier to welcome you here”.

Irvine Mayor, Donald Wagner addresses the crowd with Fivepoint CEO Mayor Donald Wagner addresses the crowd with Fivepoint CEO Emile Haddad.
Irvine Mayor, Donald Wagner addresses the crowd with Fivepoint CEO Mayor Donald Wagner addresses the crowd with Fivepoint CEO Emile Haddad.

Closing out the night, The Blues Brothers came back on stage for a special encore performance. Cheers of “Elwood” coaxed the band back onto the stage and to the crowd’s delight, another signature song was performed along with a large line of fans from the audience to send the park off to a new future and promising start.

To learn more about the Orange County Great Park, as well as future events, please visit the City of Irvine’s web page at http://www.cityofirvine.org/orange-county-great-park.

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Maverick Bohn
A little bit of fun and magic. Northern California Native that focuses on all things Disney, Star Wars, and various anime. A huge nerd with a camera, trying his best to capture it all with an element of fun!