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Curtain to rise September 13  at inland San Diego region's premier concert venue

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

July 19, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The re-imagined East County Performing Arts Center, now known as “The Magnolia,” formally announced its initial season show lineup Tuesday.

Opening September 13 after a decade-long closure and extensive remodel, the 1,210-seat theatre in downtown El Cajon formally joins Live Nation’s global portfolio of 1700 concert venues. In addition to a spectacular outdoor Plaza Bazaar featuring unique pre and post-show dining, the theater will offer new state-of-the-art sound, lighting and projections systems.

Live Nation, which will operate, market and book The Magnolia, anticipates attracting a wide variety of acts appealing to a diverse group of audiences from throughout the region.

The Magnolia’s initial lineup of shows includes a variety of popular rock and jazz artists, and comedians geared to adults and families, a cooking show and more:

  • 9/24/19 Al Di Meola - Past, Present, Future – Music of Di Meola, Piazzolla & The Beatles US Fall Tour 2019) – Jazz artist Al Di Meola
  • 10/1/19 Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly - The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour – Featuring the two classic rock’n’roll stars in a special hologram performance with a backup band.
  • 10/9/19 Dave Mason Feelin’ Alright  - The Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famer performs with very Special Guest Richie Furay – English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 10/13/19 Patti LaBelle In Concert - LaBelle (photo, right) began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
  • 10/16/19 Masterchef Junior Live! - Featuring head-to-head cooking competitions with past MASTERCHEF JUNIOR all-stars and fan favorites, Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages.
  • 10/17 Leo Dan - Leopoldo Dante Tévez, known as Leo Dan, is an Argentine composer and singer born in Villa Atamisqui, Santiago del Estero Province. He recorded more than 20 albums during his long career during the late 20th century between Argentina and Mexico.
  • 10/27/19 Dream Theater: Distance Over Time Tour + 20 Years of Metropolis Pt. 2 – Progressive - American progressive metal band
  • 10/18/19 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - American singer, songwriter, actress, and four-time Grammy Award winner. (photo, right, Pat Benatar)
  • 1/9/20 Art Garfunkel – Co-star of the famous Simon and Garfunkel folk music duo (photo, right).
  • 2/20/20 Kathleen Madigan – Hot Dogs & Angels Tour – Comedian has appeared on late-night comedy TV shows and headlined USO shows to entertain U.S. troops.
  • 3/7/20 Dennis DeYoung  - American singer-songwriter, musician, producer and founding member of the rock band Styx.

Further show details and tickets are available at:

More information:  #TheMagnoliaSD,  @TheMagnoliaSD

Photo, left: Hologram performances of the late Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly


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