Annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Jazz Concert Returns to Hyatt Regency Newport to Support High Hopes Brain Injury

Singer Oleta Adams, percussionist Ramon Yslas, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, bassist Nathaniel Kearney, Jr. and guitarist Adam Hawley perform at the 19th Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert / Credit: Sheri Determan

Get ready to enjoy a sensational jazz concert to benefit a great cause when the 23rd The annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Jazz Concert returns to the intimate Hyatt Regency Newport Amphitheater on Sunday, July 17.

The concert benefits the High Hopes Brain Injury program, which is dedicated to helping people recover from traumatic brain injuries.

VIP guests can enjoy a pre-concert dining experience hosted by Tulsa Rib Company with live music from Ron Kobayashi and friends, and the concert featuring sax legend Eric Marienthal and special guest Euge Groove and a surprise guest to be announced.

VIP tickets are $150 each and include the concert, special table seating, dinner and dessert, one drink ticket, no host bar, silent auction and live auction, plus hors d’oeuvres. -work.

A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $75 and include the concert, appetizers and auction.

The VIP dinner begins at 3:45 p.m. Main event doors open at 5 p.m. The concert starts at 6 p.m.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Mark Desmond, director of High Hopes. “We are grateful that Eric has been able to do this all these years, and we are grateful to be at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.”

Eric Marienthal performs at a High Hopes Charity Concert at the Hyatt Regency / Photo by Sheri Determan

According to Desmond, High Hopes was started in 1975 and is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s premier brain injury programs and is dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining those who have been devastated by brain injuries. . High Hopes programs include fitness classes, therapeutic swimming, Nautilus strength training, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation activities for cognitive and social challenges.

High Hopes, which is based in Tustin, treats people from surrounding counties as well as across the country.

“We take people that other people have let down, and they come based on what they can afford,” Desmond said. “A lot of them can’t afford anything, so we go out and find a scholarship or financial aid.”

Eric Marienthal’s concert largely contributes to this financial aid.

“Eric is amazing – he and I have been friends for decades, and we’re so grateful to have been able to put on this gig for all these years,” Desmond said. “

The 2020 edition was canceled due to Covid, but last year’s concert went on as usual. This year, audiences seem more excited than ever to come back and see live music, Marienthal said.

“It’s summer, and we’re outside, and from a musician’s perspective, we’re excited to get out of our studios and play for people,” said Marienthal, who lives in Newport Beach.

Marienthal released an album in 2020 with fellow saxophonist Randy Brecker titled “Double Dealing” which was nominated for a Grammy Award – Marienthal’s sixth Grammy nomination.

Eric Marienthal performs at a High Hopes Charity Concert at the Hyatt Regency / Photo by Sheri Determan

“After this recording came out, I knew it was time to start playing live,” said Marienthal, who added that the High Hopes concert will feature a mix of new and old material that will be performed with his bandmates. for a long time.

“It’s fun to make music with a band that you’ve been playing with for a long time, you communicate on a different level. We have a lot of fun together.”

Marienthal said being involved with High Hopes and the concert is a highlight of the year for him.

“It’s rare to be able to do something like this that matters so much and can have an impact,” Marienthal said. “All the artists who have given these concerts with me say the same thing. We feel like we’ve done something worthwhile. And my friend that I’ve known since fourth grade owns Tulsa Rib Company and he does the VIP dinner, we talk about it all year. It’s not your typical jazz festival, you feel a special energy because people know they’re there to support a worthy non-profit cause.

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