Internationally Renowned Eagles Cover Band to Perform On July 5th
Orange residents have only to come out in their own backyard to enjoy what may be the best July 4th celebration in New Haven County. This year’s Orange Independence Day Concert & Fireworks Spectacular will feature world-class entertainment by a Toronto-based band making its Connecticut debut – “Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute”.
It is the fourth year the Orange Town News will once again produce the event which will take place on Sunday, July 5th (rain date, Monday, July 6th) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road. The celebration will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks by First Selectman Jim Zeoli and the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of Cub Scout Pack 922.
As in recent town-wide holiday celebrations, a highlight of the evening will be the music – this time the four-man “Hotel California” band that recreates the “Eagles” hits so closely that the audience is hard-pressed to tell the difference. Internationally known, Hotel California has shared the stage with the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Gretchen Wilson and more. They’ve performed in Dubai, Japan, India, Bermuda and throughout the US and Canada. Last year’s event drew a crowd of over 5,000 and this year promises to be even larger. After the 2 ½ hour concert, fans are treated to the town’s “Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular” accompanied by patriotic music which begins promptly at 9:30 pm.
Orange Town News publisher and event producer Rocky Salperto enjoys seeing the crowds grow with each holiday celebration. “We are excited about producing this show for the fourth consecutive year and are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy,” he said. “More and more people are coming to Orange to celebrate the holiday so we must be doing something right!”
Town officials concur that the event is larger than ever and they are dedicated to making sure it continues to run smoothly and safely. The town’s police, fire and CERT departments will be well-represented on the fairgrounds. “I think it’s definitely grown,” said CERT leader Al Mushin. “People have even started bringing their grills and picnics and making a day of it. Rocky should be commended for bringing such big name bands to our small town. Look at the show we put on! I think it’s great!” In all, about 18 CERT members will be on the grounds making sure aisles and a large “X” (safety corridor) through the center of the fairgrounds is clear and that no one goes near the area where the fireworks are set off.
Assistant Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo says the police will be on hand as well to manage traffic in and out of the event and to make sure the event stays safe. “This event has grown from a town to a regional event and with that brings larger crowds and more traffic,” he said. “It’s drawing people from far and wide and we have to give accolades to the organizers – they put on a really good show. We have a plan in place to help it all run smoothly.”
Salperto promises one of the most impressive fireworks shows ever in town. He stresses that the event’s success is all contingent on the support of residents and business sponsors contributions. Major sponsors include: The Orange Foundation; Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; the Orange Town News, Yale University & the Town of Orange. Gold Sponsors include Orange Insurance Center, Bella Napoli Pizza, Chips Family Restaurant, Crunch Fitness and Urgent Care Center. “There are also many silver, bronze and patron sponsors, without whom this event could never take place,” he said. Sponsors are recognized through the events program book, which is mailed out to every home and business in the July 1st Independence Day issue of the Orange Town news as well as handed out at the event.
Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. WPLR Radio will also be broadcasting live on location with a celebrity guest. Come early and get a good seat. Admission is free. There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League’s Travel Squad. For more information about the band, visit http://hotelcalifornia.ca/.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent