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The Hit List: Toe-Tappers

Let the music move you. Spend a late summer evening taking in the tunes from these celebrated artists.


1. Once
You’ve only got a few more days to experience the power of music in this production about a Dublin street performer and the woman who inspires him to reach for his dreams. The show’s talented actors and musicians play their instruments live onstage through Aug. 31. Tickets from $25. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787 

2. Matt Costa
An Aug. 28 performance from the Surf City native and local favorite is the only way to end the ever-popular alfresco O.C. Parks Summer Concert Series. The musician—who taught himself to play guitar at the age of 12—is performing with special guest the Wheeland Brothers, who also hail from the Cali coast. Cool! 6PM. Free. Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point 

3. Macy Gray
The songstress will grace the stage at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach on Aug. 29 as part of its Summer Concert Series. She’s sure to delight music-lovers with her unique style of R&B. That’s music to sooth the soul. 7:30PM. Tickets from $60. 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach 

4. Tchaikovsky Spectacular
The Pac Symph sends off its summer concert season with a bang—an alfresco performance of the lauded musician’s 1812 Overture, along with Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. For added sparkle? Fireworks, natch. Don’t miss the Aug. 30 extravaganza! 8PM. Tickets from $25, VIP front-of-stage tables from $1,500. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714.755.5799 

5. David Benoit
This extraordinary contemporary jazz pianist and composer has released hit after hit—including more than 25 solo recordings. Revel in the sounds of this cool artist on Sept. 5, when he takes the stage at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach as part of its Summer Concert Series. 7PM. Tickets from $55. 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach