Free and Open-to-the-Public Sock Hop/Boca Bop Night to be Held at Sanborn Square
BOCA RATON, FL (April 13, 2012) –As part of its successful Friday Night LIVE! monthly entertainment series, Downtown Boca will feature evening headliner Chris MacDonald, the “ultimate Elvis tribute artist” performing live with his concert band and dancers in Sanborn Square on Friday, May 4th. He will literally “rock the blocks” and streets around the park in true sock hop/Boca Bop fashion, expecting his current and soon-to-be fans to be singing and dancing in the streets during this free and open-to-the-public event.
Visitors are encouraged to “come early, stay late…where something for everyone awaits” as thousands have done for previous Friday Night LIVE! events…that included the City Link Beerfest in March and Latin Jazz performance by the popular Tito Puente Jr. in April.
Friday Night LIVE! festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the popular Gourmet Truck Expo that will be serving up a unique streetside culinary experience with café seating. Participating food trucks include foodie favorites 4Alarm Pizza, Divan Bakery, Gene’s Joint, Guiseppe’s Italian Sausage, Kona Ice, Latin Burger, Meatballs Etc., Tango Grill and The Philly Grill. A themed pre-show dance showcase and group lesson of the official Downtown Boca Bop line dance by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Downtown Boca will follow at 7:00 p.m., and Chris MacDonald and his “Memories of Elvis” high-energy tribute show will bring back the magic of the “King of Rock-n-Roll” and All-American Legend when he takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. With this newly updated production, complete with costumes, dancers and concert band, the show will include production numbers with costume changes and songs representing the different stages of Elvis’s incredible career including the 1950s, the movies, the 1968 comeback and the 1970s White Fringe Vegas concerts.
MacDonald has performed in the famous Legends in Concert stage productions throughout the country and has appeared with Elvis’ own original back up group the Jordanaires. He has the honor of being the only tribute artist approved and contracted by Elvis Presley Enterprises for the annual Elvis week and Birthday week festivities at Graceland’s Heartbreak Hotel for seven consecutive years (2000 – 2006). His full production show has consistently sold out venues throughout the U.S, including Las Vegas, New York and Miami. MacDonald’s vocals have also earned him Broward County’s Florida Country Music Association’s (FCMA) Male Vocalist of the Year award and a feature track on The Deuces Wild compilation CD which received the FCMA Best CD of the Year award.
“We’re looking forward to continuously build upon the early success of the Friday Night LIVE! series with a dynamic act that has been a hit all over the country,” said Downtown Manager Ruby Childers. She added that the Friday Night LIVE! event in June is themed “Walkway to Waterway ‘Summertime Fest’”, with Jimmy Buffet and Tom Petty-style island sounds, dining and shopping activities to Downtown Boca’s Palmetto Park Road area.
On the first Friday of every month, the Friday Night LIVE! series fills parts of Downtown Boca (including Sanborn Square and Palmetto Park Road), showcasing live themed entertainment by award-winning bands and vocalists as participating shops, restaurants, and clubs extend their hours for “shopping and strolling” and offer Friday Night LIVE! samplings, discounts, and specials. In addition, the Gourmet Truck Expo will line the event streets with themed culinary offerings and café style seating, art galleries plan exhibitions, boutiques may feature streetside fashion or trunk shows, and more for exploring and enjoying the destination, from Mizner Park to Royal Palm Place, including the signature collection of shops and boutiques, restaurants and galleries along Palmetto Park Road and Plaza Real South.
Dates* and themes* planned, include the following; unless noted, all evenings are free and begin with festivities at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.:
May 4th Sock Hop/Boca Bop—Sanborn Square
June 1st Walkway to Waterway “Summertime Fest”—Palmetto Park Road
July 6th Americana/Picnic in the Park—Sanborn Square
August 3rd CountryTown—Sanborn Square
September 7th Brazilian Beat—Palmetto Park Road
October 5th Community & Culture—TBD
November 2nd Spirit of Thanks&Giving—Sanborn Square
December 7th Holiday Sounds—Sanborn Square
*rain dates may be scheduled for following Friday subject to artist availability; themes subject to change. Most series events are free.