The first batch of shows at Pacific Amphitheatre were announced on Monday and among the summer tour regulars there’s one real gem, the first-ever appearance by Steve Martin and Martin Short doing their combined comedy and music in Orange County or Los Angeles.
The two comedians and all-around entertainers teamed up in 2016 for a round of performances they dubbed “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” and while they made a stop in Santa Barbara that year and hit San Diego in 2017, this will be their first time at the Pacific Ampitheatre or anywhere else this close to home.
Short told us in 2016 that the old friends typically chat on stage for a little bit and then click into the kinds of performances for which they’re known and loved. Steve Martin, who grew up in Garden Grove and launched his career in clubs here, is bringing his bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, while Short will have his longtime pianist Jimmy Babko on stage for his frequent ventures into comedic song.
And if you don’t get a riff from both Martin and Short on the film “Three Amigos,” in which they starred with third amigo Chevy Chase, you should ask for your money back, given that the film has been used in a bit of Short’s show for years.
Martin and Short perform Friday, July 20. Tickets are $55-$125, and like all summer fair shows include free admission to the fair before or after the concert.
Three other Pacific Amphitheatre shows were also announced on Monday, including the pre-fair combination of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser with singer Jon McLauglin on July 8. Tickets are $27.50-$60 and if you save your ticket stub you can still come back and get free admission to the fair once it opens on July 13.
Kool & the Gang and the Village People team up for a night of funky music and disco dancing on Wednesday, July 18, with tickets $30-$65. And country singer Brett Eldredge with opener Honey County arrives at the Costa Mesa venue on July 29, with…