Live Nation Celebrates ‘National Concert Day’

The folks at Live Nation San Diego threw a backstage party at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Monday.

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The folks at Live Nation San Diego threw a backstage party at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Monday to celebrate "National Concert Day."
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It was a little spooky having the amphitheatre all to ourselves -- but very cool at the same time.
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The San Diego-based jazz vocalist Leonard Patton and his band performing backstage on National Concert Day before setting out Tuesday in an attempt to break the world's record for most gigs in a day.
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The current record is 65.
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Some of Live Nation's family and friends taking in the show on Monday at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.
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National Concert Day previews Live Nation's $20 Kickoff to Summer ticket sale, which returned on Tuesday, May 2, for one week only -- with some big San Diego shows, including Def Leppard; the Channel 933 Summer Kickoff with DNCE, Halsey and David Guetta; and many others. Visit LiveNation.com/kickoff for more information and tickets.
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Live Nation's Casey Pukl programmed the event and -- bonus! -- gave out swag, including free headphones and a Stone growler.
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Patton was joined on keys by Ed Kornhauser whose played with ... well, everybody in the San Diego music scene.
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National Concert Day 2017 at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
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Leonard Patton and his band weren't the only entertainment of the night at the luau-theme night.
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The National Concert Day 2017 party at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre also featured a backstage art exhibition. The works -- many of which are musically themed -- will hang all concert season, unless they're snapped up by artists visiting on tour.
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A piece by Brady Willmott
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Another painting by Brady Willmott
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National Concert Day 2017 at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
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This painting is by the artist Jessica R. Van Hulle.
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A multimedia piece by the self-taught Optimus Volts, who says he recycles empty spray-paint cans to make sculptures.
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House of Blues -- another Live Nation venue -- was in the house, with more (MORE!) swag. That's our pal Candace Valin on the left in the black T-shirt.
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Michael Manares was an engineer until two years ago, when he changed careers to his passion, art.
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The backstage access allowed attendees a peek at the artists' suites at the venue.
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Another piece by Brady Willmott. Anybody think Slightly Stoopid will be snatching this one up?
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OK, Optimus, we're sensing a theme -- hey, Live Nation: We'll see you again next year for National Concert Day!
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