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Drive-In: When September Ends – The Music of Green Day

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Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics

“Wake me up when September ends”… Join us for an evening under the stars as we celebrate the music of Green Day. 

One of the most popular bands of the 90’s and 2000’s, Green Day saw success on Broadway with their hit show “American Idiot”, featuring all the songs off of their 2004 album of the same name. Green Day was a pioneer of punk music in the late ‘80s and early 90’s, and hit their stride as a mainstream band in 1994 with the release of their hit record Dookie.  

Green Day has sold more than 85 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The group has been nominated for 20 Grammy awards and has won five of them with Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording.

Don’t miss this electrifying concert with an incredible cast of vocalists and a live 5-piece band! Rock out from the safety of your car or under the night sky in the back of your truck. You’ll have the “Time of Your Life”!

When September Ends will Feature:

NICHOLAS ALEXANDER – is beyond stoked to be back on stage performing with some amazing artists. His recent credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas(The Old Globe), Tom Sawyer in Big River, Enoch Snow Jr. in Carousel, Otto in Spring Awakening, Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, Pepper in Mamma Mia!, Sonny in In the Heights (Moonlight Stage Productions), and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar (Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater). Thank you, Jordan, Jeremy and CCAE for making live performance capable. Thank you to my beautiful wife Emily for always loving and supporting me

CASSIE B – is a San Diego Native, living her dream of singing in her own band on the weekends , and making San Diegans more beautiful at the hair salon during the week. You can catch her jamming live with her cover band, Cassie B Project, or take your listening ears to Spotify, and search her original music- Cassie B and the Stingers.

Growing up in the theater community, Cassie has had the honor of performing in many musicals. Her favorite has been playing the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Performing at SeaWorld, the SD Zoo, and LEGOland just about every summer has given her so many great experiences and learning lessons through the years. She has been so lucky to have the chance to sing in a few Cabarets at the Merc also! Cassie feels so blessed to have this opportunity to sing for you in these crazy times. Music heals, and she hopes you feel rejuvenated tonight!

JANAYA MAHEALANI JONES – is so excited to be returning with all of the Rage and
Love to “When September Ends – The Music of Green Day”! She can be seen as
Queen Elsa of Arendelle at Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, Dime in the Five and Dime
Jazz Band, and DJ Dee Jay at the Disney Junior Dance Party in Disney’s California
Adventure. When she is not at Disney, Janaya works regionally in theatres such as
Moonlight Ampitherate, Lambs Players, San Diego Music Theatre, Rockwell Table and Stage, and Performance Riverside. She is most known for her star turn as Esmeralda in Moonlight Ampitheatre’s Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as Mel and Dee in Pump up the Volume: a 90’s Palooza and Mixtape respectively. Huge thanks to Jordan Beck and J. Scott Lapp for bringing this show back to Escondido! Follow her journey on instagram: @esmerelduhhh_

A.J. MENDOZA – is thrilled to be performing on a stage again, while returning to some of his favorite tracks. Credits include; Theatre: Evita (Che/The Norris Theatre), Mixtape! (Self/Lambs Players Theatre), In The Heights (Usnavi/Lewis Family Playhouse), American Idiot (St. Jimmy/La Mirada), The Last Breakfast Club (Bender US/Rockwell Table and Stage), FTR THE BRAT PACK (Swing/For The Record Live), Love Is A Battlefield 2.0 (Tybalt/Prospect Theatre LA), Spring Awakening (Moritz/Riverside Rep), Disney Cruise Lines (Mainstage Performer/Disney Dream 2015), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas US/2010 National Tour). Television: Big Time Rush (Co-Star/Nickelodeon), General Hospital (Annual Nurses Ball 2018/ABC). Thank you all for coming out and please stay safe! Instagram: THEAJMENDOZA

KYLE SHORT – is a veteran performer, musician, and Music Director born and raised in Southern California. He has been seen live on stage in such places as the Hollywood Bowl (Mahler 8th Symphony), Segerstrom Center of the Arts (Beethoven 9th), the Welk Resorts Theatre, LegoLand California, and others. While he is not performing, Kyle is a composer, orchestrator, and transcriber. Recent projects include Givenchy Noir Perfume, Crest Toothpaste, Frontline Plus, The KillJoys (IMDB film), and Metro PCS (online campaign SKEE TV). Kyle is currently receiving a degree in Orchestration for Film/Tv/Media and Berklee College of Music

BILL BROWN (Music Director) – is the Lead Vocal Director for Celebrity Cruises, where his job comprises direction, music direction, vocal coaching, audio training, microphone and ear training, global casting assistance and consulting for show creation and production. Bill is based in NYC but works nationally as a music director and vocal coach. MD: Naked Boys Singing! (Off Broadway), Little Women (The Barn Stage Co.), Freedom Riders (NYMF), Steel Pier (MTW Reiner Reading Series). B.M in Vocal Performance, UC Santa Barbara

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