A Night with the Stars Under the Stars at the Pageant of the Masters a Great Success!

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Bryan Cranston

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Bryan Cranston at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit Event in Laguna Beach, CA on August 26, 2017

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall perform at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit Event in Laguna Beach, CA on August 26, 2017

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Erica Luttrell

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Actress Erica Luttrell looking at artwork at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit Event in Laguna Beach, California on August 26, 2017.

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Sept. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On August 26th, music legends Herb Alpert and Lani Hall performed during one of the most momentous nights of the summer art season: The Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and their band performed to nearly 3,000 fans on the Festival of Arts concert stage. “The concert was fantastic. Herb and Lani put on a fun and exciting concert that the audience loved,” said Special Events Director Susan Davis. Guests also enjoyed a private showing of the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show in its newly renovated facility, which debuted this summer as part of the Festival’s 85th anniversary celebration.

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Herb Alpert is a platinum-selling musician, song writer, record executive, fine artist, and philanthropist. After early success composing "Wonderful World" for Sam Cooke, Alpert went on to co-found A&M Records in 1962, a label which grew from his garage in West Hollywood into the largest independent record label in history. His band, The Tijuana Brass, was wildly popular throughout the sixties, with Alpert becoming the top-selling recording artist of 1966. In 2017, Alpert releases two new albums, “Music Vol.1” in July and “The Christmas Wish” in September. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lani Hall.

Lani Hall Alpert, a Chicago native, rose to fame in 1966 as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’ break through group, Brasil ’66. The band was signed to A&M Records by the co-founder of the label (and Lani’s future husband), music legend Herb Alpert. Lani has the distinction of recording more than 22 albums in three different languages, four alongside her husband, and in 1983, she sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. In 1986 Hall Alpert earned her first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance for her album, “Es Facil Amar.” Her second Grammy was as a producer of Herb Alpert's “Steppin' Out” album that was awarded in January 2014.

After the concert, guests proceeded to the Irvine Bowl to enjoy a special performance of the Pageant of the Masters hosted by acclaimed actor, writer, producer, director, and author Bryan Cranston. On television, Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad garnered him four Emmy® Awards, four SAG Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Cranston holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy® Awards to receive three consecutive wins. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle. In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway bio-play All the Way. He reprised his role in the HBO television film of the same name and won a SAG Award for his performance. For his leading role in Trumbo in 2015, Cranston received widespread acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award. He will next star in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying and Neil Burger’s The Upside. In addition, Cranston is a New York Times bestselling author of A Life In Parts.

Cranston talked about his first visit to the Pageant with his wife nearly 30 years ago and how that first visit had him hooked. He also spoke about the Festival of Arts and said, “I also want to encourage you to participate in the Festival and not just from an appreciator of art, but also a participant. So when you’re looking at this art, realize that by supporting it, if you have the means to do that, please do buy the art. Support the local community. It goes so much deeper than just any one individual artist.”

After a brief introduction, Bryan Cranston then pulled the winning ticket the Festival’s summer-long raffle. The winner of 2018 Acura TLX was Norine Cusick from Laguna Woods, California. After the winner was announced, guests enjoyed a captivating performance of the critically acclaimed Pageant of the Masters production of “The Grand Tour.”

The gala event grossed over $270,000 for future arts programming and the Building Fund for improvements of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters facility. Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler thanked the sponsors of the event and also the patrons. “Thanks to your continued support, we’re looking forward to a bright future here at the Festival and Pageant,” Sattler said. He also thanked the family of volunteers and said, “Their dedication to the Festival is an inspiration to us all.”

Also in attendance were many other celebrity guests including Shawn Christian, Lloyd Eisler, Vincent Guastaferro, Anne-Marie Johnson, Katherine Kelly Lang, Monica Lawson, Kate Linder, Erica Luttrell, Joe Mantegna, Heather McComb, Donna Mills, Esai Morales, John O’Hurley, French Stewart, Vanessa Claire Stewart, Joan Benedict Steiger, Kristy Swanson, David Tutera, Joan Van Ark, Larry Wilcox and Arianne Zucker.


Celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2017, the Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more in the newly renovated facility. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

July 5 – August 31, 2017
Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 26 at 1:30pm

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650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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