Summer Music Festival Under the Stars on July 2 and 3 Featuring FREDA PAYNE

June 8, 2011 (Escondido, CA) — The Welk Resorts is proud to announce an exciting summer music festival under the stars featuring pop star Freda Payne. Most popular for her mega hit "Band of Gold" in the 70's, Freda will be performing in "A Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald" at the Welk Amphitheatre. The event is set on the Golf Greens beginning 6:30pm when the gates open for picnicking.

Freda Payne, celebrated R&B and jazz vocalist, who shot to fame with her #1 hit "Band of Gold" and "Bring The Boys Home" pays tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald as no one else can! Payne, the star of such Broadway shows as Jelly's Last Jam, Sophisticated Ladies and Blues In The Night conjures the spirit of Ella with her renditions of "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "It Don't Mean A Thing" and "Mack The Knife", as well as her famous "Band of Gold!"

Bring your blankets and claim your spot. Bring a picnic or buy delicious dinners at the event. The Canyon Grille Bistro will offer salads, appetizers and entrees. Or indulge in BBQ Brisket, Chicken and Ribs, sides, sweets and drinks, smoothies and more! Visit our beer and wine garden inside the gates and relax with a delightful evening of food, entertainment and jazz on the beautiful Welk Golf Course under the stars. There is even activities for the kids during the event.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 7pm and the main attraction, Freda Payne begins at approx 8pm. Start off your experience by visiting our Street Fair/Farmers Market running 3pm – 7pm both days. Tickets are just $25 for the entire event and kids are just $10

Tickets can be purchased on line or by calling (888) 802-SHOW or visit www.welktheatresandiego.com Tickets on sale now

For more info call Joshua Carr at (760) 749-3000 x22148 or jcarr@welkgroup.com