ANAHEIM, CA (CelebrityAccess) — The City National Grove of Anaheim marked its 20th-anniversary on Friday, by hosting a performance by the rock band Styx, who headlined the first concert at the venue when it opened in 1999.
“It’s been two decades since we first performed at the City National Grove of Anaheim. We’ve enjoyed performing there many times, including the one time that Don Felder joined us on stage,” said James “JY” Young, co-founding guitarist/vocalist of STYX. “The audiences are always enthusiastic, and we have nothing but fond memories at the venue.”
The Grove originally opened as the ill-fated Tinseltown Studios, an awards show-themed restaurant, which lasted for just 8 months before being repurposed to a concert hall. After the transition, the venue was renamed The Sun Theatre for a short time before changing its name to the more familiar The Grove of Anaheim.
Nederlander took over as the exclusive manager, operator, and programmer of the 1,700-capacity venue in 2002 and oversaw its next name change in 2011, when the venue was renamed City National Grove of Anaheim, following the agreement of a five-year, $1.25 million naming rights deal with City National Bank.
Since it opened its doors, the City National Grove of Anaheim has hosted over 2.3 million fans, sold more than $45 million in gross ticket sales, donated over 10,000 tickets to local charities, and the Grove was named as “Orange County’s Favorite Live Music Venue.”
During its tenure at the Grove, Nederlander has presented shows by artists such as Prince, Willie Nelson, Panic! At The Disco, Iration, Pentatonix, Why Don’t We and All Time Low,
The Grove has also hosted comedy performances from the likes of George Carlin and John Mulaney, and brought Broadway to the West Coast with touring productions such as Cats, Rock of Ages and Rent.
“Over 20 years, City National Grove of Anaheim has become a standout venue in the market and is alive with activity,” said Alex Hodges, CEO of Nederlander Concerts. “We applaud our seasoned team who provide unique experiences for the artists and their fans of all ages and are thrilled with our City of Anaheim partnership. We are committed to bringing more diversity, more live entertainment, and more special events to the venue and the community.”
Upcoming events on the calendar at the Grove include Ron White (Jan. 25), Brian McKnight (February 8), Engelbert Humperdinck (Feb. 14), Chris D’Elia (March 7), Gordon Lightfoot (March 12), Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band / Beth Hart Band (April 16), and Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles (June 11).