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Charity Spotlight Eric Marienthal and Friends Concert at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Raises $ 120,000 for High Hopes

Euge Groove , Rick Braun and Eric Marienthal perform at the High Hopes charity concert at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach / photo by Jim Collins
Eric Marienthal and Friends concert at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach / photo by Jim Collins
By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
For more than two decades , noted jazz saxophonist Eric Marienthal ( a Newport Beach resident ) has hosted an annual benefit concert at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach to raise funds for High Hopes Brain Injury Program .
This year ’ s 23rd annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Concert was held on Sunday , July 17 at the Hyatt Regency featuring fellow saxman Euge Groove and special surprise guest

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More than 600 jazz fans enjoyed the superb musicianship while raising $ 120,000 for High Hopes , a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals recover from traumatic brain injuries .
The Tulsa Rib Company hosted the VIP reception where guests relished a dining experience along with a hosted bar and entertainment by the Ron Kobayashi Trio with special guest artist , singer and songwriter Mary Desmond .
Former KSBR 88.5FM DJ Kelly Bennett served as Master of Ceremonies along with Mark Desmond , the director of High Hopes .
During the concert , an assortment of cheeses , fruits , veggies , and light bites of finger foods such as nachos and quesadillas was available for guests to enjoy throughout the evening .
Eric Marienthal took the stage and opened the show with “ Street Dance ” from his 1994 album , then went into “ Two in One ,” “ New York State of
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Mind ,” and his hits “ Compared to What ,” “ Babycakes ” and “ You Ga ( Ta Give It ).”
Marienthal ’ s special guest was saxophonist Euge Groove who entertained the crowd with a medley of hits , “ House of Groove ,” “ Dirty Dozen ,” and “ Just my Imagination .” Surprise guest trumpeter Rick Braun came out and joined in with “ Livin Large .” The evening ended with the crowd on their feet dancing to all three musicians playing back to back “ Old . Edu ,” “ From the Top ,” and an encore of “ Grazin ’ In the Grass .” Marienthal ’ s all-star band consisted of Andre Berry on bass guitar , George Whitty on keyboards ; on drums , Eric Valentine , Tony Pulizzi on guitar , and Joey De Leon on percussion .
Honored this year for the High Hopes Lifetime Achievement Award was the late Dr . Marshall Grossman , who passed away on December 20 , 2021 ; his wife Lori came to accept the award . Dr . Grossman served as Board President of
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