Stars & Stripes Explosion

July 4, 2015


On the beach at 20th Street
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park
24th Street Park
31st Street Park
Free Event

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion on Saturday, July 4, 2015.  Scheduled entertainment offers something for everyone: patriotic and classical to Motown, a musical tribute dedicated to Billy Joel, and world-class magic performed by an internationally-recognized illusionist!  

From 8:00pm-9:30pm, a stage erected right on the beach at 20th Street will become the focal point for performances featuring Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach), and the Virginia Beach Chorale, and the Doorway Singers.  This concert will feature patriotic, Broadway, and classical selections. 

The show will segue into a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm that promises to explode over the ocean in a burst of colors and patterns! 

Chester B’s Motown Tribute Show will fill the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park stage with the smooth sounds of R&B from 8:00pm-10:30pm.

Internationally-renown illusionist Krendl presents the Magic of Krendl & Company in three spectacular, spell-binding stage shows at the 24th Street Park at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30pm.

“The Stranger,” a tribute to the music and mystique of Billy Joel, will be presented at 31st Street Park at 8:00pm.  Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this 6-piece band brings together an authentic replication of Billy's timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot-on vocals that make listening to a Billy Joel song so special. Out front on piano & lead vocals is founder and frontman Mike Santoro. Born and raised in Levittown NY like Joel himself, Mike also looks like Billy, moves like Billy, plays piano like Billy, and most of all sounds so much like Billy Joel that you will be astonished that what you're seeing and hearing is actually a tribute artist.

All concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information on Stars & Stripes Explosion, visit, or call 757-491-SUNN (7866).

Entertainment Schedule:

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park

8:00pm-10:30pm, Chester B’s Motown Review


On the Beach at 20th Street

8:00pm-9:30pm, Symphonicity & the Virginia Beach Chorale, with the Doorway Singers presenting patriotic, Broadway, and classical music

9:30pm, Fireworks


24th Street Park

7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm, The Magic of Krendl & Company


31st Street Park

8:00pm-11:00pm, Billy Joel Tribute The Stranger (featuring Mike Santoro)








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