DOWNEY − Be prepared for laughs, lore and landmarks this Saturday as Americana showman makes his return to Downey in a live show outside of the Columbia Memorial Space Center.
Phoenix’s show “Up With Downey” uses humor and a slide show of pictures to present the city’s history via some of its most iconic structures, including Bob’s Big Boy Broiler, the Carpenters childhood home, and the world’s first Taco Bell.
“Downey is America’s greatest space age suburban city,” said Phoenix. “It’s home to the world’s oldest McDonald’s, which is a cultural juggernaut that revolutionized the world.”
Phoenix, who built a unique brand of entertaining, retro-inspired history lessons, said Downey’s major role in producing command modules for the Apollo program gives it a special place in pop culture.
“It’s a fun-filled show, a little wacky, but very respectful of the history,” he said. “We’re going to look through the layers of time and see what’s unique in Downey.”
The slide show presentation will also highlight Chris & Pitts BBQ restaurant, the old Rancho Los Amigos campus, Downey mid-century architecture, and Downey Records.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and a live tribute band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Phoenix will present his “Up With Downey” slide show from 7:30-9 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for the show, which is outdoors on the lawn adjacent the space center.
The cost of the event is $29 per person with proceeds benefiting The Downey Conservancy and the Downey Rose Float Association. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.charlesphoenix.com.