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Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:00 am

In two short years, Journey tribute band Don’t Stop Believin’ has achieved successes not realized by most tribute bands.

DSB, as they they are known to fans, has starred on a television show, performed at some of the most prestigious live music venues and have been asked by the original Journey band to perform for their charitable foundation.

Their July 23 show is second in the “Legends in Music” tribute series sponsored by Dysart Unified School District at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art, 1,300-seat venue.

Tickets are $20-$35 and may be purchased by visiting or phoning 866-967-8167. The tribute series also features Creedence Relived on July 30; and Surfin Safari — Ultimate Tribute to the Beach Boys on Aug. 13. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are family-friendly. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center is at 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise.   

Forming in 2009, DSB broke attendance records for city concerts last summer, drawing up to 14,000 fans.

The band has retooled its show from outside venues to more intimate theater settings with the use of lighting and videos.

“Many people who come to our shows have been Journey fans since the 1970s, and experiencing our concerts conjures up memories of their youth,” said lead singer Juan Del Castillo. “I can see it on their faces when I sing the first words of songs.”

The artists have performed at the House of Blues and the Hilton in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Former Atlantic Records CEO Jerry Greenberg, who signed bands including Led Zeppelin, called DSB “The next best thing to Journey.”

The band has been asked by Arnel Pineda, Journey’s lead singer,  to perform for his charitable foundation, One Heart for Hope, which benefits impoverished children.

“It is a tremendous honor as a tribute band to be asked to perform by a member of Journey,” said Del Castillo.

The Los Angeles-based musicians have performed for three seasons as the house band on “The Singing Bee,” CMT Network’s highest rated show. The show is a karaoke game show featuring contestants trying to remember the lyrics to popular songs played by DSB musicians. The season is filmed over a four-week period, and the band learns snippets of 40 songs the evening before the filming of each episode.

“The four weeks are frantic, and we enjoy the fast pace of television,” said band member Scotty Kormos. “We are very much looking forward to performing in Surprise. It is a great venue to experience such a high-caliber show.”

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