American Legion to host one-night benefit concert

The Donny Parvo Show is coming to American Legion Post No. 507 in Newhall on Saturday, April 27 for a night of comedy and music. Courtesy of James Edson

Local actor and American Legion member James Edson has been playing the character of Donny Parvo for 20 years across California.

Now, he’s bringing the “Donny Parvo Show” to Santa Clarita for a one-night benefit concert at American Legion Post No. 507 in Newhall on Saturday, April 27.

“I do this show whenever I have the opportunity,” Edson said. “And I thought this would be a good way for me to use this character and the show to benefit the legion.”

The American Legion is constantly improving the historic hall in which their organization resides, so all proceeds from the event will go towards whatever renovations are needed at the venue.

The character of Donny Parvo was created 20 years ago when Edson was asked to participate in a friend’s 40th birthday performance.

“It was completely unrehearsed, but it was a big hit,” Edson said.

Since then, Parvo has traveled to San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles as Edson has continued to rewrite the show and continue Parvo’s adventure.

“Parvo is a journeyman entertainer who has never said no to a gig,” Edson said. “Parvo is gearing up for what is sure to be a massive load of entertainment.”

The “Load Ranger” Tour catches Parvo as he tours truck stops up and down west coast and is taking a night off for a benefit concert.

“The show is a nice mix between taking the music seriously and comedy with lots of innuendos,” Edson said.

The “Load Ranger” Tour starring Donny Parvo will be held at American Legion Post No. 507 located at 24527 Spruce Street in Newhall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Dinner from The Tasty Table Catering is available at 6:30 p.m. with RSVP.

To reserve your tickets, call the Parvo Ticket Hotline at 833-367-2786.

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