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The Hit List: On the Town

From Shakespeare to John Mayer to the Ringling Bros., there’s a bevy of entertainment options in the week ahead.

Peter Brandon

1. Maysterpiece
In honor of his latest album, Born and Raised, John Mayer heads out on the road, and he makes a local stop on July 27. O.C. fans can hear and see his live renditions of new tunes “Queen of California” and “Shadow Days,” along with past hits like “Daughters” and “Your Body is a Wonderland.” Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.855.8095,

2. The World’s Greatest
Shakespeare Orange County continues to pay homage to the English poet and playwright’s legacy with its presentation of Twelfth Night; or, What You Will. Set to run July 19 through Aug. 3, the production takes place under the stars and portrays one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies. Festival Amphitheater, 12762 Main St., Garden Grove, 714.744.7016,

3. Native Notes
Country singer Peter Brandon returns to his roots on July 25 with a concert in Fullerton—his hometown, natch. Brandon and his seven-piece band have performed with greats like Toby Keith, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, and the singer-songwriter is known for his emotional ballads and high-energy tunes, as well as his powerful, rousing shows. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595,

4. Deep Blue
Jonny Lang’s rugged voice and legendary guitar playing put his brand of blues in a league of its own. He began topping Billboard charts at 15 years old, and music buffs are certain to flock to Lang’s July 24 concert to hear hits from his latest album, Turn Around. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

5. Circus Circus
Lions and clowns and acrobats (oh my!) come to town July 26 through Aug. 4. Yep, we’re talking about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s newest circus spectacular, Built to Amaze! The eye-popping production includes a troupe of 10 aerial athletes from the Ukraine, who launch themselves from trampolines to scale a translucent tower; 95 domestic and exotic animals; a group of 10 unicyclists; and the youngest female human cannonball. Now that’s a show. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500,