Downtown Music and Art Event, Live After 5, Kicks-Off November 13

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Downtown Long Beach restaurants, bars and streets will be filled with music at Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) new music series: Live After 5. A monthly event that will activate entertainment venues as well a non- traditional locations such as parks, vacant storefronts and street corners with live performers on the second Thursday of each month, Live After 5 will celebrate the local arts and music culture.

To kick off the series, DLBA will host the first event at the Federal Bar Underground on Thursday, November 13 from 6-10 PM with performances by Buskerfest 2014 winner Bearcoon, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and Pebaluna, representing diverse sounds and perspectives reflective of the Long Beach and surrounding music scene. Bearcoon, known for their self-described “Hillbilly Mountain Blues Lumberjack Rock” sound are local Long Beach favorites that continue to mesmerize audiences with their powerful vocals and infectious melodies. Eagle Rock Gospel Singers will offer indie rock heavily inspired by southern gospel sounds while Pebaluna, the latest project from RX Bandits front man Matt Embree, will share their dusty Americana roots/soul sound with the audience. DJ Dust Diggs will keep the audience energized by spinning old school soul, world music, Brit rock and surf sounds in between sets.

“All of the bands featured at the Live After 5 kickoff are rooted in a retro southern sound but offer a modern twist,” shared Josh Fischel, talent curator commissioned by DLBA for the series. “By featuring local favorites as well as emerging regional acts, we are able to celebrate the Long Beach arts scene and introduce fans from around the area to everything Downtown has to offer.”

Future Live After 5 events will take place on the second Thursday of each month, activating multiple locations in various Downtown neighborhoods each night with live music and art from 5-11 p.m. The performers featured each month will present a different unifying theme, giving guests a new reason to come out for each event.

“After six years of the Summer and Music (SAM) concert series, we’ve seen the talent and appetite for live music grow in our Downtown,” shared Kraig Kojian, President & CEO of the DLBA. “Live After 5, which was created in the spirit of SAM, will continue to elevate the local music scene by encouraging employees to extend their work day and stay in the Downtown later into the evening, while inspiring residents to return home earlier than usual to enjoy their neighborhoods and all that they offer.”

To learn more about Live After 5 and other DLBA programs, please visit or call 562.436.4259.

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