Long Beach Municipal Band Presents ‘The Joys of Summer’

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The community is invited to enjoy the Long Beach Municipal Band during its 103rd season with free outdoor summer concerts in Long Beach parks through August 3. The band’s professional musicians will focus on a different theme during each week. Each performance will end with selections from talented vocalists accompanied by the Long Beach Municipal Band’s Studio Band.

The Long Beach Municipal Band is the longest running, municipal band in the country. These free concerts provide a chance for neighbors and families to gather outdoors for a relaxing evening of picnicking, entertainment and music.

“The old-fashioned concert in the park is one of the finest family entertainment experiences available,” said Larry Curtis, who is celebrating his twentieth year as conductor. “Many who attend the concerts bring picnic dinners and blankets or lawn chairs. It’s a very festive atmosphere.”

The 2012 Long Beach Municipal Band concert season is made possible in part with support from the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Gas and Oil, the Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Partners of Parks.

The following concerts all begin at 6:30 pm:

July 10-13
Theme: “Musicals, American Style”
Tuesday, July 10, Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton.
Wednesday, July 11, Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Avenue
Thursdays, July 12, Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way
Friday, July 13, El Dorado Park, Studebaker Road & Willow Street
Musical comedies have long been a favorite of America audiences. This week, the Municipal Band will perform the music from hit Broadway shows. Vocalist Barbara Morrison will take the stage to close the Broadway review.

July 17-20
Theme: “Keeping the Beat Alive”
Tuesday, July 17, Bixby/Bluff Park, Ocean Blvd. between Junipero & Cherry Avenues
Wednesday, July 18,Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave.
Thursday, July 19, Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way
Friday, July 20, El Dorado Park, Studebaker Road & Willow Street
Remember those hit songs from the 70’s? This week the band will bring back the music of the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, the Blues Brothers, and disco songs like ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘YMCA.’ Sounds like fun! The band will also introduce our newest vocal star, Meloney Collins, to close this rockin’ concert.

July 24-27
Theme: “Let Us Entertain You”
Tuesday, July 24, Bixby/Bluff Park, Ocean Blvd. between Junipero & Cherry Avenues
Wednesday, July 25, Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Avenue
Thursday, July 26, Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way
Friday, July 27, El Dorado Park, Studebaker Road & Willow Street
Music plays such an important part in the day-to-day life of an American. This concert will feature the sounds that accompany all types of entertainment from Cirque du Soleil to Spike Jones. Nicole Kubis will join the Studio Band to perform many of your favorites.

July 31- August 3
Theme: “A Latin Fantasy”
Tuesday, July 31, Bixby/Bluff Park, Ocean Blvd. between Junipero & Cherry Avenues
Wednesday, August 1, Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Avenue
Thursday, August 2, Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way
Friday, August 3, El Dorado Park, Studebaker Road & Willow Street
Come to the park this week and join us in our final presentation of 2012. The music will be hot with such Latin favorites as Conga, Malaguena, and Bolero, with a little Santana thrown in for more spice. The great Derek Bordeaux will add his Motown sound to this last concert of the summer.

For more information on the Long Beach Municipal Band, call 562.570.3100. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call 562.570.3100 or visit www.LBParks.org and sign up for E-notify.

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