Queen Mary brings legendary performers to intimate venue for Summer Concert Series

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queen mary summer concert seriesThe “Summer Concert Series at the Queen Mary” kicks off on Fri., Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by folk music legend Joan Baez and special guest Roger McGuinn. This will be the first of several concerts planned for August and September at the Harry Bridges Memorial Park at the Queen Mary.

Harry Bridges Memorial Park is a unique venue with sweeping views of the Queen Mary, harbor, marina and the picturesque Long Beach skyline. The intimate concert space offers outdoor seating for up to 3,000 guests.

The Queen Mary concerts are part of the summer-long 2010 Long Beach Sea Festival. Additional shows will include performances by Motown giant Smokey Robinson, legendary Southern California rock band the Beach Boys and three-time Grammy-Award winning folk-rock artist Lucinda Williams and special guest JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys.

Summer Concert Series includes Joan Baez, Smokey Robinson, Beach Boys and Lucinda Williams

Fri., Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Joan Baez, the supremely accomplished interpretive folksinger of the ‘60s, has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music during her still-strong career and more than 30 albums. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn is one of the pioneers of electric rock music in America and was the front man for the legendary band, The Byrds.

Wed., Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. – Smokey Robinson’s distinctive voice and songwriting skill has led to a 50-year career full of awards, including Grammys and induction into both the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thurs., Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. – The Beach Boys, ranked #12 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, were awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2001.

Thurs., Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is the object of cultish adoration and hailed as a major talent, by both critics and fellow musicians, who emphasize songs rich in literary detail and poetic imagery. JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys are a new collaboration that brings together Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders with Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones. Their first album together, “Fidelity!” is set for release next month.

Tickets for the first three shows are $35 for lawn seating and $65 for reserved seating (plus parking) through Ticketmaster, at the Queen Mary box office, or online at www.queenmary.com. To join the Queen Mary concert series email list for early announcements and ticket specials, email concertseries@queenmary.com.

The Queen Mary will offer Buy-One-Get-One-Free admission for concert-ticket holders who want to explore the ship on the days of the concerts. Admission price is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children (5-11).

Public transportation to the Queen Mary is available and encouraged through Long Beach Transit (please check www.lbtransit.com for fares and schedules).

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