Next Summer and Music Event Features Bicycle Drive-In, August 2

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Summer and Music (SAM) takes to the great outdoors with their third concert of the season – Bicycle Drive-In on Saturday, August 2 from 6-10 pm, situated on a vacant lot located on Pine Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets.

Co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), the event will include live performances by Sam Outlaw and Rosie Harlow and the Tall Tale Boys, plus a screening of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

SAM organizers are embracing the camping theme featured in the Wes Anderson flick and incorporating it into the event. “We’re setting the stage for Bicycle Drive-in with a costume contest, hot, fresh gourmet kettle corn, a camp theme, and more,” shared SAM co-founder Rand Foster. “Both performers bring a real roots vibe, which echo the timeless innocence of the film, fit nicely with it being a family-oriented event, and also celebrate the Americana-based aspect of the Long beach music scene.”

SAM newcomer Rosie Harlow & The Tall Tale Boys is a collaborative music project with influences of Folk, Country, Blues, and Americana. They just released their first album in March and will have it available for purchase at Bicycle Drive-In. Sam Outlaw, just off a performance at the Stagecoach Festival, is returning to SAM with his traditional country sound. Previously a performer at 2013’s Dancin’ in the Streets, Outlaw encapsulates the spirit of his influences — Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and George Strait.

“I lived in Long Beach for most of my adult life, so even though I’m now up the road a bit in Los Angeles it’s always a pleasure to play music in Long Beach,” shared Outlaw. “SAM events are always a blast and you can’t beat the friendly spirit of the folks who attend the shows. I’m about to start on a new album so it’ll be fun to try out some new songs for a ‘hometown’ crowd.”

After the live performances, attendees will be treated to a screening of the 2012 Oscar nominated Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, a sweet and eccentric love story about a young couple that runs away from their New England home. Seating for the event will be lawn style in the vacant lot located at 641 Pine Ave. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event bring blankets, low back chairs, and picnics if desired. Food vendors will also be on site along with a craft beer garden presented by Kress Market. Free bike valet will be provided by Bikeable Communities.

For more information about SAM concert series, call the DLBA at 562.436.4259 or visit the website.

About SAM 2014: After five award-winning seasons, Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is bringing Summer And Music (SAM)—the city’s homegrown, sustainable concerts series providing an entire summer of free music to the public—back to the streets of Downtown Long Beach starting in June. Three-time winner of OC Weekly’s “Best Music Festival,” SAM utilizes the talent and creativity of numerous Downtown Long Beach businesses and artists to showcase outstanding local acts at eco-conscious outdoor venues throughout the city’s core. 2014 summer concerts included:

August 2- Bicycle Drive-In
6– 10 p.m. in North Pine – 643 Pine Ave
Combining music, cinema and Long Beach bicycle culture, the second annual Bicycle Drive-In will be held in the historic North Pine neighborhood at 7th & Pine. Featuring a campground setting inspired by the feature film Moonrise Kingdom, the event will also include live musical performances by Sam Outlaw and Rosie Harlow and the Tall Tale Boys as well as themed food offerings. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes and park at the free Bikeable Communities Bike Valet.

September 6- Buskerfest
5– 10p.m. in the East Village – 1st Street between Linden & Elm
Closing out the popular summer concert series, local and regional bands will perform on four stages set up on flatbed trucks with minimal plugged-in equipment, busking for wooden nickels and a record pressing prize. Often serving as a launch-pad for the careers of local musicians, this good-natured competition draws thousands who cheer for their favorite acts and dance in the streets.

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