Summer and Music Kicks off Sixth Year With Dancin’ in the Streets Saturday, June 28

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Downtown Long Beach’s homegrown concert series Summer and Music (SAM), co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), marks the start of its sixth year with the expansion of series-favorite Dancin’ in the Streets on Saturday, June 28, 7-11 p.m. at the Downtown Long Beach Promenade. Featuring live performances by Los Angeles-based garage band the Allah-Las with California Lions and Greater California, and a craft beer garden by Beachwood BBQ, Dancin’ in the Streets is sure to get Downtown Long Beach grooving.

“SAM has always served as a catalyst – for artists’ careers and for connecting neighbors and communities,” shared Justin Hectus, SAM co-founder. “We love to kick off the summer with Dancin’ in the Streets because it really captures the spirit of the series.”

Dancin’ in the Streets, a free to all-ages event, will feature breakout artist the Allah-Las. After meeting at a record shop, the band began gigging around town before recording their first single, “Catamaran/Long Journey.” Known for their London-meets-Los Angeles sound, Allah-Las are preparing to release their first full-length album. Joining the Allah-Las will be Long Beach locals the California Lions and Greater California. Both influenced by 60’s sounds, California Lions will feature a Motown sound with horns at Dancin’ in the Street while Greater California will get feet moving with a performance including a small street choir.

The dance party will continue after the live performances with the soulful, psychedelic spins of DJ Lithuanian Prince. Guests will also enjoy craft beer by Beachwood BBQ & Brewing and easy access to the excellent dining choices on the Promenade.

Dancin’ in the Streets and the entire SAM series serves as an economic stimulus for the local business community. Adds DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian, “SAM events benefit the community – using streets, parking lots and grass fields as concert venues for a day allows surrounding businesses to promote to new customers. SAM events led to an economic impact of more than $250,000 last year and we expect to see that number continue to grow this summer.”

For more information, call the DLBA at 562.436.4259, or check out the Summer and Music 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 will include:

June 28 – Dancin’ in the Streets
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Promenade
Dancin’ in the Streets will shimmy down to the Promenade this year to accommodate the event’s growing attendance and will feature sounds of California culture from the Allay-Las, California Lions and Greater California.  DJ Lithuanian Prince will be back by popular demand to keep the crowd groovin’ throughout the night along with a Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Beer Garden.

July 11 – Twisted at the Pike
Fartbarf, De Lux
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor
New this Year!  Take a thrilling sensory journey to a twisted carnival filled with live music, dance, magic and strolling performers.  Set in front of the Ferris Wheel at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, the event will feature live performances by Fartbarf and De Lux, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, and an assortment of local food vendors.

August 2- Bicycle Drive-In
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in North Pine
Combining music, cinema and Long Beach biking 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 Rosie Harlow and the Tall Tale Boys and themed food offerings. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes and park at the free Bikeable Communities Bike Valet.

September 6- Buskerfest
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.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. 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.

About the DLBA: The Downtown Long Beach Associates is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the residential and commercial property owners and tenants of the Property and Business Based Improvement Districts. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, and economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector. For additional information, please see www.downtownlongbeach.org.

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