FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach
FRIDAY NIGHTS - June 19 through September 4, 2015
TWO FREE SHOWS EACH FRIDAY!
6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand
|June 19||Eddie Money||"Take Me Home Tonight"|
|June 26||The Edgar Winter Band||"Free Ride"|
|July 3||The Sun Kings tribute to The Beatles||"Help!"|
|July 10||Macy Gray||"I Try"|
|July 17||Berlin featuring Terri Nunn||"Take My Breath Away"|
|July 24||Soul Asylum||"Runaway Train"|
|July 31||Wang Chung||"Everybody Have Fun Tonight"|
|Aug 7||Y&T||"Summertime Girls"|
|Aug 14||Everclear||"Santa Monica"|
|Aug 21||Blue Öyster Cult||"(Don’t Fear) The Reaper"|
|Aug 28||Smash Mouth||"All Star"|
|Sep 4||Papa Doo Run Run||"(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"|
Band Bios & Photos
June 19, 2015
Money burst onto the music scene with his self-titled debut album in 1977. The album, which went double platinum, features hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”
Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, “Think I’m in Love,” “Shakin,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” and “I Wanna Go Back.”
As the years have passed, Money’s blue-collar brand of rock-n-roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today.
The Edgar Winter Band
June 26, 2015
The band came together in late 1972 and became legendary with such hits as the number one “Frankenstein” and the ever-popular “Free Ride.”
Released in 1973, “They Only Come Out at Night” peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks.
Edgar invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances.
The Sun Kings
tribute to The Beatles
July 3, 2015
Considered one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the country, The Sun Kings continue to amaze audiences with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform.
With a repertoire of over 150 songs, they shine in concert with spot-on arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with a driving energy, joy, and vitality that recalls the earliest Beatles' performances.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of 1965, the band will feature songs from that year, along with other hits and B-sides spanning The Beatles' amazing legacy.
July 10, 2015
Gray has released seven studio albums and received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one.
She is known for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.
Perhaps best known for her international hit single “I Try,” taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Macy Gray released her newest album The Way last fall.
July 17, 2015
For fans of electronic music and the far-reaching wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the 80s, Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is an icon.
As the charismatic vocalist for a band that virtually launched electronic dance rock in the U.S., Terri earned the No. 11 spot on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Rock.”
At this high-energy show enjoy hits like “No More Words,” “The Metro,” and “Take My Breath Away” which was featured in the 1986 movie Top Gun and reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100.
July 24, 2015
Formed in 1981 by high school friends Dan Murphy, Karl Mueller, and Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum became frontrunners of American college rock.
Their 1992 record Grave Dancers Union transformed them from underground college rockers to international superstars. The first two singles off the album, "Somebody To Shove" and "Black Gold" both came in at high positions on the Modern Rock and Album Rock charts, but their major breakthrough was "Runaway Train" which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, raised album sales to double-platinum level, and won Soul Asylum the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1994. Until 2005 when Karl passed away from throat cancer, Soul Asylum had always included Dan, Karl, and Dave, despite many other line-up changes. The band released The Silver Lining in 2006 and dedicated it to Karl Mueller's life and memory.
July 31, 2015
Wang Chung came out of the post-punk, New Wave scene in the UK going on to achieve global success selling millions of records.
Throughout their 30-year career they have released 5 albums and 2 Greatest Hits compilations. They have had 6 US Top 40 hits including a number 1. In the process, Wang Chung became part of contemporary culture. Their huge smash "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," with its now famous line "Everybody Wang Chung Tonight" saw the invention of a new verb, 'to Wang Chung'. Icons such as Homer Simpson and Frasier Crane name-checked the band on TV and Wang Chung achieved punch-line status in The Spy Who Shagged Me.
August 7, 2015
Many of the biggest acts of the '80s, including Metallica and Mötley Crüe became popular opening for Y&T.
With a discography of 18 albums and three greatest hits collections, Y&T has sold over four million albums since their 1974 inception.
The band received extensive airplay with hits such as “Forever,” “Rescue Me,” “Mean Streak,” and “Summertime Girls.” After five Top 100 albums and two Bammie Awards, Y&T's hits are still played on VH1 Classic and classic rock radio stations everywhere.
August 14, 2015
Everclear is an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991 by Art Alexakis, the lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist.
The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records which were all certified platinum in sales. The albums included charting songs like "Santa Monica" and "Wonderful." After a brief stint of solo performances in 2003, Alexakis decided to push forward with the Everclear name, finding new musicians to perform with and releasing two more albums, Welcome to the Drama Club and Invisible Stars.
In 2012, Alexakis started the Summerland Tour, a 1990s nostalgia tour with Everclear and other 1990s alternative rock bands.
Blue Öyster Cult
August 21, 2015
An American rock band formed in New York in 1967 and still going strong.
They've sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Known for hits like “The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Godzilla.”
Audiences may remember seeing Will Farrell’s special rendition of “The Reaper” on Saturday Night Live —“MORE COWBELL PLEASE!”
August 28, 2015
Formed in San Jose, California in 1994, the American rock band Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.
Along with their number one hits “Walkin' on the Sun” and “All Star,” they have consistently impacted radio with other hits like “Then the Morning Comes,” “Can't Get Enough Of You Baby,” and a cover of The Monkees' classic “I'm a Believer,” which was prominently featured on the Shrek soundtrack.
Having long since established itself as the ultimate California party band, the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is indeed – at its core – about having fun.
Papa Doo Run Run
September 4, 2015
Papa Doo Run Run returns to the Boardwalk to perform tunes from the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and other beach party favorites.
Formed in Cupertino in 1965, the group has toured and recorded with the Beach Boys, and from 1975 to 1990 served as the “celebrity house band” at Disneyland.
Kick off Labor Day weekend singing along with Papa Doo Run Run and their classic beach party hits!
Concert Information and Etiquette
For the comfort and safety of all our guests, please note the following:
Access to the prime seating area begins at 4 p.m.; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped-off areas before 4 p.m. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority for access to prime seating area.
Please limit blanket size to 3x5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; high-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.
Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed.
Please keep walkways and stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.
Accommodations for guests with disabilities at the Friday Night Concerts are provided on a "first-come, first-served" basis in two locations. One section is reserved for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The other section is reserved for mobility-impaired guests plus one companion. If you require other special accommodations, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the concert at (831) 423-5590.
Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach is sponsored by Hilton Hotel Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, Xfinity, Santa Cruz Diner, Zoccoli's Delicatesson, Santa Cruz Sentinel, KFOG, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.