FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 16 - September 1, 2017

2017 Concert Schedule

June 16 Eddie Money
"Two Tickets to Paradise"
June 23 Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe
"Can't Get Enough"
June 30 Great White
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
July 7 Quiet Riot
"Bang Your Head (Metal Health)"
July 14 Blue Öyster Cult
"(Don’t Fear) The Reaper"
July 21 Eric Burdon And The Animals
"The House Of The Rising Sun"
July 28 Los Lobos
"La Bamba"
Aug 4 Y & T
"Summertime Girls"
Aug 11 Pablo Cruise
"Love Will Find A Way"
Aug 18 Gin Blossoms
"Hey Jealousy"
Aug 25 Smash Mouth
"All Star"
Sept 1 Papa Doo Run Run
"(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

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Band Bios & Photos

Eddie Money

Eddie Money

June 16, 2017

Money burst onto the music scene with his self-titled debut album in 1977. The album, which went double platinum, featuring 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.

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Brian Howe

Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe

June 23, 2017

As one of rock's legendary voices, Brian Howe exploded onto the scene when he partnered up as lead vocalist with multi-platinum artist Ted Nugent. Bad Company courted Brian to take the helm as lead vocalist in 1984. He accepted the offer, launched the group back into sold out arena tours, and the rest is history. Subsequently, Brian created, wrote, recorded and toured with Bad Company for the next ten years, headlining every major venue around the globe. In 1991 Brian Howe was reunited once again with Ted Nugent when Damn Yankees were brought on to support Brian and Bad Company in what was credited as one of the top 5 grossing tours of that year.

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Great White

Great White

June 30, 2016

The Southern California hard rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and since then has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance and earned a double platinum certification for "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." Their soulful, blues-based signature sound can also be heard in songs like "Face The Day," "Rock Me" and "Save Your Love."

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Quiet Riot


July 7, 2017

QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart at #1 on Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. QUIET RIOT continues their historic journey with Metal Health founding member Frankie Banali who is joined by QUIET RIOT veteran bassist Chuck Wright and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi, and in 2017 welcomed vocalist James Durbin the season ten finalist on American Idol.

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Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult

July 14, 2017

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!”

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Eric Burdon and The Animals

Eric Burdon and The Animals

July 21, 2017

One of the most important bands originating from England's R&B scene during the early '60s, the Animals were second only to the Rolling Stones in influence among R&B-based bands in the first wave of the British Invasion. Vital to the group's success was Burdon's gift for vocals; his powerful, deep, and unrefined sound ranked him 57th in Rolling Stone's list- The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. The Animals are best know for their iconic hits "House of the Rising Sun", " Don't Let me Be Misunderstood", "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "See See Rider", and "Don't Bring Me Down".

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Los Lobos

Los Lobos

July 28, 2017

More than three decades have passed since Grammy-award winning Los Lobos released their debut album and a worldwide smash single,"La Bamba". Since then they've consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. Perez, the band's drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music "the soundtrack of the barrio." Members of Los Lobos are: Louie Perez- Drums, Guitars, Percussion, Vocals Steve Berlin- Saxophone, Percussion, Flute, Midsax, Harmonica, Melodica Cesar Rosas- Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin Conrad Lozano- Bass, Guitarron, Vocals David Hidalgo- Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Melodica, Drums, Violin, Banjo Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez - Drums/Percussion.

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Y & T

Y & T

August 4, 2017

Many of the biggest acts of the '80s, including Metalica 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.

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Pablo Cruise

Pablo Cruise

August 11, 2017

From 1975 to 1985 the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively, welcoming fans to "Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise." Reaching the top 10 with mega hits like "Watcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye" and "Love Will Find A Way," plus several other radio hits, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry. They appeared on numerous TV shows, including Dick Clark's American Bandstand and The Merv Griffin Show. To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event.

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Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms

August 18, 2017

In 1988 the Gin Blossoms earned Best Rock Band honors in a Phoenix New Times Reader's Poll, which in turn got them a coveted spot in the 1989 South By Southwest Music Conference. Their greatest hits include "Jealousy," "Found out About You," and "Follow You Down" which was featured in the movie "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."

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Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth

August 25, 2017

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.

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Papa Doo Run Run

Papa Doo Run Run

September 1, 2017

Formed in Cupertino in 1965, the group has toured with surf music icons Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys, and served as the “celebrity house band” at Disneyland for an unprecedented 15 years, 1975-1990. Papa’s 1975 Top 40 hit “Be True To Your School” reached No. 1 in California. Their ground breaking CD “California Project” (1985) exploded onto the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at no. 17 and earned the band their second Gold Record and a Grammy Nomination.

Today, Papa Doo Run Run still averages about 100 dates a year, worldwide. Their act encompasses all the great Classic Rock hits of the 60's and 70's, with a special emphasis on their award winning re-creation of the hits of the Beach Boys. Their best kept secret... Papa Doo Run Run is who the Beach Boys call when they need someone to fill in in their band.

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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 4pm; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped-off areas before 4pm. 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.


Event Sponsors

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach is sponsored by

Hotel Paradox, Xfinity, Santa Cruz Diner, Zoccoli's Delicatessen, KFOG, The Listening Stack, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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