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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 14 - August 30, 2019

2019 Concert Schedule

June 14 The English Beat
"Save It For Later"
June 21 Smash Mouth
"All Star"
June 28 Everclear
"Santa Monica"
July 5 Pride & Joy
Soul/Motown Party
July 12 Foghat
"Slow Ride"
July 19 Pablo Cruise
"Love Will Find A Way"

July 26 Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe
"Can't Get Enough"
Aug 2 Y & T
"Summertime Girls"
Aug 9 Living Colour
"Cult of Personality"
Aug 16 Michael Furlong's Tribute to Tom Petty

Replacement for 10,000 Maniacs

Aug 23 Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri
"Don't Stop Believin'"
Aug 30 Papa Doo Run Run
"(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Make an evening of it!

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Band Bios & Photos

Dave Wakeliing of The English Beat

The English Beat

June 14, 2019

The English Beat originated in working class, industrial Birmingham, England. They rushed on to the music scene in 1979 with a simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat. They became known for great songs like "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom," and "I Confess."

We can't wait for The English Beat to bring their reggae, soul, pop, and rock influences back to the beach.

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Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth

June 21, 2019

Formed in San Jose, California in 1994, 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 established itself as the ultimate California party band, the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is all about having fun.

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June 28, 2019

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.

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Pride and Joy

Pride and Joy

July 5, 2019

During its many years of phenomenal success, Pride & Joy has remained the most popular party band on the Bay Area music scene. As the Pride of the Bay Area and a Joy to anyone who loves to dance, they present timeless pop/soul music in an electrifying style that pulls the audience directly into the heart of their performance.

Flashback Band: Pride and Joy performed at the Boardwalk's first summer concert series in 1988!

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July 12, 2019

Foghat's Fool for The City album contains their trademark Top 40 hit "Slow Ride" which cemented their place as one of the world's top rock acts. They continued to hit the charts in the 1970s with singles such as "Fool For The City," "Drivin' Wheel," "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" and "I'll Be Standing By"... many of which are still classic rock radio staples. Foghat has been rewarded with eight gold records, one platinum record, and one double-platinum record for their timeless hits.

Foghat's live performances show why the band is still around today and why they will be able to keep on rockin' as long as they want.

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Pablo Cruise

Pablo Cruise

July 19, 2019

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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Brian Howe

Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe

July 26, 2019

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. For the next ten years, Brian wrote, recorded and toured with Bad Company, headlining every major venue around the globe.

In 1991 Brian Howe reunited once again with Ted Nugent when Damn Yankees were brought on to support Brian and Bad Company in one of the top 5 grossing tours of that year.

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Y & T

Y & T

August 2, 2019

Many of the biggest acts of the '80s, including Metalica and Mötley Crüe, became the popular openers 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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Living Colour

Living Colour

August 9, 2019

Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, punk, and alternative rock. They rose to fame with their debut album Vivid in 1988.

Although the band scored a number of hits, Living Colour is best remembered for their signature anthem "Cult of Personality", which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990.

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Michael Furlong

Michael Furlong's Tribute to Tom Petty

August 16, 2019

Michael Furlong, lead vocalist, lead guitar player, international recording artist and songwriter is the centerpiece of Michael Furlong's Tribute to Tom Petty.

His look, sound, stage persona and uncanny resemblance to Tom Petty make his show a stand-out among tribute bands.

Known as the first and longest-running Tom Petty tribute, Disneyworld called the show "the best Tom Petty Tribute out there."

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Steve Augeri

Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri

August 23, 2019

Drawing on diverse musical influences to deliver a unique take on the genre of melodic rock, Steve Augeri is an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist for Journey from 1998 to 2006. The song "Remember Me", from the seven-times-platinum soundtrack album from the movie Armageddon, represents Augeri's recording debut.

He went on to record three albums during a successful eight-year tenure that brought one of the worlds most accomplished melodic rock groups back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of adorning fans.

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Papa Doo Run Run

Papa Doo Run Run

August 30, 2019

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 groundbreaking 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 '60s and '70s, with a special emphasis on their award winning re-creation of Beach Boys' hits. Their best-kept secret... The Beach Boys call Papa Doo Run Run when they need someone to fill in.

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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.


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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach is sponsored by

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