Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 15 - August 31, 2018

2018 Concert Schedule

June 15 Berlin starring Terri Nunn
"Take My Breath Away"
June 22 The Motels
"Only the Lonely"
June 29 Los Lobos
"La Bamba"
July 6 Rose Royce
"Car Wash"
July 13 Smash Mouth
"All Star"
July 20 Los Lonely Boys
July 27 The Fixx
"One Thing Leads to Another"
Aug 3 Y & T
"Summertime Girls"
Aug 10 Blue Öyster Cult
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
Aug 17 The English Beat
"Save It For Later"
Aug 24 STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
"We Built This City"
Aug 31 Papa Doo Run Run
"(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Make an evening of it!

Band Bios & Photos


Berlin starring Terri Nunn

June 15, 2018

For fans of electronic music and the wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the '80s, Terri Nunn is an icon. As the charismatic vocalist for the band that 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.

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The Motels

The Motels

June 22, 2018

One of LA's original new wave bands, Martha Davis & The Motels netted two gold albums with hits including "Only the Lonely," "Suddenly Last Summer," "Total Control," "Mission of Mercy," "Shame" and "Danger." MTV videos didn't kill this radio star, lead singer and songwriter Martha Davis won Best Performance in a Music Video at the American Music Awards for "Only the Lonely." With an '80s revival now in full swing, Martha Davis & The Motels are back on the road pleasing their legions of fans.

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Los Lobos

Los Lobos

June 29, 2018

More than three decades have passed since Grammy-winners Los Lobos released their debut album and 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; Steve Berlin - vocals; Cesar Rosas - saxophone, percussion, flute, midsax, harmonica, melodica, vocals, guitar, mandolin; Conrad Lozano - bass, guitarron; David Hidalgo - vocals, guitar, accordion, percussion, bass, keyboards, melodica, drums, violin, banjo; Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez - drums/percussion.

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Rose Royce

Rose Royce

July 6, 2018

Formed in Los Angeles and known universally for their hit "Car Wash" from the movie of the same name, these Grammy Award winners sold millions of records and charted hits throughout the '70s. The R&B funksters will light up the Boardwalk with all their hits, including "I Wanna Get Next to You" and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore."

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Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth

July 13, 2018

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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Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys

July 20, 2018

For this trio, family and music are inseparable. The band consists of three brothers from San Angelo, Texas: Henry (guitar, vocals), Jojo (bass, vocals), and Ringo (drums, vocals) Garza. They follow the tradition of their father, Ringo Garza, Sr., who formed a band with his brothers called The Falcons. Los Lonely Boys plays a style of music they call "Texican Rock n' Roll," combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country, and Tejano. Propelled by its No. 1 single, "Heaven," their first album wound up selling over 2 million copies, spending 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and earning them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.

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The Fixx

The Fixx

July 27, 2018

Instantly recognizable, The Fixx sound is unmistakably unique and stands out among the thousands of artists filling the airwaves. Songs such as "One Thing Leads to Another," "Red Skies" and "Saved By Zero" remain everyday staples on the playlists of the rock, Hot AC and alternative radio stations that continue to break new acts inspired by the era that The Fixx helped to define. Beautiful Friction, released in 2012, was their tenth studio album and found The Fixx sharper than ever.

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Y & T

Y & T

August 3, 2018

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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Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult

August 10, 2018

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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The English Beat

The English Beat

August 17, 2018

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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Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

August 24, 2018

In 1979, Mickey Thomas joined the Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist. With his powerful vocals and a new sound, the group was renamed Starship and continued to record amazing hits including "We Built this City," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," and "Sara." The show will feature an expanded set list that includes the multi-platinum hits of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship. Along with an expanded band and the addition of the beautiful and powerful female vocalist, Stephanie Calvert, they now deliver a show that includes all the hit songs and classics.

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Papa Doo Run Run

Papa Doo Run Run

August 31, 2018

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.


Event Sponsors

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach is sponsored by

Hotel Paradox, Xfinity, Santa Cruz Diner, KFOG, The Listening Stack, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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