FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 17 - September 2, 2016

2016 Concert Schedule

June 17 Lou Gramm, The Original Voice of Foreigner
"Hot Blooded"
June 24 Blue Öyster Cult
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
July 1 The Tubes, Featuring Fee Waybill
"She's A Beauty"
July 8 The Family Stone
"Everyday People"
July 15 Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie
"Black Magic Woman"
July 22 Toad the Wet Sprocket
"All I Want"
July 29 Taylor Dayne
"Tell It To My Heart"
Aug 5 Y & T
"Summertime Girls"
Aug 12 Foghat
"Slow Ride"
Aug 19 Smash Mouth
"All Star"
Aug 26 Los Lobos
"La Bamba"
Sept 2 Papa Doo Run Run
"(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Make an evening of it!

Band Bios & Photos

Lou Gramm

Lou Gramm, The Original Voice of Foreigner

June 17, 2016

The Lou Gramm Band is currently touring across the US, Canada and Europe.

Formed in 2004, the group released a self-titled CD in June 2009 which features the latest original recordings featuring Lou on vocals. Shows include a popular mix of Lou’s hits from his Foreigner career, his chart-topping solo releases and new music with the Lou Gramm Band.

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Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult

June 24, 2016

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 Tubes

The Tubes Featuring Fee Waybill

July 1, 2016

The Tubes emerged onto the San Francisco music scene in 1969 and became well known for their media savvy and theatrical skills. In the early 1980s they released the hit classic rock songs “She’s a Beauty,” “Talk To Ya Later,” and “The Monkey Time.” Come celebrate Independence Day with another family-friendly show on the Boardwalk stage with Fee Waybill and The Tubes!

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The Family Stone

The Family Stone

July 8, 2016

Led by Jerry Martini and Greg Errico, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and original founding members of Sly & The Family Stone. The first inter-racial/inter-gender horn section in Rock & Roll history brings you Sly & The Family Stone’s big hits. Together with Phunne Stone and some of the funkiest players of all time, they present an explosive set of classic hits like “Everyday People,” “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin,” “Dance To The Music,” and “Family Affair.”

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Gregg Rolie

Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie

July 15, 2016

Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular super groups—SANTANA and JOURNEY. In 1998 the world-class keyboardist-vocalist-producer was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame as part of the original Santana band. His incredible singing talents will forever be immortalized by his unforgettable lead vocals on classic Santana hits including “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways,” and “Oye Como Va.” Join Gregg Rolie and his band as they perform original Santana hits the way you remember them!

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Toad The Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket

July 22, 2016

Toad the Wet Sprocket (Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums) share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course of 25 years. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilation and rarities compilations along the way. While most will feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” and “Fall Down,” new fans will also be well familiar with their new hits such as “California Wasted” which continues to climb the charts.

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Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne

July 29, 2016

From platinum pop songs to chart-topping dance hits, Taylor Dayne is one of the most popular vocalists of the modern age. She has enjoyed Top 10 hits in three consequent decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums along the way. Originally signed by music mogul Clive Davis in the 1980s, Dayne has become a true crossover artist, someone whose popularity spans multiple generations and many different music formats. With the release of her first two albums, 1988's Tell It to My Heart and 1989's Can't Fight Fate, Dayne racked up three number 1 singles: "Tell It to My Heart," "Love Will Lead You Back" and "Prove Your Love to Me."

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Y & T

Y & T

August 5, 2016

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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Y & T


August 12, 2016

Rewarded with seven Gold records, one Platinum record, and one Double-Platinum record. The "Fool For The City" album contained Foghat’s trademark Top 40 hit song "Slow Ride" and 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 never stopped touring and recording. Today’s version has been together for 10 years since the passing of Lonesome Dave. They continue to tour relentlessly because they just love to play and after every show they go out to meet their fans. They still epitomize that classic blues-rock slide guitar sound and that is what Foghat is all about. IT’S ABOUT THE MUSIC!

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Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth

August 19, 2016

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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Los Lobos

Los Lobos

August 26, 2016

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.” 

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Papa Doo Run Run

Papa Doo Run Run

September 2, 2016

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 60s and 70s, 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 for 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 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 FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach 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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