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Boardwalk 2012 Season Kick-Off Event

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Join us to kick-off the Boardwalk's summer season!

1:00pm • Emperor's Imperial Circus

An astonishing 30-minute acrobatic show featuring Chinese Poles, a human pyramid, a contortionist, foot juggling, and the traditional Lion Dance. See a show once reserved for Chinese Royalty, free on the Boardwalk's Beach Bandstand!

The Emperor's Imperial Circus will have encore performances on Sunday May 20, 2012 at Noon and 3:00pm.

Emperor's Imperial Circus

5:30pm • James Durbin

Enjoy a FREE concert by hometown rocker and American Idol 4th place finisher James Durbin, performing with his new band. Hear songs from his recently released album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" which debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's rock chart and No. 36 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.


"Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" features two lead singles- the power-charged ballad "Love Me Bad" and the rock anthem "Stand Up" selected for NFL's Official Gameday Music. The FREE concert will last approximately one hour, and seating is first-come, first served.


Durbin thrilled a record-breaking crowd of 30,000 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in 2011 when he made a dramatic hometown return following his elimination from American Idol. That event, dubbed "Durbin Day" was the first time in Idol history that a 4th place contestant was allowed a homecoming, a privilege normally reserved for the top 3 finishers.

James Durbin


Event Information and Concert Etiquette

For the comfort and safety of all our guests, please note the following:

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.

Please do not leave blankets, towels, or chairs unattended during the 1:00pm Emperor's Imperial Circus performance. Blankets that are left unattended in the prime seating area (in front of the stage) may be removed for the Emperor's Imperial Circus performance.

All performances for the Season Kick-Off will be videotaped. Your presence during this taping constitutes permission for the Santa Cruz Seaside Company to use any scenes in which you may appear for commercial and promotional purposes.

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 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 with a clear view of the ASL interpreter. 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.


Boardwalk 2012 Season Kick-Off proudly sponsored in part by Zoccoli's Deli.