Summer Beach Concerts in Hermosa
A Picnic in the Sand Sundays in July and August
Locals love the free concerts on the sand in the Heromsa Beach summertime.
On four Sundays each Summer (and now extending into the fall) the city of Hermosa Beach throws a party on it's most treasured asset – its sand.
Called the Sunset Concert, it features popular bands playing on a stage with the Pier as the backdrop. There's even a warm-up band before the main show. It starts at 6 p.m., and ends to a brilliant sunset – almost as if nature is suppllying the final applause – at between 7:30-8 p.m. The 2012 Summer Concert series schedule is as follows:
July 29, Nikka Costa with Clayton Joseph Scott Band
• Aug. 5, Nikka Costa w. guest Clayton Joseph Scott Band
• Aug. 12, The Spazmatics w. guest James Clay Garrison
• Aug. 19, The Aggrolites w. guest the Common Sense Band
People enjoy the concerts on beach chairs in the sand.
Huge crowds turn out for the free Summer concerts.
Residents of Hermosa and the neighboring cities of Manhattan and Redondo treat it like a picnic. They bring beach charis and towels to sit on the sand and stake out an era with, well, steak, chicken, cheese and crackers, and all manner of food and snacks.
It's family style, with music by groups like the Drifters and Temptations (or what's left of them) playing beach and surf music, which is ideal for this community on the Southern California shore.
In 2011, English Beat played, much to the delight of the crowd.
The concerts take place the end of July and thru August on Sundays.
Summer Sunday evenings in Hermosa Beach mean concerts at the Pier.
Yet this is also a town of several young and single people and for them it's an open-air social party. They bring beverages to compliment their food and spend the time talking, using the music as a pleasant background soundtrack.
The concert series was in danger of being canceled in 2010 due to city budget cuts, but the bar Saint Rocke stepped in to save the shows. One band scheduled to play is Sand Section.
Afterward, they hit bars like Sharkeez, Silvio's, Patrick Molloy's and Cafe Boogaloo and make a night of it.