Tribute Bands Entertain A Casual Crowd Where Alcohol Is Allowed
There are ways to tell summer has arrived in the endless summer destination of Manhattan Beach, CA.
The June Gloom evaporates by about noon. The sun doesn’t set until after 8 o’clock. And the Summer Concerts take place on Sunday afternoons in Polliwog Park.
They are currently underway and a couple thousand people turn out to enjoy tribute bands in a tired mini-amphitheater setting that invites couples and friends to sit back on beach towels and in beach chairs and have a picnic with free – and good – live music of popular songs and bands.
The concerts start at 4 p.m., with a warmup band and continue until 7 p.m. It’s a cool, relaxed scene where people make this literally a picnic in the par – no pop-up tents are allowed – with food and drink.
This is, by the way, the only event and place that alcohol is allowed in public in Manhattan Beach. This policy will change in an instant if some idiot or groups of idiots mess it up for everybody.
Mostly this is for couples and families and there are a few single people milling about for those with wandering eyes to spy, tho for those seeking the complete South Bay singles lifestyle the scene is way better at the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series, which is every Sunday in August.
One important thing to note is that the grass on the tiered area is prickly; you better put down a blanket or beach chairs or you’ll get “stabbed” by those sharp little barbs.
Polliwog Park is located on Manhattan Beach Blvd., about 3 miles inland from the pier and the beach. So it’s in a park, not on the sand.
Here’s the schedule of bands:
• July 14 – Queen Nation
• July 21 – The Luck Ones
• July 28 – Speedbuggy USA
• Aug. 4 – Jungle Fire
• Aug. 11 – Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds (big-time local punk/reggae band)
• Aug. 18 – Platinum Rock Stars
• Aug. 25 – Hot August Night
• Sept 1 – Blue Breeze Band