Free Summer Concerts Also Feature Local Rock-Blues Singer Shari Puorto & Tribute Bands For The Beatles U2
One of the most popular local bands of all time, one that played many of the legendary bars of the South Bay, is the opening act for the 2017 summer concerts at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach.
The Pine Mountain Logs perform on Sunday, July 9. Known for their high-energy covers of rock bands’ most famous songs, they bring out the many of the area’s legendary long-time bar veterans.
This show kicks off the weekly Sunday concerts in the park that last into Labor Day weekend, all of which are open to the public and free. They go from 5-7 p.m., and take place in a large park on Manhattan Beach Blvd., about two miles east of the pier and the beach.
They are first-come, first-seated events and people are allowed to bring in their own food and drinks, including alcohol.
That being said this is not a wild party scene; it’s a lot of families and dates and by August many of the South Bay singles can be found at the free Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series that take place at the same time on the sand in neighboring Hermosa.
Here is the full schedule of music and bands for the summer of ’17:
• July 9 – Pine Mountain Logs, one of the all-time South Bay favorite bands
• July 16 – Blue Breeze Band (Motown, R&B, Blues & Jazz)
• July 23 – Mark Mackay Band (country & rock cross-over)
• July 30 – Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute)
• Aug. 13 – Shari “El” Puorto (local blues/rock singer)
• Aug. 20 – Hollywood U2
• Aug. 27 – Lynettee Skynyrd (female Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band)
• Sept. 3 – Colour My World (Chicago tribute band)
For the concerts, people bring lawn and beach chairs and towels and sit out on the grass and make a picnic of it. The seating area is on a fairly steep hill, making for natural unobstructed views of the stage, but it also takes a few moments to get settled because of the slope.
There’s a small dance area in front of the stage and you can bet half the people will be on it instead of in their seats during the Pine Mountain Logs.