Scot Bruce Sounds And Really, Really Looks Like The King
The sun is out, it’s a warm day ideal for bike riding along The Strand, there’s a beach volleyball tournament at the Hermosa Beach Pier, a Vegas-type pool party (except without the pool but hey, there’s an ocean a block away) at Ocean Bar, and of course, Sharkeez Hermosa Beach.
There’s no end to the entertainment in the South Bay Beach Cities on this Sunday.
But there’s one other thing happening that may actually pull me away from the beach. Even have me cross – gasp! – Pacific Coast Highway.
And that’s the King.
Elvis Presley – well, about as close to him as you can come to him anyway – is playing the Sunday afternoon concert series at Manhattan Beach’s Pollywog Park. Elvis is portrayed by Scot Bruce and folks, this guy looks just. Like. Elvis. When he does the early Elvis – and his Elvis era goes up until “fat Elvis” – you are suddenly transported back to the 1950s at a county fair.
Bruce sounds a lot like the King, too, but it’s uncanny how much he looks like him.
The Pollywog Park concerts are a series of free shows all summer in Manhattan Beach. They are really large picnics where people bring coolers and lay out blankets in the huge grassy area. They are generally more family oriented than the Hermosa Beach concerts (which will take place each Sunday in August), although there are a good number of fun young and single people.
And that, folks, is worth crossing PCH, even on a perfect beach day.
The show starts at 5 and goes until about 7 (and with sunset at around 7:45, you can zip the mile or so to the Pier and catch it with a cold Bud in your hand at Shellback Tavern). Supposedly, it’s legal to drink openly for the concerts but as always in these Beach Cities, I highly advise to keep your beer, wine and/or drinks low and concealed.
Pollywog Park is located on Manhattan Beach Blvd., about five blocks east of Target and two blocks west of Trader Joe’s at Aviation Blvd.