James Harman on the pocket harpOnce again Long Beach is treated to another free, all-ages, solar powered, outdoor concert courtesy of the guys over at Summer And Music and the DLBA. Blocking off a stretch of Pine Avenue between Broadway and 3rd, the Sustainable Waves solar powered stage sits at one end, an improvement over the last shows stage placement on the same street. Kicking off the show was The Dibs, the only Long Beach band to play Roots & Blues, but unfortunately LBPP just didn’t make it in time to catch their set, but make sure to check them out and support them because they rock… but not tooo rock! As we got there James Harman and his band had just set up and were ready to take stage. James has been spreading his style of blues all over the States, but now calls SoCal home. He sure has a smooth style, but man when he whips out that pocket harp he rips it like a Southern fried fat man!

Now… James really isn’t the flashy type, but like night to his day, when King Cotton took the stage in his brilliant blue suit, blue leather boots complete with embroidered crosses, sheriff’s badge, cow bell, and multiple blingin’ crosses around his neck, I KNEW the modest crowd was in for something special. Cotton and his band “Cold As Ice” are loads of fun to watch, and the great music and entertaining antics kept everyone having a great time, including the couple dozen kids running around for the most part. I could go on and on about King Cotton craziness, but why not check out the VIDEO from the show instead! What a great way to kick off the awesome 4th of July weekend with free music right in our hometown, it’s just too bad that more people weren’t there to enjoy the great music!

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Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of LongBeachIndependent.com and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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