If you live in Long Beach and you STILL have not found out what “First Friday’s” are then the last one of the year is a great place to start. To sum things up, First Fridays in Bixby Knolls is a collaboration of local businesses, artists, musicians, politicians, and families to showcase all the great things happening in the Bixby Knolls part of Long Beach. Business all along the revamped Atlantic avenue or the “Connected Corridor” stay open late on the first friday of the month and host special music and art performances along with food and drink specials.

Corner stones of the event are Nino’s Italian Restaurant, who have teamed up with our friends at 562 City Life to hold their “After Hours”, The Gallery Expo, boasting over 200 linear feet of wall space and a small bar,  The Factory, a new gastro-pub featuring live music outside, and the brand new Long Beach Clothing Co, who will be doing a soft preview of their new store on their very FIRST First Friday.

Our favorite thing about First Fridays is all the LIVE MUSIC that is going on everywhere you look! In the streets, on the corners, at local businesses that don’t usually do this sort of thing, its great to see so many willing participants in support of local music. With all the action along Atlantic, its pretty easy to miss some cool stuff, so we though we would highlight some of the great things going on;

562 City Life presents: After Hours @ Nino’s Italian Restaurant – with musical guests Nativity [Dank Radio] on the decks and Luke Aiono & Tom Terrell [Mulatto] + Jairus Mooze [Worked with Prince, Danity Kane, Janet Jackson, Currently on tour with Ne-Yo.] + Fabricated playing LIVE! 8:00pm – 2:00am | NO COVER | ALL AGES | 21+ To Drink | Live Music | Live Art | Dancing Shoes required

Long Beach Clothing Company – Soft Opening of new store in Bixby Knolls with musical guests B Foundation! Starts at 8pm

The Factory – featuring live music by the Barely Legal band from 6-9pm and then The Midnight Screening from 9-close!

Georgie’s Place – featuring live music by The Killer West Rockabilly Band

to see more about First Fridays, check out this video we did from last month!

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About the Author

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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