For many on the OC/LB border The El Dorado is a beacon of food, fun, and live music in an otherwise nightlife deprived area of Long Beach. Recently, the place was purchased by new owners and after applying for permits the City of Long Beach denied a temporary entertainment permit until they can be reviewed 60-90 days from the time of filing. Because of outdated and poorly written laws regarding entertainment in our city The El Dorado has ceased live music after 50 straight years. Sadly this type of thing happens quite often to live music establishments in our city, as it seems the city council’s position on music is to make it as hard as possible for it to take place, all while shouting how much they support “the arts”. Here is what the business had to say about the issues:

“The Eldorado Bar and Grill was purchased late July and in attempt to maintain being one of the best live entertainment venues in Long Beach for bands and other local artists the City of Long Beach has denied the new owners a temporary entertainment permit. That means no live entertainment at The Eldorado which has had entertainment for over 50 years in Long Beach. The Eldorado has applied and paid the application fees for the entertainment license but rather than issue them a temporary license The Eldorado will have to wait 60 to 90 days to appear before City Council to state their case on why The Eldorado deserves a renewel of it’s entertainment permit. This has affected not only the business, it’s workers, and the great bands who grace The Eldorado’s stage. We need your help to let the City of Long Beach know that this is a terrible decision…The Eldorado is a safe fun place for locals who have been going to The Eldorado for entertainment for years.

Please contact City of Long Beach District 5 city council member,

Gerrie Schipske
2760 Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone Number: (562) 570-3102
Fax Number: (562) 570-1239
Email: [email protected]

Many have taken to making phone calls and sending emails to the city council as well as posting up a storm on Facebook. There is even a petition started with over 1,000 signatures, although something of this nature will fall on def ears no matter how many signatures they get as the El Dorado posted on their FB profile:

“…a city official has stated that our signatures mean nothing because we can’t prove that any of the signatures are actually from our neighbors!”

Please show your support if you love live music in our city and especially if you live in the area!

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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 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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