dancin_in_the_streets_2014Downtown Long Beach’s homegrown concert series Summer and Music (SAM), co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), marks the start of its sixth year with the expansion of series-favorite Dancin’ in the Streets on Saturday, June 28, 7-11 p.m. at the Downtown Long Beach Promenade. Featuring live performances by Los Angeles-based garage band the Allah-Las with Long Beach bands California Lions and Greater California, and a craft beer garden by Beachwood BBQ, Dancin’ in the Streets is sure to get Downtown Long Beach grooving.

“SAM has always served as a catalyst – for artists’ careers and for connecting neighbors and communities,” shared Justin Hectus, SAM co-founder. “We love to kick off the summer with Dancin’ in the Streets because it really captures the spirit of the series.

Dancin’ in the Streets, a free to all-ages event, will feature breakout artist the Allah-Las. After meeting at a record shop, the band began gigging around town before recording their first single, “Catamaran/Long Journey.” Known for their London-meets-Los Angeles sound, Allah-Las are preparing to release their first full-length album. Joining the Allah-Las will be Long Beach locals the California Lions and Greater California. Both influenced by 60’s sounds, California Lions will feature a Motown sound with horns at Dancin’ in the Street while Greater California will get feet moving with a performance including a small street choir.

The dance party will continue after the live performances with the soulful, psychedelic spins of DJ Lithuanian Prince. Guests will also enjoy craft beer by Beachwood BBQ & Brewing and easy access to the excellent dining choices on the Promenade.

Dancin’ in the Streets and the entire SAM series serves as an economic stimulus for the local business community. Adds DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian, “SAM events benefit the community – using streets, parking lots and grass fields as concert venues for a day allows surrounding businesses to promote to new customers. SAM events led to an economic impact of more than $250,000 last year and we expect to see that number continue to grow this summer.”

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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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