2014 was a fantastic year for live music in Long Beach. From large festivals to small club shows there seemed to be something for everyone. Here’s our list of the 10 best shows of the year in alphabetical order.

Jay Buchanan & Derrick Brown – Expo Arts Center -10/24
This is our pick for the best show of the year. The entire night felt like a dream that you never wanted to end. Derrick Brown opened the show with his rock star brand of poetry that sent the crowd into a frenzy. By the time Jay Buchanan took the stage the place bursting at the seams with a standing room only crowd. Jay hadn’t performed a solo show in several years and this was a genuine treat for his hometown fans. Here’s a video we shot of Jay’s opening song “Post Coital Kiss.”

Buskerfest – East Village Arts District – 9/6
Now in it’s 6th year, Buskerfest just seems to get better with age. This year featured another incredible lineup of the best local talent including Jesse Daniel Edwards, Thy Squid, The Ziggens, So Many Wizards and the winners of Buskerfest, Bearcoon. The evening ended with an amazing finale jam session with Fathers & Suns and Riot Stage.


Chrissie Hynde at Fingerprints Music – 9/29

Dancing In The Streets- Downtown Promenade – 6/28

Folk Revival Festival – Rainbow Lagoon Park – 9/27

Live After 5 Kickoff Event – Federal Bar – 11/13

Rival Sons New Years Eve on Pine Avenue – 1/1

Tijuana Panthers – Live at The Pike & Bixby Park – 7/26

Twisted at the Pike – The Pike at Rainbow Harbor – 7/11

Weezer at Fingerprints Music – 10/8

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About the Author

Jody & Judy

We met over 15 years ago when we were booking rock bands for the Beachfest, a local music festival here in Long Beach, CA. Since then we have seen hundreds of shows together. This is our forum to talk about concerts, bands and records that we love in the hope that we can keep rock alive.

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