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Summer And Music (SAM) Returns to Long Beach

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There was a Thursday night kickoff party at Gladstone's in the Long Beach Marina for the return of Summer And Music (SAM) to the streets of Long Beach. SAM is "downtown Long Beach's homegrown, sustainable concert series providing an entire summer of free music to the public". Many of the events will take place in the actual streets of the Queen City that will be closed off and fitted with stages and sound equipment.

The kick-off featured Marika Dahlin (who played the Buskerfest last year) and Korey Dane with Tess Shapiro, whose smooth harmonies were a highlight of the evening. High-energy poet Eitan Kadosh performed some of his writings straight from the book. The evening was strung together by performances from Derek Brown's Light Bulb Mouth Radio Hour, giving a vaudeville flavor to the proceedings.

Scheduled to run from June to August, the line-up for SAM 2010 features 13 eclectic music events, including some favorites from last year such as "Battle of the Tribute Bands" and "Funk Fest". The first scheduled events for SAM 2010 are "Future Legends" on June 12th and "Rockabilly on Pine" on June 19th.

Summer And Music concerts are the brainchild of Long Beach residents Justin Hectus and Rand Foster and will span the genres of folk, jazz, pop, rockabilly, funk and beyond, bringing together artists and art enthusiasts of all kinds. "Classical Beats" for example, will be an innovative show bridging the gap between classical string arrangements and hip-hop overdubs, set to the scene of public art displays. The shows will be 100 percent pollution free, thanks to self-contained solar-powered stages.

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Look for future LAist reports from the individual SAM events as they happen throughout the summer!