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Concerts In The Grove Heads Into Its 35th Season With July Kickoff

Published: June 30, 2011

The Alumni Association at CSULB will present the 35th season of its Concerts in the Grove series beginning in July with four Saturday night performances at the Hollywood Bowl-type atmosphere of the campus’ Soroptimist House terrace, located just off Beach Drive.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for concertgoers who wish to bring a picnic supper prior to the 7:30 p.m. program under the stars. Admission price is $30. To order tickets online, go to the CSULB alumni events website.

A popular Concerts in the Grove pastime is the drawing for donated gifts from local merchants. Just a few of the past prizes have included a $100 savings bond, a DVD player, cruises around the Long Beach harbor, accommodations at fine hotels and gift certificates to local restaurants.

All proceeds from Concerts in the Grove help finance the CSULB campus grants program and numerous alumni programs throughout the year. Thanks to community generosity, the number of grants and available dollars has steadily grown and the concert series continues its commitment to support the university’s educational programs of excellence.

This year’s dates and bands are:

July 9 — ELM STREET BAND

ELM STREET BAND

A return favorite, this Long Beach group boasts alumni of CSULB, Long Beach City College, Millikan High and Stanford Junior High. These four venerable rockers have jammed together in various combinations for almost 40 years. The Long Beach Press-Telegram calls them “the soundtrack for the City of Long Beach.” The highly acclaimed “oldies” band performs vintage Top 40 and popular tunes from the ’40s through the ’70s like “Mustang Sally” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” If you like Elvis, the Beatles and the Eagles, you will love the Elm Street Band.

July 23 — TOMMY TASSI AND THE AUTHENTICS

TOMMY TASSI AND THE AUTHENTICS

Back by popular demand and rated one of the best bands by concert audiences, Tommy Tassi and the Authentics is a highly renowned oldies band that has been entertaining and pleasing audiences of all ages since 1978 with their riveting spirit and energy. They can perform many requests due to their myriad repertoire of the popular hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Lead vocalist Tassi, who has an uncanny ability to sound like many of the legendary artists, has guided the band to their popularity and success.

Aug. 6 — THE EMPERORS

THE EMPERORS

Back by an overwhelming popular demand, The Emperors are a clear Long Beach favorite. The Emperors have had opening acts for Peter and Gordon, The Rolling Stones, The Righteous Brothers and later, Steely Dan. Known for tight ensemble playing, strong vocals and an exciting state show, the Emperors have put their high mark on many high-energy covers. The Emperors have score big with fans with songs like The Who’s “Tommy,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” among others.

Aug. 20 — KING SALMON BAND

KING SALMON BAND

Making their Concerts in the Grove debut, King Salmon Band plays a fun mixture of rock tunes that you’ll recognize, want to sing along with, and dance to. The musicianship and experience of the band members allows them to cover a wide range of artists, tunes, and styles such as Chicago, The Eagles, Neil Diamond and many more. Having been together for the last 10 years, King Salmon regularly performs at Southern California concerts, events, festivals and clubs. Members of the band have performed with well known artists in the studio and some of the largest concert stages in the world.

For additional concert information, call 562/985-7022 or e-mail Janet Gonzales.