Concerts in the Grove Series Heads into Its 33rd SeasonPublished: July 15, 2009
The Alumni Association at CSULB will present the 33rd 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 www.csulb.edu/alumni/events.
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 $100 savings bond, 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:
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 and the Eagles, you will love Elm Street Band.
TOMMY TASSI AND THE AUTHENTICS
Back by popular demand and rated one of the best bands by concert audiences, Tommy Tassi and the Authentics are 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 Tommy Tassi, who has an uncanny ability to sound like many of the legendary artists, has guided the band to their popularity and success.
Experience Beatlemania once again when Paperback Writer returns to Concerts in the Grove and recreates the look, sound and costumes of the legendary Beatles. Travel with the band as it re-enacts the early years of the “Ed Sullivan Show” and The Beatles’ first feature film, “Hard Days Night,” and straight to the rooftops of “Let It Be.” This amazing Beatles show is the fastest-growing act in the country. Relive all of the great hits: “She Loves You,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Twist and Shout,” “Help,” “Paperback Writer,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Yesterday,” “Penny Lane,” “Hello, Goodbye,” “Hey Jude” and more.
RONNY AND THE CLASSICS
Ronny and the Classics is a band that brings life, energy and excitement to classic tunes from the past six decades such as “In the Mood,” “Night Train,” “All Shook Up,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Oye Como Va” and “Light My Fire.” The group delivers a sound that will have you on your feet, joining the party on the dance floor. These five remarkable musicians, who have been together for more than 20 years, blend their talents to create an explosive show filled with energy, animation, choreography and great music. Their unique style brings everything together
in a neatly wrapped, yet unrestrained experience for the entire audience.