Concerts In The Grove’s 38th SeasonPublished: July 1, 2014
The Alumni Association at CSULB will present the 38th season of its Concerts in the Grove series beginning this month 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.
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 accommodations at fine hotels, gift certificates to acclaimed restaurants, wine tasting and tickets to theatre events.
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 12 — 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.
ELM STREET BAND
A fan 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 for almost 40 years. The Long Beach Press-Telegram has called them “the soundtrack for the City of Long Beach.” If you like Elvis, the Beatles and the Eagles, you will love the Elm Street Band.
Making its Concerts in the Grove debut, Platinum Groove is a high-energy variety dance band based around a tight nucleus of professional talented musicians. The Platinum Groove members have toured with and performed on stage with many national acts over the years. The group incorporates a customized mix of material choosing from Motown, big band and oldies. They are sure to put you on your feet and dance the night away.
Returning to Concerts in the Grove, Stone Soul brings you the finest classic soul and Motown, presented with the passion, artistry and skill that the original performers brought to the stage. No style of music enjoys wider appeal. Timeless hit songs by legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, the Temptations, James Brown and many more are sure to please people of all ages.