The Alumni Association at CSULB will present the 32nd 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.
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 $25.
A popular Concerts in the Grove pastime is the raffle 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 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 the 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 makes its Concerts in the Grove debut and recreates the look, sound and costumes of the legendary Beatles. Travel with Paperback Writer as they re-enact the early years of the Ed Sullivan Show and The Beatles' first feature film, "A Hard Days Night," and straight to the roof tops of "Let It Be." This amazing look and sound alike Beatles' show is the fastest growing act in the country. Relive all of the great hits — "She Loves You," "A Hard Days Night," "Twist and Shout," "Help," "Paperback Writer," "Eight Days a Week," "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," "Hello, Goodbye," "Hey Jude" and more.
The Beach Toys
Having traveled the U.S. and the world, The Beach Toys have earned the title of the best and most popular Beach Boys tribute show ever. They have been regularly featured in Las Vegas as well as Disney’s theme parks. The Beach Toys are also the only show personally selected to play for the real Beach Boys' family and friends at the California Beach Boys historical landmark dedication. They capture the look, dress and sound of the 1960s Beach Boys with amazing accuracy. Audiences will hear such great hits as “Help Me Rhonda,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” and many more with astounding authenticity.