The summer of 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of one of our community's favorite summer past times, the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the City of Manhattan Beach at Polliwog Park. Starting Sunday, July 1 and every Sunday thereafter through September 2nd, residents can spread out in the local park and enjoy dinner picnics (with wine) while enjoying free entertainment from Beatles, Journey and Tom Petty cover bands to Blues and Jazz acts. This year, the series will be featuring opening acts that start at 3:45 pm, spotlighting local youth talent such as songs from our personal family friend, Jamisen Jarvis (July 15th)!
A historical fact about the early days of the Manhattan Beach summer concert series: It ended up playing a role in punk rock history in 1979, when Hermosa Beach punk rock legends Black Flag talked their way to the top of the bill on July 22, with The Tourists, an early version of Hermosa’s Redd Kross, also on the bill.
Over the years residents have enjoyed numerous musical acts, some that have gone on to become very successful in their own right. July 1 will kick off the 2018 series with the annual Salute to the Troops which honors the military service and sacrifice of South Bay men and women in uniform; Navy Band Southwest, a 45-piece ensemble, is the headliner. It's a perfect patriotic way to kick off 4th of July festivies in our beach community!