I called it cooler than the other side of the pillow because it was: The Bicycle Drive-In (BDI), part of the sonic awesomeness that is the Summer and Music (S.A.M.) music series, is one of the more Long Beach-y events in the series.
Created last year between the Jason-Bentley-like musical guru that is Fingerprints owner Rand Foster and Matteran Ghost songwriter-singer Micael Pradon, the inaugural BDI was brilliant in concept: showing the now classic French animated film The Triplets of Belleville—about a kidnapped Tour de France bicyclist and the quest to rescue him, all told through song and pantomime—along with the sounds of Ghost, Hedgehog Swing, and The Dovelles, it was a biking and music match made in heaven.
BDI 2014 is shaping to be no different, taking on Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom—which Foster described as “timelessly innocent”—with an all-out, earth roots-based theme: we’re talkin’ kettle corn, camp-style hangin’ out, and some good ol’ country and folk music.
Harkening to the growing Americana-based music scene that is growing in Long Beach (and if anyone is in the shadows on this, I have four words: Long Beach Folk Revival), Sam Outlaw and S.A.M. newcomer Rosie Harlow & The Tall Tale Boys will invade Pine Avenue with their sweet country, folk, and blues-y sounds.
Fresh out of the Stagecoach Festival, Outlaw is no stranger to S.A.M., having brought his George Strait-inspired traditional country—no Lady Antebellum or Shania Twain here—to Dancin’ in the Streets last year.
So if you’re looking for an escape like Sam and Suzy, then hop on your bike and head to 641 Pine Avenue on August 2. Bring a blankie, bring some good vibes, and don’t worry about the beer—Kress Market’s craft beer garden has you covered.
Seating for the event will be lawn style in the vacant lot located at 641 Pine Ave. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event bring blankets, low back chairs, and picnics if desired. Free bike valet will be provided by Bikeable Communities. For more information about SAM concert series, call the DLBA at 562-436-4259 or visit the website: www.summerandmusic.com.