Long Beach Music Scene: Matt Costa, Rudy De Anda to Play Free SAM Show; Kaskade to Invade LB

Photo above, from last year’s 720° event, by Brian Addison. Graphic below courtesy of Kaskade.

Quite arguably Long Beach’s ultimate summer-long free concert series, Summer And Music (SAM), returns to the streets of DTLB with FKA720° at the former City Place space now known as The Streets to bring a Matt Costa, Rudy De Anda, Pinky Pinky Band, a shit ton of mini skate parks—hell, even DJ Bardo (from Chicano Batman) and more.

Last year, the event saw over 4,000 skateboarders, music lovers, and revelers invade 7th & Pine in DTLB—and this year will prove no different: SAM kick off its ninth season with the return of the all-skateboarding, all-rock’n’roll event FKA720°—a play not only on the fact that the event won’t be taking over Pine this year but that City Place is no longer City Place anymore.

The event’s rich history has proven to be one of SAM’s most successful as well: Devendra Banhart, Tijuana Panthers, FMLYBND, Ray Barbee, Bella Novela, and others have all been a part of its musical history.

The show goes down Saturday, June 24 from 5PM to 10PM on Waite Ct. between 3rd and 4th Streets.

With its moniker both honoring the famed Atari arcade game from the 1980s and signaling the approximate location of the venue, FKA720° will be dedicated to all things about skating. Skateboard culture, particularly in Long Beach, has a rich attachment to music that embraced and helped define the sport—which is specifically why SAM is garnering some of the best musicians from Long Beach and beyond to bring 720° to musical life.

Meanwhile, quite possibly on the entire opposite side of the spectrum, EDM and house master Kaskade is invading the shores of Long Beach come July 15.

Dubbed SunSoaked, pre-sale tickets go on sale June 21 with general tickets on sale June 23.

This isn’t the first time he’s visited Long Beach: he set sail with the EDM-based Groove Cruise out of the Port of Long Beach back in 2013.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.