When Jan & Dean recorded the hit song "Surf City" in 1963, they had no idea they were sparking a cultural phenomenon. Surf music isn't just nostalgia here, it's part of the Huntington Beach soundtrack. Hear it live during the Surfin' Sundays Concert Series at Pier Plaza and at the International Surfing Museum. But while events taking place in downtown Huntington Beach typically feature surf music on their entertainment roster, surf music isn't the only kind of music that makes a splash here.
BB Jazz brings the best of R&B, contemporary and smooth jazz to Huntington Beach through its quarterly concerts and Christmas Celebration at the Huntington Central Library Theater and at the annual BB Jazz Festival in Huntington Central Park. For over 10 years, the two-day BB Jazz Festival has taken over the lawns of Central Park in September with guest artists such as Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Mint Condition, and Kindred the Family Soul.
The Huntington Beach Concert Band brings diversity to its Sunday Concerts in the Park series each summer. Music styles, and guest performers, vary each week from Americana to big band to Latin jazz to traditional Dixieland jazz. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs and settle in for an evening of live entertainment. Select concerts are preceded by a free 30-minute swing dance lesson, allowing you to work off your picnic dinner.
Those seeking the nightlife will find live music abounds at destinations throughout Huntington Beach. Hot spots include Gallagher's Pub & Grill for Irish music, Perqs for classic rock, blues and reggae, Nadine's Irish Mist in Sunset Beach, 2nd Floor in downtown, and Don the Beachcomber for Hawaiian music. The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa features Surf City beach music on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer in the courtyard by Pete's Sunset Grill, while Bella Terra offers a variety of bands from indie rock to folk to acoustic pop throughout the year in its outdoor amphitheater on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
For more information about upcoming music events in Huntington Beach, view the event calendar below.