Long Beach has a rich musical heritage, one that’s added to every summer through a wide array of music festivals. These single and multi-day events not only offer a wide selection of music–jazz, pop, house, country–but food, wellness and community. Listen up!
LONG BEACH JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration founder Carl Kemp said he wants this event, held June 17 at Rainbow Lagoon Park (400 E. Shoreline Dr.), to be about “joyfully celebrating Black culture.” That celebration once again will be provided by multiple entertainers and performers, headlined by platinum selling artist Kelly Price. Also performing will be the Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir, which has performed alongside Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills and Jon Secada. There will be DJs and a Black Greek step show featuring local fraternities and sororities.
LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
LONG BEACH PRIDE
Music is central to Long Beach Pride (Aug. 4-6), attracting a star-studded roster of major musical talent over the years including Dreamgirls (Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson) and disco icons (The Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band), as well as musicians representing a wide swath of styles: Bangles to Queen Latifah to Gloria Trevi. Performing on multiple stages at Marina Green Park (386 E. Shoreline Dr.), this year’s lineup has yet to be announced, but will represent an eclectic mix, from pop to hip hop, country to Tejano.