Visitors Bureau shares top places to experience live entertainment

LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. – April 22, 2016 – Breezy options to listen to live music during a visit to the Long Beach Peninsula continue to expand with more restaurants and lodging bringing in regional favorites on a continual basis. Music themed events and performance center concerts add to the line up.

“With more small venues offering music and more musicians finding inspiration here, the selection is the best it’s ever been,” said Andi Day, executive director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. “There’s always a great performance to catch for locals and visitors alike and a very eclectic mix.”

With live performances nightly, Pickled Fish, on the top floor of Adrift Hotel, Long Beach, attracts bigger talent than would seem warranted for the 90-person capacity, ocean-view restaurant venue. The Maldives, Tony Furtado, The Wild Ones, Jerry Joseph, Fernando, Blake Noble, and other American, grassroots and indie artists perform here. Crowd favorites include Luke & Kati, Rabbit Wilde, Holiday Friends, and Pretty Gritty, among others. Performances start weekdays at 8PM and on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 until 11. Admission is free.

Attracting indie bands from throughout the region, The Sou’wester, an eclectic property adjacent to the Seaview beach approach with a main lodge, cabins, vintage travel trailers, RV and camping spaces, offers live performances most weekends. Loch Lomond, Hearts Gone South and Pete Krebs will perform at the lodge or pavilion in May. Barna Howard in June. A rentable analog recording studio and variety of workshops extend performances beyond the stage. http://www.souwesterlodge.com/

The Shelburne Inn, celebrating 120 years, hosts regulars including nostalgic favorites and original compositions by singer/guitar player Brian O’Conner (Tuesdays) as well as familiar classics and classical selections by George Coleman (Saturdays) playing a 12-string guitar in the pub and musical entertainment for dinner guests by Tom Trudell (Fridays) on the Inn’s grand piano, “Gloria.”

Other musical options include the following:

  • Live, acoustic, ticketed performances in a house-concert style setting at The Peninsula Arts Center. Two concerts on average are scheduled monthly. See http://peninsulaartscenter.org/concerts/ for more;
  • The Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series at the amphitheater at Cape Disappointment State Park, with twice monthly performances, June through August. Discover Pass required;
  • Small stage, live music at SummerFest, weekends May 28 through September 5;
  • Music in the Gardens, fine musicians featured on a tour of beautiful local gardens up and down the Long Beach Peninsula, July 16;
  • The peninsula-wide Water Music Festival (watermusicfestival.com), bringing top classical performers to the beach, October 14 and 15, and its breezy, summer fundraiser, Jazz & Oysters, August 13;
  • Blues & Seafood (bluesandseafood.com), extends the summer with two days of performances, September 23 and 24, at the Port of Ilwaco, with Jimmy Thackery as headliner and many more blues favorites.

Elsewhere in Pacific County, Pitchwood Ale House, and the restored, 1928 Raymond Theatre, both in Raymond, regularly bring in sought out talent.

About the Long Beach Peninsula

Renowned for its mix of sensational restaurants, ocean view lodging, lighthouses, parks and trails, unique museums and attractions, galleries, marinas, and, above all, a 28-mile long, easily accessible public beach, the Long Beach Peninsula continues to be one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing travel destinations. For vacation ideas and visitor information, please call the friendly volunteers at the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau or accesswww.funbeach.com.

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