The Seal Beach summer concerts seem to keep on growing despite the pains associated with their popularity. Every summer beginning in July – August, the grass at Eisenhower park is devoured by blankets, chairs and fun loving people out to enjoy the warm evenings and cool music. The 2011 summer concert series faced it’s share of negative publicity beginning with the recurring land grab for space.
The City of Seal Beach (whom owns the park area) asked the Chamber to announce that blankets would no longer be allowed, however chairs could be used to save spots. Many groups chose to disregard this repeated request by using caution tape as shown in the picture below taken the day of the final concert.
Despite the minor frustrations, the Chamber of Commerce volunteers continued to set up and take down the stage every week. I had the pleasure to work with Seal Beach resident (and General Contractor) Josh Muller to be the volunteers who made the concert possible each week. Each Wednesday Josh and I would discuss the challenge of navigating all the blankets that had been put out the night before speculating what the 2012 summer concert might look like. I snapped a picture (below) of Josh during a moment of reflection after assembling the stage for the final time.
All of the hard work of putting the concert in motion each week paid off at the final concert in August when U2 tribute band, L.A.vation played. The lead singer Jason sounded EXACTLY like Bono and kept the crowd engaged by jumping off the stage and getting people to dance. I shot the video below of their final performance to share with others that didn’t have a chance to attend the concert.
There is no telling how big or how popular the 2012 Seal Beach Summer Concerts will be. The City and the Chamber will be working closely in the planning of the event to ensure the concert continues to grow the right way. Did you attend any of the concerts this year? If so, tell me in the comments section below… which band was your favorite and which would you like to never see again?