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Originally published on Greater Long Beach- 08/18/2102: http://greaterlongbeach.com/18/08/2012/bluegrass-becomes-an-annual-crop-at-rose-park-festival-sunday
By Jimmy Dolan
August 18, 2012|Music
When an event begins to advertise itself with the word “annual,” it begins a transformation from “that one-time cool thing that happened last year” to becoming a celebrated part of the community. Such is the case of the Rose Park Bluegrass Festival, which enters its second year Sunday.
Rose Park is both an actual park—located at the center of a roundabout at 8th Street and Orizaba Avenue—and the centerpiece of a surrounding neighborhood. Organizers of the festival, a success in its initial year, seek to build on that momentum and expand the musical culture that has come to define Long Beach summers.
Although separate from Summer And Music (SAM), which focuses on downtown events, the Rose Park Bluegrass Festival organizers want to join it as an integral part of a vibrant, yet understated music scene in Long Beach.
With the support of the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department, the Rose Park Neighborhood Association, and Second District councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, the festival brings an impressive lineup featuring some of the area’s most talented musicians including some more traditional bluegrass arrangements, a blues/rock hybrid group, and a teenage family band.
Keep your eyes—or more importantly, your ears—open for Cliff Wagner & The Old #7, who gained national popularity on the TV show, “The Next Great American Band,” which aired on Fox five years ago. Also of note is the Wimberly Bluegrass Band, made up of four talented siblings, aged 14-17, whose resume includes playing the Echo in LA, the main stage at the Orange County Fair, and Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Missouri. The lineup is rounded out by Southern California veterans Grasslands, and Long Beach local favorites Paperplanes and Sawtooth.
The free five-hour event promises to have a little something for everyone. Food trucks will be on hand to feed concertgoers and Beachwood BBQ and Brewing will be pouring fresh summer brews in the beer garden, alongside over 20 local vendors. And of course, no down-home, Appalachian-inspired good time would be complete without a pie eating contest. If you’re seeking a wonderful summer afternoon in Long Beach this year—it has arrived.
ROSE PARK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL ROSE PARK • 8TH ST & ORIZABA AVE • LONG BEACH 90804 •ROSEPARKBLUEGRASS.COM • SUNDAY • NOON TO 5 PM • FREE
GETTING THERE: FOR INFORMATION ON PARKING, BICYCLE ACCESS AND LONG BEACH TRANSIT BUS LINES, CLICK HERE