Thursday - May 19, 2016 / 6-9PM

@ Art Theatre of Long Beach

Launching its eighth season, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA)’s Summer and Music (SAM) has built what is arguably the most respected, the most attended, and genuinely the most loved music event in Long Beach—so founders and organizers felt it necessary to document its history as it moves forward.

The short-documentary will screen for free at the Art Theatre on Retro Row, complete with a mini festivals worth of live music courtesy of Tigers in the Sky, Kontrapunktus, and a very special performance by Greater California backed by the Greater California Choir. Serving as DJ will be none other than Dennis Owens, spinning an entire set dedicated to the sound of Long Beach’s treasured funk night The Good Foot.

The idea for the twenty-minute film became fully realized when Long Beach filmmaker and musician Graham Lovelis was asked to helm the project over the course of the summer of 2015, capturing not just the vibe of last year’s festivities, but also the history, dedication and love of music that has made SAM what it is.

 “Music and Long Beach have this impossible-to-undo relationship,” said Justin Hectus, co-founder of SAM, “and although a lot of cities may make similar claims, there is a symbiotic nature in the relationship between this city and its musicians that is unmatched.  It was our hope to capture a taste of that on film and we’re proud to say that we believe we achieved that.”

SAM’s history of unparalleled performer includes the Cold War Kids, Nick Waterhouse, Rival Sons, Matt Costa, De Lux, Delta Spirit, Everest, Allah Las, Fartbarf, Beachwood Sparks, Chicano Batman, Sam Outlaw, Avi Buffalo, the Tijuana Panthers, and more—and despite where these performers have gone to or come from, there is one thing that SAM is mightily clear about: it’s about Long Beach as a place that fosters and grows musical talent.

“Even before I was asked to take on this project, I had a connection with SAM as a musician,” Lovelis said. “My band The Fling has performed at SAM. I’ve toured with a lot of the bands that have been a part of SAM. So for me, in approaching the film, there was already a personal connection that I wanted to convey—which is perfect for SAM because like all things Long Beach, it’s personal. It’s specific. It’s us.”

The event is free and open to the public but is limited in capacity; seats will be provided on a first-come-first serve basis.


Tigers in the Sky

DJ Dennis Owens


Greater California



2025 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814