Adults Playing in the Sand

Beach music just went live in Santa Cruz.

Sure, you can watch bands perform on a stage in a noisy bar, jumping up and down to get a glimpse of the guitarist. But here’s a new way that is a lot more enjoyable: on the sand.

Every Friday this summer (June 19 through September 4), Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk hosts A-list artists at Bands on the Beach. It’s time to share that patch of sand with Grammy winner Macy Gray (July 10) or glance at the waves while Smash Mouth (August 28) plays.