DLBA event aims to promote bike-riding, local music scene

Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will host its inaugural Bike Drive-In on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 6pm in the parking lot across from Fingerprints Music (intersection of Fourth and Elm streets) as part of its Summer And Music (SAM), the city’s homegrown, sustainable concerts series.
Rand Foster, Fingerprints owner and co-founder of SAM, explained the motivation for the new SAM-sponsored event. “I think everyone has had that magical summer night at the drive-in, and of course, the bicycles and awesome local bands will make this experience uniquely Long Beach,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun night.”
Bike Drive-In will feature three live bands: Matteran Ghosts, the Dovelles and Hedgehog Swing.
The movie The Triplets of Belleville will begin at approximately 8pm. Organizers chose this 2003 Academy Award-nominated animated comedy because its storyline includes bicycles and the Tour de France. “We are really playing up the fact that this is a bike-friendly event,” Foster said.
Seating will be lawn-style in the parking lot, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, low back chairs, or even their bicycle seats to sit on. Picnics are welcome, and food vendors will also be on site. Free bike valet will be provided.
For more information, call the DLBA at (562) 436-4259 or visit summerandmusic.com .

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