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Free Concert Series at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Motels, Los Lobos, and Blue Öyster Cult are all on the rocking roster.

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    Los Lobos will play the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's free summer concert series on Friday, June 29. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    HEARING A SONG YOU LOVE? It's a pleasure, no matter where you happen to be sitting or standing. A traffic jam is made more pleasant by a beloved ditty starting on the radio and a great tune played in the doctor's waiting room can ease any jitters over an upcoming exam. We're always ready to rock out, to hum along, to think of the good times that a song can so sweetly bring to mind. And hearing a song live? From the band you adore? In a cool venue? That ups the whole experience. But what if you could have that very experience not surrounded by walls, and a ceiling, but the cool breezes off the ocean, the lights of old-school carnival rides, and the sandy vibes of Santa Cruz? That all can be yours, and for free, too, should you make for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the beloved destination's beloved...

    BANDS ON THE BEACH: Make that Friday Night Bands on the Beach, which tells you which day of the week to watch for (as if we don't keep an eye out for Friday, like, in general). On the summer 2018 slate? So many iconic acts, from The Motels to Blue Öyster Cult to Los Lobos. Don't bring a cent to savor the sounds, but do show with money in case you want to chow down on a boardwalk bite or two. (Science may one day show that carnival-type cuisine enhances the whole music-enjoying experience.) The shows each Friday night? Keep 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the calendar. Hearing a favorite song at the beach? It sure beats that traffic jam, as settings go. Find your rock-out, sand-sweet info now.