Sunset Concert Series
Visit Big Bear presents...
Sunset Concert Series round 2 this September at Veteran's Park. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free concert series featuring three performance dates showcasing some of the music industry's brightest stars right here in Big Bear Lake. See who's coming to town!
All concerts are free to attendees of all ages! Snacks, beer & wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Picnicking is welcome, however outside alcohol will not be permitted.
You asked and we listened! Lawn chairs will be permitted in a designated area and well-behaved dogs on a leash will also be permitted on the grounds. Also! We're proud to feature a selection of local Big Bear musicians in our Opening Talent roster.
Veteran's Park is located at 40870 Big Bear Blvd.
Sept 10 - The Sept 10 Sunset Concert Series event has been cancelled. Please join us for the next events on Sept 17 and Sept 24.
Sept 17 - Headliner: The Brevet (4:45 PM); Opener: Annie Bosko
Sept 24 - Headliner: The English Beat; Opener: To be announced
2 PM - Gates Open
3 PM - Opening Act
5 PM - Headliner Act
Free parking is available in The Village at Bartlett Parking Lot, Knickerbocker Parking Lot, and Pennsylvania Parking Lot. ADA Parking is available onsite in the Community Church parking lot.
Featured Food & Drink
An expanded variety of restaurants will be featured at the September Sunset Concert Series! Get ready for:
- Big Bear Brewing Co.
- Barrel 33
- Wrap It Up, Stick 'Em Up
- Flaming Flynn's Wood Fire Pizza
- Muchachos Tortilla Bar
Take a Selfie!
Stop by the Visit Big Bear photo booth to snap a free picture of your experience at the Sunset Concert Series!
Get Your Oktoberfest Voucher!
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Sept 10! Head over to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center for traditional German fare, fun, and live music after the Sunset Concert Series. Pick up your 50% OFF admission voucher when you arrive at Veteran's Park. Vouchers are good for current weekend only.
- Seating in grass area available on first come, first-served basis. Bring blankets!
- Designated seating available for guests with chairs
- Designated ADA seating available.
- Food and beverages available for purchase. See below for vendors.
- Retail vendors to showcase local shops and artisans.
- Take a free picture at the Visit Big Bear selfie booth!
- Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome
- No bicycles, skateboards, roller blades/skates inside venue
- No outside beverages permitted. Sealed water ok.
- All backpacks & bags to be searched at entrance
Vertical Horizon stands for a commitment to superior music. Consistently at the wheel, founder, writer, lead singer and guitarist, Matt Scannell drives and unites the group. Perhaps the most significant key to Vertical Horizon’s success today is the freedom they have from the constraints of a major recording label. Vertical Horizon works at a tempo that fuels the creative process. Burning the Days, Vertical Horizon’s newest studio album (2009) is a true testament to their commitment to making brilliant music. Produced by Scannell, this twelve-track rock album reflects the quest for balance in a journey from challenge to peace. Burning the Days features virtuoso drummer Neil Peart of Rush on “Save Me from Myself”, “Even Now,” and “Welcome to the Bottom.”
Also featured is Richard Marx playing piano on “Here” and producing two of Matt’s lead vocal tracks. The two radio singles from the album, “Save Me from Myself” and “The Lucky One” have been successful on the Hot AC charts, and have given Vertical Horizon a current presence at radio. Founded in the early 1990s as a duo, Vertical Horizon released three albums independently (There and Back Again, Running on Ice, and Live Stages) and toured extensively. In 1999, Vertical Horizon signed with RCA and experienced meteoric success with Everything You Want, selling over two million copies. The title song captured the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and went on to become the most played single of 2000. Having carved out a page in the annals of music history, the band also garnered further radio attention with “You’re a God” (#4 on Billboard’s Adult Chart) and “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning),” which became a 2005 top 20 country hit for country star, Gary Allan. As a follow-up, in 2003, the band released Go. Tracks such as “Inside” (a frequent concert opener), “I'm Still Here,” and “Forever” provided true commercial appeal, whereas the deeper tracks, like “When You Cry,” “Sunshine,” and “Echo” kept the band established as a formidable, no-nonsense rock entity. Unfortunately, music-industry mismanagement drove the band to seek a hiatus from “the business,” and they took time to reevaluate the creative process and distribution model. After some time away, Vertical Horizon emerged with the same conclusion their fans had: you can’t keep a good band down. Vertical Horizon is currently touring in support of The Lost Mile. The high energy shows are filled with an assortment of their well-known and latest hits. The band plays off each other with an almost feverish dynamic energy, drawing the fans into a riveting musical experience at every show. Vertical Horizon is what it always has been: a vibrant, growing musical entity.
Opening Talent: Alec Johnson
Since the release of their 2013 independent debut Battle of the Heart, the quartet—Aric Chase Damm [vocals, guitar], David Aguiar [drums, percussion], John Kingsley [guitar]—has landed high-profile placements throughout film and television, including The Good Lie, Ashby, 90210, Growing Up Fisher, American Idol, The MLB Network and more. They’ve also earned ink in Los Angeles Times, American Songwriter, and OC Weekly, among many others. Their forthcoming 2016 sophomore effort, American Novel, elevates the group’s rock-tinged cinematic Americana sound to heavenly heights.
The creative started as a two-man band in seventh grade when they recorded their first CD and sold it to classmates in Orange County. By college, they had begun scoring short films together, drawing on influences as diverse as composer Thomas Newman, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen, and needtobreathe. Following their graduation, the duo officially formed The Brevet, self-producing and recording Battle of the Heart.
It carried through the sessions for American Novel. Tracked in the community center of a mobile home park a stone’s throw from Southern California’s famed 405 Freeway, they channel a rustic, raw, and real energy throughout the record’s 10 tracks. It’s stitched together by threads of soundtrack-style overtones, rock power, and Americana spirit.
They previewed the album with the three-song CH.1 EP, including the first single “Moving Mountains.” The Brevet share their passion with the world on American Novel, “I hope we can speak to everyone’s journey,” they say, “we’re in this together, and this is the first step."
Opening Talent: Annie Bosko - Visit Official Website
Annie Bosko has earned well-deserved recognition in the music industry as a gifted singer, songwriter and performer. Born and raised a farmer's daughter, and the middle of 5 children, Annie is no stranger to hard work and fighting for her voice to be heard. At age 19, she left her home state of California and drove herself cross-country to Nashville to follow her calling. Though Annie’s music is country at heart, she seamlessly mixes in elements of pop and rock to create a unique sound that lends itself to a powerful live musical experience.
The English Beat
Hailing from working-class Birmingham, The English Beat entered the music scene in the troubled times of 1979. When The English Beat rushed on to the music scene it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came they came, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat. The six-member band consisted of singer/songwriter Dave Wakeling (vocals & guitar), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), Saxa (saxophone) and Ranking Roger (toasting). The band managed to fuse all of their respective musical influences – soul, reggae, pop and punk – into a unique sound that was highly danceable.
Along with contemporaries such as The Specials, The Selecter and Madness, The English Beat became one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Two-Tone Ska movement.
Over the course of three albums, The English Beat achieved great success in their home country, charting several singles into the top 10. In addition to their UK chart success, in America the band found a solid base of young fans eager to dance to the their hypnotic rhythms and absorb their message of peace, love & unity. Their constant touring with iconic bands such as The Clash and The Police helped to boost their popularity in the States.
The band donated all the profits from their highly successful single version of “Stand Down Margaret” to the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament. They donated their music to causes including the anti-nuclear benefit album “Life in The European Theatre”, “The World of Music and Dance” album focusing on indigenous people’s art, and lent their voice to The Special AKA’s anthemic song of freedom “Free Nelson Mandela”, to name but a few. The English Beat disbanded in 1983, after their third album, “Special Beat Service”.
Then in February 2003, the band reunited for a mini-tour in the UK, which culminated in their sold-out command performance at the Royal Festival Hall! Dave, Everett, Roger, Blockhead and the star of the show, Saxa, took the crowd by storm. It was a magical homecoming with band members and fans gathering from around the globe for a night or irie, ska-ful rock-steady Beat!