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The Long Beach Muni Band is back: here’s the 2017 schedule of concerts

By Emily Thornton Special to the Press-Telegram|

Mumford & Sons close Arroyo Seco Weekend with joyful sounds for happy fans

Marcus Mumford looked out at the still-sprawling crowd at Arroyo Seco Weekend as the English rock band he leads reached the penultimate song of its festival-closing set, and sweaty and happy like the fans on the field invite everyone to come along wit...

By Peter Larsen|

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  • Entertainment

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    By Shannon O’Connor soconnor@scng.com @ShannonOConnor0 on Twitter|

  • Music festivals

    Summer and Music kicks off Saturday with skate event in downtown Long Beach

    It’s a summer of music with the ninth season of Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s Summer and Music series. The free concerts, offered with sponsorships from Millworks and InterTrend, kicks off with the skate event FKA 720 — a shoutout to SAM’s 720° Pine — from 5 to 10 p.m. today at The Streets (formerly City Place), 404 Pine Ave. Skate demonstrations will start at 1 p.m. at Waite Court, between Third and Fourth streets. Next in the series is...

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  • Entertainment

    LA Film Festival ends on a high note with Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Ingrid Goes West’ performance

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  • Entertainment

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  • Entertainment

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  • News & Gossip

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  • Entertainment

    Mexico’s Wonder Woman: Long Beach Opera tells the tale of Frida Kahlo

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  • Music festivals

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    By Elise Takahama etakahama@scng.com|

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