When the engines begin roaring this Friday on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit, some will undoubtedly crave hearing sounds of a more melodic nature. Luckily, they won’t have to look far to find it, as a diverse lineup of musicians, of both local and international fame, will take to the stage throughout the weekend both on and near the circuit.
For ticket holders, the Mexican hip hop band Molotov will kick off the weekend Friday night at the Tecate Light Fiesta Concert at the main convention stage at 6:45 p.m. Molotov, whose politically inspired messages delivered through its intensely heavy, cross-cultural sound, have earned four Latin Grammy awards, released its seventh studio album, “Agua Maldita,” last summer.
The following evening, as part of the Grand Prix Rock N’ Roar Concert, Vince Neil of the L.A.-native heavy metal band Motley Crue will keep the heavy-hitting energy alive. The rocker will be playing with Vegas-native hard rock band Slaughter.
Beginning at the conclusion of the final race, their 75-minute set will include all the Motley Crue favorites, including “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls Girls Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” Kickstart My Heart” and “Same Ol’ Situation.”
“It’s going to be a very energetic show of Motley hits, plus a few surprises,” said John Roberts, Neil’s tour manager.
The Compton-native rocker, who considers himself an avid auto racing fan, will also make a cameo earlier that day, waving the green flag for the celebrity race. In 1992, he participated in four Indy Lights races. After his headlining show Saturday, he will take off for Motley Crue’s final world tour, which will conclude at the Staple Center on Dec. 31.
Winding the weekend down on Sunday morning will be Minneapolis-native bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone, a five-piece group including an upright bass, violin, banjo and acoustic guitar. The band’s performance is sponsored by the SPAM Brand.
Opportunities to see local music will be many this weekend, thanks to the efforts of Long Beach Independent, a music blog spearheaded by local musician Shea Newkirk.
As part of its monthly showcase at the SIP lounge inside the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, six-piece band Hopeless Romantics will kick off the weekend’s festivities Thursday evening. The popular high-energy band, formed in 2013, will be playing their longest set to date, from 7 to 10 p.m., from a repertoire of some 71 original songs. Their debut album, The Full Moon Experience, was voted by Long Beach Independent readers as a top 10 album in 2014.
“They have a great bohemian vibe to their music,” Newkirk said. “They get people moving and dancing. It’s a lot of fun.”
“We try to be as present as
possible with each other when we’re playing,” said Anthony Colocho, bassist and singer. “The more involved in the experience we are with each other, the
crowd can feel it too.”
On Saturday, the SIP lounge will host The Black Noise, a soul/funk/jazz group whose members are mostly based locally.
Trackside, Long Beach Independent is partnering with Shoreline Village to provide an alternative stage near the Yard House, exclusively featuring local musicians and hosting an array of vendors. This is the Local Music Showcase’s second annual.
Americana band Vicious Kinids and indie surf rock band The Molochs will take the stage Friday, each for two hours. Saturday will feature singer-songwriter Eddie Booze and his band, as well as the versatile band MOVE. Sunday will feature roots reggae band Brewfish and rock band Redwood Down.
“These are quality bands who have great energy, great original music,” Newkirk said. “We try to pick a line up that represents Long Beach.”