Revving Summer’s Motor at the Queen Mary: West Coast BBQ Classic, Local Band Hangout

Long Beach is going to be hopping through June. SO much going on! Here are two events that food and music lovers should not miss.

The Queen Mary welcomes back the 6th annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) for a finger lickin’ afternoon full of barbeque grillin’ on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.




Nearly 50 barbeque pit masters and amateur grillers will once again come together for a classic showdown that will leave taste buds filled with the unmistakable sweet ‘n smoky flavors of BBQ. Bacon and dessert aficionados will join this year’s sizzlin’ line-up with the opportunity to compete in both amateur and professional competitions for $11,500 in cash prizes.




–Live entertainment on two separate stages with performances by country sensation Dean Kalogris, Melissa Farrior Band, and DJ Rod Epic



-Watermelon and cobbler eating contests for attendees to test their own eating skills for prizes and more.



–The 6th Annual WCBC is bigger and better than ever before with two stages, multiple bars, more pit-masters, backyard games, and more.

–Bring the young bbq aficionados for a family day of ‘meaty’ fun with kid’s activities, games, and more.

WHEN: Saturday, May 13 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

General Value Pack – $24, includes five tasting tickets
VIP Value Pack – $39, includes exclusive one-hour early event admission and five tasting tickets
BBQ Tasting Tickets (NO REFUNDS) – Tasting tickets are valid for all food and beverage with exception of alcohol (5 BBQ bucks – $10 )

PARKING:Parking is $20 per vehicle


About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built.
The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Chelsea Chowder House, Observatory Bar, as well as, a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently, the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites.
For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Local Band Hangout!

The Queen Mary welcomes back the popular monthly live music series, Local Band Hangout, on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge. Aboard the legendary ship for another authentic Thursday night filled with appetizing food, enticing drinks, and some of the best music Southern California has to offer.


Local Band Hangout continues with performances by Long Beach natives: Tall Walls, MOVE, and Bundy.




Tall Walls, influenced by artists such as Buddy Holly, The Ramones, and The Arctic Monkeys brings sun-drenched power pop to Southern California. Winners of Long Beach’s Buskerfest 2015, Tall Walls’ up-tempo, brassy, melodic tunes feature minute attention to detail, social commentary, and declarations of unconditional love.

MOVE, a self-described “musical collaborative”, brings a stylistic variety of Long Beach musical talent that even features special guest songwriters. In addition to their performance at The Queen Mary, MOVE has a monthly residency at Bixby Knolls First Fridays.

Bundy’s sound can be described as eclectic, yet bombastic. Influenced by bands like Television, Ought, Parque Courts, and Talking Heads, Bundy strives to tell painful stories through heavy post-punk drumming, growling Bass, and searing reverberating guitar.

Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
Happy Hour 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge, The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Tickets to Local Band Hangout are $15; $5 of the admission ticket value can be used in the Observation Bar during the concerts.

Free parking after 6pm with $20 purchase in the Observation Bar.


Guests who dine at Chelsea (after 6PM), Sir Winston’s or who spend $20 or more at the Observation Bar will receive complimentary self or valet parking.


About the Observation Bar
1930’s sophistication and style, the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge is the playground of the cool. Classic and chic, the Observation Bar was formerly the First-Class Lounge and served as the hub for lively discussions over delicious drinks. Original artwork still hangs above the bar, which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor. Completing the 30’s look are distinct torchiere lamps, which give the room a soft, retro glow. So order a cocktail, sit back and enjoy this treasured downtown tradition.

Don’t miss these great events occurring this weekend and into next week in downtown Long Beach! Long Beach is not as far as you think it is! With friends you can use the carpool lane and be in downtown Long Beach in a jiffy.

Stevie Wilson,




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