Summer Concerts Return to Catalina Island

Series brings dancing in the streets to popular vacation destination

Avalon, CA — This summer, Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island will once again echo with the rhythms of the Xceptional Music Summer Concert Series, presented by Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and Catalina Island Real Estate.

Bringing top-notch cover bands, tribute acts and special performers to Catalina Island, the series includes 10 not-to-be-missed performances on Wrigley Stage in the heart of Avalon’s picturesque waterfront.
The Summer Concert Series was introduced on the island in 2010 and quickly became a favorite of both local residents and Island visitors. In addition to presenting sponsors Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and Catalina Island Real Estate, it is made possible by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and stage sponsor Hamilton Pacific.

“The concert series brings people together to celebrate summer,” said Kevin Strege, president of CIVR and CIRE. “It is so much fun to see families out together dancing in the street and having a great time together – you just know those are memories that will last a lifetime.”

The free concerts will also include nightly giveaways with an array of Catalina Island prizes. A separate beer garden is available for those who want to relax during the concert.

“In the last four years we’ve brought some great music and great experiences to Avalon,” said Ray McKewon of the Xceptional Music Company. “With many new acts this year, including tributes to the Cars, Abba, and Eric Clapton, and special features like Roadhouse Rock and the Video Generation, and the Nashville Sensation, Rainey Qualley, we know we’ll make the visitor experience in Avalon even more memorable.”

The Summer Concert Series has become a family tradition, with many Catalina Island Visitors returning over the summer to see more than one concert.

“The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with The Xceptional Music Company and bring free, quality family entertainment to Avalon,” said Wayne Griffin, president of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. “We hope the Summer Concert Series gives our visitors a reason to come back again and again to enjoy these top-notch entertainers!”

This year’s series kicks off on Sunday, May 25, with the Xceptional Tribute to the Cars. The following weekend, on May 31, ukulele star Taimane Gardner will take the stage during the annual Catalina Island Flying Fish Festival.

Over the summer, visitors will also enjoy tributes to ABBA and Eric Clapton, country star Rainey Qualley and blues legend Billy Thompson and performances dedicated to roadhouse rock and the video generation.
The complete summer concert schedule is available at

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals is the leading vacation rental management company on Catalina Island. The growing company represents nearly 200 homes in Avalon, including Hamilton Cove Villas, quaint cottages and luxurious condominiums, as well as the only vacation rentals available in Two Harbors at the island’s remote West End. CIVR’s owners and staff members are leading experts in the vacation rental industry as well as active members in the Catalina Island community. For additional information visit

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