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Catalina Island rocks out this summer with Xceptional concert series

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If you’re planning anning a trip to Catalina Island this summer be sure to schedule in one of the free performances at Avalon Harbor’s Xceptional Music Summer Concert Series, presented by Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and Catalina Island Real Estate. Top bands and acts are scheduled to appear at 10 productions, that kick off on May 24, on Wrigley Stage, with the Xceptional Tribute to the Cars.

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The series, which was introduced in 2010 has become a favorite of locals and visitors. In addition to 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 fun to see families dancing together in the street and having a great time – you know those are memories that will last a lifetime."

"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 Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with The Xceptional Music Company and bring 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!"

The summer concerts will pay tribute to ABBA and Eric Clapton, country star Rainey Qualley and blues legend Billy Thompson and performances dedicated to roadhouse rock and the video generation. Check out the schedule at