HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – Parachuters lit up the night sky of Huntington Beach as Sammy Hagar performed in front of thousands at a special concert to kick off the weekend at the Pacific Airshow.
After nearly a decade since Huntington Beach allowed live music on the sand and a seemingly never-ending pandemic, Sammy Hagar and the first Pacific Airshow since 2019 were just what the city needed.
“I feel like I haven’t been away in 18 months,” said Monnett Porsche. “They opened the gate and released the kraken.”
Earlier in the day, the US Navy Blue Angels roared through the air for rehearsals that thrilled thousands of people below. This weekend, for the second time in history, the Thunderbirds, the Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Blue Angels will perform at the same air show.
“I was there today to check it out and it was just amazing to see everyone having so much fun,” Tom Bock, owner of Pedego Electric Bikes Huntington Beach.
While Bock is happy that the Pacific Airshow is back, he says it’s not really good for business.
“It hurts our business a little bit just because people don’t come to buy bikes because of all the traffic,” says Bock. “I’ve lived in Huntington Beach almost all my life and this is about community.”
Meanwhile, employees across the street at The Blow Down Blow Dry Bar prepare for a packed weekend.
“Of course it attracts a lot of attention, but at the same time most of our customers who we have booked for Saturday morning cannot come because it is so busy,” says employee Samantha Westland.
8,000 pre-sold tickets have been purchased for Friday’s performance and even more tickets are available for another show on Saturday evening. The Pacific Airshow will run on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. More information can be found on the Pacific Airshow official website.