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Jack Johnson heads 'To the Sea' with free Santa Monica gig

May 14, 2010 |  6:45 am


The songs of low-key romantic Jack Johnson have always been beach-ready, and the Hawaii-raised singer will promote the release of his upcoming "To the Sea" with a free show at the Santa Monica Pier. Set for Monday, May 24, Johnson will take over the 3,000-capacity pier for a 75-minute set, his only show in the Los Angeles-area until October. 

The concert will also serve to raise awareness for environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay. The bulk of tickets, therefore, will be reserved for those who participate in a two-hour beach cleanup on the Saturday afternoon of May 22. Those who want to participate in the cleanup will need to pre-register with Heal the Bay, and information as to how to do so will be posted on the event's Web page at www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/santamonicapier.

Those who don't want to devote their Saturday afternoon to the beach cleanup, however, will have some other options to secure tickets. Johnson's label Brushfire will be giving away one pair of tickets per day via Twitter, and Long Beach's Fingerprint Records and Hollywood's Amoeba Music will each have 100 tickets to the free show. The tickets, according to a spokeswoman, will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis Monday morning (May 17) to those who pre-order "To the Sea," due June 1.

Johnson has turned his mellow vibes into a mighty big business. A recent Billboard profile of the artist notes that he's totaled more than 9.4 million album sales since 2001, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. He's also become a touring powerhouse. His 28-stop 2008 summer tour brought in revenue of $22.1 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Johnson will be back in Los Angeles on Oct. 8 with a date at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets are currently on sale and range from $30 to $75, not including Ticketmaster surcharges. The artist also has an Oct. 12 date at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, where the range of ticket prices is slightly cheaper, stretching from $35 to $55, not including surcharges. 

Pop & Hiss is told that those who don't secure tickets can still hear the concert by hanging out on the beach directly to the north and south of the pier. No booze, however, and those who go to the concert are given this gentle reminder from Johnson's team, in light of the beach cleanup set for the Saturday before the Monday night concert: "The goal here is to clean up the beach, whatever you bring, take home, please recycle, or dispose of in the proper containers."

--Todd Martens 

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