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Cheech and Chong to light up the stage at Cruisin’ The Coast

It will be here sooner than we expect.

Yes, I’m talking about Cruisin’ The Coast, and not just your average Cruisin’ The Coast but the 20th anniversary of the Coast’s biggest (loudest?) party.

I was still a Coast rookie last year when I ran to Gulfport before the Long Beach parade. Everything was cool until I tried to cross the railroad tracks near Green Acres. Yeah — live and learn, as they say.

But, like most Coasties, I’ve accepted Cruisin’ and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the people and cars this year. There’s a lot to be said about learning the back roads.

Joining the thousands and thousands of car enthusiasts this year will be car celebrities such as Dennis Gage, Christy Lee and Courtney Hansen.

And music lovers will have the opportunity to turn U.S. 90 into their very own scene from “American Graffiti,” — the really good George Lucas one, not the terrible sequel where Frog goes to Vietnam, although I really love “Hollywood Knights,” too — by cruisin’ the beach while their favorite songs from the 1960s and 1970s play in the background.

Where were you in 1962?

Here’s what you need to know:

Friday, Oct. 1

The opening weekend kicks off with a co-headlining show from Chubby Checker and War at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. If you like to do both the “Hucklebuck” and get down to some funky Afro-Cuban music from Los Angeles, and really, who doesn’t, the Beau is where you’ll want to be.

If the singer-songwriter stylings of Simon and Garfunkel is more your thing, head on over to the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi to catch Art Garfunkel in a rare appearance.

And for fans of 1960s pop, you would do well to flip a coin — heads you check out The Monkees at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi or tails you see Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Sha Na Na — you know, the band that played Woodstock — bass singer Bowzer (Jon Bauman) will doing his thing poolside at the Beau as he plays host to Bowzer’s Rock n Roll Party.

Friday, Oct. 7

The Beach Boys return to the Beau for a two-night stand in celebration of 50 years of music. Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will pull out all of the hits you love like “I Get Around” and “Kokomo.”

For those who have inhaled or are just fans of comedy, counterculture comedians Cheech and Chong will be at the IP at 8 p.m. Be there so you can reenact “Dave’s not here” with all of your friends and family.

Elvis fans and fanatics can check out Brandon Bennett: Aloha From Biloxi on Oct. 7-8 at the Hard Rock Live.