The day after Thanksgiving, it will be another reunion of sorts.
Four decades ago, music-lovers walked past the Golden Bear sign overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and went in to see Peter White perform. Friday night, those who remember the 1970s can pass the same sign and hear the same musician — even if the beloved concert venue was demolished decades ago and White is long past his days with British folk-rocker Al Stewart's band.
The guitarist, who has led his annual "A Peter White Christmas" tour since 2003, will kick off the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa's new Concerts on the Shore series with saxophonist Mindi Abair and trumpeter Rick Braun. A short walk from the ballroom on the hotel grounds is Pete's Sunset Grille, which sports the old Golden Bear sign on an interior wall.
"I remember being there on occasion and looking up and seeing this sign and thinking, 'I remember that sign'," said White, a Los Angeles resident. "It was the Golden Bear sign. It's right there in the hotel."