SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— This Friday marks the first of a series of musical performances along San Francisco’s waterfront to celebrate the America’s Cup competition.

On Wednesday night the event’s organizers offered a sneak peak of the temporary pavilion at Pier 27 that will host about two dozen concerts.

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Smooth jazz was offered up for a crowd of a few hundred at the preview, but that number will jump to 9,000 on Friday for the band Imagine Dragons.

Concert promoters Live Nation are working in conjunction with America’s Cup organizers to put on the shows. Live Nation Vice President for Northern California Aaron Siuda said the venue is unique, and called it “San Francisco’s first ever outdoor waterfront amphitheater.”

America’s Cup Chief Executive Stephen Barclay said this is the first time the event has included a concert series.

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“The unique thing about this America’s Cup is the fact that it’s inshore, which means, as I said before, you don’t have to own a boat or even have access to a boat. You can come down and watch the races and you can do it for free,” he said.

Meanwhile, anxious neighbors are hoping steps to limit traffic and noise impacts will pay off. One neighbor said the community has been buzzing with concern, especially within the homeowner association, about noise and how many guests are allowed.

After Friday’s concert, Sting will perform at the pavilion on Sunday.

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