Summer Free Music Guide 2015: The cost is right and a song is great
May 5, 2015 - Picnic Time
Going to concerts can be utterly expensive.
Yet, it doesn’t have to be — during slightest not this time of a year.
Just container a picnic, turn adult a family/friends and suffer one of a many giveaway concerts going on in a Bay Area this summer. There are dozens of options, trimming from stone and cocktail to Latin jazz and exemplary to blues and beyond.
Here is a annual demeanour during a some of a Bay Area’s best giveaway song series:
Stern Grove Festival:
When: 2 p.m. Sundays, Jun 14-Aug. 16
Where: Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., S.F.; www.sterngrove.org
Randy Newman (June 28): The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of a many achieved songwriters of all time, carrying scored 6 Grammys, 3 Emmys and dual Academy Awards during his shining career. Hot Club of San Francisco, a distinguished “gypsy jazz” outfit, opens a show.
Mary Chapin Carpenter (Aug. 2): Her Grammy-winning, platinum-selling catalog is packaged with such nation hits as “Passionate Kisses,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “I Feel Lucky.” Sri Lankan-American folk-rocker Bhi Bhiman is also on a bill.
Talib Kweli (Aug. 16): The gifted Brooklyn rapper is famous for such excellent solo efforts as 2007’s “Eardrum” as good as collaborations with Mos Def and other hip-hop heros. Bay Area soul/Afro-beat/hip-hop artist Zakiya Harris opens.
Jazz on a Plazz
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jun 24-Aug. 26
Where: Los Gatos Town Plaza, West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue; www.jazzontheplazz.com
The International String Trio (June 24): The acclaimed trio, consisting of guitarist Slava Tolstoy, bassist Ippei Ichimaru and violinist Ben Powell, opens Jazz on a Plazz’s summer-long jubilee of Frank Sinatra.
Mads Tolling with Clairdee (July 15): Tollings is a violin specialist and two-time Grammy Award winner. Clairdee is an extraordinary vocalist and a charismatic entertainer. They are both Bay Area treasures.
Giacomo Gates (July 22): The award-winning vocalist is famous for such works as “Miles Tones — Giacomo Gates Sings a Music of Miles Davis” and “The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron.”
Free Friday Night Bands on a Beach
When: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Jun 19-Sept. 4
Where: Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz; www.beachboardwalk.com
Macy Gray (July 10): The RB vocalist rocketed to celebrity with her 1999 debut, “On How Life Is,” that sole over 6 million copies.
YT (Aug. 7): The Oakland hard-rock unit is led by powerhouse vocalist-guitarist Dave Meniketti.
Smash Mouth (Aug. 28): The San Jose rope reached platinum-plus heights in a late ’90s and early 2000s, interjection to such pound singles as “Walkin’ on a Sun” and “All Star.”
Music and Market Series Thursday evenings
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 21-Sept. 17
Where: Todos Santos Plaza, between Mt. Diablo and Grant streets, Concord; www.cityofconcord.org
James Garner’s Johnny Cash Tribute (July 16): Should be a good time for fans of “The Man in Black.”
Aja Vu (July 30): The San Francisco act pays reverence to a song of Steely Dan.
Foreverland (Aug. 20): Should be a genuine “Thriller” when this Michael Jackson reverence act takes a stage.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
When: Various dates and times, by Oct. 31
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth and Mission streets, S.F.; www.ybgfestival.org
Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble (July 2): The garb is underneath a instruction of John Calloway, who has been a partial of a Bay Area’s Latin song theatre given a 1970s.
Marcus Shelby (Sept. 27): The acclaimed Bay Area composer-bandleader-bassist is premiering his “Beyond a Blues: A Prison Oratorio.”
Point Richmond Music’s Summer Concert Season
When: Fridays, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and 25. Two concerts hold any of those nights — a initial runs 5:30-6:30 p.m., a second goes 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Where: Corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in downtown Point Richmond; www.pointrichmondmusic.com
Highlights (opening act listed first):
Howell Devine/Big Cat Tolefree (July 10): It’s a double sip of Bay Area blues.
Rusty String Express/Dennis Johnson and a Mississippi Ramblers (Sept. 11): Kick off a dusk with some brave fibre rope music, followed by a set of slide-guitar heroics.
When: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jun 18-Aug. 20
Where: Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; www.sfjazz.org.
Pamela Rose (July 9): The San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist is an extraordinary entertainer, who has anxious fans during many prestigious festivals and venues.
Erik Jekabson Quintet (July 23): The Bay Area trumpeter has showcased his talent on a series of albums, including on final year’s “Erik Jekabson Quartet and John Santos: Live during a Hillside Club.”
Los Gatos’ Music in a Park
When: 5 p.m. Sundays, Jun 21-Aug. 30 (no unison Aug. 10)
Where: Los Gatos Civic Center (front grass area), Main Street and Fiesta Way; www.lgmip.com
Tempest (July 12): The rope is one of a heading lights on a Bay Area Celtic stone scene, carrying expelled some 15 annals and played over 2,000 gigs during a extensive career.
Caravanserai (Aug. 23): Here’s a Santana reverence act that performs both a classical hits and a some-more new material.
Music on a Square
When: 6 p.m. Fridays, May 29-Sept. 4
Where: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City; www.redwoodcity.org
Livewire (June 27): The Bay Area rope covers a far-reaching operation of artists, from Journey to The Jackson 5 to Rihanna.
The Sun Kings (July 18): It’s always Fab when this Beatles reverence act takes a stage.
Concert in a Park
When: 7 p.m., Fridays, Jun 5-Aug. 28
Where: Lions Wayside Park, dilemma of First and Neal streets, Pleasanton; www.pleasantondowntown.net
West Grand Boulevard (July 10): Here’s your possibility to hear classical Motown, RB and essence cuts.
The Banned (July 24): The Country Costa County act plays tough stone from a ’80s
Sunset by a Lake Summer Concerts
When: 6 p.m. Sundays, May 24, Jun 7, 21, Jul 5, 19, Aug. 2, 16, 30, Sept. 6
Where: Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane; www.pleasanthillconcerts.com
Extra Large (July 5): This Santa Cruz County sextet melds funk, Latin music, reggae and others styles during a fun sets.
Fast Times (July 19): Get prepared to slit to tip dance hits from a ’80s.
Tuesday Night Blues
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jul 7-Aug. 11
Where: Todos Santos Plaza, Concord; www.cityofconcord.org
Delta Wires (July 7): The Oakland unit was inducted into a California Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.
Annie Sampson (Aug. 11): The Bay Area blues vocalist has available with such tip talents as Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles, Maria Muldaur and Eddie Money.
Music in a Park
When: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jun 24-Aug. 19
Where: Stafford Park, King Street and Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City, www.redwoodcity.org
Hibbity Dibbity (June 25): Local jam rope should interest to Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers fans.
Mighty Mississippi (July 23): Spend a dusk listening to this gifted acoustic-blues trio.