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.;


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;


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;


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;


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.;


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;

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.

SFJAZZ Summerfest

When: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jun 18-Aug. 20

Where: Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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,


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.

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