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Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series Collage Summer 2023

Today’s heatwave is a reminder that Summer 2024 is just around the corner, and Los Gatos is gearing up for a season of music to remember! The last couple of years have transformed Los Gatos’ free music scene, with some favorites returning and new events to look forward to, while others have taken their last bow.

Some of our old favorites, like Jazz on the Plazz and Music in the Park, are back, with performances from long-time favorites and some new performances taking the stage. Knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all! (Not all artists and schedules have been announced, so please check the official event pages for the latest news).

Below please find a compilation of the three different Los Gatos free musical concert series and a few one-day festivals. As always, the information below is believed to be reliable, but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website (and the weather) prior to going and always read the rules, especially if you plan to picnic. Hope to see you there!

Note: It’s still early in the season, so not all events have their schedules and lineups published. We will update this list later in the season, but be sure to check each event’s website and social media for the latest information!

2024 Summer Concert Series: Free Music and Fun in Los Gatos

Music in the Park

Music in the Park – The Town page has officially announced a return of Music in the Park with the 2024 series! However the event website is not up and running, nor is the event’s Facebook group (both may be gone permanently). Free concerts can be enjoyed Sundays from 5pm to 7pm on the Los Gatos Civic Center Lawn (from the Mercury). Dates to be announced, however it often runs from mid-July through early September.

Jazz on the Plazz – Also back, the event website has the full schedule for 2024, and they’ve got a fantastic lineup ready! Check the Facebook page for regular updates and bonus entertainment. (And if you didn’t check out the Jazz on off the Plazz 2020 Virtual Shows they are all still available to watch online.) Concerts held every Wednesday, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, from June 26th through August 21st.

Please note that while the other music venues are 100% free, with Jazz on the Plazz events, the “best” seats come with a price tag. There has been no announcement on the end of season Gala, a ticketed fundraiser, last held on September 17th, 2023.

Fiesta de Artes / Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival – In 2021 the Los Gatos Fiesta merged with the Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival and the sweet pairing will be back for more this year. The musical lineup and more is published online and we can anticipate a great show with some fantastic local favorites! You can also check their Facebook page for updates. Set to go the weekend of September 16th – 17th, 2023 at the Civic Center Lawn.

 

Jazz on the Plazz 2022 logoOne-Day Only!

The Sounds of Summer Bluegrass & Americana Festival – Returning after it’s grand opening in 2023 and for one day only, the Sounds of Summer Bluegrass & Americana Fesitval hits the stage on Saturday, June 22nd from “Noon to Dark” at the Los Gatos Town Plaza Park. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase, as is reserved preferred seating. This event is by the same organizers as Jazz on the Plazz.

A separate ticketed event can be purchased for the Special Songwriters Concert at the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co Stage after mainstage performances have concluded, from 7pm – 9pm, details available on the Jazz on the Plazz Sounds of Summer webpage.

Fourth of July – Independence Day celebrations are an annual Town tradition at Oak Meadow park! No updates have been made for 2024, so check the Town page for details and the latest updates on this event. Last year, the San Jose Wind Symphony, which is always the main musical feature of the day, was scheduled to begin performing at 1pm. Check back through those links for any future updates.

Gone For Good?

The Promenade – After a successful start in 2021, and a popular return in 2022, the new kid on the block appears to be gone for good.

Vasona Vibrations – PERMANENTLY CANCELED – The website still shows the 2020 cancellation, but take a peak at their Facebook page and you’ll see the current status: permanantly canceled.

A popular event within the Music in the Concert series, the Los Gatos Park Dance, appears to be gone for good with no updates since 2020.

Now for the full schedule of performances. Below is my hand-pulled schedule of free concert performances based on the currently announced lineups for these series.

Once again, please double check all rules, directions, and schedule information with the information on the festival website so you can enjoy the music to the fullest. A complete list of performers and dates is not yet available, please check the respective event site for most current information.

Music in the Park schedule not included, and Independence Day celebration may be subject to change below as no dates or lineup have been announced for either annual event.

Concert Series Lineup

Series Date Day Time Performers
JoP: The Sounds of Summer Bluegrass & Americana Festival 22-Jun Sat 12:00pm Noon California Blue Runners
JoP: The Sounds of Summer Bluegrass & Americana Festival 22-Jun Sat 1:00pm The Goat Hill Girls
JoP: The Sounds of Summer Bluegrass & Americana Festival 22-Jun Sat 4:00pm Wildcat Mountain Ramblers
JoP: The Sounds of Summer Bluegrass & Americana Festival 22-Jun Sat 6:00pm Andre Thierry Accordian Soul Music
Jazz on the Plazz 26-Jun Wed 6:30-8:30pm Le Jazz Hot Quartet
Jazz on the Plazz 3-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Jessica Johnson
4th of July Symphony in the Park 4-Jul Thurs 11:00am – 3:30pm Not yet announced (based on 2023 event info)
Jazz on the Plazz 10-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Kim Nalley Trio
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Jazz on the Plazz 17-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm MJF Regional Band and Vocal Ensemble
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Jazz on the Plazz 24-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Michael Paulo Quartet
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Jazz on the Plazz 31-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Nicholas Bearde with Full Spectrum Jazz Orchestra
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Jazz on the Plazz 7-Aug Wed 6:30-8:30pm Chris Cain Band
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Jazz on the Plazz 14-Aug Wed 6:30-8:30pm Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Jazz on the Plazz 21-Aug Wed 6:30-8:30pm CARNAVAL! w/ special guest artist
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Music in the Park Sun 5:00-7:00pm Not Announced
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 21-Sep Sat 10:00am JADe
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 21-Sep Sat 12:00pm Noon First Call
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 21-Sep Sat 2:00pm RPM
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 21-Sep Sat 4:00pm The Johnny Neri Band
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 22-Sep Sun 10:00am Hoot n Holler
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 22-Sep Sun 12:00pm Noon Tsunami
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 22-Sep Sun 2:00pm The Megatones
Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes 22-Sep Sun 4:00pm The Houserockers
That is quite the roundup! Los Gatos is a fantastic place in which to live and recreate, but no time more than in the summer. Enjoy!

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