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Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

Summer 2019 is just around the corner and we’re all revved up and ready for those free concerts around Los Gatos. Most artists and schedules have been announced and, knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all! Below please find a compilation of the FOUR different Los Gatos free musical concert series (and don’t forget Independence Day festivities)! As always, the information below should be reliable but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website prior to going and always read the rules (especially if you plan to picnic). Hope to see you there!

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Music - Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers(1) Vasona Vibrations  5-7pm every Saturday of June & July (pl;us a bonus Open Mic on Aug 3) at Vasona Lake County Park, schedule of performers has recently been announced here at the event’s website. Performances are held on the lawn near the Ranger Office, just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. Consider bringing food and cash donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, which are accepted at every concert. Please note that a $6 fee is charged for parking within the County Parks.

(2) Music in the Park   5-7pm Sundays from July 7th – August 4th, usually with a dance party finale at the Los Gatos Civic Center campus lawn.  Get more information (rules, dates, location, schedule and lineup) when available at the website, closer to June.000 Jazz - Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

(3)  Jazz on the Plazz 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, June 19 – August 21 at the Los Gatos Town Plaza (where the farmers market is held) on West Main St and Santa Cruz Ave by the post office. More information and a schedule is available on the website. Please note that while the other music venues are 100% free, with Jazz on the Plazz, the “best” seats come with a price tag.

(4) Fiesta de Artes open 10am-6pm August 10th – 11th, at the Civic Center Lawn in Downtown Los Gatos. The Fiesta is the only art and wine festival in Los Gatos and offers musical performances both days from start to finish. Find the schedule here.

Don’t forget to include the Fourth of July in your plans – it is always spectacular, and is one of the more child-
friendly concerts! The events are held at Oak Meadow Park, and Los Gatos residents park for free. Event page is showing information from 2017, this is normally updated as we approach July. Last year, a new event was held the weekend prior, the Red, White, & Blue Block Party on sjws 4thSaturday, July 1st, 2017. Santa Cruz Avenue in Downtown was closed for festivities including, music, family games, a bike parade, and dunk tank. No updated information has been given yet, but we hope the party will be back in 2018!

Now for the full schedule of performances. 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 is not yet available, the chart will be filled in as details become available.

Series Date Day Time Performer & Link
Vasona Vibrations 1-Jun Sat 5:00-7:00pm Top Shelf Big Band
Vasona Vibrations 8-Jun Sat 5:00-7:00pm Blue House
Vasona Vibrations 15-Jun Sat 5:00-7:00pm The Jones Gang
Jazz on the Plazz 19-Jun Wed 6:30-8:30pm Jane Monheit
Vasona Vibrations 22-Jun Sat 5:00-7:00pm Andre Thierry
Jazz on the Plazz 26-Jun Wed 6:30-8:30pm Tiffany Austin
Vasona Vibrations 29-Jun Sat 5:00-7:00pm Windy Hill
Vasona Vibrations 30-Jun Sat 5:00-7:00pm Andre Thierry
Jazz on the Plazz 3-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Curtis Stigers with Full Spectrum Jazz
4th of July Celebration 4-Jul Thurs 1:00pm Symphony in the Park – San Jose Wind Symphony
4th of July Celebration 4-Jul Thurs 11:00am The Hipwaders (for kids) on 2nd stage
Vasona Vibrations 6-Jul Sat 5:00-7:00pm Blue Summit
Music in the Park 7-Jul Sun 5:00-7:00pm The Sun Kings (Beatles tribute)
Jazz on the Plazz 10-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Paula West (Facebook Link)
Vasona Vibrations 13-Jul Sat 5:00-7:00pm Jessica Johnson
Music in the Park 14-Jul Sun 5:00-7:00pm Sweet HayaH
Jazz on the Plazz 17-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm John Proulx
Vasona Vibrations 20-Jul Sat 5:00-7:00pm Isis and The Cold Truth
Music in the Park 21-Jul Sun 5:00-7:00pm Ryan Scripps
Jazz on the Plazz 24-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm To Be Announced
Vasona Vibrations 27-Jul Sat 5:00-7:00pm Bean Creek
Music in the Park 28-Jul Sun 5:00-7:00pm Stealin’ Chicago
Jazz on the Plazz 31-Jul Wed 6:30-8:30pm Jamie Davis
Vasona Vibrations 3-Aug Sat 4:00-7:00pm Vasona Vibrations Acoustic Open Mike
Music in the Park 4-Aug Sun 5:00-7:00pm Caravansarai (Santana Tribute)
Jazz on the Plazz 7-Aug Wed 6:30-8:30pm Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All Stars
Fiesta de Artes 10-Aug Sat See website TBD – see Fiesta de Artes page
Fiesta de Artes 11-Aug Sun See website TBD – see Fiesta de Artes page
Jazz on the Plazz 14-Aug Wed 6:30-8:30pm Roberta Gambarini
Jazz on the Plazz 21-Aug Wed 6:30-8:30pm The Funky Godfather
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!

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series 2010: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

May 21, 2010

To view the 2011 schedule of the free music series in Los Gatos, please click here. The list below is for 2010.

2010 Series:
Summer 2010 is almost here & it’s time to plot out your attendance at the wonderful offerings of the three Los Gatos free musical concert series! Here is the info you need to make the most of these great offerings. (Info deemed reliable but not guaranteed – please double check the websites prior to going & always read up on the rules as some things have changed.)

Vasona Vibrations Logo (Los Gatos Free Musical Concert Series)(1) Vasona Vibrations 5-7pm every Saturday June & July at Vasona Park: http://www.southbayfolks.org/vasona/ Schedule of who plays what week:
http://www.southbayfolks.org/vasona/#psched Performances are held every Saturday in June and July from 5-7pm, on the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. Referenced in the list below as VV.

Los Gatos Music in the Park (Los Gatos Free Musical Concert Series)(2) Music in the Park LG civic center lawn Sundays 5-7pm June 20 – Aug 29
Basic info (rules, date, location)
http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=350
Music in the Park site:
http://www.lgmip.com/ Schedule info (who plays which day) http://www.lgmip.com/miperformers.asp Referenced in the list below as MIP.

Jazz on the Plazz (Los Gatos free musical concert series)(3) Jazz on the Plazz http://www.jazzontheplazz.com/ Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm, June 23rd through August 25th. Check the FAQ section of the site for info on the rules and more. The Los Gatos Town Plaza is on West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue near the post office in downtown Los Gatos. Schedule of who’s playing what: http://www.jazzontheplazz.com/jazz_artists.asp Referenced in the list below as JP.

Date Day-Series Time Performer & link (to performer’s website)
6/5 Sat – VV 5-7pm The Sherry Austin Band
6/12 Sat – VV 5-7pm Flatpick Sidekicks
6/19 Sat – VV 5-7pm David Correa and Cascada
6/20 Sun – MIP 5-7pm Lee Alverson’s Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
6/20 Sun – MIP opener Opener: Fran

Jazz on the Plazz 2009 Opening Performance was a Knockout!

June 25, 2009

Dennis Rowland and Full Spectrum Jazz played to a happy & packed audience last night for the opening concert in the Jazz on the Plazz series  at the Town Plaza Park.

Jazz on the Plazz June 24 2009

The music, which played from 6:30pm to a little past 8:30pm, was fantastic. Dennis Rowland is an engaging performer, both when singing and when chatting with the audience.  The Full Spectrum Jazz is an awesome band by itself, but also worked in perfect sync with Mr. Rowland.

The crowd stayed to the end despite some fairly cool winds blowing in through the pass from Santa Cruz, especially after sunset (microclimates: it was warm and nearly windless out in Belwood, so the temp change caught me by surprise – next time, I’ll remember to bring layers).  Loads of booths ringed the periphery, enabling concert attendees to buy a little food (oysters, anyone?), wine or coffee.  Patrons at Willow Street, just on the other side of North Santa Cruz Avenue, got to enjoy patio dining enhanced by great jazz. Not a bad way to take in the music!

Blankets are no longer permitted as they were causing loads of damage to the lawn, and most of the concert goers seemed aware of this and came prepared with soccer-viewing type chairs.  This seemed to actually improve the overall situation as more people fit into the lawn area with chairs rather than a patchwork quilt of towels and blankets.

Many thanks to all the sponsors who make Jazz on the Plazz possible.  See you next week!

For information on the schedule for Jazz on the Plazz, Music in the Park, and Vasona Vibrations (the three free music concert series in Los Gatos), please visit my post with the detailed schedule:Los Gatos Free Music Concerts in 2009: Jazz on the Plazz, Music in the Park and Vasona Vibrations

Los Gatos Free Music Concerts in 2009: Jazz on the Plazz, Music in the Park and Vasona Vibrations

June 09, 2009

For Los Gatos Free Music Concerts Summer 2011 click here

For Los Gatos Free Music Concerts in 2010 please click here

2009 info is below

Summer in Los Gatos is a joy – there’s so much to do, and most of it doesn’t cost a dime, thanks to the generosity of many sponsors. There are three free music concert series in Los Gatos, and together they provide a wide spectrum of musical styles and entertainment. Included are jazz, classical, rock & roll tribute bands, and much more.

Below please find the combined schedule – I have done my best to make it accurate but cannot guarantee anything so please double check with the website for each of the series. If you’re here over Independence Day weekend, you’re in for a double treat as there are 2 concerts on July 4th!

For general information about Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations, please see their websites:

 

Music in the Park Civic Center Lawn
Vasona Vibrations Vasona Lake County Park
Jazz on the Plazz Los Gatos Town Park Plaza (near post office)

Below please find the combined schedule of musical events in Los Gatos as planned with links to the musicians’ websites when possible. Music in the Park will have local talent do lead-in music from 4:15 to 4:45 to get the ball rolling. Please arrive early to the shows to get a great spot!

Vasona Vibrations 6/6/2009 5-7 pm The Avalanche Choir
Vasona Vibrations 6/13/2009 5-7 pm City Rocks
Vasona Vibrations 6/20/2009 5-7 pm Celtic Heart
Music in the Park 6/21/2009 5-7 pm David Martin
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