L.A. County Arts: Free Summer Concerts 2011!


This summer there will be 70 free concerts presented by the LA County Arts Commission which were announced today.

YoVenice Dulcimer

From LA County Arts:

Sounds ranging from contemporary Zydeco and all-girl classic rock to Balinese gamelan and Latin Jazz will echo from all corners of Los Angeles County this summer. Seventy free concerts are scheduled July to October in parks, plazas, libraries and arts centers. A complete schedule is available online.

Since its inception in 1947, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission has sponsored free concerts at community venues throughout the County to provide access to quality music programming representing the diversity of County residents. Each of the five County Supervisorial offices funds the concerts in its district.

A sampling of free concerts across the Supervisorial Districts includes:
– The tropical dance beat “salsa romantica” from La Palabra at San Angelo Park in La Puente July 1
– Jazz by the Cal Bennett Band at La Crescenta’s Two Strike Park July 23
– American Roots music from I See Hawks in L.A. in Whittier’s Central Park July 28.
– Pop nostalgia from The Hodads in Culver City’s Veterans Park August 27
– Brazilian sounds from Aloe Blacc on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice September 25

Artists who perform at Free Concerts in Public Sites are chosen by the concert presenters from the Arts Commission’s Musicians Roster featuring more than 180 L.A. County-based groups representing a range of musical styles. This online directory is accessible to the general public and has just been updated to include 23 groups new to the roster. The roster is searchable by key word, name of artist, and by music style. Artists included are chosen by a panel of experienced and respected music professionals based on artistic excellence, cultural diversity and the ability to work cooperatively with other organizations as representatives of the Free Concerts program.

Additional entertainment options can be found on the L.A. region’s leading cultural web portal. Consult the Arts Commission-sponsored Calendar on ExperienceLA.com. The calendar is searchable by several criteria – including “free” – and provides links to transportation information.