Concerts in the Park

Jun 27, 2012

Courtesy of the Wreck N Sow band

It’s summer, so it must be time for concerts in the park.

Every Saturday in the month of July and the first Saturday in August, Garfield Park in South Pasadena will host a free concert. Starting at 5 p.m. and running two hours, it’s a perfect occasion for an early evening picnic. Or keep an ear out while the young’uns play on the jungle gym, stop for a spell after you’ve played a few sets of tennis, or dawdle as you walk the hounds.

There will be something for everyone, from classic rock by the Answer; doo wop by the Alley Cats; big band by the Swing Cats, and Latin jazz by Louie Cruz Beltran to the Hodads, meaning one who poses as a surfer, though “none of the band would be caught dead on a stick (surfboard).”

Farnsworth Park in Altadena is also hosting concerts over the summer with jazz, steel drums, calypso, zydeco, salsa, Americana string quartet Wreck N Sow (now there’s a name), Those Manning Boys (native Altadenans Mike and Sean Manning), Irish Pride Dancers, and finally a tribute to Johnny Cash.

Mariachi music, patriotic tunes by the 1st Marine Division Band, top 40 hits from the 1970s by Cold Duck, and a Journey tribute can be heard on the City Hall West Lawn in Arcadia.

Tributes to the Beatles, Santana and Neil Diamond (Hot August Night) are on the schedule at the recreation center in Eagle Rock, while even more tributes—this time to Elvis and the Beach Boys—will be offered at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge (as well as blues, jazz, country, big band, and celtic (the Fenians).

For a complete listing of free summer concerts, visit and



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