Get out your blankets and picnic baskets, Jazz on the Lawn returns for the sixth year.
The free concert series, held on the lawn of Santa Monica’s City Hall, begins on Aug. 7 and will run through Aug. 28. All shows begin at 5 p.m.
Performing on Aug. 7 is the high-energy jazz sextet Theo Saunders and Intergeneration. Specializing in global rhythmic grooves and straight ahead swing, Theo Saunders and Intergeneration play original compositions and unusual arrangements of jazz, Broadway and even country covers.
On Aug. 14, The Tony Guerrero Quintet performs music from the Great American Songbook from the 1930s through the ‘60s, including music from artists like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Louis Prima and Tony Bennett. This quintet’s high-energy sound is reminiscent of the Jet-Set and Atomic Age eras of the 1950s and ‘60s (think TV’s “Mad Men”) and their performance looks back to the era of New York supper clubs and Las Vegas showrooms.
A special addition to this evening’s concert is an open-community dance jam led by local dance-maker, Christine Suarez. Participating attendees will learn dance moves, improvise and shake their tail-feathers. All ages and abilities welcome.
On Aug. 21, the guitar-led organ trio, The Electones, play a range of jazz, blues and soul from the traditional to the experimental that will get people dancing. This concert is a tour stop on Tour da Arts, vol. 3, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s exciting art-themed bike tour through Santa Monica. Also, grab a free reusable bag made by Green Vets L.A. as part of the Office of Sustainability and the Environment’s Bring Your Bag initiative. The Single-Use Bag Ban goes into effect Sept. 1 and the free bags are to encourage residents to Bring Your Own Bag whenever you shop. This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky as part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Free Concerts in Public Spaces program which sponsors free concerts at community venues throughout Los Angeles County in order to provide access to quality music programming that represents the diversity of County residents.
On Aug. 28 talented violinist Lesa Terry and her all-star rhythm section, play an eclectic mix of soulful sounds including blues, swing, bebop, Cuban, Brazilian, Middle Eastern and beyond.