SANTA MONICA, Calif. – There’s nothing better in summer than lawn chairs, a cheese plate, and the sound of local music in one of our wonderful parks! The City of Santa Monica invites residents of all ages to celebrate recent improvements to Christine Emerson Reed Park with a series of free open-air concerts.
The completely re-designed park now features a winding pathway, a host of new native plants and shrubs, free and open exercise equipment, picnic tables, chess tables, and an outdoor performance area adjacent to the Miles Playhouse. It is in this new performance area where the concerts will entertain music-enthusiasts this summer.
Attendees are invited to bring portable chairs, picnic blankets, food and refreshments to enjoy during the performances. The series will open on Saturday, June 10 with the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet. Here’s a look at the full lineup:
Saturday, June 10, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. – Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet
Saturday, June 24, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. – Nick Mancini Organ Trio
Saturday, July 15, 5:30 – 8 p.m. – String Theory Productions, sunset concert
Saturday, July 29, 3 – 7 p.m. – A Cappella Picnic, eight different all-vocal groups
The July concerts kick off with local favorites, String Theory doing a multi-discipline, family-friendly performance that will utilize several areas of the park. They will also be stringing their beautiful custom performance harps outside on the giant Eucalyptus trees.
Santa Monica’s first ever “A Cappella Picnic” will close the series featuring eight different vocal groups; from a 30+ person choir to an intimate vocal trio each performing roughly 30 minutes of all vocal music. The afternoon will also feature a special “beat box” segment with some of the regions finest beat boxers.
The events are free and open to all! Biking, walking, and taking the Big Blue Bus is encouraged. Free parking will be available at 808 Wilshire Blvd.
For more information, contact MilesPlayhouse@SMGov.Net