The city of Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks begin June 23 at Stagecoach Community Park, located at 3420 Camino de los Coches. The outdoor concert series runs every Friday through Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at community parks across the city. Venues open to the public at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The first two shows will be at Stagecoach Community Park. Parking is available at La Costa Canyon High School (1 Maverick Way) and the Church of Latter Day Saints (3450 Camino de los Coches).
June 23: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra – blues/boogie woogie
Best known for her beehive-wearing stint with blues diva Candye Kane in the 1990s, Sue Palmer has been making her mark in the last decade with her high-energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra, and her flashy boogie woogie stylings. Palmer is known widely as San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie.
June 30: Morgan Leigh Band – pop/country
Morgan Leigh Band is one of Southern California’s favorite country bands. They perform country hits as well as songs from their original debut album “Trouble.” Morgan Leigh was a contestant on “American Idol,” a Texaco Country Showdown State Winner and nominated for Best Country/Americana in the annual San Diego Music Awards.
The next two concerts will be held in Poinsettia Community Park at 6600 Hidden Valley Road. Shuttle service operates from 4:30 to 9 p.m. from North Coast Calvary Chapel at 1330 Poinsettia Lane.
July 7: Robert Jon & The Wreck – Southern tock
Robert Jon & The Wreck is an Orange County quintet that has recently released its second album, “Good Life Pie.”
July 14: The Routine – Soul/Rock/Funk
The Routine is a five-piece rock collective from San Diego that defies categorization, mixing electric blues, soul and world styling. Russell Ramo, guitar player and son of Syrian immigrants, explains, “Just by looking at us, you see the story of global artistic culture: Black, White, European, Middle Eastern and Latino. We epitomize diversity and the strength of its unity.”
July 21: Feufollet – Cajun
While Feufollet remains central to the neo-traditionalist Cajun sound, the band’s album, “En Couleurs,” finds them coming into their own and pushing the boundaries of Cajun into a new century. Elvis Costello called “En Couleurs” “the most beautifully melodic album I’ve heard all year.”
The next two concerts will be at Calavera Hills Community Park at 2997 Glasgow Drive in the city’s northeast quadrant. Shuttle service operates between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Sage Creek High School at 3900 Cannon Road:
July 28: Spazmatics – 1980s cover band
Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture the power-pop 1980s.
August 4: High Tide Society – 1970s and ‘80s soft rock
High Tide Society, formerly AM Gold, is keeping it classy with covers of soft rock hits from the late 1970s and early ‘80s from artists like Ambrosia, America, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Exile, Orleans, Air Supply, Little River Band, Toto, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross and more.
The final two concerts will be held at Alga Norte Community Park at 6565 Alicante Road. Shuttle service operates from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Ocean Collection at 2510 Gateway Road:
August 11: The Mighty Untouchables – Multicultural
This multi-cultural mix of musicians and singers entertain with an extensive and diverse collection of material. Their repertoire includes songs from Bruno Mars, CeeLo Green, Earth, Wind & Fire, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Celia Cruz.
August 18: JazzKatz Orchestra with Whitney Shay – Big Band/Swing
Directed by Chaz Cabrera and Whitney Shay, the JazzKatz members are some of the finest and most experienced jazz musicians in the San Diego area. The JazzKatz play modern to classic jazz and emulate the swing sounds of big band music.