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The Pasadena Playhouse District kicked off its free summer concert series last night with a terrific performance by the Dave Hamm trio. The keyboard, bass and drums combo displayed tremendous enthusiasm and rapport in the numbers that they entertained the crowd with from 5pm to 7pm.

The 6th annual concert series is held in the Vroman's bookstore courtyard near the Laemelle Theater.

Here is a listing of free concerts in and around Pasadena during July:

Pasadena Playhouse District – Sunday evenings starting 5pm
Colorado Boulevard at El Molino

July 12 Vibraphonist Nick Mancini's Quartet

July 19 The Elliott Caine Quartet

July 26 The Leila Avila Group

Pasadena Levitt Pavilion – Wed through Sunday evenings until August 30
At Walnut and Ramond Street

Every Wednesday at 7pm is The Children's Hour

South Pasadena – Sunday evenings starting at 5pm

Garfield Park on Mission Street east of Fair Oaks

July 19 Swing, Inc.

Arcadia – Thursday evenings starting at 6:30pm
City Hall Lawn, 240 West Huntington Drive

July 9 Hodads – Beach Tunes

July 16 Howlin' Blues Boogie Band

July 23 Rockit Scientists – Tribute to Baby Boomers

July 30 Silverados – Country

La Canada Flintridge – Sundays starting 6pm
Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd.

July 12 Wake the Bard, Traditional Celtic

July 19 Pacific Coast Highway – Soft Rock

July 26 Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys – Country

Monrovia – Sunday evenings starting 6:30
Recreation Park at Shamrock and Lemon

July 12 Doo Wah Riders

July 19 Moondance – Swing, Jazz, Big Band

July 26 The Answer – Classic Pop

Sierra Madre – Sunday evenings starting at 6pm
Memorial Park on Sierra Madre Boulevard

July 12 Elvis – Classic Rock and Roll

July 19 The Surfin Safaris – Beach Music

July 26 LA Bluecasters – Rhythm and Blues

Temple City – Wednesdays starting at 7pm
Temple City Park, 9701 Las Tunas Drive

July 8 Suave the Band – Swing, Blues and Oldies

July 15 The Surfing Safaris – Beach Party Music

July 22 Nitro Express – Country Rock

July 29 Cold Duck – 70s / Top 40

All concerts are free and the locations are all within a 25-minute drive or less of downtown Pasadena. Coffee shops and restaurants are near each place as well to dine before or after.

The summer concert series held in each city shows the commitment to the arts that exists across the San Gabriel Valley.

Chairs are provided in the Playhouse district at the Vroman's bookstore courtyard. Otherwise, bring folding chairs and blankets. Alcohol is typically not allowed.

Enjoy the summer evenings filled with music – for free!


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