Jazz on the Lawn 2019

Free Concerts in the Park

Sundays in August, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Free and Open to all

Grab friends, family and your dancing shoes for free concerts in the park. Jazz on the Lawn returns for its 14th summer each Sunday this August. The well-loved concert series features a sampling of jazz and world music genres, a free dance lesson before the first concert, family-friendly preconcert activities and tasty food trucks.

All events held at:

Gandara Park
1819 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Parking support provided by Kite, a Gilead Company

Lineup

  • GliFoS

    Sunday, August 4 - Afrobeat

    4 – 7pm Pre-concert family-friendly games & activities
    4:30 – 5pm Pre-concert Afro-fusion dance lesson with Cheyenne Dunbar
    5  7pm Concert
    Food trucks:
     Original Gourmet KebabThe Big CheeseKing Kone 

    Influenced by Afrofunk, Afrobeat, psychedelic jazz, funk, and soul from the 60’s and 70’s, GliFoS has created and coined their own genre, Vodou Funk.

    Their high energy and political flavors harken back to an era, when not by choice but to prevent being prosecuted, this type of music needed to remain underground. GliFoS draws on the Voudou ceremonies of singing, drumming, and dancing.

    A free 30-minute Afro-fusion dance lesson will be led by GliFoS lead vocalist Cheyenne Dunbar before the concert from 4:30 – 5 p.m. 

    The evening is hosted by Joe Hernandez Kolski, co-founder of Downbeat 720, an open-mic event for high school performers. Downbeat 720 has been running for over sixteen years and is sponsored by the City of Santa Monica.

  • Idle Hands

    Sunday, August 11 - Blues & Jazz

    4 – 7pm Pre-concert family-friendly games & activities 
    5  7pm Concert
    Food trucks:
     Dogtown Dogs | Tacos Gallo Loco | Merci Clément 

    The high-energy, upbeat band Idle Hands, featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic’s perennial drummer , Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz,  performs blues, jazz, rock, and rockabilly.

    The evening is hosted by Santa Monica local Eddie Jauregui, one of the founding members of the Ruskin School of Acting.

  • Mayaztek

    Sunday, August 18 - Latin, Cumbia & Reggae

    4 – 7pm Pre-concert family-friendly games & activities 
    5  7pm Concert
    Food trucks:
     Original Gourmet Kebab | The Big Cheese | King Kone

    Mayaztek brings an authentic, high-energy, and danceable musical experience that is a blend of Latin, reggae, and cumbia. Mayaztek members are from all over the world, reflecting the band’s belief in unity among all cultures and races.

    Actor, spoken word artist, humanitarian, and TED speaker Sean Hill will host the evening's festivities.

  • NUTTY

    Sunday, August 25- Classic Rock All Jazzed Up

    4 – 7pm Pre-concert family-friendly games & activities 
    5  7pm Concert
    Food trucks:
     Dogtown Dogs | Tacos Gallo Loco | Merci Clément 

    The octet NUTTY will perform an array of rock/jazz classics, re-interpreted and rearranged. Featuring both simple jazzy takes on favorite rock standards and more elaborate pairings of rock/jazz numbers, NUTTY makes for both a fun show and a swank stage presentation.

    The evening is hosted by Joe Hernandez Kolski, co-founder of Downbeat 720, an open-mic event for high school performers. Downbeat 720 has been running for over sixteen years and is sponsored by the City of Santa Monica.

INFO

Location

Gandara Park is located at 1819 Stewart St. Gandara Park amenities include a children’s playground, restrooms and limited accessible parking.

Bike Share & Bike Valet

Ride your bike or a Breeze Bike Share rental to the concerts. A Breeze station is located in the park. Free bike valet will be available starting at 4pm in the Gandara Park lot, 1819 Stewart St. 

Big Blue Bus

Ride Big Blue Bus Route 5 to the concerts and get off at Stewart St. coming from either direction. A roundtrip fair is $2.50 – go cashless and download the mobile ticketing app from Token Transit. Plan your trip on Big Blue Bus.

Expo Line

Gandara Park is an eight-minute walk from the 26th Street/Bergamot Expo Line Station. Walk east on Olympic Blvd. and turn right on Stewart St. to reach the park. Plan your trip on Metro.

Parking

Free parking is available after 3:30pm in the Kite Pharma lot located at 1800 Stewart St., a half block north of the park. There are over 100 spots in the lot. Please be courteous of the residents and do not park in the neighborhood. 

Accessibility

A limited number of parking spots will be reserved for accessible parking in the Gandara Park lot and will be on a first come, first served basis. Vehicles must have a government-issued accessible parking license plate, placard, hangtag or sticker. The entrance to the park’s parking lot will serve as a drop-off location. A parking attendant will be staffing the lot. The park and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. For those using a wheeled mobility device, the walking or bike paths can be used to traverse the park. To view the concert, travel over grass will be required. The ground can be uneven in some areas of the park. For assistance with accommodations, contact Santa Monica Cultural Affairs at least one week prior to the event at 310-458-8350 or culture@smgov.net; TTY 310-458-8696.