Summer in the city means TGIF Concerts in the Parks, a tradition that has truly become an integral part of the community's life.
Since 1986, the City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office has been presenting free concerts in the city's parks during the summer. In 1986, there were four concerts, with about 150 people at each concert. Now each concert attendance reaches approximately 4,000 people.
Concerts take place on Friday evenings, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and begin in late June and run through the summer. The schedule of parks and bands is usually posted on the website by mid-May.
See the complete 2019 schedule and locations below: Stagecoach Community Park
June 21: Safety Orange A band of beach buddies, Safety Orange is keeping surf rock alive through originals and clever mashups of your favorite tunes. June 28: Uptown Funk Internationally touring Uptown Funk specializes in performing in the style of Bruno Mars complete with choreography to a multitude of international platinum hits. July 5: Sully and the Souljahs With multiple Grammy nominations and awards between them, Sully and the Souljahs play their very unique brand of R&B, funk soul and, believe it or not, reggae! Poinsettia Community Park
July 12: Pop Vinyl Pop Vinyl performs a nonstop playlist spanning five decades of upbeat, club-hoppin' hits from Aretha Franklin and the Bee Gees to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. July 19: Urban Renewal Project The LA-based sixteen-piece collective known as The Urban Renewal Project brings their live-band hip-hop and jazz-funk aesthetic through infectious rap hooks, vibrant horn lines and a heavy dose of live drums. Calavera Hills Community Park
July 26: Rumba Y Soul Rumba Y Soul's salsa clasica will make your body move. This 10-piece band plays cumbia, merengue and bachata with music influences by artists Celia Cruz, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. August 2: Unsteady Formed in Southern California, Unsteady blends ska and reggae with a dash of geek, lounge and funky soul with horns, organ, driving bass and drums. Alga Norte Community Park
Aug. 9: Gene Evaro Jr. Hailing from Joshua Tree, California, Gene Evaro Jr mixes soul, folk, electronic and funk with the dexterity of Earth, Wind & Fire and retro fashions of Sly & The Family Stone. Evaro sings, plays and leads in a style that embodies Prince. Aug. 16: 80z All Starz / Cassie B's 90s Remix It's a duel of the decades. The 80z All-Stars are the premiere tribute act, and Cassie B's 90s remix electrifies the stage. Sing your heart out to your favorite decade jams and come dressed in your best vintage look. More info: http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/arts/events/tgif/