CARLSBAD — The 25th season of the city of Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in the Parks free outdoor concerts have been booked for consecutive Friday evenings beginning June 25 through Aug. 20, presented by the city’s Cultural Arts Office and produced by On the Other Side Productions, Inc. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
The first three concerts take place at Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, between La Costa Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road. The concert site is on Baseball Field No. 1 on the park’s upper level. New parking and shuttle information for Stagecoach Park will be announced in early June on the city’s website, www.carlsbadca.gov/arts. Free shuttle service will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Hope Elementary School, 3010 Tamarack Drive and from Calavera Hills School, 4100 Tamarack Drive at College Avenue.
— Ruby & the Red Hots start the series June 25 with jazz and blues vocals.
— Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca performs July 2 with an afro-cuban beat.
— July 9 will be Big Time Operator’s big-band swing.
TGIF moves to Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, for three concerts in July. — — July 16 features Louie Cruz Beltran’s Latin beat.
— The Screamin’ Primas, a tribute band to Louis Prima plays July 23.
— July 30 will be Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers with West Coast blues.
Free shuttle service will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from two locations: south of the park at Pacific Rim Elementary School at the corner of Hidden Valley Road & Camino de las Ondas and north of the park at the Legoland parking lot off The Crossings Road, north off Palomar Airport Road.
Calavera Hills Park, site of the final three concerts, is at 2997 Glasgow Drive on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive.
— Aug. 6 offers Bill Magee Blues Band southern blues.
— Aug. 13 will host the swing tunes of Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra.
— Aug. 20 will have Earl Thomas and his rockin’ blues.
Patrons should bring low-back beach chairs and ground cover to TGIF concerts. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and insect repellent with DEET are recommended as a precaution against mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. Many patrons bring picnics; light refreshments are also available for sale.
Intermission opportunity drawings are conducted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts to support the concert series and other cultural programs. The use of bikes, skateboards, skates and roller blades is not allowed in the parks during concerts. Smoking, pets and personal barbecue grills are not allowed in city parks by municipal ordinance.
For more information on TGIF Jazz in the Parks concerts, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/arts or call (760) 434-2904.