The sixth annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series in front of Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., will kick off Sunday, Aug. 7 with a performance by the jazz sextet Theo Saunders and Intergeneration.
Presented by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, the free concert series will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. each Sunday in August. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket and beach chair to enjoy the show.
Opening the series is Theo Saunders and Intergeneration, who play original compositions and arrangements of jazz, Broadway, as well as country covers.
On Aug. 14, The Tony Guerrero Quintet will perform music from the Great American Songbook from the 1930s through 60s, including music from artists like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Louis Prima and Tony Bennett. A spokesperson for the series describes this quintet’s sound as reminiscent of the Jet-Set and Atomic Age eras of the 1950s and 60s.
A special addition to the Aug. 14 concert is an open-community dance jam led by local dance-maker Christine Suarez. All ages and abilities welcome.
For the Aug. 21 show, the guitar-led organ trio, The Electones, will play a range of jazz, blues and soul. This concert is a tour stop on Tour da Arts, vol. 3, an art-themed bicycle tour of the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky as part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Free Concerts in Public Spaces program, which sponsors free concerts at community venues throughout the county to provide access to quality music programming that represents the diversity of county residents.
Closing the series on Aug. 28 will be violinist Lesa Terry and her rhythm section, playing an eclectic mix of soulful sounds including blues, swing, bebop, Cuban, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern.
Dessert trucks Lake Street Creamery or A ROCKin ICE Hawaiian Shave Ice will be selling treats during the shows and IZZE Beverage Company and O.N.E. Coconut Water will provide complimentary beverages.
Free bike valet service will be provided at the City Hall parking lot. Free parking is also located nearby at the Civic Center Auditorium, 1855 Main St.