The city of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division will present the fifth annual Jazz on the Lawn concert series in front of Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 1 and 8.
Admission and parking are free.
Performing on Aug. 1 is the funk-soul jam band, Pinot, from USC’s Thorton School of Music. The band began performing at house parties around campus where their popularity skyrocketed, an event promoter said.
Since then, the musicians have toured the country and they recently returned from a six-week tour of more than 18 cities to perform at Santa Monica’s Jazz on the Lawn.
On Aug. 8, Bobby Matos and his Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform a mix of melodies of modern jazz with the rhythms of Cuban Charanga. Matos’ first performances were in the early 1960s at small cafes in the Bronx, NY. He later performed in dance halls, elegant supper clubs and theaters, and then in well-known venues such as Carnegie Hall and Central Park.
In addition to the free music performances, The Big Swirl Truck, a self-serve gourmet gelato food truck, will offer sorbet and dairy free options, while IZZE Sparkling Juice and Sparkletts will provide complimentary beverages.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the show.
Event sponsors include KJazz, IZZE Sparkling Juice, Sparkletts, The Big Swirl Truck, Whole Foods, and Le Pain Quotidien.
Free parking is available after 4 p.m. at the nearby Civic Center Auditorium at 1855 Main St.