The 10th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series returns to Santa Monica’s Stewart Street Park on all five Sunday afternoons in August.
Presented by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, the free family-friendly concerts draw people of all ages who come to dance, picnic, relax, and enjoy lively music in the park each Sunday from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Attendees can bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks that rotate each week.
This year’s music line-up features: the Nate Birkey Quintet on Aug. 2, an exuberant tribute band dedicated to the legendary artistry of Miles Davis and Chet Baker; Estaire Godinez on Aug. 9, a sensational vocalist and percussionist who fuses jazz and funk with the sounds and traditions of Latin and Brazilian music; Louie Cruz Beltran on Aug. 16, an extraordinary conguero, timbalero and vocalist who blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, pop, and R&B; the California Feetwarmers on Aug. 23, a band of entertaining musicians who breathe new life into the old-time sound of Ragtime, swing, and New Orleans jazz.; and on Aug. 30, Brasil Brazil plays popular Brazilian melodies with a variety of vivacious rhythms and explosive sound.
To complement the eclectic music line-up, concertgoers can sample cuisine from a variety of food trucks each week.
On Aug. 2, The Grilled Cheese Truck offers savory and sweet versions of the classic comfort food, Dogtown Dogs serves hotdogs, an all American favorite, and Chunk-n-Chip sells ice cream sandwiches made from premium, locally sourced ingredients.
On Aug. 9, The Grilled Cheese Truck returns, joined by Hungry Nomad, selling wholesome Mediterranean food with an American twist, and The Pudding Truck, offering gourmet versions of the favorite childhood snack.
On Aug. 16, Slammin’ Sliders sells delicious sliders, smoothies, and salads, Mangia’s Italian Ristorante brings a host of Italian cuisine with a Mexican twist, and Sweet E’s Bakeshop sells phenomenal cupcakes, cookies, and baked treats.
On Aug. 23, Tokyo Doggy Style brings delicious hot dogs with a Japanese twist, and Hungry Nomad and The Pudding Truck return.
On Aug. 30, Slammin’ Sliders returns, California Taco Bear offers delicious taco transformations, and King Kone serves ice cream, the perfect dessert for a hot summer day.
Stewart Street Park amenities include a children’s playground, restrooms and handicap parking. Free parking is available after 3:30 pm across the street at 1831 Stewart Street.
The free jazz concert series each Sunday in August will run from 5-7 pm at Stewart Street Park, 1836 Stewart Street. Free bike valet available.
Ride Big Blue Bus Route 5 to any concert. Board and/or exit at Westbound or Eastbound Olympic and Stewart (only $1 each way). Visit bigbluebus.com to plan your trip.
Free parking available after 3:30 pm in the Agensys lot, 1800 Stewart Street.
Sunday, Aug. 2
Nate Birkey Quintet
The Grilled Cheese Truck, Dogtown Dogs & Chunk-N-Chip
Sunday, Aug. 9
Hungry Nomad, The Grilled Cheese Truck & The Pudding Truck
Sunday, Aug. 16
Louie Cruz Beltran
Slammin’ Sliders, Mangia’s Italian Ristorante & Sweet E’s Bake Shop
Sunday, Aug. 23
Hungry Nomad, Tokyo Doggy Style & The Pudding Truck
Sunday, Aug. 30
Slammin’ Sliders, California Taco Bear & King Kone