Buzz Bands LA’s Guide to Free Summer Concerts: 2017

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• Updated Aug. 14

From Southern California beaches to city streets to parks to shopping malls, free concerts abound.

And the season is well under way. So while awaiting lineup announcements from some of our summertime favorites, we’ve compiled Buzz Bands LA’s Guide to Free Summer Concerts, the 2017 edition, for your planning pleasure. From legendary artists to the hottest independents to local bands to cover bands, there’s something for everybody, and in just about everybody’s neighborhood, this summer.

Below find our long list of summer shows, and handy links to their originators. Have we missed anything? Leave us a comment. We’ll be updating this post as we get get more information.

Anaheim GardenWalk
Chinatown Summer Nights
Eagle Rock Music Festival, lineup TBA
Echo Park Rising
Figat7th Downtown Festival
Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series
Grand Performances at California Plaza
Glendale Open Arts & Music Festival
The Grove Summer Concert Series
Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Long Beach’s Summer and Music
Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park
MOCA Music at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Music at LACMA
One Colorado Summer Concerts
Orange County Parks Summer Concert Series 
Pershing Square Summer Concerts

Off the 405 at the Getty
Sound in Focus at the Annenberg Space for Photography
South Bay Summer Concert Series at Redondo, El Segundo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches
South Pasadena Summer Concerts
Summer Nights at the Hammer Museum

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Center
Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits Park, lineup TBA
West Hollywood Summer Sounds

Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green

June

9: Bruce Babad Quintet at Jazz at LAMCA
9: Screening of “Bridging the Divide,” documentary on L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, at Grand Performances at California Plaza
10: White Fence at Off the 405 at the Getty Center
11: Secret City at Grand Performances at California Plaza
11: The Platters at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
15: Teebs, Milo, Josef Leimberg and DJ Nobody at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
16: Wolfgang Schalk at Jazz at LACMA
17: Chicano Batman at KCRW Summer Nights at One Colorado
17: Fernanda Ulibarri & the Mexican Standoff, Nancy Sanchez, Sin Color at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
17: L.A. x GDL: Gaby Moreno and Caloncho at Grand Performances at California Plaza
18: Cumbia Cosmica at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
18: The Wonderelles at El Segundo Summer Concerts in the Park at Library Park on Main Street
18: Ticket to Ride (Beatle’s tribute) at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
22: Khalid and Bibi Bourelly at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
22: Honey & Jude at Anaheim GardenWalk
22: Leche at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
22: Donavon Frankenreiter and Matt Baxter at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Craig Regional Park
23: Clayton Cameron Sextet at Jazz at LACMA
23: Tank & the Bangas and Sweet Crude at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
23: Long Beach Opera, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida” at Grand Performances at California Plaza
24: La Luz at Off the 405 at the Getty Center
24: Kinky at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
24: Long Beach Summer and Music’s FKA 720, with Matt Costa, Rudy De Anda, Pinky Pinky and more, at Waite Ct. (between 3rd and 4th streets)
24: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson at Grand Performances at California Plaza
25: Which One’s Pink (Pink Floyd tribute) at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
29: Lemaitre and Coast Modern at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
29: Surf Curse, Tacocat and Starcrawler at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
29: Sabrina Lentini at Anaheim GardenWalk
29: The Buttertones and Pinky Pinky at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
29: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Dallas & Doll at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Craig Regional Park
29: Bob Baker Marionette Theater at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
30: Angie Wells at Jazz at LACMA
30: Vieux Farka Touré at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

July

1: Chinatown Summer Nights, with Lauren Ruth Ward, Color Caves, YIP YOPS, Bobby Blunders, Livingmore, Liv Slingerland and Lovers & Poets, along with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Aaron Byrd
1: Chico (and fireworks) at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
1: Hip Hop: First Peoples, New Voices, with Frank Waln, the Sampson Brothers, Tanaya Winder, MC RedCloud, and Mare Advertencia Lirika at Grand Performances at California Plaza
1: Mayaztek at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
1: Vaud and the Villains at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
2: Jessica Fichot at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
2: Pete Escovedo at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
5: Barns Courtney and Ariana & the Rose at the Grove Summer Concert Series
6: Rebel Rebel at the Hammer Museum, with Grace Mitchell, WARGIRL and KCRW DJ Valida
6: The Regrettes and the Tracks at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
6: Hollywood Stones and Jelly of the Month Club at OC Parks Summer
Concert Series at Mason Regional Park
6: Stone Soul (Motown tribute) at Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park
6: Popravinas at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Octagon
6: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
7: Western Standard time at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
7: “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse at Grand Performances at California Plaza
7: The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
8: Reggie Watts at Off the 405 at the Getty Center
8: The Suffers at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
8: Rahim AlHaj, “Letters from Iraq,” and Asher Shasho Levy at Grand Performances at California Plaza
8: Big Mess at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
9: Cornerstone Theater Company presents “A Concert Reading” with Magic Fruit (7 p.m.)  at Grand Performances at California Plaza
9: The Pine Mountain Logs at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
9: Aquarius (60s) at El Segundo Summer Concerts in the Park at Library Park on Main Street
9: The Grateful Dads (classic rock) at South Pasadena Summer Concerts at Garfield Park
9: Jack’s Cats (vintage jazz) at West Hollywood Summer Sounds at Kings Road Park
9: Mirage (Fleetwood Mac cover band) at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
9: Jan and Dean’s Beach Party featuring Dean Torrence at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
12: Spencer Ludwig and The Aces at the Grove Summer Concert Series
13: Marcia Griffiths and Jah9 at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
13: Rebel Rebel at the Hammer Museum, with Niia, SPELLES and KCRW DJ Anne Litt
13: La Resistencia, The Paranoias and Ghetto on Phyre at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
13: Open Arms and Flashback Heart Attack at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Mason Regional Park
13: LA Vation (U2 tribute) at Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park
13: Palechubs at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
13: Rhythm Child at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
14: La Chamba at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
15: Miguel, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and DJ Stretch Armstrong at Sound in Focus at the Annenberg Space for Photography
15: The Wallflowers and the Bright Light Social Hour at Pershing Square
15: Joe at Marina Del Rey’s Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park
15: Dos Lobos at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
15: L’Orchestre Afrisa International, with Ricardo Lemvo at Grand Performances at California Plaza
15: Neptune Cocktail at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
15: Mariachi Divas at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
16: Silk Road at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
16: Blue Breeze Band at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
16: The Fabulous Esquires Band (big band) at South Pasadena Summer Concerts at Garfield Park
16: David Marks of the Beach Boys with Surf City All Stars at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
16: Louie Cruz Beltran at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
19: Gin Blossoms and Letters to Cleo at The Grove Summer Concert Series
20: Eric Burdon & The Animals and Mr. Elevator at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
20: Zola Jesus, Peaking Lights, Smerz and DJ Michael Stock at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
20: Rebel Rebel at the Hammer Museum, with ELOHIM, Suzi Analogue and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges
20: Brainstorm at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
20: Concerts on the Bloc, with Braeves, Flavia and Chris Scholar, at 700 S. Flower St.
20: The Federal Empire and Kelly Rae Band at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Irvine Regional Park
20: Jeri Curl at Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park
20: TennWest at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Octagon
20: Steve Songs at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
21: MNDSGN at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
21: Sidestepper and Buyepongo at Grand Performances at California Plaza
22: Paul Oakenfold, Mondo Cozmo, Lo Moon and DJ Jason Bentley at Sound in Focus at the Annenberg Space for Photography
22: Boogie Knights and Erotic City at Pershing Square
22: Jungle Fire at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
22: Riffat Sultana, Meklit and Ulali at Grand Performances at California Plaza
22: A Certain Groove at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
22: Jimmy Webb at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
23: The Hollow Trees at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
23: Mark Mackay Band at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
23: The Disco Freaks at El Segundo Summer Concerts in the Park at Library Park on Main Street
23: Escape: The Journey Tribute at South Pasadena Summer Concerts at Garfield Park
23: Billy Joel and Elton John tributes with The Gay Men’s Chorus at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
23: Lao Tizer Band at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
26: Asia Featuring John Payne & Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri at The Grove Summer Concert Series
27: Miami Horror and Cleopold at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
27: Sean Watkins & Friends at Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Center
27: Rebel Rebel at the Hammer Museum, with Amber Mark, Maria del Pilar and KCRW DJ Liza Richardson
27: Thee Commons at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
27: Matt Costa and David Rosales at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Irvine Regional Park
27: The Suffragettes at Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park
27: Franks & Deans at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
27: The Party Animals at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
28: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
28: La Linea, with composer Roberto Mendoza, choreographer Manual Ballesteros and visual artist Gerardo Audiffred at Grand Performances at California Plaza
29: Rodrido y Gabriela, Natalia Lafourcade and DJ José Galván at Sound in Focus at the Annenberg Space for Photography
29: Los Lonely Boys and Metalachi at Pershing Square
29: Steve Gunn at Off the 405 at the Getty Center
29: Alejandro Escovedo at Marina Del Rey’s Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park
29: Long Beach Summer and Music’s Punk Rock Prom, with Missing Persons, Mention and Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, on the field at The Pike (Pine Avenue at Shoreline Drive)
29: Baio at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
29: Mothership Landing: Funk and The Afrofuturist Universe of ’77 at Grand Performances at California Plaza
29: 1969 at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
29: Perla Batalla at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
30: Twinkle Time at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
30: Peter & the Wolf, The Classical at Grand Performances at California Plaza
30: What Began in the Fires (spoken word) at Grand Performances at California Plaza
30: Hard Day’s Night at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
30: Robert Sarzo, A Salute to Santana, at South Pasadena Summer Concerts at Garfield Park
30: Delta Nove at West Hollywood Summer Sounds at Plummer Park
30: Queen Nation at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
30: The Chambers Brothers featuring Joe and Willie Chambers at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

August

3: Valerie June and Irma Thomas at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
3: Ibibio Sound Machine at Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center
3: Leslie Stevens & the Badgers and Moonsville Collective at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
3: The Fenians and Orion Walsh at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Mile Square Regional Park
3: The Kellye Huff Country Band at Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park
3: King Chris at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
3: Justin Roberts at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
4: Tuxedo at the Figat7th Downtown Festival
4: Boogaloo Assassins at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
4: No Side Now – Dance that Abandons Boundaries at Grand Performances at California Plaza
5: Chinatown Summer Nights, HAWAI, the Federal Empire, Isle & Fever, Wait. Think. Fast., Chris Price, Lucy & La Mer and MetronOhm, and KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole and Garth Trinidad, at Chinatown Central Plaza and Mandarin Plaza
5: Toad the Wet Sprocket and 10,000 Maniacs at Pershing Square
5: New Breed Brass Band at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
5: Dorian Wood – Entre Les Étoiles (Among the Stars) and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole at Grand Performances at California Plaza
5: Amber Foxx at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
5: Joel Rafael with John Trudell’s Bad Dog at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
6: Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
6: Peter & the Wolf, Big Funky Jazz Band at Grand Performances at California Plaza
6: Robert Randolph & the Family Band and the Reluctant Apostles (feat. Katey Sagal) at Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts at the South Side of the Hermosa Beach Pier
6: The Paladins and Seatbelt at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
6: Centerfold at El Segundo Summer Concerts in the Park at Library Park on Main Street
6: Opa Opa at South Pasadena Summer Concerts at Garfield Park
6: The Who Generation (The Who tribute) at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
10: Mon Laferte and Buscabulla at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
10: Delgres at Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center
10: Buyepongo at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
10: 9066::13769 (Executive Orders that Exclude) at Grand Performances at California Plaza
10: Common Sense and Wheeland Brothers at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Mile Square Regional Park
10: The Answer Classic Rock at Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series at Eastgate Park
10: Ghost in the Machine (Police Tribute) at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
11: Hanni El Khatib at the Figat7th Downtown Festival
11: Vaud & the Villains at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
11: Gospel lunch with Kenneth Crouch at Grand Performances at California Plaza
11: Septeto Santiaguero at Grand Performances at California Plaza
11: Dustbowl Revival at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
12: Yo La Tengo at Marina Del Rey’s Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park
12: The B-52s at Pershing Square
12: La Mias Negra at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
12: Hamed Nikpay at Grand Performances at California Plaza
12: Scrap Yard Aces at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
12: Lucky Diaz + The Family Jam Band at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
13: Jazzy Ash at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
13: Peter Y la Loba – Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band at Grand Performances at California Plaza
13: Everclear at Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts at the South Side of the Hermosa Beach Pier
13: Shari Puorto Band at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
13: City Beat Band at South Pasadena Summer Concerts at Garfield Park
13: Stayin’ Alive at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
13: Mark Lindsay at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
17: Warpaint and Wild Belle at Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
17: Daymé Arocena at Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center
17: Dutty Artz with Discos Barba Azul & Mexican Sonideros at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
17 : Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Shelter & Grace at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
17: Living Cover at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
17: Lythgoe Family Panto presents: Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
17-20: HOLYCHILD, CRX, Dungen and more at Echo Park Rising
11: Hanni El Khatib at the Figat7th Downtown Festival
18: Sinkane at the Figat7th Downtown Festival
18: Mariachi Divas at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
18: Dayme Arocena​ at Grand Performances at California Plaza
​18: Cameron Graves – Solo Piano, Ensemble and Leon Ware Tribute at Grand Performances at California Plaza
18-20: Echo Park Rising, lineup TBA
19: X and Meat Puppets at Pershing Square
19: Buskerfest as part of Long Beach Summer and Music in the East Village Arts District
19: Daedelus – Grooves for COLA20 at Grand Performances at California Plaza
19: Katey Segal at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
19: Elwood Moon at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
19-20: KX Festival at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
20: Peter & The Wolf – Edición Latinx at Grand Performances at California Plaza
20: Day of the Dead featuring Cubensis, Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band at Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts at the South Side of the Hermosa Beach Pier
20: Hollywood (U2 cover band) at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
20: 2017 Nutty at West Hollywood Summer Sounds at Kings Road Park
20: Natural Wonder (Stevie Wonder tribute) at Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park – Lou Bradlow Pavilion
24: David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana at Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center
24: Paprika Mari Jazz Ensemble at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
24: Family Style and Tijuana Dogs at OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
24: Abrakadabra at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
25: Quetzal at the Figat7th Downtown Festival
25: Yanga at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
26: Arturo Sandoval at Marina Del Rey’s Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park
26: Savoy Motel at Off the 405 at the Getty Center
26: Quitapenas at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
26: Mark de Clive-Lowe – Mirai No Rekishi (History of the Future) at Grand Performances at California Plaza
26: Rocky Dawuni at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
26: Like Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin Tribute) at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier
27: Birdie’s Playhouse at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
27: Super Diamond at Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts at the South Side of the Hermosa Beach Pier
27: Billy Mitchell at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
27: Lynette Skyyrd (Lynard Skynard cover band) at Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park’s amphitheater
31: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo at Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center
31: L.A. Witch at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
31: Strange Days (Doors Tribute) at the Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series at the Redondo Beach Pier

September

1: Peanut Butter Wolf’s History of Hip-Hop (1979-88) at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
2: Peanut Butter Wolf’s History of Hip-Hop (1989-99) at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
2: Chinatown Summer Nights, with Dream Machines, the New Electric Sound, Zealyn, Elle Belle, the Americans, Francisca Valenzuela and Saint Cecilia, plus KCRW DJs Travis Holcome and Raul Campos, at Chinatown Central and Mandarin Plazas
3: Barbara Morrison at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
3: The Battle of Santiago at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
7: President Brown at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
8: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
9: The Mudbug Brass Band at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
10: Tropi Corillo at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
10: Benny Brydern’s Blue Four (swing) at West Hollywood Summer Sounds at Plummer Park
16: Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits Park, lineup TBA
16: Glendale Open Music & Arts Festival, with Run River North, DUCKWRTH, Buyepongo, Wondem, Boogaloo Assassins, Yavaran and El Santo Golpe, in downtown Glendale (200 N. Brand Blvd.)
22: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Carlos Izcaray, conductor at Grand Performances at California Plaza

October

7: Eagle Rock Music Festival, with Dexter Story, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Te’Amir, the Delirians, Chola Orange, Subsuelo, Mexico 68, the Pretty Flowers and more, along Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock
7: Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, lineup TBA