The City of Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks begin June 23 at Stagecoach Community Park, located at 3420 Camino de los Coches. The outdoor concert series runs every Friday through Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at community parks across the city. Venues open to the public at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
At a Glance
The complete concert lineup is below and included in this TGIF video. Make sure to check the dates, as the park order is a little different this year.
Stagecoach Community Park 3420 Camino de los Coches
Parking is available at La Costa Canyon High School (1 Maverick Way) and the Church of Latter Day Saints (3450 Camino de los Coches).
June 23 Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra – Blues/Boogie Woogie Best known for her beehive-wearing stint with blues diva Candye Kane in the 90s, Sue Palmer has been making her mark in the last decade with her high-energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra, and her flashy boogie woogie stylings. Sue is known widely as San Diego's Queen of Boogie Woogie.
June 30 Morgan Leigh Band – Pop Country Morgan Leigh Band is one of Southern California’s hardest working, high energy country bands. They will keep the party rocking all night long, performing all your favorite country hits as well as songs from their original debut album Trouble. Morgan Leigh was a contestant on American Idol, a Texaco Country Showdown State Winner and nominated for Best Country/Americana by San Diego Music Awards.
Poinsettia Community Park 6600 Hidden Valley Road
Shuttle service operates from 4:30 to 9 p.m. from North Coast Calvary Chapel, (1330 Poinsettia Lane)
July 7 Robert Jon & The Wreck – Southern Rock Robert Jon & The Wreck is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Based out of Orange County, this quintet is dedicated, driven and committed to giving their fans a powerful rock and roll show - night after night and town after town. This team of follicular proficient troubadours isn’t slowing down anytime soon, recently releasing their sophomore album, Good Life Pie.
July 14 The Routine – Soul/Rock/Funk The Routine is a five-piece rock collective from San Diego that defies categorization in today’s genre-driven media cloud. A sonic melting pot of electric blues, soul and world styling, they are not simply a band. And they are anything but “routine”. Russell Ramo, guitar player and son of Syrian immigrants, explains, “Just by looking at us, you see the story of global artistic culture: Black, White, European, Middle Eastern and Latino. We epitomize diversity and the strength of its unity.”
July 21 Feufollet – Cajun While Feufollet remains central to the neo-traditionalist brush fire they helped ignite as youths, their album, En Couleurs found the band coming into its own and pushing the envelope, leading the way once again as Cajun music extends itself into a new century. It was praised by the New York Times, Garden & Gun and Elvis Costello who proclaimed “En Couleurs is the most beautifully melodic album I’ve heard all year.”
Calavera Hills Community Park 2997 Glasgow Drive
Shuttle service operates between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Sage Creek High School (3900 Cannon Road).
July 28 Spazmatics – 80s Cover Band All the awesome sounds, styles and way cool dance steps from the 1980s decade we’d love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.
August 4 High Tide Society – 70s Retro Hits High Tide Society, formerly AM Gold, is keeping it classy and re-creating all of your 70s and early 80s soft-rock hits from artists like Ambrosia, America, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Exile, Orleans, Air Supply, Little River Band, Toto, Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross and more.
Alga Norte Community Park 6565 Alicante Road
Shuttle service operates from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Ocean Collection (2510 Gateway Road)
August 11 The Mighty Untouchables – Party Cover Band This supreme multi-cultural mix of musicians and singers entertain throughout the world and are guaranteed to please audiences of all tastes with their extensive and diverse collection of material. Their repertoire includes songs from Bruno Mars, CeeLo Green, Earth, Wind & Fire, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Celia Cruz just to name a few!
August 18 JazzKatz Orchestra with Whitney Shay – Big Band/Swing Directed by Chaz Cabrera and Whitney Shay, the JazzKatz members are some of the finest and most experienced jazz musicians hand-picked in the San Diego area. The JazzKatz exhibit a passion for modern to classic jazz and emulate the swing sounds of big band music, helping to create a distinctive style that is their own, and never fails to impress.
No admittance to concert venues before 4 p.m.
Onsite parking is extremely limited.
Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free shuttles that will run from Poinsettia, Calavera Hills and Alga Norte community parks from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Loading zones to drop of your food and gear, and for rideshare services will be available and clearly marked.
A variety of food vendors are onsite at the events or attendees are welcome to bring refreshments from home.
Artists of all ages also can take part in Family Open Studios at TGIF, a free, hands-on art activity.
Guests have the opportunity to buy opportunity drawing tickets from the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts, with great prize packages and funds going to support future arts and cultural events in Carlsbad.
For your safety and the safety of others, the following are not permitted at the concert venues: pets, smoking and vaping, grills, skateboards, rollerblades, skates and bicycles. More information about what to bring and what not to bring is available at www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.
Even More Info
TGIF Concerts in the Parks are presented by the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office with generous support from Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.
Since 1986, the Cultural Arts Office has worked to make arts and culture an integral and inspiring part of the community’s life, through programs and services such as TGIF Concerts in the Parks, Family Open Studios, Three-Part-Art, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery and City of Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, Carlsbad Community Arts Grants and other activities. The Cultural Arts Office seeks to create connections among artists, cultural organizations, community groups, businesses, visitors and residents that sustain and promote a thriving, diverse and creative city.