City of Concord California

News Release


May 1, 2017

Concord's Music and Market, special events offer free family fun


The much anticipated launch of this summer's Thursday Night Music and Market series takes place May 11 in Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord. The series continues through Sept. 14 with the Farmers' Market in the plaza from 4 to 8 p.m. and music on the Todos Santos stage from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The 29th annual Music and Market Series is one of the longest running, most popular free civic concert series in the Bay Area. The series is funded through donations collected from attendees during last year's concert series and by local sponsors. The 2017 sponsor list is led by Concord Disposal, Pacific Service Credit Union, Tesoro, Dolan's Lumber, Chevron, Ashby Lumber, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market, Concord Police Association, Brenden Mann Foundation and the tourism consortium Visit Concord with its 'Diablo Valley, Defying Expectations, Concord California' campaign.

Music and Market Highlights

The series begins on May 11 with a celebratory memorial for Steve Sage, who taught rock 'n roll at DVC for many years and was a much-loved activist/musician in the Diablo Valley. This show features many of the bands he mentored through the years.

The music of the '60s is a special theme this year. It's the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Most people don't know that Jimi Hendrix and the Yardbirds performed in Concord, not far from Todos Santos Plaza in the building then called the Concord Coliseum. Today, the white Quonset hut at 1825 Salvio Street houses Dollar Tree. On June 15, Purple Haze with their tribute to Jimi Hendrix and The RaveUps with their tribute to the Yardbirds will salute the Summer of Love.

It's also the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, and The Sun Kings will return Aug. 24 with a faithful rendition of the Beatles classic album.

Frobeck on July 13 salutes bands of the same era, performing songs of Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen.

Zepperella on July 6 throws in a twist with all-female versions of Led Zeppelin favorites, while Fleetwood Mask on July 27 plays tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

Those who love to dance will be glad to hear that Zydeco Flames will be churning out the Cajun and Zydeco music of the Gulf Coast on May 18. people will be groovin' to Reggae music with Natives Elements on June 8 and there will be a lively line-dancing scene at the California Cowboys show on July 20.

Always a favorite, Foreverland honors the music of Michael Jackson on July 26. Every Thursday brings a different band so there's something for everyone. The season closes with local blues diva Annie Simpson on Sept. 14.

Many of the concerts are broadcast live (as well as rebroadcast) on Concord Cable TV channel 28 (Comcast), 29 (Astound) and 99 (U-Verse).

Tuesday Night Blues Series

July's Tuesday Blues returns this year from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 11, 18 and 25. Mark Hummel kicks off the series July 11 with traditional blues harmonica and Cool Concord Cars – a display of vintage autos that encircles the plaza. Mitch Woods, performing July 18, is a modern day boogie-woogie, jump blues and jazz pianist and singer. Closing the series July 25 is Roy Rogers, who has been called one of the finest blues rock slide guitarists playing today.

Todos Santos Plaza Special Events

In addition to a year-round Off the Grid Food Truck Mondays from 5 to 9 p.m., Farmers' Market on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the summer music series, downtown Concord's Todos Santos Plaza features two special events this summer.

Concord celebrates Mother's Day a day early on Saturday, May 13. The event includes the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation's Annual All Area Music Festival, featuring music students from Mt. Diablo elementary, middle and high schools. The musical performances will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. At 1 p.m., Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister will announce the winners of the Mother's Day Essay Contest. The AAUW Art and Wine (and Beer) Walk is also hosted that day at locations around the plaza from 1 to 4 p.m.

The July 4th Independence Day celebration features a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., the Concord Police Association Stars and Stripes run at 8 a.m., and parade at 10 a.m. Entertainment and fireworks, presented by the Todos Santos Business Arts Foundation at Mt. Diablo High School, start at 4 p.m.

Free Parking

Todos Santos Plaza is located in downtown Concord on Willow Pass Road between Mt. Diablo and Grant streets. Free parking is available in two municipal garages and on the street. For a complete listing of musical guests and event information, visit www.concordfirst.org


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