Summer Concerts: Hear Music Here, There and Everywhere Around LA

By Michael Berick

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Everyone can make music on Make Music Day LA. PHOTO COURTESY GETTY IMAGES

During summer, music seems to be all around us in Southern California. As we seek out Los Angeles events, we have a wealth of family-friendly outdoor music series to attend, and some of them even are free! Here are some of the more notable places to hear music this summer.

Warner Park

For more than 40 years, The Valley Cultural Center has been presenting its free “Concerts on the Green.” These free performances kick off at 6 p.m. Sundays June 5-Aug. 28, and mainly feature top-notch tribute bands. This month includes Journey tribute band DBS June 12, David Brighton’s Bowie act Space Oddity June 19 and Beatles music with Ticket To Ride June 26. Special events include the all-day World Music Festival June 5, the annual July 4th extravaganza (instead of a July 3 show) and Taylor Dayne closing out the series Aug. 28. 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; www.valleycultural.org.

Skirball Cultural Center

In honor of Make Music LA Day June 21, the Skirball will host a free multicultural festival featuring musical performances, workshops and craft activities, all great things to do in LA. Opening weekend of The Family Amphitheatre Performance series showcases the Central American-flavored music of Buyepongo at noon and 2 p.m. June 25 and the festive sounds of Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando June 26. Family Amphitheatre performances are free with admission: $12 adults, $9 students, $7 ages 2-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; www.skirball.org.

Descanso Gardens

The World Rhythms series (6-7 p.m. Tues. June 7-July 26) presents a diverse lineup of acts for the whole family to enjoy. You can hear Filipino music June 7, music from Bulgaria June 14, Armenia June 21 and Korea June 28. $9 adults, $6 students, $4 ages 5-12. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge; www.descansogardens.org

Levitt Pavilion

The Pasadena Levitt Pavilion (85 E. Holly St.) hosts several free concerts each week through September, with Thursday nights reserved for family-oriented entertainment. Kicking things off June 30 will be Grammy nominees Tim and the Space Cadets. The Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park (2230 W. 6th St., L.A.) will have a smaller lineup this summer, but will host free children’s programs July 24 and Aug. 14. www.levittpavilionpasadena.org and www.levittla.org.

Theatricum Botanicum

Hear some of the finest family music around for just $9 during July’s 11 a.m. Kids Koncerts. Following June’s Creative Playground theater productions, the series kicks off with Lovebug and Me July 10. You can also catch longtime Kids Koncert organizer Peter Alsop at 11 a.m. June 5 at McCabe’s (3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com. $10). 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; www.theatricum.com

Make Music LA Day

June 21, is part of the international Make Music Day that will include celebrations in 120 countries. Local events include interactive music activities at A Place Called Home (2830 S. Central Ave., L.A.) and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (125 Paseo De La Plaza, L.A.) and student and professional performances at Barnes Park (350 S. Mc Pherrin Ave., Monterey Park). There are too many Southern California events to mention here, but you can find them all at www.makemusicday.org.

These performances are but a few of the summertime music concerts that families can enjoy. You can find more shows in the LA Parent calendar this month and throughout the summer.

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