2015 Summer Sounds

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Between July 12 and August 23, the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission will present the 2015 Summer Sounds Concert Performance Series, which will take place outdoors throughout the summer at Kings Road Park and Plummer Park. 

All concerts are FREE to attend and start at 4 pm. RSVPs are not needed. Limited first come, first serve seating will be available, or alternately bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy the show. You can also get picnic supplies at Gelson's, our local supermarket, which is located less than half a block away from Kings Road Park.

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The concert dates and bands are listed below:

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Paul McDonald Big Band, Sunday July 12th, Plummer Park 4 PM

Showcasing the virtuosity and versatility of some the finest musicians in Los Angeles, Paul’s explosive arrangements and compositions aim to bring the classic sound of big band jazz into the 21st century while simultaneously honoring the great tradition of this uniquely American sound. For 2015 Summer Sounds, Paul McDonald Big Band will perform an exciting program featuring a wide variety of big band jazz, Broadway and Latin music. 

The Paul McDonald 17 piece big band is an exciting collection of some of the finest studio musicians in Los Angeles. The band plays regularly around southern California to mostly sold-out audiences.

For more information including music samples, click here.  

 

Betty Bryant

Betty Bryant, Sunday, July 26th, Kings Road Park 4 PM

A singing pianist in the classic sense, Betty combines a light swinging touch on the keyboard with a sly, expressive vocal delivery - musical story telling at its finest.  Betty has fans of all ages, and she is an inspiration to the senior community.

For a music sample, click here.

  

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Jeffrey Gimble, Sunday, August 2nd, Kings Road Park 4 PM

Jazz vocalist and WeHo resident Jeffrey Gimble is an emerging presence on the Southern California jazz scene. An entertaining and engaging performer, Gimble’s laidback romantic style, passion for Bossa nova, Bebop and Broadway, and stunningly fresh arrangements of standards and not-so-standards enthrall audiences young and old, gay and straight. His critically-acclaimed CD Beyond Up High received wide play on jazz radio and is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. 

For more information including music samples, click here

 

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Paris Chansons, Sunday, August 16th, Plummer Park 4 PM

Paris Chansons is LA's premier French band with a Russian twist.  They perform fresh takes on French and Russian favorites.

Offering a uniquely broad range of music from Piaf, Brel, Aznvour, Dassin, Macias, Kaas, all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz. Plus some of the most beloved Russian classics!

The band is comprised of multilingual singers who bring exciting diversity to their shows. Julia & Jacob Kantor (originally from Russia, fluent in French), Max Cohen, from Morocco, and Jean-Louis Darville, from Paris, are the singers.  They're accompanied by world-class musicians on piano, upright bass, violin, guitar and drums.

For more information including music samples, click here

  

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Nutty, Sunday, August 23rd, Kings Road Park 4 PM *

Don Heckman from the LA Times says:
"A one-of-a-kind band...a blend of jazz and rock'n'roll, served up with a swinging, old school Vegas swagger."

Nutty is a hard-swingin' octet that takes mashups to a whole new level, showcasing seamless jazz arrangements of classic pop/rock songs with a stage presentation reminiscent of a Rat Pack show in 1960s Vegas.  With swank crooner Sonny Moon up front, the band cleverly weaves familiar straight-ahead jazz, big band swing, Latin, lounge and TV/film themes into the mix to create a musical martini that is spiked, shaken and stirred.  *This concert is sponsored by the office of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For more information including music samples, click here

 

Parking, food, etc.:


A limited number of chairs are provided at all Summer Sounds events. The Parks are ideal picnic spots, so bring a blanket and a basket and enjoy! (Please note: City parks are alcohol free).

Kings Road Park: 1000 N. Kings Road (at Romaine St. 1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd). Parking: Kings Road parking structure and adjacent streets. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert, and Gelson's Market is half a block away.

Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Free Parking in both Plummer Park parking lots accessible from Santa Monica Blvd. or Fountain Ave. There's a number of local restaurants walking distance to the park, where you can pick up food for the concert.

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If you are a musician whose music may be suited for a Summer or Winter Sounds Concert we have an open application process. Application deadlines vary but generally you can expect that we will have applications open in February and September of each year. More info on our 'opportunities' page.