Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks

When: June 26 – August 21, 2015
Time: Fridays, 6pm- 8 pm; Fields open at 4 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Phone: (760) 434–2920
More info: Event website

Summer Concert Highlights

The 30th season of the Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks free outdoor concert series will add the city’s new Alga Norte Community Park to its locations, which also include Stagecoach, Poinsettia and Calavera Hills Community Parks. On-site food options at TGIF also expand this year with the addition of several new vendors providing hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, frozen yogurt, barbeque and more.

TGIF concerts feature a lively mix of local bands and top touring groups. The music covers a wide range of danceable styles from big band swing to rhythm and blues to Latin salsa, with country, pop and soul in the lineup as well. The 2015 TGIF concerts begin on June 26 and continue through Aug. 21, presented by the city’s Cultural Arts Office. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Fields open at 4 p.m. “Art at TGIF,” the free hands-on art-making activity for families, is held one night at each park. More information on TGIF Concerts in the Parks can be found at

The first two concerts take place at Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, between La Costa Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road. Free parking is available at La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way at Camino de los Coches, and the Church of Latter Day Saints, 3450 Camino de los Coches.

Concert Schedule

June 26
Kelly Rae Band – (Country Dance Favorites)

Stagecoach Community Park
Led by vocalist Kelly Rae performing female country artists from Patsy Cline to Carrie Underwood, the six-piece group has opened for Melissa Etheridge and is the house band at Disney California Adventure.

July 3
Quinn Deveaux & The Blues Beat Review (R&B / Blues)
Stagecoach Community Park
The modern soul songs of Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls.

TGIF continues with two concerts in mid-July at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road at Poinsettia Lane. Free shuttle service will operate from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Ocean Collection, 2510 Gateway Road.

July 10
Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash Tribute Band)

Alga Norte Community Park
6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
Over the past couple of decades, tribute bands have become big business in the world of concert promotion.  And, not surprisingly, the more popular ones are the acts that are most authentic.  Such is the case with Cash’d Out, a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets.

July 17
The Detroit Underground (Soul Cover Dance)
Alga Norte Community Park
6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
The Detroit Underground  was established in 1994, and still has several of its original members. Over the years the band has earned the reputation for being a hard working, high energy, show band. The group features a very solid and funky rhythm section. These four seasoned players provide a solid foundation for the band’s “smokin” horns.

TGIF moves to Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, for three concerts beginning in late July. Free shuttle service from North Coast Calvary Chapel 1330 Poinsettia Lane (northeast corner of Poinsettia Lane and Aviara Parkway)

July 24
Rocky Dawuni (Afro World Reggae)
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
International music star and humanitarian activist Rocky Dawuni straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create an appealing sound that unites generations and cultures. With an easy-going charisma and reputation as a dedicated champion of social causes,

July 31
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (Rockin’ Blues)
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
Since the release of The Devil You Know, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers have toured non-stop, playing hundreds of dates at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the United States, Canada and Europe. The band is currently hard at work on their next album, set for release in late 2015.

Aug. 7
Louie Cruz Beltran (Latin / Salsa)
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Rd
Carlsbad, California (map)
Blending Afro Cuban rhythms with Jazz, Latin Jazz, Pop and R&B influences, Louie Cruz Beltran is an entertainer at heart – an entertainer who is also a superbly skilled conguero, timbalero and vocalist.

Calavera Hills Community Park, site of the final two concerts, is at 2997 Glasgow Drive on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive. Free shuttle service from Sage Creek High School 3900 Cannon Road (northeast corner of College Boulevard and Cannon Road)

Aug. 14
Liquid Blue (Cover Dance Band)
Calavera Hills Community Park
2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad, CA (map)
Liquid Blue is a party band based in San Diego, California. Numerous awards include “America’s Best Dance Band” at the National Music Awards, “Best Cover Band” at the San Diego Music Awards, “Pop Album of the Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards and “America’s Best Independent Artist”. The band has performed sold-out shows all over the world.

Aug. 21
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Band (Big Band Swing)
Calavera Hills Community Park
2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad, CA (map)
The 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

What to bring and what not to bring to the concerts:

Patrons should bring low-back beach chairs and ground cover to Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks. Long-sleeve shirts, long pants and insect repellent with “deet” are recommended as a precaution against mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. A wide selection of food vendors is offered, and patrons may also bring their own picnics. Opportunity drawings are conducted during the intermission by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts to support the concert series and other cultural programs. The use of bikes, skateboards, skates and roller blades is not allowed in the parks during concerts. Pets, smoking and personal barbeque grills are not allowed in city parks by municipal ordinance.

Since 1986, the City of Carlsbad’s 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, creative city.