Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks

When: June 27 – August 22, 2014
Time: Fridays, 6pm- 8 pm
Where: Various locations
Phone: (760) 434-2904
More info: Event website

Summer Concert Highlights

The 29th 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 2014 TGIF concerts begin on June 27 and continue through Aug. 22, presented by the city’s Cultural Arts Office. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 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 27 Kelly Rae Band – country
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 4 Vaud & The Villains – blues and swing
Stagecoach Community Park
This 19-piece “New Orleans orchestra and cabaret show” presents a bold range of parlor songs, rags and blues, spirituals and Mardi gras classics, with onstage pageantry that brings 1930s New Orleans to life.

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 and Arrowhead Insurance Group properties at 2500 Campbell Place off Gateway Road.

July 11 Mingo Fishtrap – Funk/soul/R&B
Alga Norte Community Park
6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
Five-time South by Southwest/Austin Music Award winner Mingo Fishtrap mixes punchy horns and deep rhythms with emotive Motown-style soul.

July 18 Susie Hansen Latin Band – Latin/salsa/cumbia
Alga Norte Community Park
6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
Electric violinist Susie Hansen leads a sizzling, swinging band of all-stars who play traditional salsa, Cuban Charango and Latin-spiced American standards.

TGIF moves to Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, for three concerts beginning in late July. Free shuttle service will operate from 4:30 to 9 p.m. from North Coast Calvary Chapel, 1330 Poinsettia Lane at Aviara Parkway.

July 25 Liquid Blue – cover dance mix
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)
This San Diego based international act features Grammy winning musicians, a Billboard hit songwriter and a Chinese Idol finalist. It performs the best in top pop dance hits.

Aug. 1 Nikki Hill – rockin’ soul and blues
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, CA (map)

Nikki Hill’s raw, powerhouse voice with its Stax soul dynamics and her band, The Pirate Crew, deliver an unfiltered energy that makes the dance floor audience believe in rock and roll again.

Aug. 8 Lost Dog Found – swing
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Rd
Carlsbad, California (map)
This Bay Area band’s combination of jump blues, Americana, swing, rock, and soul blends the best of Ray Charles, Bruno Mars and Brian Setzer.

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 will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Sage Creek High School, 3900 Cannon Road at College Boulevard.

Aug. 15 Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca – world dance
Calavera Hills Community Park
2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad, CA (map)
With Cuban jams, afro-pop and a little salsa, Lemvo and his group Makina Loca create a seamless blend of rhythmic traditions.

Aug. 22 The Mighty Untouchables – cover dance mix
Calavera Hills Community Park
2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad, CA (map)

The Mighty Untouchables are a classy septet playing and singing Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire and more.

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.