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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

Each month the LAArtParty staff, led by Kathy Leonardo decides which events will be featured. Posted at noon on the Thursday prior to the last week of the month, LAArtParty.com features the Top Ten Art Parties, plus other fun events each month. VIP subscribers find out ONE week prior to the public and receive discounts and invites to VIP parties throughout the year.

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2017 Free Summer Concerts!

Ok kids....the art party hop may slow down during the summer a bit - but there are all kinds of FREE music...here's some info on this summer's music events taking place all over LA. We listed the events based on the location of the venue...so depending on where you live, take advantage of what's available in your area. See event websites to confirm times and dates. Check the bottom of this post for additional LINKS to websites for additional sponsored music events (NOT listed below).


Downtown LA...Grand Performances offers performances all weekend long in throughout the summer and well into September. This summer's line up includes acts such as The Secret City, Long Beach Opera - Frida, Hip Hop: First Peoples, New Voices and more
Grand Performances concerts will be held at C
alifornia Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., with suggested parking at a garage at 351 S. Olive St. There will be complimentary bicycle valet service during select events. CLICK HERE for the schedule. 


The Original Farmers Market Friday Night Music hosts Friday night music events (which began May 29). Music from various genres such as Latin jazz soul, swing, world beat, etc., will be featured. Catch Friday live music on the Market's West Patio from 7-9pm; The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036; http://bit.ly/1RaEHWf


In Beverly Hills...Concerts on Canon are live music performances taking place every Thursday night, from June 8 through August 31, 2017. Each evening features two 45-minute sets at 6:00 – 6:45pm and 7:15 – 8:00pm. Events are held in the Beverly Canon Gardens, between Montage Beverly Hills hotel and Bouchon Bistro. Seating is first-come, first-serve with space both on grass and café tables. Complimentary parking is available in the Beverly Canon Gardens lot (241 N. Canon Drive) and simply requires validation at the events' information table. Click Here for the full list of performances.


Head to LACMA this summer - now through the end of November. Enjoy a jazz, Latin Sounds and Chamber Music each weekend. LACMA's jazz series is celebrating its 20th year...featuring jazz legends such as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project, and Ernie Watts. 
The Latin Sounds series began in 2006 and offers the latest sounds from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Highlights include such diverse artists as the Encore Saxophone Quartet, violinist Roberto Cani, pianists Conor Hanick, Nadia Shpachenko, Andrei Baumann, and Petronel Malan, flutist Susan Greetnberg ,clarinettist Michele Zukovsky, lutenist Jason Yoshida, the Lyris and Telegraph Quartets, the Edenstill  Guitar Duo, and our  resident Capitol Ensemble.  CLICK HERE for the schedule.  LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; http://www.lacma.org/


Fisherman’s Village offers free concerts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Event times: 2-5pm C.LICK HERE for the June lineup. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/


Hop on over to the Getty Center for some live music on Fridays/Saturdays from 6-9pm.
Enjoy the view will enjoying a free show. Check out the website for full lineup through August; There is also music at Getty Villa Saturday & Sunday mornings Click HERE for info. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049;  http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/performances.html


  takes place on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from July 6–August 10.  For more information, call Boulevard Music 310-398-2583. Free parrking underneath City Hall in the City Hall Garage. Additional parking is free (with festival validation) for the first two hours in designated structures in the Downtown area. Culver City City Hall Courtyard, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; (corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.); http://www.boulevardmusic.com  http://www.culvercity.org


KCRW is spreading the music love with its KCRW Summer Nights series taking place at various venues in and around the LA area. Its free series of outdoor shows will feature live band performances and DJ sets, from Pasadena to the Pacific, and from Santa Barbara to Orange County. Events take place at One Colorado Center, City Anaheim, Chinatown, Hammer Museum, Santa Monica Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Union station, California African American Musuem, Annenberg Space for Photography. See the website for dates, times and venue locations. https://events.kcrw.com/events/category/events/category/summer-nights/


In Santa Monica...the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier kicks off on June 22 and run through August. Enjoy performances by Khalid, Marcia Griffiths, Miami Horror, Warpaint and more. CLICK HERE for the schedule.
Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401;  http://santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/


Levitt Pavillion (MacArthur Park and Pasadena)
hosts its free summer music series. Fifty FREE concerts will be presented at the Levitt Pavilion, featuring acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers in a broad range of music genres such as Americana, Jazz, Blues, World, Latin, and more. Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is located in the northwest corner of MacArthur Park, near the intersection of W. 6th Street and S. Park View St., 90057. The park is located just 10 blocks west of downtown Los Angeles and is bordered by Alvarado Street., W. 6th Street, W. 7th Street, S. Park View Street and intersected by Wilshire Blvd. Music events run from June 29 – September 3 2017; Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, Memorial Park, Pasadena, 85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103; http://levittla.org/


Now in its 17th year, the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts present exciting symphonic and pop concerts at the beautiful Burton Chace Park. Enjoy a serene sunset by the water & brilliant music under the stars...for free! Thursday nights spotlights Classical/Broadway style while Saturdays offer R&B/Jazz. Seating is festival-style, available on a first come, first served basis. There is no reserved seating for the public. Please bring a blanket or low-back lawn/beach chairs. No tents or umbrellas. July 6 - August 26, 2017; Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292; Click Here to see the full list of performers.


This summer, the Pershing Square Downtown Stage, offers eight weeks of free outdoor concerts, movies...Pershing Square Summer Concert Series includes Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts, Jazz on Spring, Downtown Stage Saturday Concert Series. Bring lawn chairs, or blankets to relax with family and friends, and enjoy free entertainment under the twinkling lights of downtown Los Angeles. Easy access and check-in will be located on the corner of 6th and Olive. It is suggested that all guests read the summer concert rules so that the venue entrance can be accessed quickly and safely. July 8 to August 27, 2017; Pershing Square Downtown Stage, 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, 90013;  http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/dtstage


This year's Sunset Concerts at the Skirball once again showcases eclectic music, singing, and dancing in a stunning, one-of-a-kind hillside setting. Reinterpreting traditional roots music from America and around the globe, these established and emerging artists will draw music fans from across greater Los Angeles.
2017-SunsetConcertsatthe-SkirballArrive early to dine, shop, and view the exhibitions! Beginning at 5:30 p.m., enjoy grab-and-go light fare and full bar service from Zeidler's Cart. Stop by Audrey's Museum Store, open until 8:00 p.m. And be sure to check out "Paul Simon: Words & Music," which is FREE and open until 10:00 p.m. Check out my Huff Post review of this exhibition.

All concerts begin at 8:00pm; FREE; RSVP requested; Parking is $10 per car (cash only); Doors to the concert venue open at 6:30pm; Admission and seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The series runs from July 27 - August 31, 2017; Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 90049; (310) 440-4500; http://www.skirball.org/programs/sunset-concerts


Enjoy several other FREE music Events sponsored by Amoeba Music, taking place in a variety venues (including Hollywood), Concerts on the Green, Downtown Long Beach Summer and Music, Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts, Sun Sets Concerts at Calabasas Lake, Claremont Concerts in the Park,...Celebrate your Summer with Music!