The City of Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks begin June 22 at Stagecoach Community Park, located at 3420 Camino de los Coches. The outdoor concert series runs every Friday through Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at community parks throughout the city. Venues open to the public at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
At a Glance
The 2018 season lineup is below. Preshow entertainment is planned for select concerts, as noted below. Preshow entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Additional details will be added to the website as they become available.
Onsite parking is reserved for accessible parking and event staff. Concert attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free shuttles from Poinsettia, Calavera Hills and Alga Norte community parks from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Everyone who rides the shuttle will receive a free opportunity drawing ticket for prizes from the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.
Stagecoach Community Park
3420 Camino de los Coches
Parking is available at La Costa Canyon High School (1 Maverick Way) and the Church of Latter Day Saints (3450 Camino de los Coches).
June 22 Stoney B Blues (Blues)
Born in Chicago, Stoney B has over 45 years experience as an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and recording artist of the Blues. Stoney plays festivals and events all over, including the Calgary International Blues Festival, Orange County Film Festival, Baja Blues Festival, Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival, to name a few.
June 29 80z All-Stars (80s hits)*
The 80z All-Stars are the premiere, most complete 80ss tribute act in Southern California. Devo to Bon Jovi to Rick Springfield to Duran Duran, the band covers them all. Join in the 80z All-Stars madness and get ready to relive the days of big hair, bright colors and jelly bracelets!
July 6 Lao Tizer (Jazz)
With ensembles that range from duets to 15 members, The Lao Tizer band has reached new heights of jazz and world-fusion excellence and exuberance through their growth and experimentation, as evident in their upcoming album Songs from the Swinghouse.
Poinsettia Community Park
6600 Hidden Valley Road
Shuttle service operates continuously from 4:30 to 9 p.m. from North Coast Calvary Chapel, (1330 Poinsettia Lane)
July 13 The Detroit Underground (Soul/Motown)
This powerful combination of dedicated musicians crank out tunes from artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, as well as great Motown hits and heart-felt ballads.
July 20 The Mighty Untouchables (Top 40)*
This supreme multicultural mix of musicians and singers are guaranteed to please audiences of all tastes with their extensive and diverse collection of material. Their repertoire includes songs from Bruno Mars, Earth, Wind & Fire, Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder just to name a few!
Calavera Hills Community Park
2997 Glasgow Drive
Shuttle service operates continuously between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Sage Creek High School (3900 Cannon Road).
July 27 Jonathan Lee Band (West Coast Country)
The Jonathan Lee Band is West Coast Country, a mix of country and rock with a little bit of soul. When Jonathan performs, you can’t help but think of Johnny Cash, John Cougar and Bruce Springsteen.
Aug. 3 Phat Cat Swinger (Swing)*
The band’s ingenious selection of songs ranges from Sinatra to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy while even visiting songs by Elton John and more. No matter what this band plays, you’ll be smiling almost instantly.
Alga Norte Community Park
6565 Alicante Road
Shuttle service operates continuously from 4:30 to 9 p.m. atArrowhead Insurance Group business park (2485 Gateway Road)
Aug. 10 Orgōne (Funk/Soul/Afro-Disco)
Now and always, Orgōne delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you onto the dance floor.
Aug. 17 Poncho Sanchez (Latin)*
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Preshow Entertainment: Winners from the Carlsbad City Library’s Teen Talent Shows will perform on stage. For more information about the Teen Talent Shows, visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org.
*Preshow entertainment planned.
Attendees are welcome to bring refreshments from home or support the local food vendors scheduled to be on-site at each concert:
Carlsbad Boy Scouts Troop 745 – hot dogs and hamburgers
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Red Oven Pizza
Dos Bandidos – Mexican food
No admittance to concert venues before 4 p.m.
Loading zones to drop off your food and gear, and for rideshare services will be available and clearly marked.
Artists of all ages also can take part in Family Open Studios at TGIF, a free, hands-on art activity.
Guests can buy opportunity drawing tickets from the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts, with great prize packages and funds going to support future arts and cultural events in Carlsbad.
For your safety and the safety of others, the following are not permitted at the concert venues: pets, smoking and vaping, grills, skateboards, rollerblades, skates and bicycles. More information about what to bring and what not to bring is available at www.carlsbadca.gov/tgif.
Even More Info
TGIF Concerts in the Parks are presented by the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office with generous support from Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.
Since 1986, the 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 and creative city.
For more information, contact Megan Gilby at 760-602-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.