Los Gatos is a great music town. From the always packed Music in the Park and Jazz on the Plazz series’, the acclaimed music program at Fiesta de Arts, to the thriving nightlife at Number One Broadway and Mountain Charley’s - Los Gatans love music. Another thing local resident’s love is community gatherings. Civic pride runs deep in Los Gatos and the events that bring family and neighbors together to celebrate our unique town are always enthusiastically supported.
Los Gatans Sharon Childs and Paul Kent have launched a new community event that combines these two distinctly Los Gatos loves, with the hopes of starting a Labor Day Weekend tradition for our town residents and friends. With the backing of the Los Gatos Community Foundation and the Sponsorship support from the Los Gatos Lions Club, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Sweeney Mason, Wilson, and Bosomworth, Los Gatos Kiwanis Club, The Rotary Club of Los Gatos, and the Morning Rotary Club, the first Los Gatos Park Dance will be held on August 31 at the historic Lyndon Bandstand in Oak Meadow Park.
“It’s Labor Day weekend, so we envision families, neighbors and groups of friends enjoying Oak Meadow Park and picnicking in the park in the late afternoon, and then dancing under the stars as the sun goes down,” said Childs, who is the Executive Director of the Los Gatos Community Foundation. “The train and carousal will stay open until 7:00 for families to enjoy longer that day,” Childs added.
Music is provided by Los Gatos’ own The Houserockers, founded by Kent 14 years ago. The group is a staple around the Bay Area fair, festival and concert series circuit, and is known for their fun, high energy performances featuring the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis and the News and The Beatles to name a few. The band was named “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area” by KFOX radio as winners of their Last Band Standing competition.
“Sharon and I both love this town and the wonderful spirit of community we live amongst. The idea of enjoying one more warm summer night dancing the night away in one of our treasured town parks seemed like a great idea for a tradition that we could start for the town. The event is free, but will make people aware of the great work that the Los Gatos Community Foundation does to fund projects for our community. Several of the service clubs in town are enthusiastically supporting the event, and the sponsorship sales to fund the costs were sold out in a few weeks. Everyone we talk to is excited about the idea of a Labor Day weekend tradition and we're looking forward to seeing celebrating the end of summer 2013 with everyone in the community,” said Kent.
Music starts at 7:00 and goes until 9:30. Park rules apply. Parking is available on the public streets around the park. For more information visit: