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Los Gatos Music in the Park Lineup Announced, Concerts Begin June 16

Ten concerts will keep town residents rocking through the summer.

The community nonprofit organization Los Gatos Music & Arts has announced the much-anticipated summer concert lineup for its hugely popular Music in the Park series that begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

The 10 musical groups are booked to perform at the Los Gatos Civic Center lawn, 110 E. Main St., produced by the nonprofit and made possible thanks to the generosity of local business sponsors and individual contributions that support its mission, which is to nurture the arts and cultural programs in the community.

The nonprofit is also responsible for the other popular Wednesday evening concert series known as Jazz on the Plazz at Town Plaza Park.

"Not only do we host the two most popular summer event series in Los Gatos, we also fund scholarships and arts education programs for youth in the community" said Jonathan Knowles, chairman of the board of Los Gatos Music & Arts.

Teri Hope, president of LGM&A and 2013 chair of Music in the Park, said this year one concert of particular interest to families will be the Sunday, July 21 Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra performance, during which something will be done specifically for youth at that concert.

"We're still working out the details, but we're going to do something that will be very special and fun for youth," she said.

The 2013 Music In the Park Lineup is the following:

Interesting about this year's lineup is the much more diverse set of musical experiences for concert goers, such as several tribute bands including James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash, which performed in 2011 and the Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Afro and reggae and Indian Tabla drums.

"It will be a much more diverse experience for people this year," Hope said.

The concerts, which have been presented for 25 years, attract between 2,000 and 5,000 people each Sunday.

Hope encourages community members to ride their bikes to the concerts and said Summit Bicycles, 111 E Main St., will be offering free valet bicycle parking across the street from the Civic Center.

About attendance, Hope said organizers haven't seen significant growth during the past few years and said the numbers have remained steady.

"It tends to rise and fall during the summer depending on the concerts as well as the weather," she said.

Even on very warm Sunday evenings, people will show up a little early for the performances and then enjoy the shade of trees. As the weather cools, the Civic Center lawn is fairly full again.

The concerts speak to the community nature of Los Gatos. "We like to come together as a community for these types of celebrations and entertainment. And certainly people are spending time shopping and dinning in our restaurants when they visit Los Gatos," Knowles said. "When people talk about moving to Los Gatos, it's one of the things they tend to list as their reasons, the charming downtown, the beautiful hillsides, the community events such as MIP, Jazz on the Plazz ... it's near the top of the list of why they want to live here."

The nonprofit LGM&A has about 50 volunteers who cross over and help with the Music in the Park concert series and the Jazz on the Plazz concerts on Wednesdays at Town Plaza Park, Knowles explained.

"We're very fortunate to have the generous supporters that we do," Knowles said when asked if LGM&A needs more support from the community. "Because we're a nonprofit organization, we put 100 percent of what we raise into arts education programs. We're always looking for people who are willing to partner with us in the community to continue to make Los Gatos the gem of the Valley of Hearts Delight."

Knowles said it's because of MIP and Jazz on the Plazz and the partnership the nonprofit has forged with key community leaders and businesses that Los Gatos is the special town everyone in the South Bay recognizes for its quality performances and art appreciation.

This will MIP's 26th season.

To sponsor MIP or donate to Los Gatos Music & Arts, please call 408-354-1155, or email terihope@losgatoscoffee.com.

Lucy Freedman March 06, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Love the diversity of musical tastes and geographies. Both those known and unknown - a chance to hear something old and something new. Thanks for all the work you do to make this happen.
Stephanie Adcock March 06, 2013 at 08:37 PM
What a great line-up for Music in the Park! Thank you to Jonathan Knowles, Teri Hope and all the volunteers at Los Gatos Music and Arts for providing such a fun summer event! Thank you to the sponsors and let's be sure to support them.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh March 07, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Can't wait!
George Havelka March 07, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Great line-up! Oliver will knock your socks off, about time for Raggae, and Tabla...what fun!!
Los Gatos Music lover May 01, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Couldn't agree with Juicy Life more!!! Another crummy line-up. How disappointing. :-(

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