Los Gatos brings back Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz – The Mercury News
Summer is fast approaching and Los Gatos is bringing back two popular concert series for the first time since the pandemic began.
Jazz on the Plazz and Music in the Park are back live and in person this year after a two-year hiatus, during which some concerts were broadcast live. Boardwalks, street festivals created by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce to fill the void during the pandemic, are being added this summer.
“Everyone is invited to enjoy the sounds of summer in Los Gatos,” said Chamber Executive Director Catherine Somers. “I love the word ‘sounds’ because it kind of captures even people talking, laughing and sitting outdoors.”
The pandemic has suspended most of the city’s summer events for the past two years, and organizers said they were thrilled to see the community come together again for the concert series and other events.
Somers said there will be other events mixed in throughout the summer season, including July 4 and Labor Day celebrations.
“What’s really cool this year is that the rides start right after school ends and continue through the week before school resumes and starts, and will overlap with Jazz on the Plazz,” Somers said. “And then we’ll stop, and that’s where Music in the Park takes off and continues. So there will be something every week during the summer.
Streets will close around 3:30 p.m. every Thursday for summer walks, slightly later than last year, Somers said.
Live music begins at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Bachman and North Santa Cruz Avenues, and at 6:30 p.m. at Main Street and North Santa Cruz Avenue. Artists will perform throughout the evening at Grays Lane and The Palms as well.
The rides will also feature street performers, vintage cars, children’s activities and, new this year, a biergarten.
“We wanted to introduce them this year because we wanted to give restaurants that aren’t on North Santa Cruz an opportunity to come in and create a little party venue as well. It will definitely add a cool element to it,” Somers said.
The Chamber of Commerce secured more than $100,000 from the city council, which had leftover US bailout funding, earlier this year to organize the summer walks.
Neal Turley, organizer of Music in the Park, said this year he was thrilled to bring a wide range of musicians and bands to Los Gatos.
“I feel like one of the underlying things of the lockdown, the shutdown, is kind of losing live music,” Turley said. “I think the level of production quality is going to be fantastic, and we’re going to make it smooth and easy for everyone.”
While the final setlist is still in the works, Turley aims to bring everything from tribute bands and original artists to zydeco, reggae and Latin funk bands.
One of the biggest challenges to bringing Music in the Park this year will be finding sponsors.
“Due to the nature of it, everything has to be paid for by the sponsors,” Turley said, “which is kind of another big challenge with the pandemic, because after the last couple of years a lot of these people who were in that position are no longer in that position.
Jazz on the Plazz, presented by Los Gatos Music and Arts, is planning its shows for the summer season and will announce its lineup and theme soon. Concerts are scheduled to begin in June and continue through the summer.
DATES: Thursdays, from June 16 to August 4 except June 30.
TIME: Street closes at 4 p.m., music starts at 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Los Gatos, from Bachman to Main Street along North Santa Cruz Avenue.
Jazz on the Square
DATES: Wednesdays from June 29
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Los Gatos Town Plaza, Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue
Music in the park
DATES: Sundays, from July 17 to September 4
TIME: 5-7 p.m.
LOCATION: Los Gatos Civic Center Lawn, 110 E. Main St.