Santa Monica Partners With McCabe’s Guitar Shop For Revamped Annual Concert Series



Americana in the Park, a new free concert series will launch in September and October

By Sam Catanzaro

The city of Santa Monica is teaming up with beloved music store McCabe’s Guitar Shop for a series of outdoor concerts this fall.

Last month, the city of Santa Monica announced its partnership with McCabe Guitar Store this fall for a series called Americana in the Park in Gandara Park, located at 1819 Stewart Street. The concerts will take place on Sundays from September 19 to October 10 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In a press release, the City described Americana in the Park as a pilot project intended to “create a new partnership model for outdoor events,” where local organizations receive funding from the City.

“Our hope is that this new model of partnership will engage and support local community organizations, and strengthen the connectivity of our communities. Jazz on the Lawn has been a beloved series for 14 years and we look forward to this new approach to continue offering free events for families in public spaces in Santa Monica, ”said Shannon Daut, Director of Cultural Affairs at Santa Monica.

According to the city, the Americana in the Park series will explore the arc of Americana music from its roots in traditional African, Appalachian, roots, blues, bluegrass and folk music, to its modern forms of folk and country music.

“Showcasing a diverse group of artists from Southern California and American styles, each concert will feature two family groups, the opening being aimed at children,” the city said in a press release.

Plus, each concert will feature food trucks and a McCabe’s guitar pop-up store. McCabe’s, located at 3101 Pico Boulevard, is a musical instrument store, concert hall, repair shop, and music school that opened in 1958. Over the years, the store has hosted some of the Notable concert musicians including Joni Mitchcell, Mike Mills of REM, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Jefferson Starship and Beck.

“We are delighted to partner with the City for this musical series. We have been a beloved concert hall in the Pico district for over 60 years. During the pandemic, we were forced to take a temporary break from our concerts and are thrilled to once again host shows and have the opportunity to reinvent the Jazz on the Lawn series and give context and history to the genre. American musical, ”said McCabe’s Concert and Event Producer Kora Peterson.

Here is the programming of the series:

September 19: The nine-member Masanga Marimba Ensemble will perform high-energy traditional and popular music from Zimbabwe and Latin America on a variety of instruments, including marimbas of various sizes, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet.

September 26: Ukulele musicians Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward open for Grammy-nominated New Orleans-style jazz group The California Feetwarmers, which reimagines 1920s and 1930s classics from around the world.

October 3: Children’s music duo Hullabaloo will open for Phil Salazar and The Kin Folk. Led by Southern California bluegrass legend Phil Salazar, the band perform a unique blend of traditional music infused with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop and bluegrass.

October 10: Kid Folk The Hollow Trees opens for songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder, who will perform African-inspired Americana on his mbira, an African thumb piano. Joachim is known for his collaborations with his father, American roots legend Ry Cooder, having performed together on iconic recordings such as the iconic Buena Vista Social Club sessions.


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