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2010 Jazz In The Park Kicks Off June 25

by The Editors on May 26, 2010

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Time to get the picnic baskets, wine glasses, and cheese knives all cleaned up because Carlsbadistan’s Jazz in The Park is rolling in for the 25th rocking summer season. This summer will see nine free shows in three parks beginning June 25, 2010 at Stagecoach Park with Ruby & The Red Hots.

Continuing its commitment to present jazz in its many forms, the TGIF concerts cover a range from big band swing to west coast blues to Latin salsa, performed by some of the region’s most acclaimed bands. Nine TGIF concerts on consecutive Friday evenings begin June 25 and continue through August 20, presented by the city’s Cultural Arts Office and produced by On the Other Side Productions, Inc. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

For the complete line-up and more infor follow the jump. . .
Carlsbad’s “TGIF Jazz in the Parks” concerts celebrate 25th anniversary season with lineup of longtime audience favorites

Carlsbad, Calif. — The 25th season of the City of Carlsbad’s “TGIF Jazz in the Parks” free outdoor concerts will be a summer-long celebration of music by many of the most popular groups to play in the series over the years. Continuing its commitment to present jazz in its many forms, the TGIF concerts cover a range from big band swing to west coast blues to Latin salsa, performed by some of the region’s most acclaimed bands. Nine TGIF concerts on consecutive Friday evenings begin June 25 and continue through August 20, presented by the city’s Cultural Arts Office and produced by On the Other Side Productions, Inc. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Patrons should bring low-back beach chairs and ground cover to TGIF concerts. Long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and insect repellent with “deet” are recommended as a precaution against mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. Many patrons bring picnics; light refreshments are also available for sale. Intermission opportunity drawings are conducted by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts to support the concert series and other cultural programs. The use of bikes, skateboards, skates and roller blades is not allowed in the parks during concerts. Smoking, pets and personal barbeque grills are not allowed in city parks by municipal ordinance.

For more information on TGIF Jazz in the Parks concerts, visit the City of Carlsbad website: www.carlsbadca.gov/arts or call the Cultural Arts Office Info Line: 760- 434-2904.
(Media, please use these sources when preparing information for public consumption).

The first three concerts take place at Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, between La Costa Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road. The concert site is on Baseball Field #1 on the park’s upper level. New parking and shuttle information for Stagecoach Park will be announced in early June on the city’s website, www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.

June 25, 2010
Ruby & the Red Hots – jazz and blues vocals

Ruby Presnell and her solid back-up band, the Red Hots, kick off the 25th Anniversary Season with their ninth TGIF appearance. Known for smooth jazz ballads, scorching blues numbers and disarming warmth and charm, Ruby has performed with Etta James, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, Papa John Creach, the San Diego Symphony and many legends of blues and jazz.

July 2, 2010
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca – afro-cuban

Returning for the fourth straight year with his group Makina Loca, Ricardo Lemvo combines Latin and African elements from salsa and merengue to soukous, aimed squarely at the dance floor. His vibrant, melodious voice weaves a seamless blend of traditions that inspires audience response.

July 9, 2010
Big Time Operator – big band swing

An all-time favorite of Carlsbad audiences, this ten-piece powerhouse returns for its 12th appearance at TGIF. Led by singer Warren Lovell, Big Time Operator excels at playing classic big band arrangements, Latin numbers and impressive original songs.

Five-time San Diego Music Awards winners for Best Big Band, the top-notch players in BTO display a contagious enthusiasm that’s hard to beat and impossible to ignore.

TGIF moves to Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, for three concerts in July. Free shuttle service will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from two locations: south of the park at Pacific Rim Elementary School at the corner of Hidden Valley Road & Camino de las Ondas and north of the park at the Legoland parking lot off The Crossings Road, north off Palomar Airport Road.

Poinsettia Park, Hidden Valley Rd. Carlsbad, will host the following three performances

July 16, 2010
Louie Cruz Beltran – Latin

This summer’s only newcomer to the TGIF lineup, Los Angeles-based Louie Cruz Beltran and his ensemble serve up r&b, reggae, salsa, Latin and jazz Brazilian-style. Master percussionist Beltran is often compared to the greats like Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz and Tito Puente. He and his players generate spectacular webs of rhythmic energy, turning most of his concerts into true events.

July 23, 2010
The Screamin’ Primas, A Tribute to Louis Prima – jump jive

This eight-piece tribute band is no pale imitation of Louis Prima, the Rat Pack-vintage entertainer who wrote the swing-era classics “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Jump, Jive and Wail.” Last year, their TGIF debut offered a wacky version of Prima’s late 1950s Las Vegas Night Club show featuring his acclaimed singer-wife Keely Smith that captured all the energy, emotion and excitement of the original.

July 30, 2010
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers – west coast blues

Rod Piazza and his big-toned harmonica have been a major force in West Coast blues since the early ‘60s. Piazza blows, sings and soars across ballads, blues and swing on the buoyant atmosphere The Mighty Flyers create for him. Sparked by Honey Piazza’s infectious boogie keyboard, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers’ fourth TGIF performance is sure to sizzle.

Calavera Hills Park, site of the final three concerts, is at 2997 Glasgow Drive on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive. Free shuttle service will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Hope Elementary School, 3010 Tamarack Drive and from Calavera Hills School, 4100 Tamarack Drive at College Avenue.

Calavera Hills Park 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad will host the final three performances.

August 6, 2010
Bill Magee Blues Band – southern blues

Another huge favorite at TGIF, Bill Magee and his group are making their 10th appearance in the Carlsbad series. They play southern blues at its finest, peppered with influences from Chicago and Kansas City. After forming the duo-guitar band “Jimmy James and the Flames” with Jimi Hendrix and touring the world with B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Bo Diddley, Bill Magee settled down in San Diego to raise a family and recreate the great blues of his youth.

August 13, 2010
Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra – swing

Ellington sophistication, old-timey Americana, wigglin’ boogie-woogie, a little Hawaiian spice – pianist Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra deliver it all. Sue was born in the Texas panhandle, raised in San Diego and in the ‘80s formed the legendary Tobacco Road, seven-time San Diego Music Awards winner for Best Blues Band. Her TGIF gigs with Tobacco Road, Candye Kane and the Motel Swing Orchestra make this her 10th Carlsbad performance since 1990.

August 20, 2010
Earl Thomas – rockin’ blues

In the seven years since TGIF audiences last saw Earl Thomas, each summer they ask why he’s not on the lineup. Answer: a booming international career has taken him everywhere from Montreux to Tokyo. The London Times calls him “a latter-day Otis Redding.” His hometown, Pikesville, Tennessee created a blues festival named after him. And Carlsbad brought him back from the festival circuit to close out the 25th Anniversary Season with his seventh TGIF performance. Passionate, creative, a showman to his wing-tipped toes, Earl Thomas closes out this 25th anniversary season in the highest style.

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