Hot music in the summertime: Pop-Up shows pop up in parks



Get ready to party in the parks.

The City of Thousand Oaks’ annual Pop-Up Arts and Music Festival features the following free public outdoor performances at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in June.

Guests can bring their own chair, blanket, food and drinks.

In partnership with local arts organizations, the festival will include local and regional talent and nationally recognized acts.

June 2: Brogden Bay presents the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band on the Stagecoach Inn Museum lawn. The all-star bluegrass group features Jorgenson, a former member of the Desert Rose Band, on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen, another Desert Rose vet, on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals.

June 3: Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra play at Suburbia Park. Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz. He and his orchestra will bring a bit of New Orleans to town.

June 9: New West Symphony presents Ilya Serov at Oakbrook Park. The contemporary jazz trumpeter and vocalist teams with New West musicians to perform swing, Latin, bossa nova and smooth jazz tunes.

June 10: Adrian + Meredith performs at Northwood Park. The folk duo’s music is said to “embody the spirit of the human story” with splashes of punk, folk, polka and swing.

June 16: A splendid time is guaranteed for all when 5-Star Theatricals presents “Here Comes the Sun,” a night of Beatles music, at El Parque de la Paz.

June 17: Thousand Oaks artist Mouse Rawk creates a large mural from start to finish at Kimber Park while high-energy jam band Shaky Feelin’ plays rock, reggae, funk and bluegrass.

June 23: The 26-member 562nd Air National Guard Band of the West Coast, under the direction of Maj. Silas Huff, performs at Thousand Oaks Community Park.

June 24: Quitapenas, a tropical Afro-Latin combo, plays at Glenwood Park. The group channels the radical spirit and energy of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

June 30: Performer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Magda Giannikou leads a group singing in six languages at Wildwood

Neighborhood Park.

July 1: Cha Wa performs at Triunfo Park, combining the sousaphone bass beats and riffs of a New Orleans brass band with the moves and garb of a Mardi Gras Indian troupe.

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