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2012 Free Movies & Free Concerts San Francisco Bay Area

Every city, it seems, in the SF Bay Area has free weekly concerts. Does it get better than this? Below you will find a random list of cities offering free concerts and free movies. If you’re playing in one of these bands, feel free to post your site here and let us know about your band. If you know of another city offering free concerts, post it here and I’ll update my list!

Concert & Movie Schedule

Free Concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area Cities

Fridays

Music on the Square Redwood City – RWC
Fridays,   6-8pm
June 1 – September 28, 2012

wonderbread 5

June 22 • Ultimate Party Band
Wonderbread 5
For over a decade, the unstoppable, Bay Area based, phenomenom known as theWonder Bread 5
have been thrilling audiences, and exceeding concert goer’s expectations around the globe.
Wonderbread 5 covers everything from Motown to Bean-Town and back again.
They are a full service party posse and an unstoppable, international rock and roll party machine.
Don’t miss this electric performance!


Bella Donna
July 13  Tribute to Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna
Bella Donna is the Critically acclaimed, Hauntingly Familiar tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.
Based in Los Angeles and formed in 2002, the 7 piece show has toured throughout the USA performing
hundreds of shows. Bella Donna was awarded the highest honor when Stevie Nicks met Singer Michelle Tyler
after a show and complimented the band.
rule
Super DiamondJuly 20  Neil Diamond Tribute
Super Diamond
When your parents popped in a Neil Diamond tape on repeat during long interstate road trips, you reluctantly sang along. Never thought you’d turn out to be a Diamond fan now, right? But singing along to “Sweet Caroline” and “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” is so addictive now, you’d do anything to see Neil on stage. A band out of San Francisco can put a rest to that Diamond thirst. Super Diamond delivers a high-octane Diamond tribute show that rocks!
Watch the Video…

 

Santa Cruz Friday Night Music on the Boardwalk SC

2 shows for each band: 630 pm & 830 pm
June 15 – August 31, 2012

The FIXX

The FIXX
August 17, 2012

Instantly recognizable, The FIXX sound is unmistakably unique and stands out among the thousands of artists filling the airwaves. Songs such as “One Thing Leads To Another”, “Red Skies” and “Saved By Zero” remain everyday staples on the playlists of rock, Hot AC and alternative radio stations that continue to break new acts inspired by the era that The FIXX helped to define.

Music at the Market San Jose
Fridays, from 7 pm – 9 pm
May 25th – June 22nd, 2012

Music each and every Friday (and sometimes on Thursday and Saturdays, too).  Fridays are being powered by San Jose Jazz.

Saturdays

Vasona Vibraions Los Gatos
Saturdays, from 5-7 pm
June 2nd – July 28th, 2012
Vasona Lake County Park 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, (408)354-2608

On the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane.

Classical Series – Redwood City
600 pm – 800 pm
Opera San Jose
June 2, 2012 {OVER TILL NEXT SUMMER}

Sundays

Sounds of the Shore Redwood City
Music by the Water
500 pm – 700 pm
June 24, July 22 & August 12, 2012

Los Gatos Music in the Park Artist Line Up
Sundays, 5-7 pm
June 17 th – August 26th, 2012

Behind The Scenes

August 26thPete Escovedo

Stern Grove San Francisco
Sundays at 2:00 pm
June 24 – August 26, 2012
Anita Baker
June 24th – Glide Ensemble, The Family Stone, and Anita Baker
Concerts in the Park, Santa Clara
Central Park Pavillion
230 pm – 430 pm
June 20th – August 19, 2012
Mondays
Downtown Jazz – Redwood City
600 pm – 800 pm
June 18 – August 6, 2012
Tuesdays
Wednesdays

Sunnyvale Music Series Sunnyvale
Wednesdays,   5:30pm-8:30pm
June 20th – August 29th, 2012

July 11th – Classic Rock Double Shot – 2 Bands! Long Train Running – (Doobie Brothers Cover Band!)
The Shanks (classic rock)

The Pruneyard Music Fest – Campbell
In the back – by Hobees – Camera Theater
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 9 pm
June 27th – July 25, 2012

Highlight: July 25th – Foreverland – Michael Jackson Tribute Band

Jazz on the Plazz – Los Gatos
Los Gatos Town Plaza
630 pm – 800 pm
June 20 – August 29, 2012

Thursdays

2012 Campbell Summer Concert Series, Campbell
Orchard City Green; 70 N 1st Street
630 pm – 800 pm
June 21 – August 23, 2012

Summer Concert Series, Mountain View
Locations Vary – Check the website
630 pm – 800 pm
July 12 – August 23, 2012

Highlights – 8/2 Santana Tribute Band (Caranarai), 8/23 Doobie Brothers Tribute Band (Long Train Runnin’)

Summer Concert Series, Cupertino
Memorial Park Amphitheater
630 pm – 800 pm
June 7th – July 18th, 2012

Sample – Free Concert Schedule

Probably the biggest names in all the Free Concert Series – The Santa Cruz Friday Night Music

2012 Concert Season Line Up

June 15 Warrant “Cherry Pie”
June 22 Berlin “Take My Breath Away”
June 29 Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
July 6 The Tubes “She’s A Beauty”
July 13 Modern English “Melt With You”
July 20 Great White “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”
July 27 A Flock of Seagulls
with special guest Animotion
“I Ran”
“Obsession”
Aug 3 Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie “Black Magic Woman”
Aug 10 John Waite “Missing You”
Aug 17 The FIXX “One Thing Leads to Another”
Aug 24 Eddie Money “Take Me Home Tonight”
Aug 31 Papa Doo Run Run “Santa Cruz Beach Party”
Free Movies in the San Francisco Bay Area Cities 2012

San Jose – Downtown Movies  – Wednesdays

Pre-show fun starts at 7 p.m. (except for the Zombie-O-Rama).  Movies begin at dusk.  BYOC (or B) – Bring Your own Chair or Blanket (high-backed chairs are OK).  Stop by a restaurant and pick up your food “to go” of course.  Beer and wine need to be purchased on site.

Movies on the Square – Redwood City  – Thursdays

Courthouse Square in Redwood City o
Thursdays Nights as the sun goes down.

June 7: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

June 14: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

June 21: The Muppets

June 28: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

July 5: We Bought a Zoo

July 12: That Thing You Do

July 19: The Karate Kid

July 26: The Lion King

Aug. 2: Hugo

Aug. 9: The Great Outdoors

Aug. 16: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Aug. 23: The Goonies

Aug. 30: Citizen Kane

Starts July 12th, Thursday, when sun goes down

Movies begin at nightfall (sorry, no specific time can be posted due to night darkness comes at different times.)

Enjoy a FREE outdoor movie along side the beautiful waterfront in Jack London Square. Movies are shown at the Jack London Market Lawn. Come early and play trivia games or grab some fun picnic bites or purchase a beverage from the East Bay Bike Coalition. Bike to the movies and receive a free gift.

Make it a night of dinner and a movie by making dinner reservations at your favorite Jack London Square restaurant: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/dine.php

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights – Mountain View – Fridays

Fridays, 8:30pm; free

July 13: Kung-Fu Panda 2 at Cuesta Park

July 20: Puss in Boots at Chisman Park

July 27: The Incredibles at Eagle Park

Aug. 3: The Muppets at Stevenson Park

Aug. 10: Cars 2 at Sylvan Park

Aug. 17: Happy Feet 2 at Rengstorff Park

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Free Movies & Concerts San Francisco Bay Area

Every city, it seems, in the SF Bay Area has free weekly concerts. Does it get better than this? Each month, I’ll post my list of the next 2 months of free concerts and free movies, my selection and any new venues I find (from your suggestions, I’m sure). Below you will find a random list of cities offering free concerts and free movies. If you’re playing in one of these bands, feel free to post your site here and let us know about your band. If you know of another city offering free concerts, post it here and I’ll update my list!

Concert & Movie Schedule

Fridays

Music on the Square Redwood City – RWC
Fridays,   6-8pm
May 27th – October 7th, 2011

July 8th Aja Vu Steely Dan Cover Ban

Santa Cruz Friday Night Music on the Boardwalk SC

2 shows for each band: 630 pm & 830 pm
June 17th – Sept 7th

July 29th – Edgar Winter Band

Sausalito Jazz and Blues by the Bay SA
Fridays, 630 pm – 800 pm
June 3rd – August 26, 2011

Saturdays

Vasona Vibraions Los Gatos, Vas
Saturdays, from 5-7 pm
June 4th – July 30th
Vasona Lake County Park 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, (408)354-2608

On the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane.

July 9th –  Red Hot Chachkas – klezmer fusion: the next generation of Jewish music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twilight Concert Series, Palo Alto PA
Saturday, 630 pm – 830 pm
July 2nd – August 20th

Sundays

Los Gatos Music in the Park Artist Line Up LGP
Sundays, 5-7 pm
June 19th – August 28th, 2011

Stern Grove San Francisco SG
Sundays at 2:00 pm
June 19 – August 21, 2011
August 17th – Aaron Neville
Wednesdays

Sunnyvale Music Series Svl
Wednesdays,   5:30pm-8:30pm
June 22nd – August 31st, 2011

Starlight Cinema’s Outdoor Movie Nights – San Jose 11 Free Movies
700 pm
June 8th – August 31st, 2011

Thursdays

San Jose Music in the Park SJ

Thursdays,  5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez (Market Street between San Fernando and San Carlos streets)
June 2nd – Aug 25th, 2011

July 7th – Led Zepagain – Led Zeppelin Tribute Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sounds of the Shore RC
600 pm  – 800 pm
June 23rd – August 11th, 2011 (3 shows)

Waterfront Flicks in Jack London Square, Oakland OAK
Time: Sundown
July 7th – September 29, 2011

Sample – Free Concert Schedule

Probably the biggest names in all the Free Concert Series – The Santa Cruz Friday Night Music – Here’s their line up:

June 17 STARSHIP starring MICKEY THOMAS “We Built This City”
June 24 ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS “The House of the Rising Sun”
July 1 THE FAMILY STONE “Thank You”
July 8 GREAT WHITE “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”
July 15 LOVERBOY “Working for the Weekend”
July 22 AVERAGE WHITE BAND “Pick Up The Pieces”
July 29 THE EDGAR WINTER BAND “Free Ride”
Aug 5 GIN BLOSSOMS “Hey Jealousy”
Aug 12 BERLIN featuring TERRI NUNN “Take My Breath Away”
Aug 19 SANTANA original lead singer GREGG ROLIE “Black Magic Woman”
Aug 26 EDDIE MONEY “Take Me Home Tonight”
Sept 2 PAPA DOO RUN RUN “Santa Cruz” BEACH PARTY

Shopping for Gadgets and Finding the Lowest Price

Shopping:  To many it’s an activity of exploration. To others it’s an anathema. I have bargain mania. I’m good at finding them, so I loooove online shopping–especially for gadgets! If you’re a fan on our Facebook page or have been a fan for some time, you’ll know that I scour the web for deals and more deals, mostly gadgets but other things as well. 99% of the time, I post stuff I would buy, occassionally, when it’s such a good deal – I have to just share it.

Here are a few of my favorite things… I mean shopping sites:

Google Products. They have everything here, from AAA rechargeable batteries to Zumba DVDs. If money can buy it (and it’s not evil), you can get it here.

Google: not evil!

Go to Google Products, type in any purchasable material object and use the Invisible Hand Extension or the Price Blink Extension to see if you’re getting the best possible price. (FYI, an extension is a button that sits in the frame of your browser and works with your browser to improve your internet experience. These will work with Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla and Chrome.) It’s almost like having a personal assistant out there, looking for the needle in the haystack, while you get to surf the reviews pages. And seriously, what could possibly be more entertaining than this review page?

Price Grabber. The granddaddy of price comparison shopping. I used to use this all the time, but now I find Google Shopping a bit more versitle. Still a great site.

Tech Bargains. How does an Apple Outlet for less than $1000 sound? Sounds good. Also, ,this site looks for sweet deals from competing sites, like this bargain on a Monster Cable PowerCenter 8 Outlet Surge for $24.99.

Slick Deals - Great Online Shopping Bargains

 

 

Slick Deals posts multiple new coupons every single day. Like this Nike Windproof Umbrella for $51.

Woot - Awesome Deal of the Day Shopping

 

Woot offers one deal, for one day. Today they offered a groovy solar powered Bluetooth kit for $15. Tomorrow, who knows?

Daily Steals offers limited time deals on all kinds of stuff, too. New one every day, such as a $30 8GB Nano mp3/mp4

Deal Sucker. Another daily deal offerer. This one has a “Mystery Box of Crap” Friday. I’m not making that up. I haven’t taken the plunge yet, but the mystery box has a 4/5-star rating. Hey, at $9.99, it’s not that huge of a risk!

Wherever you go – wherever you buy – make sure to look at the reviews. Just type into your favorite search engine “productname review” and someone usually has an opinion on it. If you’re not sure, just pose the question on my Facebook Business Page. Happy to Help!

How to cartoon yourself – How to make an Avatar

Did you know that there are over nine websites to help you create your fantasy 2D world? I found at least that many. Lucky for you, you stumbled upon this little gem, so now you don’t have to hunt and peck through the internet to find all of them. No problem, friend!

Click the pic to get your own cartoon.

1. South Park yourself.

Clyde, in South Park

 

2. Create an original portrait from scratch with the Portrait Illustration Maker.

Portrait Illustration Maker makes delightful little avatars!

 

3. My DaVinci has an incredible variety of caricatures for a small fee.

 

4. MessDude is good, clean fun.

I’m a Mess, Dude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Get a Mii! You don’t have to have a Wii to interact with other Miis. The Mii Channel’s options are endless! And if you have a Wii, your Mii will show up in some of the games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. CartoonStylist.com – Submit your photo, and these guys will set you up with a shiny, new cartoon. $15 will get you in black and white, old Betty Boop and Steamboat Willie style. Upgrading to Fantasia colors will be $30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. You can get lost in a world of Meez. Interact with thousands of other Meez. Even your pet can have a Meez. Meez will work with other various sites, so they are also somewhat addictive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Cartoon Draw Software is FREE! You do it yourself, without even using the internet once it’s downloaded on your computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. MyWebFace claims to make cartoons just like Disney. You might not see it, but I’m sure my neice will like the idea of looking like a modern Belle (from Beauty and the Beast).

 

10. Androidify Yourself

Make a cool Android Persona of yourself. You’ll need to do this one from your Android phone. You can make several – save them – email them – post to Facebook. Fun!

Also, check back at SimpsonizeMe, WeeWorld and CartoonMe. Their services are so popular, the sites are overwhelmed!

Editing Your Photos – Options are Endless!

Purchasing Photoshop software is so old-fashioned!  These resources are 100% free and work with Windows, Mac & Linux (unless otherwise noted).

FotoFlexer Love the effects this one offers. Try “sketch” for those cool drawn-looking photos that everyone’s getting, and of course try “wrinkle cream” for those one-of-a-kind, yet less flattering pics. Make a collage and upload it at lightning speed on Facebook and other social media sites.

Wow! I didn't know I even needed "Wrinkle Cream!" Thanks, FotoFlexer.

Lunapic is awesome because it’s web-based, so you can use a picture from the web with a URL instead of uploading from your computer. Then you save the improved “Cosmetic Surgery” picture on your computer.

FixPicture makes it incredibly easy to resize photos.

Picnik is similar to FotoFlexer. It doesn’t have as many effects to offer (at least, not to non-account holders like myself) but it’s as easy to use. Also, you can get your collage keepsake fix right there.

Picasa – You don’t even need the internet for Picasa!  Once you’ve downloaded the editing software made by Google, you can retouch your friend’s wedding photos, saving her thousands of dollars. This one is an old fave of mine. Many meaningful cat-photos have I added sepia-tone nuances to.

XNView is my favorite despite its previous Windows-Only status. It’s another free download, and you can even work with screenshots.

MeeSoft (Windows only) offers advanced image editing, enhancement and analysis software. The creators claim that it offers the most image enhancement features found in conventional image editors plus a number of advanced features not even available in professional photo suites. The software is usable with scanners, too.

ImageResizer was created as a clone of the Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP (which allows you to right-click on one or more image files in Windows Explorer to resize them) to extend support to non-XP and 64-bit versions of Windows (including 2000, Vista & 7).

Woah, look at me astral projecting in Pajaro Nat'l Forest with this super cute dog! Okay, you're right. It's weird. Using FotoFlexor's "Blended Image" function is more fun for those "If they mated..." pics.

Top 10 Videos of 2010

When I say “Top 10,” I mean Clyde’s Top 10. These are my favorite viral videos which I think represent all aspects of my life this past year. Enjoy!! Don’t forget to post your favorite links below, videos I invariably missed.

Happy 2011!!

A man sees another man eating his human waste for food. He quits his job and dedicates his life to feeding homeless/hungry/downtrodden. What do you do when you see a homeless person?

Michael Jackson Medley as sung by 1 guy 6 times – at the same time! How fun!

Dog and Cat Bonding

Crow and Kitten are best friends!

Walking on Sunshine  Dogs of Summer – Great Beach Party

Christine O’Donnell

OMG, this is such a great parody!! This is the first time I remember a witch has been nominated for US Congress.

Dog & Dolphin – Bonding – “Swimming with Dolphins”

Cee Loo Green’s “Fuck You” video – Nominated for a Grammy – Best Song of the Year. Hope it Wins!

Can’t stop dancing every time I see this. When I started watching only 24m views. Keeps gaining more and more and more views.

Betty White – Such a wonderful comedienne – our generation’s Lucy.  At 88 years old, named “Entertainer of the Year,” by Associated Press.

Betty White

Jorge & Alexa Narvaez give the song, “Home by  Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros a great workout!

Here’s my favorite of the “original” version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb9jY8yAxgs

So, what’d I miss? Post your favorite video link.