Free Music Concerts from San Francisco to Los Gatos

Free Concerts 2010

San Francisco down to Los Gatos

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 concerts, 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 plus you’ll find “Clyde’s Choice” of music that appeals to me – that I’ve seen or want to explore. I can definitely be influenced one way or another. 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 Locations

Listed by Days of the week

Los Gatos Music in the Park Artist Line Up LGP
Sundays, 6/20 – 8/29, 5-7 pm

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
June 20 – August 22, 2010
Sundays, Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco

Sunnyvale Music Series Svl
Wednesdays, June 16-Sept.1, 5:30pm-8:30pm

San Jose Music in the Park SJ

Thursdays, June 3-August 26, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez (Market Street between San Fernando and San Carlos streets)

Redwood City Downton RWC
Music on the Square

Fridays, May 14-Oct 8, 6-8pm

Santa Cruz Friday Night Music on the Boardwalk SC
Fridays, June 20 – Sept 3, 2 shows for each band: 630 pm & 830 pm

Sausalito Jazz and Blues by the Bay SA
Fridays, June 4 – Aug 20th 630 pm – 800 pm

Vasona Vibraions Vas
Saturdays, from 5-7 pmVasona 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.

The Concerts

Near each date is a 2-3 digit code which represents the location. If you want to go together, just drop me a note!

June 4 RWC (Great concert!)
The Refugees  РTom Petty Tribute; Fridays, 6-8pm

June 10 SJ
Lenny Williams (R&B) and Prince Damons (Hip Hop/R&B)

June 11 RWC
White Album Ensemble – Beatles

The Beatles


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ReverbNation – 50% of funds go back to the artist. That might sound like a lot, but it is really great for exposure when you have a service that is driven to back up your sales. You or your band can put together a presskit, as well as post info, numerous photos, showtimes, blog, twitter integration…. Collect fans who can leave comments (building up your online community!), play and add songs to their queue, bookmark your songs, and email your song to their friends. Pretty rockin’, huh?

Artist Nation – for Classical and other non-rock, non-rap musical groups

This is a an online community for performing artists of all types, skill levels, nationalities and ages. Free membership includes a feature with your bio, photo, video, concert history, PSE indexing, and soon an event schedule.

Expand your fanbase: Listeners looking for undiscovered musicians can search and preview your music.

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If you’re more like me, you can pick a better tune with your taste than an instrument. You can still get involved with the new music business in the 21st century:
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if band does well

Important note: be sure to read the fine print! Some sites don’t allow multiple publishings, so be careful.

Break a leg!