'Tis the season to share warm, easy nights with friends and family. Add in entertainment -- for free -- and you've got a winning combo. Several East County cities are offering just that throughout the summer.
ANTIOCH: The annual Summer Concert Series is set to begin. Events are held in downtown Antioch from 6 to 8 p.m. every Saturday in July and August in Waldie Plaza. Produced by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the first show features SpeCial Request playing the blues on July 6.
The lineup for the remaining dates are: July 13 with Tuck & Roll (music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s); July 20, Vocal Ease & the Boogie Men (1940s, 1950s and 1960s tunes); July 27, country rock from Rodeo House; Aug. 3, Floorshakers (funk soul); Aug. 10, Project 4 (top 40); Aug. 17, Del Soul (R&B), Aug. 24, Against Leo (rock 'n'roll and blues); and Aug. 31 with Harvey & the Wall Bangers (Motown).
Major funding is from the Lesher Foundation, along with the city of Antioch, East County Times, Antioch Friendship Home, Clay Millias & Co, LLP and Antioch Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 925-325-9897 or visit www.art4antioch.org/summer_concerts.asp.
BRENTWOOD: This Starry Nights concert series is already under way. Held every Friday under the shady glory of City Park (710 Second St.), the shows begin at 7 p.m.
On the bill: June 28 is Fulton Street Jazz Band, which offers Chicago-style music in the tradition of Eddie Condon's bands of the 1940s and 1950s; July 5 it's the Summer Big Band featuring Mike Spellman; July 19 is the funk/soul band Loose Blues; July 26 is Laurent Fourgo Jazz Ensemble; Aug. 2 is Motown music with Open Road Band; and Aug. 9, it's Swing Fever. On Aug. 16, the Hipwaders lead a special children's concert at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call 925-516-5444 or visit ci.brentwood.ca.us.
OAKLEY: Oakley is serving up its monthly entertainment on the big screen. The city's Movies in the Plaza offerings are held outdoors at the park near the Civic Center, 3231 Main St.
The at-dusk lineup includes "Brave" on July 27 and "The Sandlot" on Aug. 10. Before "Sandlot," the Oakley Youth Council plans to premier its short video to introduce its program. The group hopes the film clip will encourage middle and high school students from Oakley to join the council, which works on a variety of programs and projects. For more info, call 925-625-7041.
PITTSBURG: The historic fishing community reels in an abundance of classic autos for its every-other-week car show, which also features a variety of music and live performances. The event is held runs from 6 to 8 p.m. alternate Thursdays. Held in Old Town Pittsburg Plaza, event dates are July 11, 25; Aug. 8, 22 and Sept. 12 and 26. For more information, call 925-252-6930 or visit oldtownpittsburgca.com.
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