Marina Del Rey’s Free Summer Concert Series
To celebrate the return of our gorgeous CA weather (wait, did we even have a “winter”?), grab your favorite goody-laden picnic basket and join us for Marina del Rey’s Summer Concert Series. The popular series of free, outdoor concerts starts July 12 at one of the most beautiful waterfront hotspots in Los Angeles, Burton W. Chace Park. Located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, this 10-acre park is surrounded by water on three sides so come early to enjoy the view and scout out the perfect seat! All concerts start at 7 p.m. and generally last two hours.
This summer, “Symphonic Thursdays” will feature the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony conducted by Frank Fetta. “Pop Saturdays” will be headlined by Grammy Award winners Shelby Lynne, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Arturo Sandoval and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.
Check out the complete 2012 lineup below:
- Thursday, July 12 – A Night at the Opera: The 75-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by Frank Fetta, presents “A Night at the Opera.”
Conductor Frank Fetta will kick off this summer's Symphonic Thursdays.
- Thursday, July 26 – Rich Capparela: One of the best-known classical music radio personalities in the United States, Capparela will narrate Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
- Thursday, August 9 – Christina and Michelle Naughton, Pianists: Hailed for their stellar musicianship, technical mastery and awe-inspiring artistry, Christina and Michelle are a wonderful piano duo with “first class…perfect synchronization.”
- Thursday, August 23 – Lindsay Deutsch, Violinist: This American violinist brings a fresh and vibrant energy to classical pieces. Acclaimed standout performances include John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne with the California Philharmonic and her current position as Orchestra Nova’s principal guest artist.
- Saturday, July 21 – Shelby Lynne & Lisa Loeb:
Multi-talented Lisa Loeb is sure to entertain at Marina del Rey's Pop Saturdays
Shelby Lynne: This American singer and songwriter won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist for her 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne. Since then, she has released a Dusty Springfield tribute, started her own independent record label and released three albums.
Lisa Loeb: A Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and actress, Loeb began her career with her Number 1 hit song Stay (I Missed You). Loeb has also worked in film and television.
- Saturday, August 4 – Arturo Sandoval: One of the most dynamic and
The famous Arturo Sandoval is a summer must-see.
vivacious live performers of our time, Sandoval boasts six Grammy Awards (with 12 nominations), six Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award. Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere and hails from his native Artemisa, a small town in Cuba.
- Saturday, August 18 – Ambrosia: Formed in Southern California in 1970, Ambrosia has five Top Forty hit singles and five Grammy Nominations nods. After more than 40 years of performing, Ambrosia continues to record new albums and tour throughout the world.
- Saturday, September 1 – Evelyn “Champagne” King: A Grammy-winning R&B diva, King is no stranger to the top of the recording charts. Her disco hit “Shame” continues to be a favorite on the dance floor.
Burton W. Chace Park offers magnificent oceanfront views.
How to Get There
Whether by land or by sea, the Marina del Rey Summer WaterBus and the Marina del Rey Summer Weekend Beach Shuttle will drop concert goers off in style:
- Marina del Rey Summer WaterBus: For “Symphonic Thursdays,” the WaterBus operates from 5 p.m. – Midnight. On “Pop Saturdays”, the WaterBus runs from 11 a.m. – Midnight. Schedule and route information can be found at various local hotels and at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center.
The Beach Shuttle runs a special schedule for Marina del Rey's Summer Concert Series
- Marina del Rey Summer Weekend Beach Shuttle: Running on a special schedule for “Symphonic Thursdays,” the Beach Shuttle operates from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. For the “Pop Saturdays”, the Shuttle will operate 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Schedule and route information can be found at various local hotels and at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center.
A free concert series in Marina del Rey? That’s music to our ears!