Music News & Reviews

Free summer concerts in SLO County

Concerts in the Park

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, June 24 through Aug. 26

Where: City Park, Gazebo, 11th and Park streets, Paso Robles

What: Classic rockers Rhythm Method get the party going June 24. Other upcoming acts include contemporary rockers Truth About Seafood, swing band Royal Garden Orchestra and country act Steve Sturgis and Roadhouse.

Info: 237-3988 or

Concerts in the Plaza

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, June 10 through Sept. 2

Where: Mission Plaza, 1000 Chorro St., San Luis Obispo

What: Now in its 16th year, the San Luis Obispo concert series kicks off next month with reggae-ska band Nada Rasta. Other bands playing this summer include country band Cuesta Ridge, the soulful Damon Castillo Band and the popular dance band Zongo All Stars.

Info: 541-0286 or

Saturday in the Park

What: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 9 through Aug. 13

Where: Atascadero Lake Park, 9305 Pismo Ave., Atascadero

What: Concertgoers can savor the summer breezes drifting across Atascadero Lake as they listen to the likes of local favorites Big Daddy’s Blues Band, The Cinders and The Usual Suspects.

Info: 461-5000 or

Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Sundays, June 5 through Sept. 25

Where: Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach

What: With 16 concerts planned, audiences are sure to find music they like. Choices in June include blues-funk collective Burning James and the Funky Flames, reggae rockers The Shival Experience and western swing guru Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band.

Info: 473-4580 or