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Santa Monica Cultural Affairs presents the 10th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series. The fun, family-friendly concerts draw people of all ages who come to dance, picnic, relax and enjoy lively music in the park. Attendees can bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks that rotate each week.
This year’s music line-up features: the Nate Birkey Quintet on August 2nd, an exuberant tribute band dedicated to the legendary artistry of Miles Davis and Chet Baker; Estaire Godinez on August 9th, a sensational vocalist and percussionist who fuses jazz and funk with the sounds and traditions of Latin and Brazilian music; Louie Cruz Beltran on August 16th, an extraordinary conguero, timbalero and vocalist who blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, pop, and R&B; the California Feetwarmers on August 23rd, a band of entertaining musicians who breathe new life into the old-time sound of Ragtime, swing, and New Orleans jazz.; and on August 30th, Brasil Brazil plays popular Brazilian melodies with a variety of vivacious rhythms and explosive sound.
To complement the eclectic music line-up, concertgoers can sample cuisine from a variety of food trucks each week. On August 2nd, The Grilled Cheese Truck offers savory and sweet versions of the classic comfort food, Dogtown Dogs serves hotdogs, an all American favorite, and Chunk-n-Chip sells ice cream sandwiches made from premium, locally sourced ingredients. On August 9th, The Grilled Cheese Truck returns, joined by Hungry Nomad, selling wholesome Mediterranean food with an American twist, and The Pudding Truck, offering gourmet versions of the favorite childhood snack. On August 16thSlammin’ Sliders sells delicious sliders, smoothies, and salads, Mangia’s Italian Ristorante brings a host of Italian cuisine with a Mexican twist, and Sweet E’s Bakeshop sells phenomenal cupcakes, cookies, and baked treats. On August 23rd, Tokyo Doggy Style brings delicious hot dogs with a Japanese twist, and Hungry Nomad and The Pudding Truck return. On August 30th Slammin’ Sliders returns, California Taco Bear offers delicious taco transformations, and King Kone serves ice cream, the perfect dessert for a hot summer day.