Pack up a picnic and soak in some music

6 Aug

It’s summer and we’re finally getting some warm, sunny days. What better way to soak in the most of this summer bliss than to spend your evenings at a line-up of outdoor concerts.

Tacoma Concert Band and Franke Toby Jones are both hosting a series of free outdoor concerts and it all happens in August. The Tacoma Concert Band will be performing 5 consecutive nights from August 8th to August 12th throughout the South Sound area. Alternatively, every Thursday night in August at 6:30 p.m. Franke Toby Jones will be hosting free concerts featuring multiple musical groups.  All concerts are FREE, all ages are welcome. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic, and enjoy!

Tacoma Concert Band Summer Concert Series:
August 8, 7:00 pm

Sylvester Park – Legion Way SE & Capitol Way S., Olympia

August 9, 6:30 pm
Franke Tobey Jones lawn – 5340 N. Bristol, Tacoma

August 10, 6:30 pm
Fircrest Park – Electron Way & Spring Street, Fircrest  

August 11, 6:00 pm
Johnson Farm – 9306 Otso Point Road, Anderson Island 

August 12, 6:30 pm
Northwest Landing Clock Tower, 1495 Wilmington Drive, DuPont


Franke Toby Jones Summer Concerts on the Lawn:
All concerts at Franke Tobey Jones lawn – 5340 N. Bristol, Tacoma

 August 9, 6:30 pm
Tacoma Concert Band –
Comprised of 60 players, the Tacoma Concert Band performs a wide range of music including works of J. S. Bach, Alfred Reed, Richard Wagner, Gustav Holst & John Philip Sousa.

August 16, 6:30 pm
Voetberg Family – The Voetberg family band plays bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and jazz. Ranging in age from 9 to 22, they have garnered 10 WA State fiddle championships, 8 WA State Music Teachers Association awards for keyboard and vocal performance, 20 regional fiddle championships, 12 Top Five placements at the National Fiddle Competition and the title of 2007 National Young Adult Fiddle Champion. 

August 23, 6:30 pm
Hook Me Up – Hook Me Up is a popular and dynamic quartet performing a wide variety of contemporary and standard jazz, Latin, funk, swing, rock ‘n roll, original tunes and a few things you wouldn’t expect to hear from just 4 instruments.


August 30, 6:30 pm
 A Touch of Class  – This 20 piece swing dance band plays fabulous and well-known standards and loved ballroom music from the 1930s and 1940s. A Touch of Class has been together for 20 years and has performed far and wide in the Puget Sound area including at the Elks Lodge, Puyallup Fair, Puyallup Meeker Days, Fort Lewis, Kiwanis auction dinners, senior communities, charity functions and more.


2 Responses to “Pack up a picnic and soak in some music”

  1. Mandi August 6, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Pacific Lutheran University’s Jazz Under the Stars Series is still going every Thursday Night in the Mary Baker Russell Amphitheater.

    August 9: Neil Anderson and Malibu Manouche
    August 16: Tribute to Bill Ramsay Big Band

    Both nights the Keck Observatory is open for some star gazing.

    Free. Complimentary coffee provided by Seattle’s Best.

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