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The 27th season of the City of Carlsbad’s “TGIF Jazz in the Parks” free outdoor concerts offers something for everyone this summer. The music ranges from Big Band Swing to Chicago Blues to Afro-pop, with Reggae, Latin, and New Orleans R&B on the schedule as well. The bands come from locales both near (San Diego, LA, Fresno) and far (San Francisco and Sierra Leone, West Africa). And the schedule includes three longtime audience favorites, three great groups returning from 2011, and three brand new bands. The 2012 TGIF concerts run June 29 through August 24, presented by the city’s Cultural Arts Office and produced by On the Other Side Productions, Inc. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
The first three concerts take place at Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, between La Costa Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road. The concert site is on Baseball Field #1 on the park’s upper level.
June 29, 2012     Mofo Party Band – Chicago Blues
Bill and John Clifton play a gutsy central California version of guitar-whipped, harmonica-fueled Chicago Blues. They named their band for the “more fun” they have on stage – certainly more fun than drilling oil wells (their previous careers)! Their 2011 debut at TGIF was one big party – and this encore performance should be as well!
July 6, 2012         Big Time Operator – Big Band Swing
Carlsbad can’t get enough of San Diego’s most acclaimed big band, appearing at TGIF for the 12th time. Rat Pack ballads, classic swing, and a fat, brassy sound are the hallmarks of this 11-member group.
July 13, 2012       Café R&B – Soul & Blues
New to TGIF, this dynamic LA band boasts a vocalist who’s regularly compared to Tina Turner and Etta James and one of the best blues guitarists in the business. They act as matches to the kindling created by two keyboardists and a solid rhythm section, creating a roaring musical blaze.
TGIF moves to Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, for three concerts beginning in mid-July. Free shuttle service will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from one location: east of the park at North Coast Calvary Chapel at the corner of Poinsettia Lane and Aviara Parkway.
July 20, 2012       Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, featuring Carmen Getit – Jumpin’ Jive & Swing
An instant favorite from their first TGIF appearance in 2005, this hot ensemble serves up
boogie woogie piano, swingin’ guitar and some crazy sax action. At every concert, they invite the audience to enter the experience they call The Lucky Lounge!
July 27, 2012       B-Side Players – World & Reggae
The members of this genre-bending, nine-piece band met in an African drumming class at Chula Vista’s Southwestern Community College and went on to national recognition. After a triumphant 2011 debut, the Players return to TGIF with their original brand of global funk flavored with reggae, son, afro-beat, acid jazz, hip- hop – whatever. It’s just great music.
August 3, 2012 Madame LeRoux & Krewe, plus Euphoria Brass Band – New Orleans R&B
For the first time, TGIF puts two groups together and creates Mardi Gras in August, and Madame LeRoux has promised to bring the beads. Powerhouse vocalist Michele Lundeen performs as her alter-ego the Madame with her hot Bourbon Street-style band, the Krewe. Euphoria Brass Band adds to the gumbo as San Diego’s only traditional New Orleans marching street band.  
Calavera Hills Park, site of the final three concerts, is at 2997 Glasgow Drive on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive. Free shuttle service will operate between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Hope Elementary School, 3010 Tamarack Ave., and from Calavera Hills School, 4100 Tamarack Ave. at College Boulevard.
August 10, 2012 Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars – Afro-Pop & World
This inspiring group of musicians has become known worldwide as the voice of the dispossessed-yet-optimistic people of Africa. Members of the Refugee All-Stars were already accomplished musicians when, joining together with two donated old electric guitars and one microphone, they began entertaining their fellow border camp residents with uplifting songs of hope and joy.
August 17, 2012 Ruby & The Red Hots – Jazz & Blues
TGIF audiences want to be right there whenever this Carlsbad favorite takes the stage. Equally at home with a smooth-as-silk ballad or a blazing blues rocker, Ruby emanates sultry warmth while the Red Hots sizzle behind her with purring horns, propulsive drumbeats and gripping guitar play.
August 24, 2012 Johnny Polanco Orchestra – Salsa & Latin Jazz
Johnny Polanco’s Dominican/Puerto Rican roots and deep grasp of Latin instruments and rhythms guide this incredible band, enthusiastically followed by salsa dancers across the nation. His 2011 Carlsbad debut was so much fun, with the conga line led by Johnny himself, that he’s expanding his regular group to bring TGIF 2012 the ensemble he took to the Playboy Jazz Festival.
What to bring, and what not to bring to the concerts
Patrons should bring low-back beach chairs and ground cover to TGIF concerts. Long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and insect repellent with “deet” are recommended as a precaution against mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. Many patrons bring picnics; light refreshments are also available for sale. Opportunity drawings are conducted during the intermission by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts to support the concert series and other cultural programs. The use of bikes, skateboards, skates and roller blades is not allowed in the parks during concerts. Pets, smoking and personal barbeque grills are not allowed in city parks by municipal ordinance.
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City media contact
Colleen Finnegan, 760-434-2904 or

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