VINA ROBLES TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 22 and continues through October. May 22: Kenny Blackwell and Dorian Michael. June 26: Sean Wiggins and Loan Goat. July 24: Big Daddy’s Rhythm and Blues Band. Aug. 28: Unfinished Business. Sept. 25: Soulamente. Oct. 23: Julie and the Bad Dogs. Info: vinarobles.com, 369-0140, or 227-4812.
SLO COUNTY BAND SUMMER CONCERTS May 25: Los Osos Valley Memorial Park - Memorial Day Ceremony, Old Fashioned Sunday Summer Concerts at 1pm in Mitchell Park in SLO: June 21: with Crustacea Dixieland Jazz Band, July 19: with the Gold Coast Chorus, Aug. 16: with Burnished Brass Quartet from the SLO Symphony, Sept. 20, July 4 at 12:30pm and at SLO Farmers Market at 6:30pm on Higuera through November. Info: slocountyband.org.
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE: MONTEVERDI’S MASTERPIECES is May 23 at 8 p.m. at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Vocal and instrumental forces combine to present the variety of madrigal styles from Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi. This is a lecture-recital format. $8-$12. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
PACIFIC REPERTORY OPERA’S CONCERT in Cambria brings in some of Pacific Repertory Opera’s most popular singers and familiar songs for a combination of opera, operetta, and musical theater on May 23 at 3 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria, 2250 Yorkshire Drive. Cost is $17.50-$35. Info: 541-5369 or propera.org.
AVILA BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL is now in its 16th year. The May 24 event takes place at the Avila Beach Resort, where Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi (in her debut Central Coast appearance), and Shemekia Copeland will perform. Gates open at noon. $35 and up. Info: avilabeachresort.com.
CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE FELLOWSHIP is May 24 at 3 p.m. at Trinity UMC, 490 Los Osos Valley Road in Los Osos. Linda Ashworth on English horn and Christopher Woodruff on trumpet will perform the Auber Overture to “La Muette de Portici,” Sibelius’ “Swan of Tuonela,” and Bach Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 and No. 3. A $7 donation is appreciated. Info: sanluischamberorchestra.org, 528-7795, 544-1669, or 546-8838.
FIESTA CALIFORNIA BRUNCH AND SYMPHONY EVENT AT CHAPMAN HOUSE is May 24 at 11 a.m. Info: 543-3533 or slosymphony.com.
IN GOD WE TRUST GRACE BIBLE CHURCH CONCERT is May 24 at 6 p.m. at the PAC in SLO. Info: 489-4200, pacslo.org, or 756-2787.
PIANO STUDENT RECITAL is May 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Davidson Music Center’ room 218 at Cuesta College. Free. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
LOMS AND MBHS SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERTS are May 26-27 at 7 p.m. at the Cohan Center in SLO. Admission is $9-$10. Info: 756-2787, mbhs.slcusd.org/boosters.htm, or pacslo.org.
INSTRUMENTAL STUDENT RECITAL is May 28 at 11 a.m. in the Davidson Music Center, room 218, at Cuesta College. Free. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
JAZZ NIGHT is May 29 at 8pm in the Cohan Center at the PAC in SLO. Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Don Byron will be featured with the Cal Poly jazz bands in a concert of cartoon jazz, including music from 1930s cartoons up to The Simpsons, The Incredibles, and more. $10 and up. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
CAL POLY SYMPHONY CONCERT LOOKING EAST, LOOKING WEST is May 30 at 8 p.m. at the Cohan Center at the PAC at Cal Poly in SLO. The Cal Poly Symphony and guest pianist Tianshu Wang perform. $6 and up. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
CAMBRIA CONCERT BY THE SEA is May 30-31. Cost is $10. Info: 927-0443.
THE BASIN STREET REGULARS OF PISMO BEACH hold concerts throughout the summer. May 31: the Midnight Rose Band, the Cal Poly No. 2 Big Band, and the BSR Jammers. June 28: TBA. July 26: TBA. Aug. 30: the Blue Street Jazz Band. Concerts are held on the last Sunday of the month at the Pismo Beach Veterans Memorial Building at 780 Bello St. Info: 550-4865.
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK AT SALISBURY VINEYARDS runs through the summer. May 31: Hip Pocket. June 14: House Red Band. June 28: Bluz Dogz. July 12: Jerome Washington Express. July 26: Mighty Croon Dogs. Aug. 9: Kevin on Earth and the True Believers. Aug. 23: Dave Aguallo. Hear them noon-3 p.m. at 6985 Ontario Road off of the Avila Beach exit. Hop on the Salisbury Trolley for a tour of the vineyards after the music ends. Info: salisburyvineyards.com/activities or 595-WINE.
SLO SYMPHONY PRESENTS CHAMBER SEASON FINALE CONCERT on May 31 at 3 p.m. with Rina Dokshitsky on piano, playing Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major and more. Cost is $25-$35. Come to UMC Fellowship Chapel and Hall, 1515 Fredericks St. in SLO. Info: 543-3533 or slosymphony.com.
RSVP XIV: EMERGENT FORMS, presented by the Cal Poly Music Department, is June 2 and 4 at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion at Cal Poly in SLO. Set in post-apocalyptic times, RSVP examines the struggles of emerging ideologies in a world of powerful tradition by blending sound, visuals, and staging, directed by faculty member Antonio G. Barata. $11. Info: music.calpoly.edu or 756-2406.
TEMPLETON CONCERTS IN THE PARK start June 3 at 6:30 p.m. and run every Wednesday through September. Info: 434-4900 or templetonchamber.com/events.
INSTRUMENTAL STUDENT RECITAL, presented by the Cal Poly Music Department, is June 4 at 11 a.m. at Cal Poly, room 218, in the Davidson Music Center. Free. Info: music.calpoly.edu or 756-2406.
SLO BROWN BAG CONCERTS WELCOMES DUO APPASSIONATA on June 5. Marian Gilbert takes the piano and Randy Garacci the violin. July 3: Patriotic piano with Stanley Stern and Nancy Piver. Aug. 7: The Academy of Dance. Sept. 4: Tumbleweed. This free half-hour concert will begin at noon in Wilson Hall at the First Presbyterian Church at Marsh and Morro in SLO. Info: duoappassionata.com or 543-5451.
SLO CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA take place every Friday June 5-Aug. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Downtown’s Mission Plaza. June 5: Siko. June 12: The JD Project. June 19: The Mighty Croon Dogs. June 26: Resination. July 3: Grüvething and Tres Gatos. July 10: Cuesta Ridge. July 17: Damon Castillo. July 24: Zongo All-Stars. July 31: The Shival Experience. Aug. 7: Truth About Seafood. Aug. 14: Cadillac Angels. Aug. 21: Rancho Deluxe. Aug. 28: Big Daddy’s Blues. Free. Info: 541-0286 or downtownslo.com.
VOCAL STUDENT RECITAL, presented by the Cal Poly Music Department, is June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Cal Poly, room 218, in the Davidson Music Center. Free. Info: music.calpoly.edu or 756-2406.
CAL POLY WIND BANDS CONCERT “VISIONS,” featuring Alex Iles on trombone and the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, is June 6 at 8 p.m. in the Cohan Center at the PAC in SLO. Cost is $8 and up. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
ESCUELA DEL RIO WITH JOHN MCEUEN performs June 6 at 7 p.m. at Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Road in Templeton. $30. Info: castorocellars.com or 238-0725.
MORRO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL is June 6 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Morro Bay’s largest outdoor dance floor allows guests to listen to live local favorites and national rising stars; eat tri-tip sandwiches and a seafood barbecue featuring albacore, oysters, and other seasonal choices; drink wine, beer, and soft drinks; and visit several vendors at 714 Embarcadero, in the parking lot at Pacific and Embarcadero. Info: 772-1155 or mbmusicfest.com.
ARROYO GRANDE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES rocks your way June 7-Sept. 20. Shows are free and take place on alternating Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square. June 7: SLO Blues Society welcomes the Mighty Croon Dogs with the Billy and Charlie Foppiano duo. June 21: Vocal: the Celebration Chorus and the Bald Spots. July 4: The Village Band. July 5: the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest. July 12: Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls with Inga Swearingen. July 26: Rudolf Budginas. Aug. 9: Better Late Than Never and Wild River Ramblers. Aug. 23: SLO Jazz Federation welcomes the Larry Arone Quintet and the Mike Raynor Trio. Sept. 6: SLOfolks welcomes Moira Smiley and Voco with special guest Inga Swearingen. Sept. 20: MPR-Univision and KTSB-Telefutura. Info: 473-2250 or arroyograndevillage.org.
CAL POLY ARAB MUSIC ENSEMBLE CONCERT is June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly in SLO. Hear the traditional melodic and rhythmic modes in the contexts of old and new genres on instruments including the oud, nay, qanun, buzuq, violin, cello, bass, guitar, accordion, riqq, daff, darabukka/tabla, and others. Renowned guest artists bring added depth and virtuosity to the concerts, and San Luis Obispo’s own Middle Eastern dancers top off the performances with folkloric dancing. $8-$10. Info: 756-2406 or music.calpoly.edu.
CLIFFS RESORT SUMMER CONCERTS: June 7: Damon Castillo Band. July 5: Still Time. Aug. 9: Kapakahi. Sept. 7: Still Time. Hear them at 2757 Shell Beach Road in Shell Beach 2-7 p.m. Also, enjoy booze, barbecue, and the ocean vistas. Info: 773-5000 or cliffsresort.com.
BACK BAY JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place on May 31 from noon-6 p.m. behind the Back Bay Inn in Los Osos at 1391 2nd St. Find food, wine, beer, and, of course, the music. Redskunk Jipsee Swing Band performs. $20. Info: 528-1233 or 528-4884.
GROVER BEACH SIZZLIN’ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES and farmers’ market runs every week through the summer. June 7: Critical Mass. June 14: The Richard Green Band. June 21: The Cinders Blues Band. June 28: Unfinished Business. July 5: Tres Gatos. July 12: Funk 30. July 19: Dave Crimmen Band. July 26: Free Sound. Aug. 2: Martin Paris Band. Aug. 9: The Usual Suspects. Aug. 16: Impromtu. Aug. 23: Soulamente. Sept. 6: Adam Crowe. Sept. 13: Cadillac Angels. Sept. 20: Up in the Air. Sept. 27: The JD Project. Music plays from 3-6 p.m. at Ramona Garden Park located at 993 Ramona Ave. Info: 473-4585.
HECTOR OLIVERA hits the stage at Cal Poly in SLO on June 7 at 3 p.m. Olivera is famous for his prodigious technical proficiency and personal interpretations of both classical and popular music. $11 and up. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
THE JOHNNY STARLINGS PERFORM AT THE CLARK CENTER on June 12 at 8 p.m. $12-$15. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
SLOFOLKS PRESENTS JOHN JORGENSEN QUINTET on June 13 at Castoro Cellars at 7 p.m. at 1315 N. Bethel Road in Templeton. Jorgensen is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. $22. Info: 238-0725, 1-888-326-3463, or SLOfolks.org.
AVILA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL takes place June 14 with Los Lonely Boys, followed by Los Lobos hosted by Avila Beach Resort beginning at 2 p.m. $35-$65. Info: avilabeachmusicfestival.org or vallitix.com.
WEDNESDAYS IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES IN ATASCADERO runs June 17-Aug. 26 from 4-7 p.m. in the downtown area. Info: 462-0177.
TWILIGHT CONCERTS IN THE PARK IN PASO ROBLES take place on Fridays, June 19-Aug. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at City Park Gazebo at 12th and Spring streets in Paso Robles. Free. Bring a lawn chair. Info: 238-4103 or 237-3988.
21ST ANNUAL LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL is a three-day concert and camping event near Lake Cachuma. All of the Live Oak proceeds go to support San Luis Obispo’s KCBX Public Radio. All ages are invited to come out June 19-21 at Live Oak Camp off of Hwy 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. Day passes and camping passes are available. Info, maps, schedule and tickets: liveoakfest.org or 781-3030.
THE WAYBACKS play on June 21 at 2 p.m. at Stacked Stones Cellars, 1525 Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles. Lawn seating and barbecue (at additional charge) will be available. Cost is $20. July 19: Dave Stamey performs at 3 p.m. with Mary McCaslin and special guest, cowboy poet Gary Robertson. Info: stackedstone.com, 546-2857, or cambriahoot.com.
POZO SALOON CONCERTS: June 21: Matisyahu. June 26: Shooter Jennings. Sept. 6: Bob Weir. Hear them at 90 West Pozo Road in Pozo, east of Santa Margarita. Info: pozosaloon.com or 438-4225.
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION is a three-day event hosted by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of San Luis Obispo, taking place June 26-28 at various times and features international and national choirs vying for awards, prizes, and accolades at the PAC in SLO. Info: californiachoral.org, 440-6050, or 756-2787.
SYLVESTER WINERY SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS are June 28: Cuesta Ridge Mountain Boys from 3:30-7 p.m. July 11: Dan Curcio and Friends, 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 18: Resination, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8: The Tipsy Gypsies, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Calinambe, Zongo All Stars, 3-9 p.m. Cost is $15-$20. Hear them at 5115 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles.
Info: sylvesterwinery.com or 227-4000.
CRY FOR TOMORROW performs on July 3 at 6 p.m. at Franklins Hot Springs, Creston Road in Paso Robles. Info: (916) 595-6031 or email@example.com.
AN EVENING WITH JOAN BAEZ is July 7 at 8 p.m. at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
INDIGO GIRLS play on July 11 at 8 p.m. at the PAC in SLO. Info: pacslo.org or 756-2787.
MOZART FESTIVAL—FESTIVAL MOZAIC celebrates all that is Mozart throughout SLO County July 16-26 under Music Director Scott Yoo. Info and a complete schedule: 781-3008 or festivalmozaic.com.
SLOFOLKS PRESENTS WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND on July 18 at Castoro Cellars at 7pm. Hear rich vocal harmonies, intertwining guitars, and exciting percussion for $22. Info: 238-0725, 1-888-326-3463, or SLOfolks.org.
LYLE LOVETT plays in concert on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. at the PAC in SLO. Tickets are $56 to $74. Info: 756-2787 or calpolyarts.org.
ANNUAL BOATZART FESTIVAL—the musical concert guests can attend by land or sea—is Aug. 9 at noon at the Good Tides Coffee Shop at the pier in Los Osos. A high tide of nearly 4 feet means attendees will have plenty of time and water in which to launch canoes, kayaks, and sail boats. Landlubbers can bring lawn chairs. Free. Info: 528-6000.
JACKSON BROWNE performs with his band on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Avila Beach Resort. Reserved theater-style, table seating, and general admission lawn tickets are available. Info and tickets: vallitix.com or 1-888-825-5484.
SLOFOLKS PRESENTS PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO AND GUESTS on Aug. 21 at Coalesce Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Castoro Cellars. $22. Info: 772-2880, 238-0725, 1-888-326-3463, or SLOfolks.org.
KARLA BONOFF performs at the Spanos Theatre on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. This singer/songwriter who wrote many of Linda Ronstadt’s hits will appear with long-time touring partner, guitarist Kenny Edwards. $25-$32. Info: 756-2787 or calpolyarts.org.
STONE SOUP MUSIC FAIRE takes place in Grover Beach Aug. 29-30, with times TBA. Enjoy samples of music in a family environment. Find a health fair, activities for children from the Exploration Station, and vendor booths at 8th and 9th at Ramona Street. Info: 489-9091 or 473 4580.
POPS BY THE SEA, FEATURING DAMON CASTILLO is Sep. 6. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., and the symphony concert starts at 4 p.m. at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Tickets ($15-$80) go on sale on July 1. Info: 543-3533 or slosymphony.org.
SLOFOLKS PRESENTS WAKE THE DEAD on Sept. 26 at Castoro Cellars at 7 p.m. for $22. Info: 772-2880, 238-0725, 1-888-326-3463, or SLOfolks.org.
CUESTA NIGHT BAND CONCERT AT DANA ADOBE is Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. This fundraiser to benefit the adobe features an 18-piece band, made up of professional musicians from Santa Maria to Paso Robles. A preconcert reception starts at 3 p.m. $15-$20. There’s open seating in a scenic outdoor venue at 671 South Oakglen Ave. in Nipomo. Info: 929-5679 or danaadobe.org.
BLUEGRASS GROUP BEARFOOT brings five vocalists, twin fiddles, fast-picking mandolin, guitar, and an upright bass on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Clark Center at Arroyo Grande High School. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
SLO BLUES SOCIETY PRESENTS on Sept. 19 a Vets Hall special show and dance concert. The show begins at 8 p.m. at 801 Grand Ave. in San Luis Obispo. Free dance lessons are 7:30-8 p.m. Tickets cost $17 and up. All tickets are sold at the door. Attendees must be 21 and older. Info: 541-7930 or sloblues.org.
33rd ANNUAL “JUBILEE-BY-THE-SEA” is Oct. 23-25 with 20 bands, five stages, and more than 100 shows in Pismo Beach. Admission is $5 and up. All-event badges and daily badges will be available. Info: pismojazz.com, 550-4865, 528-1612, or 481-7840.
CAMBRIA CONCERTS AT SHAMEL PARK happen throughout summer on Sundays at 2 p.m. Info: 927-3624 or cambriachamber.org.
TUESDAYS IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES IN ATASCADERO run throughout the summer at Atascadero Lake Park. Info: 466-2044 or atascaderochamber.org.
ATASCADERO SUMMER SATURDAY CONCERTS at Atascadero Lake Park run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info: 470-3178 or atascadero.org.
SANTA BARBARA BOWL SHOWS: May 21: NIN and Jane’s Addiction with Street Sweeper. May 24: WAR with Tierra. June 5: 311 with Ziggy Marley. July 12: Blazed and Confused Tour featuring Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, and Stephen Marley. July 25: George Lopez. July 31: The Fray. Aug. 5: No Doubt. Aug. 9: Lyle Lovett. Aug. 16: Jackson Browne. Aug. 23: Diana Krall. Aug. 30: Katy Perry. Sept. 12: Bonnie Raitt. Info: sbbowl.com or 962-7411.