This year’s concert series features a shortened schedule of six shows, ending the second weekend in August in case the City Council approves the construction of the new Civic Center and City Hall, which will include a redesign of City Park.
“Due to the probability of renovation to City Park, if everything goes forward, the space we use to hold the concerts will be under construction by the end of August, so we had to cut the series short this year,” said Brentwood Recreation Coordinator Jackie Dwyer. “Nothing has been confirmed about future plans for the concert series since things are still up in the air. We won’t know until June 23 (when the council is scheduled to vote whether or not to go forward with construction).”
Dwyer said that the concert series might go on hiatus next year if the park undergoes renovations.
Since this could be the last Starry Nights series for the next year or so, Dwyer said the city has booked some of the best acts the Bay Area has to offer, including the Rat Pack tribute band the Dean-O-Holics, who will make their Brentwood debut in July.
Tonight’s concert begins at 7 p.m. with a performance by Open Road, the Bay Area cover band that plays a plethora of contemporary hits by No Doubt, Maroon 5, Santana and many more. The six-member band will get the crowd dancing with a mix of tunes to jump start the popular summer series.
The series will continue next week with Brentwood’s second annual Playful City Play Day on Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m. Dwyer said this year’s celebration will include plenty of free activities for children to enjoy, such as a bubble station and water balloon toss.
A performance by local favorites The Michael Paul Band will follow the festivities at 7 p.m. The band is a regular performer at Tugs in Bethel Island, and the group is known for its rock-infused country music that includes covers of Brooks & Dunn and the Eagles as well as original songs from Michael Paul’s 2008 album “It’s Cowboy Time.”
Laurent Fourgo and His Ensemble will take the stage on June 26 for a performance of blues, disco, rock and pop hits. Paris native Fourgo is a talented jazz musician who plays everything from Elvis tunes to current hits by Michael Bublé. Fourgo and his 12-piece band will wow the crowd with music from France and Italy as well, creating a multi-cultural experience sure to get people moving.
The Starry Nights Concert Series will take a brief break to make way for Fourth of July and CornFest celebrations in early July, but local country star Shawna Lynn will bring her flair to the stage on July 17. While she splits her time between the Bay Area and Nashville, Lynn will be touring throughout the East Bay this summer, making stops in Antioch and Concord following her performance at this year’s CornFest on July 11.
Rat Pack tribute band the Dean-O-Holics will croon classics such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “King of the Road” and “The Best is Yet to Come” during their Starry Nights debut on July 31, and Public Eye, also appearing at this year’s CornFest, will close out the series on Aug. 7 with its fun-filled rock performance featuring hits by the Beatles, Aerosmith, U2 and Led Zepplin.
Concerts run from 7 to 9 p.m. Make sure to come early to save a spot in the shade. Local vendors will sell food and beverages during the shows.
For more information about the Starry Nights Concert Series, call the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department at 925-516-5444.