Monday, July 09, 2012

Thursday Night Live at the Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

There are few better things on a late summer evening than rolling out a mat under some trees, unpacking a picnic basket, pouring a glass of wine and listening to some live music. You can't quite crack open a bottle at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, but those shows are free. You can do the whole picnic thing at the Hollywood Bowl, but parking (and admission) aren't cheap. We love the Thursday evening Farmers' Market in South Pasadena, but that's a different scene.

Descanso Gardens

The Descanso Gardens, on the other hand, is an economical way to meet up with folks on a warm summer evening without breaking the bank. Kids under 5 are even free. Thursday nights, Descanso stays open late for visitors (with paid admission) to enjoy jazz under the setting sun. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. Here's what's left this summer:

July 12: Gonzalo Bergara (Gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso from Argentina)
July 19: Nick Mancini (Powerhouse vibraphone player)
July 26: Jimmy Branly (Cuban jazz)
August 2: Kristin Korb (California cool bass and vocals)
August 9: Sammy Miller (Up-and-coming jazz drummer)
August 16: Betty Bryant (Sophisticated blues from the pianist/singer)
August 23: Terry Harrington (Veteran sax player and Simpsons regular)

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La CaƱada Flintridge 91011. Admission: General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.

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