The Cooltones kicked off the annual Concerts in the Park season Friday night with a large crowd in attendance at Lions Wayside Park at First and Neal streets.
The threat of rain through the day didn't stop most people from putting out blankets Friday morning and by 7 p.m. the park was packed.
The Cooltones,with its big band jazz and swing, are a favorite at the Concerts in the Park. Other favorites will appear this summer and new bands have joined the lineup, including The Corvairs, Hurricane, Rock Explosion and Cocktail Monkeys.
Alisha Perdue is the concert coordinator for the Pleasanton Downtown Association who sponsors the series along with the Pleasanton Weekly, Zzippes, the city of Pleasanton and several area merchants.
"These concerts are sponsored by our membership, downtown merchants and association members," she said. "Coming to the concerts is one way of supporting them."
Several prizes were given in the weekly raffle, including two $25 Downtown Pleasanton Gift Cards, provided by the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2009. Enough cards were purchased by the class to provide prizes for every week's raffle. Entry forms can be found in the Friday print edition of the Pleasanton Weekly each Friday through Sept. 4. Winners must be present to claim their prize at the end of the concert around 8:30 p.m.