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Concerts in the Park return this Friday

Retroactive kicks off summer downtown series in 2019

The Concerts in the Park will run each Friday night through Aug. 30 and feature a little something for many music tastes. (Photo courtesy of PDA)

Downtown Pleasanton's popular weekly summertime Concert in the Park series will be back at Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks starting this Friday night, with Retroactive taking the stage and playing a range of pop songs from the 1960s through today.

Organized by the Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA), the Concerts in the Park will run each Friday night through Aug. 30 and feature a little something for many music tastes, including rock, blues, funk, country, big band, classic hits and contemporary jams.

With the city of Pleasanton marking its 125th anniversary this summer, the PDA will join in the fun with its 125th Celebration event coinciding with the Aug. 2 Concert in the Park, which will feature Public Eye performing high-energy hits that night. City officials will start the summer of celebration with a recognition ceremony at the June 18 City Council meeting.

"It's not really summer until the first Concert in the Park kicks off," PDA executive director Laura Olson told the Weekly.

"We are so excited to continue this longstanding, much-loved tradition in downtown Pleasanton. This year's lineup is filled with upbeat, family-friendly performers, and we look forward to seeing our community members dancing and singing along," Olson added.

The free community concerts go from 7-8:30 p.m. each Friday, with bands performing onstage at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets.

Back again for the second year, Neal Street will be closed between the two parks from 5:30-9:30 p.m. to allow for a safer concert experience, PDA officials said. The parks will close promptly at 9:30 p.m., coinciding with when police reopen Neal Street to vehicle traffic.

Crowds fill Lions Wayside and adjacent Delucchi parks for the shows, with residents often eating picnic dinners or meals picked up from downtown restaurants. Adults can bring their own beer and wine, too.

Concert-goers often put blankets and chairs out for the shows in advance, but PDA officials reminded residents that they must wait until the morning of the concert to do so. People cannot use rocks to hold down blankets because rocks can damage lawn-mowing equipment, and the use of plastic tarps, which can burn the grass, is also prohibited.

Attendees can visit the PDA information table near the stage to enter free raffles for gift cards and prize baskets from local businesses.

The series' presenting sponsors are Brick Northern California and Pleasanton Garbage Service, with each individual concert also sponsored by a different local business.

Concert lineup

June 7: Retroactive, 1960s pop up to today

June 14: The Dropsticks, classic rock

June 21: Evan Thomas Blues Revue, blues

June 28: Cooltones, big band

July 5: The 925 Band, funk/rock/pop dance

July 12: Audio Illusion, '50s to today

July 19: Michael Beck Band, country

July 26: The Apes, contemporary rock

Aug. 2: Public Eye, high-energy rock

Aug. 9: Max Cruise, rock/pop/R&B

Aug. 16: Tommy and the 4 Speeds, 1950s to 1970s

Aug. 23: Magic Moments, 1950s to 1980s

Aug. 30: The Groove Doctors, high-energy hits.

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