Jam on. Rock out. Get down and dirty with the blues. Feel the free flowing jazz. Whatever your musical cup of tea, you’ll enjoy it in abundance this summer as the Concerts in the Plaza series, presented by Sunset Honda and hosted by Downtown SLO, returns for another year of top-notch local live performances on Friday nights in one of the West Coast’s most welcoming settings.
Concerts in the Plaza is the largest free concert series on the Central Coast. This event draws hundreds to the Mission Plaza area of downtown, and besides live music, there’s plenty of food and drink to be found from vendors who spring up around the plaza. Think of it as a one-stop shop for Friday night fun all summer long. Shows will be held from June 24 to Aug. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free to the public.
So, let’s get to it. Here’s a look at who is playing and when, so you can start planning your midsummer adventures right now!
July 8: Hold on to your straw hats, because here come The Mother Corn Shuckers, a seven-piece Central Coast band performing Americana, bluegrass and country jam music that they call “BeerGrass.” Dulcie Taylor supports. Sponsored by SLOCAL Roots.
July 29: If watching “Stranger Things” has you in the mood for ‘80s, rock and pop, you’re in luck as The Molly Ringwald Project headlines the final July show with special guest Ynana Rose. Sponsored by Woodstock’s Pizza.
Aug. 5: The final month of Concerts on the Plaza kicks off with Moonshiner Collective, performing that particular blend of Americana tunes known as Californicana. Miss Leo supports. Sponsored by 805 Beer.
Aug. 26: No, Truth About Seafood isn’t an exposé on the perils of dining out. Rather, it’s the clever name of a rock band who’ll close out the Concerts in the Plaza series on Aug. 26 with Steve Key in support. Sponsored by Surfnet Communications.
Where to Stay
Of course, summer concerts are only as fun as the effort it takes to get there and back, so why not plop down in a comfy bed at one of San Luis Obispo’s many hotels? You can choose hotels in and around Mission Plaza such as the Granada Hotel Bistro, the Hotel San Luis Obispo or the Avenue Inn Downtown. Or, go further afield and select from a variety of great accommodations.
When you do visit us, please be sure to tag your photos and videos with #ShareSLO on social media so the whole world can see how great it is to get away to SLO!