The Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax celebrates its 80th birthday all summer long with free music from late May until the end of August, 2014. Thursday Night Jazz and Friday Night Music at Farmers Market offer an eclectic and entertaining summer of performances which draw heavily on Los Angeles’ many musical and ethnic sub-cultures.
The 2014 summer music series will present, among others, a couple of jazz legends, an L.A. reporter and her straight-ahead jazz quartet, L.A.’s most popular Latin jazz band and groups running the gamut from Rockabilly and Roots to the Beatles and Brazilian samba.
The Thursday Night Jazz series at Farmers Market launches on Thursday, May 29 with the energetic Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban Jazz band. Through the summer, the series will welcome the California Feetwarmers, purveyors of 20s & 30s gypsy jazz on July 10, the Jennifer York Quartet (sans traffic reports) on July 24, and the renowned Bill Watrous with his musical best friend Rob Stoneback on July 31. The jazz roster also includes Sydney Weisman and the Wayne Peet Trio, jazzing up the American songbook on August 7 and Cow Bop, a cowboy jazz band, on August 21.
Friday Night Music opens with Rockabilly on May 30th with Slim Jim Phantom, the original Stray Cats drummer, and carries on with reggae and soca from the Upstream Caribbean Band on June 20 and Orquesta Charangoa’s Cuban Charanga on July 18. The Four Fabs will perform their Beatles tribute, with their own Ed Sullivan-esque MC, on July 25 and Peruvian music with Inca takes the stage on August 1. L.A.’s acclaimed Susie Hansen Latin Band will return to the Market on August 15.
Thursday Night Jazz and Friday Night Music at Farmers Market are free. The performances begin at 7 PM and the Market’s grocers, restaurants, specialty shops and both beer and wine bars are open throughout the concerts. Two hours of parking are free with a Market validation, available with purchase at all Market shops. The complete schedule of Market music is available at www.farmersmarketla.com.