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Summer of Love Lafayette 2017 Concert Series
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16 & 23


Announced by the Lafayette Chamber and the City of Lafayette 2017 “Rock the Plaza” concerts are a tribute to the 50th Anniversary Summer of Love 1967. Free. Close to BART.

At the press conference in San Francisco on February 16, 2017, organizers of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love announced that they had been denied a permit by San Francisco’s Park and Recreation Dept. to hold a free “Summer of Love” concert in Golden Gate Park. This decision will, of course, be appealed. Many people are already making arrangements to come to the Bay Area for the June 4th San Francisco Summer of Love Festival.

While this plays out, the Lafayette Chamber has announced that the Summer of Love is alive and well in Lafayette, California.

The Lafayette City Council approved the Summer of Love Lafayette concert series on Monday, February 13, 2017, by unanimous vote. This free, four-concert Summer of Love series will be held on each of the first four Friday evenings in June. Lafayette is just 20 minutes east of San Francisco, and the concerts are an easy 5-minute walk from Lafayette BART.

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette, this year’s Rock the Plaza Summer concert series will feature music from that special time when free spirit, peace, love and compassion became the principles young people embraced and music was at the heart of the hippie movement.

The lineup includes cover bands that feature the music of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and many of the sounds from 1967:

June 2: San Francisco Airship
June 9: Shakey Zimmerman
June 16: Dream Posse
June 23: Barry “The Fish” Melton and his Band 

Says Jay Lifson, Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber and long-time DeadHead: 

“We are transforming Lafayette Plaza Park to take you all back to 1967. Each concert will include a local artist alley (aka: Shakedown Street) where visitors can shop before and during the concert, a two hour set from the bands, and a hootenanny after each show around the campfire with special guest musicians including Lafayette’s own Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks).”


Lafayette’s Rock the Plaza series, now in its 12th season, takes place Friday nights in June at Lafayette’s Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. This summer, the special Summer of Love artist alley will open at 5:30pm, and the bands play from 6:30pm – 8:30, followed by the hootenanny.

Downtown Lafayette is easy to get to. Take BART and you are there! Driving? Take the Highway 24 Central Lafayette exit.

Bell-bottoms and hippie attire encouraged. Costumes, too! These concerts are “tie-dye” optional. Bring a picnic and a blanket, or buy dinner from the dozens of restaurants located within two blocks of the Plaza. 

Says Lifson: 

“Peace, Love and Bobby Sherman! If you remember the 60’s you probably were not there…”


Lafayette is also home to the annual Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival, the 2-day award winning festival held each year during the third weekend in September that draws upwards of 100,000 people from across the Bay Area. 4 stages, with 20+ tribute bands. For full details please visit www.lafayettefestival.com.

 

MORE ABOUT THE BANDS:

Summer of Love Lafayette Concert #1

SAN FRANCISCO AIRSHIP

Friday, June 2, 6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park

SAN FRANCISCO AIRSHIP

SAN FRANCISCO AIRSHIP is a Tribute to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jefferson Airplane. These stellar musicians respectfully recreate the feeling of that iconic band. Their live performance sounds exactly like The Airplane 1965-1970!

Members have performed with Jefferson Starship, Blue Cheer, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Tubes, Big Brother & The Holding Company, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, and more.

SAN FRANCISCO AIRSHIP brings that wonderful Summer Of Love feeling back to life with hits like “White Rabbit”, “Somebody To Love”, “Wooden Ships”, “Volunteers” and many more. The Airship tastefully celebrates the music of one of the great bands of our time.

Check out this video!


Summer of Love Lafayette Concert #2

SHAKEY ZIMMERMAN

Friday, June 9, 6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park

Shakey Zimmerman

Shakey Zimmerman brings a fresh, authentic, true-to-form sound to venues throughout California and beyond. The acoustic/electric band is led by Bay Area musician Pat Nevins on guitar, vocals, and harmonica. Shakey Zimmerman pays tribute with the most famous songs and deep cuts of iconic and legendary songwriters Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The songs are carried by Nevins, who has an uncanny ability to channel both Dylan and Young’s trademark voices, while giving them his own stamp. A Shakey Zimmerman show will take you on a ride through the decades. 


Summer of Love Lafayette Concert #3

DREAM POSSE

June 16, 2017, 6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park

Dream Posse

Dream Posse has found fresh inspiration and edginess, with a new set list featuring vintage rock, acoustic, and R&B styles that evoke nostalgia, with memorable all time favorites, highlighted with their own original songs. The band delivers a fiery brand of country rockin’, eclectic music, with dual female vocals, and huge harmonies. Backed by a stage full of instruments that include acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, violin, and a driving bass and drums,Dream Posse can reach out and draw you in, entertaining you deep into your soul.


Summer of Love Lafayette Concert #4

BARRY "THE FISH" MELTON BAND

June 23, 2017, 6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park

BARRY "THE FISH" MELTON BAND
 

These guys were all there in the Haight back in ’67!