Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy an evening of outdoor music. What’s better is that there are also plenty of opportunities to do this without spending any money. Many local concert series run through the end of August, and these events are sure to be late-season highlights.
Music + Saturdays: Mia Doi Todd/Katie Costello at One Colorado
Grab a table under Jorge Pardo’s gorgeous sculptural light installation in the courtyard of One Pasadena for a duo of free concerts by two of Los Angeles’ most enjoyable singer-songwriters. The evening of Aug. 21 will feature Los Angeles native Mia Doi Todd, whose ethereal voice and soulful music is often reserved for far larger (and more expensive) venues. The following Saturday, Katie Costello will delight the audience with her pretty, poetic jams.
Saturday, Aug. 21 and 27, 8 p.m., free
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena; (626) 564-1066; onecolorado.com
Music + Sundays: Accordions and Reggae at Memorial Park
Pack a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs and cozy in with the kids for an evening of free world music at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge. The Aug. 21 event will feature Creole-influenced accordion master Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Families can stick around after this concert for a free screening of the kids flick “Tangled.” On Aug. 28, reggae and Soca group Upstream will close out the concert season on a high note with their calypso-influenced rhythms.
Aug. 21 and 28, 6 p.m., free
Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge; lacanadaflintridge.com
Music + Knowledge: Haydn and Mozart at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Priscilla Powlicki, department chair of theory, history and composition at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, will give a Saturday afternoon lecture exploring the friendship of master composers Haydn and Mozart. Despite their different personalities and compositional styles, the music legends of the Classical era were close friends. Powlicki will explain why. Selections from both artists will be played.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m., free, reservations required
100 North Hill Ave. # 105, Pasadena, (626) 683-3355 or pasadenaconservatory.org
Music + Picnic: Make Music Pasadena at the Levitt Pavillion
The Levitt Pavillion has hosted a prolific number of fantastic artists this season, and they’ve saved a few of the best acts for last. End-of-season highlights include the charmingly old-school Alabama-based country pop duo the Secret Sisters on Aug. 18, jazz musician Billy Childs on Aug. 20 and Mexico-based DJ and producer Toy Selectah and Cumbia electronic group Master Blaster Soundsystem on Aug. 25. Pack a picnic, and be prepared to dance.
Memorial Park, 30 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 683-3230; levittpavillionpasadena.org
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