ATASCADERO — Atascadero’s 2019 Summer Concert Series is underway Saturdays in the Lake Park.
Events kicked off June 15 with Chad Land & RNR. Land is a San Luis Obispo local and songwriter for the last two decades, and the front man for RNR, a cover band for classic rock, country, and blues. Most of the musicians scheduled this fall season in a similar vein of genre, but there are sure to be surprises for most tastes.
From the stage, Land remarked that he was particularly happy to be there as he had a lot of good memories of the Lake growing up. City of Atascadero’s event coordinator Terrie Banish handed out hand fans with future Saturday concert schedules printed on them.
Ten bands were selected this year, up from eight in 2018 with different food truck and vendor pairings joining for each event. A jury of local officials and sponsors selected the groups from 25 applicants, Banish said. All of these concerts are held at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 14 and are free for community members to attend. Many if not most attendees for the first outing knew the drill well enough to bring chairs and a picnic ready to go.
Though the fans weren’t needed in the evening’s lakeside breeze, there’s no guarantee on weather through the rest of summer.
The City’s event venues are in high demand with four other plans interrupting the concert schedules, there will be no concert on June 22 at the Reserve Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival occupies the park with a paid ticket needed for attendance. On July 13, the Ice Cream Zoofari returns to showcase the Charles Paddock Zoo’s 200 resident animals and tempt visitors with ice-cold treats for a $12 ticket.
As well both Aug. 10 and Aug. 17 are booked, respectively for the Central Coast Cider Fest and Cruisin’ Weekend followed by the City’s Car Show and Dancing in the Streets. Like the Reserve Festival, those events will spill over into other Downtown venues away from the Lake Park.
The remaining dates on the music schedule are: June 29 with the Crisptones; July 6, Dulcie Taylor Band; July 20, The Cinders; July 27, Martin Paris Band; Aug. 3, The Jammies; Aug. 24, JD Project; Aug. 31, The Rockin’ B’s Band; Sept. 7, Stellar Band; and Sept. 14 with Soundhouse.
For those that haven’t punched out their dance card already, the Farmer’s Market held most Wednesdays in Atascadero’s Sunken Garden is also music during their “Summer Siesta” series from 3 to 6 pm.