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Posted by Adam Pickus on 05/18/2017
25th Annual Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival

25th Annual Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival

Location - Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903
Start Time
07/08/2017 7:00 pm
End Time
08/05/2017 10:00 pm
Event Cost
From $25. Kids 17 and under free. VIP, Reserved tables & General Admission choices
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Tags: Music

The Kanbar Center at the Osher MarinJCC

Announces the 25th Annual Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival featuring

5 Saturday Nights of Multicultural Live Music

Kid Zone, Food, Dance, Picnic, Cocktails & Fun

Saturday July 8 – August 5, 2017 @ 7:00PM


The 25th Annual Summer Nights outdoor concert series of live music, dinners, cocktails, picnics, dancing, a Kid Zone and fun begins on Saturday July 8th, and continues for 5 consecutive Saturdays. Multicultural bands perform under beautiful Marin skies in an intimate and relaxed setting. This series has been created to celebrate diversity, find commonalities, and bring generations together through live music. 5 evenings of community building through the arts.

Each concert offers dinner for sale from a local favorite restaurant, a children’s hands-on project provided by partnering non-profits, festival shopping from Good Will Industries’ Georgi & Willow, and additional pre-concert fun including dance lessons and youth student talent.



7/8~ Americana:  The Brothers Comatose

A southwestern-tinged, rowdy string band sound. Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West Coast headliner and national touring act in a mere handful of years. This gritty Americana roots quintet gets crowds stomping and clapping, winning over new fans with their infectious energy.Marin Academy’s own Bluegrass band opens!


7/15~ African: Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited

Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited play Chimurenga music (or music for the struggle of the people), a unique African music genre whose beats are traditional and timeless. They are delivered through an electric fusion of melodious lyrics accompanied by sounds of the African thumb piano (mbira) and guitar, and speak to issues in society that include, peace, love, civil rights, equality and justice. Pre-event African Dance Class.


7/22~ Latin Big Band:  Pacific Mambo Orchestra

This 19-piece Latin Big Band orchestra playssalsa,Latin Jazz,cha cha cha,bachata, and more. Their crowd-funded first album (self-titled 'Pacific Mambo Orchestra’) led them to win a 20`4 Grammy in the "Best Tropical Latin Album" category. San Francisco’s Premiere Salsa Big Band. 

For this evening a wooden dance floor will be laid on the turf and a pre-concert Mambo Dance Class will prepare you for the main event, so bring your dancing shoes!


7/29~ Afro-Cuban:  Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

Congo born musician and singer Ricardo Lemvo blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles. Since forming Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, singing songs that celebrate life and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries.  This event will have a wooden dance floor on the turf and pre-concert Salsa Class - be prepared for a street party that you’ll have to dance through!


8/5~ Celebrate the Summer of Love:  Melvin Seals & JGB

Dress as you were or wished you had been, and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love! Melvin, revered for his powerful, high-spirited Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band (JGB), plays with a rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch and funky style. No wonder Jerry nicknamed him "Master of the Universe”. Melvin & JGB, with their acoustic and electric ingredients and an intuitive, expressive style, bring soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the stage.

Youth in Arts teen a cappella group ‘Til Dawn opens with songs from the era.


The Summer Nights venue is perfect for picnicking but each night also offers the choice of purchasing delicious and affordable meals on-site from a local pop-up restaurant. No alcohol is allowed to be brought in, but is available for purchase.


WHAT:            Outdoor family- friendly concerts, fun, and dining for all ages.

TICKETS:      From $25. Kids 17 and under free.

          VIP, Reserved tables & General Admission choices

WHEN:           Sat. July 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug. 5 @ 7pm.  Doors: 6:15 Gen Ad/ 6:00 VIP/Subscribers

WHERE:         The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 1/2 mile E off 101

PARKING:      Ample FREE parking.

TICKETS:      Available at 


The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts is the Performing Arts Department within the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, California.  All are welcome, and no membership is ever required to attend an event.  The Center is a long-standing Marin non-profit, centrally located in Marin County and just 1/2 mile east off Hwy 101