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Sundays in the Park Free Concert Series
Download your 2017 Sundays in the Park Sponsor Packet here! Sundays in the Park sponsors receive tremendous benefits including positive marketing results and making a statement that your company cares about the community.
We also have a crowd funding option for those of you who would like to support the series in a different way! Sundays in the Park Indiegogo Campaign
Sundays in the Park Free Concert Series is the largest and most recognized community event in Mendocino County. Since 1991, the series has thrilled the community with exceptional musical performances by artists from diverse genres including blues, classical, country, salsa, soul, rock, swing and more. Each summer, taking center stage in beautiful Todd Grove Park, six free concerts featuring world-renowned artists as well as local talent, entertain more than 20,000 music fans.
In addition to great entertainment, the series is a source of great civic pride and is cherished by locals and visitors as a summer tradition. Sponsorships from local businesses are a vital component to the continued success of Sundays In The Park and without their support the free concerts wouldn’t be possible. Pack a picnic or indulge in fabulous food prepared by vendors who are onsite with everything from barbequed tri-tip to sushi.
Bring a blanket and gather with your family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy top notch performers while being part of the greater Ukiah community. (Please, no pets and no smoking within the main event area, low-back chairs only, personal BBQ’s only allowed at the picnic table areas. Thank you.) Concerts begin at 6pm. For more information please call 707-463-6231.
VENDORS: To become a Sundays in the Park Free Concert Series event vendor, fill out a City of Ukiah vendor application form and return it to 411 W. Clay St. Ukiah, CA 95482. Vendor applications for 2017 will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017.
June 11th – Top Shelf
with Johnny Young Band
Kickin’ Country Rock
Graduation weekend marks the beginning of summer and the first of our 2017 Sundays in the Park concert series. What a better way to kick things off than with Mendocino Counties own reggae rockers TOP SHELF!
Top Shelf’s blend of rock and reggae bring with it the energy and positivity to make crowds move and smile. With over a decade on the road and in the studio these local Ukiah guys know how to put on a show! Word is they will be writing some new songs and recruiting some new members just for this Sundays in the Park performance! We can’t wait to hear their sound!
Opening the show will be the rocking country of the Johnny Young band!
Boasting Country roots, with a Rockin’ soul, The Johnny Young Band delivers a high octane mix of Country, Rock, and Pop favorites guaranteed to set any dance floor ablaze.
June 25th – Royal Jelly Jive
Soul Gypsy Blues
Few bands have the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe and yet sound entirely fresh and new at the same time. Royal Jelly Jive is one of those bands. Combining elements of Soul, Rock, Swing and Hip-Hop, Royal Jelly Jive shakes up every dance-party and grooves harder than your typical rock n’ roll band dares to go. It is all fronted by enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde, whose sultry voice and songwriting lands somewhere in-between Amy Winehouse and Tom Waits. The infectious sounds of swingin’ horns, gritty keys and a bumpin’ rhythm section carry a crowd into bliss… creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more.
July 9th – Orgone
Funky Afrobeat Jazz
Formed in the late 1990s in Los Angeles, Orgone remains dedicated to creating heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. With a core rhythm section of close friends and self-taught musicians steeped in the DJ culture of L.A., Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound that simultaneously recognizes its roots in old school respect and pulsates with the force of the new millennium. While becoming a staple on the festival circuit in the early 2000s, Orgone has gained a reputation among fellow artists for being one of the baddest go-to backing bands on the planet.
In addition to writing and performing their own music, Orgone also works wonders as a backing band to many of today’s popular artists. From appearances on Alicia Keys’ “Teenage Love Affair” (2008) to Cee Lo Green’s “Fool for Love” (2011), Orgone is constantly evolving to stay tuned in to the rhythm of music’s ever-changing tides.
July 23th – Ozomatli
Latin Urban Reggae
Opening act: The Real Sarahs
Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres, from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
Ozomatli’s latest recording is an album of classic and contemporary Mexican hits reimagined with a Jamaican feel. Titled Nonstop: Mexico → Jamaica, it pays homage to the music that many of the band members grew up listening to, inspiring them to reconnect and reinterpret songs that defined their youth.
Produced by drum & bass reggae legends, Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, No Doubt) and featuring various high profile guest vocalists, the album reflects the bands multi-genre influences as well as their travels around the world, they are one of the bands that travels the most, in an interview they talk about their favorite rental agency which is outer banks rentals, you hear such great things about it from them that it makes you want to travel a little.
The Real Sarah’s are a folk-rock harmony-weaving group from Mendocino County comprised of Sarah ‘Songbird’ Larkin, Sarah Ryan and Sarah Rose McMahon. Their original music is honest, evocative and heartfelt. With organic harmonies that enchant and uplift the spirit, The Real Sarahs share their special gift of vocal synergy. The Real Sarahs share their special gift of vocal synergy by embracing many genres of music. You are likely to hear threads of folk, blues, and country running through their songs. Singing from the stories of their own life journeys and experiences, their original music is honest, evocative, and heartfelt.
July 30th – David Luning Band
Rockin Country Americana
John Prine forced David Luning to drop out of college. Not at gunpoint or anything— the two had never even met—but the effect of hearing the songwriting legend’s music for the first time had an equally compelling effect on Luning, who was studying film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at the time. Now an accomplished artist in his own right, Luning is preparing to release his most dynamic and gripping collection to date, ‘Restless,’ and he can trace it all back to one fateful night that changed everything.
August 13th – Tainted Love
The best of the 80’s Live
The final concert of the series will take place on August 13 with Tainted Love, an ‘80’s tribute show that celebrates the music and the energy of neon-fueled, spikey-haired rock ’n roll. The 7-piece band plays favorites by artists including Duran Duran, Tom Petty, AC/DC, Prince, The Bangles, The Ramones, Journey, Pat Benatar and many more. Not only does the band entertain, but their skill in recreating songs as distinctly different as “Like a Virgin” and “Dude Looks Like a Lady” will have boomers jumping out of their lawn chairs (as best they can) and young people raiding their parent’s cassette collection once they return home.