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A Complete Guide to Free Outdoor Concerts

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Does your need for live music exceed your entertainment budget? Not to worry because there are scores of free music concerts around LA this summer. From Santa Monica to South Pasadena, we’ve got you covered:

Saturdays Off the 405: LAist wrote about this free series at the Getty that features music, dancing and great city views. Next concert is July 14 with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.

L.A. County Arts Commission has a slate of 55 free concerts this summer in parks around the county beginning Saturday in Stevenson Ranch (with Sgt. Pepper) and ending Oct. 27.

Grand Performances has two free concert/performance series this summer. The Lunchbox series happens at noon on Fridays beginning July 6, featuring indie bands like Lady Danville (July 27) and The Belle Brigade (Aug. 3). In the evenings, there are funk and jazz nights lined up, with Gershwin: From Broadway to Catfish Row up next on Sunday (July 1) at 8 pm.

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The Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica pier celebrates its 28th anniversary with a lineup of international music makers. Kicking off July 5 from 7-10 pm, the series presents Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter and the Song and Dance Society featuring Jeff Young and Dannielle DeAndrea.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live - Century City: KCRW and the Annenberg Space for Photography present three, free summer outdoor concerts to accompany the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photography History, 1955 - Present.. RSVP required. 7-10pm. The series begins on July 14 with MOBY live, acoustic performance & DJ set + KCRW DJ Jason Bentley.

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Pasadena: The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is presents its 10th Annual 50 Concert Summer Music Festival, running Wednesday through Sunday nights June 16-Aug. 26 at Memorial Park in Old Pasadena. Tomorrow night, the Watson Twins, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher are on the bill. Also, Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park has its own music lineup.

Made in LA: KCRW DJs curate tunes inspired by the Made in LA exhibition, with live performances by various musicians and artists on Thursday nights in July and August. Up first on Thursday night at the Hammer Bash is Scott Benzel, who’ll perform: (Threnody) A Beginner’s Guide to Mao Tse-tung—for 2 tape loops, dancers, cello, viola, violin, and percussion.

One Colorado in Pasadena has a Saturday Nights in August Music Series, with One Colorado restaurants hosting special pop-up restaurants in the Courtyard, and diners will receive front row seats to intimate Courtyard concerts under the stars. Beginning Aug. 4, lineup to be announced. South Pasadena has Sunday night concerts in Garfield Park, with the Hodad’s up next on July 8.

Pershing Square Downtown Stage Free Summer Concert Series: The series kicks off on July 14 featuring Berlin and Terri Nunn with Purple Moon. Concerts through Aug. 18.

Culver City's Boulevard Music Summer Festival offers free concerts in the courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2012 summer series, produced by Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music, offers something for everyone including world, rockabilly, jazz, Motown, country, and more. Up next: Thursday, July 12 at 7 pm:, there’s a mix of world, R&B and more from The Bonedaddys, followed by Argentinian rock with Los Pinguos

LACMA music programs: The museum presents Sundays Live at 6 pm in the Bing Theater with a lineup of jazz and classical music concerts, beginning Sunday (July 1) with Encore Saxophone Quartet performing works by Gershwin, Kern, Arlen and Guiffre. Beginning Fridays in July, the Jazz at LACMA series presents jazz outdoors at 6 pm at the BP Grand Entrance with the Rickey Woodard Sextet (July 6). The museum also presents Latin music on Saturdays at 5 pm in nearby Hancock Park. First up is Cesar Castro on Saturday (June 30).

Sunset Concerts: The Skirball’s free Sunset Concerts,celebrates world music on Thursday nights from July 26-Aug. 30. Doors at 7 pm, concerts begin at 8 pm. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. The concerts are free, but parking is going to cost you $10 (cash only). Carpool! The series opens with Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga.

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Hollywood & Highland continues its Tuesday night Jazz Free Summer Concerts in the Central Courtyard through Aug. 28 from 7-9 pm. The concerts are free and a donation of $10 to Project Angel Food gets you two glasses of wine and an appetizer box to enjoy during the performance. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Coming up on July 3 is the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Universal CityWalk presents its Music Spotlight Series Fridays through Sundays at the "5 Towers" stage throughout the summer, offering 41 nights of DJs, music and entertainment through Labor Day. Tyrese performs at 7 pm on Friday. Take the Metro because parking is going to cost you $10 and up.

We know there are tons more events out there, especially in theSouth Bay. Did we miss your your favorite concert series? Feel free to add in the comments section below.