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Why We Love L.A. Summers: 55 Free Summer Concerts

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Summer has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate all that screams 'tis the season in Los Angeles. From sand to summit, from sips to snacks -- we love L.A. summers.

By Sam Brodey

There’s no shortage of free music events coming up this summer, but leave it to our good ol’ county government to bring us free shows this summer showcasing local musicians. The L.A. County Arts Commission has chosen a broad array of artists, slated to play 55 free concerts beginning June 30 and ending October 27. The shows will take place around the county, from Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion to Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.

You can view the full calendar here. The dates are subject to change, so double-check the county's website to make sure the concert is still on before you head out. There’s a lot of great stuff to choose, but here’s some of the groups that we’re most excited about.

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Brasil, Brazil at the Sorensen Public Library Whittier on July 14 at 1 pm and at West Creek Park Valencia on September 1 at 5 pm:

Mariachi Divas at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena on July 14 at 8pm:

Conjunto Jardin play the sounds of Veracruz, Mexico the at East L.A. Civic Center on August 4 at 6 pm:

Bombachante, a Latin jazz group, plays at Cesar E. Chavez Amphitheater Baldwin Park on August 9 at 7 pm:

Triple Chicken Foot plays Roots music at Bergamot Station Santa Monica on August 19 at 2:30 pm:

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From Brazilian to African to Americana, there’s plenty to choose from in this series. They’re even hosting (if you must) plenty of 60s and 80s pop tribute bands. For the full list of concerts, click here.