A sound equipment problem delayed the start of Thursday night’s Music and Market series concert, but the enthusiastic crowd that filled Todos Santos Plaza from end to end didn’t seem to mind waiting a few minutes. The tribute band, Stealin’ Chicago, kicked off the first of “10 Days of Jazz” at various venues around Concord. The August event celebrates 50 years since the first Concord Jazz Festival, which began in Dave Brubeck Park (or Concord Community Park as it was known at the time). Thanks to the City of Concord, Pacific Coast Farmers Market, Visit Concord and all the food vendors that helped make this a great community event.
Aug. 1 Music and Market photo gallery:
Take 10 Ten days of events inspired by jazz
Aug. 1 – Concord’s Music & Market concert at Todos Santos Plaza features Stealin’ Chicago, a Steely Dan and Chicago tribute band. Free event. 6:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 2 – Jazz with Dr. Matt Zebley’s DVC Jazz Ambassadors at The Veranda. Free event. 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 3 – 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival at Concord Pavilion with Dave Koz & Friends: Summer Horns featuring Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Latimore, Rick Braun and Gerald Albright; Chick Corea: The Spanish Heart Band with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore; Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band; The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with Patti Austin, Jamison Ross and Carmen Bradford; Jazzmeia Horn. Tickets at livenation.com. 2-11 p.m.
Aug. 4 – Concert at Todos Santos Plaza with Mary Fettig Quartet, Steve Snyder’s Big Band, The John Santos Sextet, Soul Sauce and L.O.V.E. Free event. 1-6:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 – Tunes, Tacos & Tequila with Latin jazz and tequila tasting at Puesto in The Veranda. Ticketed tasting event. 6-8 p.m.
Aug. 6 – Trivia, Beer and Latin Jazz by Cabanijazz Project with team trivia and Cali-Mambo Latin music at Concord Tap House. No cover. 5:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 7 – Jazz concert with Matt Zebley Organ Trio featuring Brian Ho and Hamir Atwal at The Forum, Diablo Valley College. Ticketed event. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 8 – Music & Market concert in Todos Santos Plaza with David Laflamme’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” late ‘60s rock legend. Free event. 6:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 9 – Mixer & Live Jazz at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor with Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group. Ticketed event. 7-10 p.m.
Aug. 10 – Blue Devils World Championship Finals viewing party at Todos Santos Plaza. Free event. 2-8 p.m.
Jazz Inspired Art by Wren Avenue Elementary: School of the Arts
150+ pieces of jazz-inspired student art from Concord magnet art and performing arts elementary school on display in August and September at Brenden Theatre, 1985 Willow Pass Rd.