Every summer in Ukiah when hot mid-afternoon temperatures give way to cooler evenings, Sundays in the Park free music concerts reaffirm and celebrate the soul of our community. On the lawn of beautiful Todd Grove Park you see grandparents, parents, college, high school, junior high, elementary, and pre-school kids talking, laughing, dancing, eating food from the many local vendors and most importantly, enjoying the free concerts featuring world-renowned artists as well as local talent.
Heading now into its 20th year, there have been 121 free Sunday evening concerts featuring over 140 bands to listen to or dance and sing along with. In 1998, founder Spencer Brewer and John Schaefeer of local Real Goods Solar created a solar battery inverter system to power the series making it the first solar powered concert series in the country.
Over the years the park has rocked to top name acts like Richy Havens, Elvin Bishop, Joe Craven, Coco Montoya, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Poco, Leon Russell, and Mike Marshall. Local talent has included Ford Blues Band, the Ukiah Symphony, and Hansen and Raitt, with a surprise appearance by David Raitt's sister, Bonnie Raitt.
This summer you can hear Robert Cray, Janiva Magness, Hip Service, The Funky Dozen & Top Shelf, Pete Esconvedo, and Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88's! So Bring a blanket and gather with your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy top notch performers while being part of the greater Ukiah community.
Cindy Lindgren, The Mendocino County Landlady
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