SANTA MONICA—A series of open-air concerts titled “Meet Me at Reed” will take place this summer at the newly renovated Christine Emerson Reed Park in Santa Monica, according to a press release by the city on Tuesday, May 30.
Reed Park, a 5.3-acre park located at Lincoln Boulevard and California Avenue, has undergone recent renovations, which include a winding pathway, new plants and shrubs, picnic and chess tables, free exercise equipment, and a performance area near the Miles Playhouse. The “Meet Me at Reed” concerts will be held at the new performance space.
“There’s nothing better in summer than lawn chairs, a cheese plate, and the sound of local music in one of our wonderful parks,” said officials in the press release.
The series will kick off on Saturday, June 10, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., with the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet. The quintet will play a new piece titled “Noir Vignettes” by local composer Peter Senchuk, according to the event’s Facebook page.
On Saturday, June 24, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., the Nick Mancini Organ Trio will perform. Vibraphonist and composer Nick Mancini has played with numerous top musicians and is considered to be “on the cutting edge” of Los Angeles’ music scene, according to his website. The ensemble will perform original compositions and classic, familiar songs.
The third concert will take place on Saturday, July 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with String Theory Productions performing at sunset. String Theory is a hybrid performance group implementing original music, dance, harp installations, and unique digital styles. The ensemble will use several areas of the park for a family-friendly performance and display their performance harps on trees throughout the park.
The series will conclude on Saturday, July 29, with Santa Monica’s first ever “A Cappella Picnic,” featuring eight different vocal groups ranging from a vocal trio to a choir with more than 30 members. Each group will perform about 30 minutes of vocal music. A “beat box” session featuring some of the finest beat boxers in the area will follow. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.
The open-air concerts are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, picnic blankets, food, and beverages. Biking, walking, and taking the Big Blue Bus are encouraged. Free parking will be available at 808 Wilshire Boulevard.
For additional information, contact MilesPlayhouse@SMGov.Net.