Concerts in the Plaza, St. Augustine’s summer-long music series, returns for its 27th season serving up some of the best musical entertainment in northeast Florida according to Public Affairs Director Paul Williamson.
Historic City News readers can enjoy the free two-hour concerts held every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. starting on June 1 and continuing through the end of August.
Reminiscent of days gone by when friends and families would gather on a summer evening to listen to music in the town square, Concerts in the Plaza brings a wide variety of musical entertainment to St. Augustine’s historic downtown all summer long. The series is known for showcasing the best in regional musical talent including bluegrass and blues, jazz and country, swing and folk, old time and popular rock: Concerts in the Plaza has something for everyone.
The series has been called “the best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine,” and it’s easy to understand why when enjoying quality musical entertainment while sitting under the majestic oaks of the Plaza de la Constitución, a gathering place for the people of St. Augustine for well over four centuries.
The Plaza is located in the heart of St. Augustine between Cathedral Place and King Street, just west of the Bridge of Lions. Each week performers entertain from The Gazebo, a fixture in the center of the Plaza for nearly a century. There is no permanent seating in the Plaza so attendees should bring lounge chairs. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza de la Constitución, but picnics are welcome.
On street parking is available near the Plaza and is free throughout the city after 5:00 p.m. Parking is also available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, a 10-minute walk from the Plaza. The cost for parking in the garage is $12 per entry or $3 with a ParkNow card.
Rain? What rain?
Because Florida’s summer rain showers are usually brief, even when heavy, it is rare for a performance to be cancelled in advance. As is often said: The only way you’ll know if a concert is cancelled is to be there. Performances may be postponed if the rain seems brief, but cancelled only if the weather prohibits the performance from continuing. If a concert is cancelled in advance, every effort will be made to notify the public in advance.
Concerts in the Plaza 2017 Schedule
June 1 The Driftwoods
Bluegrass and beyond
June 8 Florida Brass Quintet
Dixieland, swing and more
June 15 The Mike Hart Band
Blues, rock, jazz
June 22 Rob Ellis Peck & Friends
Southern R&B, blues and classic rock and roll
June 29 Big Pineapple
July 6 Doug Carn & The Lincolnville Brass Band
Street parade jazz
July 13 Bob & Joline and the Friends of Mine Band
Old time Florida tunes and classic folk music
July 20 The Raisin Cake Orchestra
Jazz from the teens, twenties, thirties
July 27 The Dunehoppers
Bluegrass, folk, old-time
August 3 The Session
Jazz featuring the Great American Songbook
August 10 The Grapes of Roth
Classic rock favorites
August 17 Ancient City Slickers
Big fun music
August 24 The Gatorbone Band
Original, traditional contemporary tunes from oldtime to jazz
August 31 Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards
Americana, songwriter, boogie