The fourth of July might be mostly about the fireworks, hot dogs and that whole independence-from-the-British thing, but there is also plenty of music to go along. Bands will be playing at traditional venues, as well as lawns and even a golf course. Here are a few of the events scheduled for July 4. Check the Calendar (p. 30) for more patriotic festivities.
Independence Day Concert (7pm, Golden State Theatre, Monterey. Free.)
Monterey County Pops! and the Palenke Arts Youth Chorus put on a show at the Golden State suited to the occasion. Billed as a tribute to the rousing songs of John Philip Sousa, it’s a lineup of patriotic songs, marches, military tributes and Americana. The performance also features vocalist Chris Martinez and 16-year-old violin prodigy Clarece LaMarr.
Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que (11am-4:30pm, City Hall grounds, Monterey. Free.)
It’s really on a front yard, but otherwise Monterey’s “Entertainment Extravaganza” is a little bit backyard barbecue and a lot rock music fest. The Money Band, Operation Rock, Pure Ecstasy and Foreverland take turns on stage, the latter being a tribute band for the one and only Michael Jackson.
Family Fireworks Celebration (5:30pm, Bayonet and Black Horse, Seaside. Free.)
Now, for the big finale. At Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses in Seaside, the city hosts a music and fireworks show rolled into one giant event. Groups like Red Beans & Rice perform, as well as Steady Rollin’ featuring Bob Margolin with Jimmy Vivino (from Conan O’Brien). Fill the time before the fireworks start (about 9:30pm) with danceable blues. It’s a family event, so no alcohol; carpooling encouraged.