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Claremont’s hot outdoor music season

Fans of free outdoor gigs have a while to wait before Claremont launches its Monday Night Concerts in the Park series, which starts soon after the city’s  July 4 celebration and whose sweet sounds regularly lure large audiences to Memorial Park.

This year’s lineup features a number of perennial favorites, so you may want to mark your calendar. The schedule is as follows: The Ravelers (classic rock) on July 7; The Silverados (country) on July 14; Cold Duck (‘70s) on July 21; Kulayd (Doo-Wop/Motown) on July 28; Upstream (Reggae) on August 4; LCR (classic rock) on August 11; Boxcar 7 (blues/soul/R&B) on August 18; Night Blooming Jazzmen (Dixieland jazz) on August 25; and The Answer (classic rock) on September 1.

In the meantime, you can get your al fresco culture fix with the Scripps College’s Levitt on the Lawn music series. The first concert of the summer will be a Wednesday, June 25 performance by The Wild Reeds.

The LA based folk-rock quintet features lead singer Kinsey Lee, above, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe, who raise their voices in exquisite harmony and play instruments like guitar, harmonium, banjo and auto harp. Nick Jones and Nick Phakpiseth add drums and percussion and bass, respectively, to the mix.

The Wild Reeds have played extensively across the Los Angeles music scene and have released two independent albums, Songs for the Morning, Afternoon and Evening and Even When the Strong Winds Blow.

Dinner will available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. from food trucks stationed at the event. Picnic dinners are also welcomed, and a limited number of blankets and lawn chairs will be available to check out at no cost (ID must be left for collateral). The performance starts at 6:30 p.m. Levitt Pavilions and Scripps alumna Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch sponsors this family friendly event.

For more information on the band, visit www.TheWildReedsMusic.com.  For more information on this show and the Levitt on the Lawn series, call the Scripps College Public Events Office at (909) 607-9372.

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