Concerts in the Plaza

Written by Craig Junghandel on . Posted in Promotions, Special Events

damon_castillo_concertsPresented by: Sunset Honda

Every Friday, June 10 – September 9, 2016

Time: 5 – 8 PM

Location: Mission Plaza

The much anticipated Concerts in the Plaza officially kicks off Friday, June 10th! Celebrating 21 years, Concerts in the Plaza presented by Sunset Honda and brought to you by SLO Downtown Association, is sure to please crowds with the finest of local talented musicians from 5 – 8 PM every Friday from June 10th until September 9th in the heart of Downtown, Mission Plaza.

Artwork by: Janelle Younger

Artwork by: Janelle Younger

Concerts in the Plaza features musical genres across the spectrum from reggae to rock, blues to jamgrass, soul, California roots rock and more. Thousands attend each summer to dance, enjoy the music and the venue with family and friends, wind down after work or just have a great time during the 14-week season.

Local vendors, Pizza Solo and Ubatuba Açai, will sell snacks and food for hungry concert goers while Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Chamisal Vineyards supply beer and wine for purchase. Bar and food vendors open at 5 PM.  We will also be serving our wines in eco-friendly wine glasses, so please remember to place your glasses in the designated recycle bins.  For our beer drinkers, you can purchase commemorative stainless steel Concerts in the Plaza pints for $15 which includes your first beer and reuse them all season.  We are also encouraging concertgoers to reduce plastic waste by bringing your reusable water bottle.  There will be a spot to refill your water bottles at no cost!

Remember… Concerts in the Plaza is a family friendly event. No outside alcoholic beverages or pets are allowed and this is a non-smoking event. Please refrain from placing chairs and/or other material on the grassy knoll before 11:30 AM.

2016 Concerts in the Plaza Band Lineup

June 10 | Young Dubliners | Celtic Rock | Sponsor: Splash Café Seafood & Grill
June 17 | Babylon Rockers | Reggae | Sponsor: Moondoggies Beach Club
June 24 | Zongo All Stars | Afro-Caribbean Dance | Sponsor: Bladerunner Salon & Stephen Patrick Design
July 1 | Diego’s Umbrella  | Rocking Gypsy Urban Mariachis | Sponsor: Fatte’s Pizza
July 8 | TROPO | Violin Driven Indie Electronic |Sponsor: Jules D.
July 15 | Cuesta Ridge  | Bluegrass Injected Americana |Sponsor: Wing Stop
July 22 | The Tipsy Gypsies | Vintage Blues, Jazz and Pop | Sponsor: San Luis Luggage
July 29 | The Mother Corn Shuckers  | Americana Beergrass | Sponsor: Mother’s Tavern
August 5 | Bear Market Riot  | Rompin’ Power-Folk Americana | Sponsor: Creeky Tiki
August 12 | The JD Project | California Roots Rock | Sponsor: Pacific Western Bank
August 19 | Resination | Irie Roots Rock Reggae | Sponsor: Frog & Peach Pub
August 26 | Damon Castillo Band  | Rock/Soul | Sponsor: SLO Transit
September 2 | Captain Nasty | Funk/Original/Party Grooves | Sponsor: Bill Gaines Audio
September 9 | Sam Sharp Band | California Rock and Soul | Sponsor: Ernie Ball Music Man


Our 2016 sponsors:

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Sunset Honda
12250 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 544-9500

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The San Luis Obispo Collection

Silver Sponsor

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3265 Lavender Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 548-1777

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SLO Happenings

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Coastal Community Builders
(866) 497-5776

Proudly Pouring

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1400 Ramada Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 225-5911

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CHAM_ChBrwn_hrz_lgoChamisal Vineyards
7525 Orcutt Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(866) 808-9463

Major Sponsor

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Cal Poly Downtown 
959 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 756-7960

Major Sponsor

Heritage Oaks Bank  
1144 Morro StreetHeritage_Oaks
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401                  
1501 Froom Ranch Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 549-8600

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2276 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-5500

Major Sponsor

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968 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-1244

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775 Fiero Lane #200
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Whole Foods 
1531 Froom Ranch Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 785-0194

Major Sponsor

Woodstock'sWoodstock’s Pizza 
1000 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-4420

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City of San Luis Obispo

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Big Big SLO 
674 El Morro Ave
Baywood Park, CA 93402
(805) 441-3344

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Journal_PlusJournal Plus Magazine
654 Osos Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-0609 / (805) 544-8711

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3620 Sacramento Dr, Suite 204
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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The Krush
3620 Sacramento Dr, Suite 204
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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1772 Calle Joaquin
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 541-6666

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KZOZ Radio

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1010 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8208

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615 Clarion Court #2
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-6397

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3825 South Higuera Street
P.O. Box 112
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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San Luis Obispo Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647

(805) 458-5153

Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays - 5 PM to 9 PM - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 PM to 9 PM - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 PM to 9 PM - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.