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27th Annual Concerts in the Plaza Season Kicks Off with Rock Band Ghost\Monster

Monday, June 12, 2023


FROM: Rachel Lackmann
Marketing & Communications Coordinator


12 weeks of free, live music in Downtown San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza begin Friday, June 23, 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA — The 27th Annual Concerts in the Plaza season, hosted by Downtown SLO and presented by Sunset Honda, kicks off on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 5–8 PM! The first concert will feature two new-to-the-series musical acts: rock ‘n’ roll band ghost\monster as the main band, with opening singer-songwriter Natalie Haskins.

This summer, the community is invited to gather every Friday for twelve weeks of free live music in San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza. Concerts in the Plaza is the largest free concert series on the Central Coast, featuring live local music, dancing, and drinks in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. All concerts are free to the public and family-friendly.

The 2023 series will run every Friday from June 23 – September 8, 2023, adding two additional weeks from last year’s ten-week series. The opening singer-songwriter will begin at 5 PM, and the band will perform from 6–8 PM.

Food and drink will be available, and guests are welcome to bring outside food; outside alcohol is not allowed. Enjoy beers from Firestone-Walker Brewing Company, wine from Dunites Wine Company, and hard cider from SLO Cider, along with eats from Woodstock’s Pizza and Quesadilla Gorilla. The official 2023 bar menu can be found here.

Downtown SLO is eliminating single-use plastics at Concerts in the Plaza; all beverages are sold in reusable cups or aluminum cans. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable cups (no glass, please!). 12oz souvenir cups will be available for purchase.

Free bike valet will be provided by Bike SLO County and located off Chorro Street. Pets are not allowed at Concerts in the Plaza.

Those interested are encouraged to follow Concerts in the Plaza on Instagram and Facebook for exciting updates and concert photos. A Frequently Asked Questions page can be found here, with information on where to park, what to bring, accommodations, and more.

DATES: Every Friday, June 23–September 8, 2023

TIMES: Singer-Songwriter: 5 PM, Band: 6–8 PM

Official Lineup for the 27th Annual Concerts in the Plaza:

June 23, 2023 • Ghost\Monster | rock 'n' roll
with Natalie Haskins | sponsored by Guaranteed Rate

June 30, 2023 • Alex Lucero & The Live Again Band | soul/Americana
with Ynana Rose | sponsored by Meathead Movers

July 7, 2023 • IMUA | r&b/soul/funk
with Jon Millsap | sponsored by SLO Credit Union

July 14, 2023 • Damon Castillo Band | rock/soul/funk
with Graybill | sponsored by Jamba

July 21, 2023 • The Molly Ringwald Project | 80s pop/rock/dance
with Jody Mulgrew | sponsored by SLO Cider

July 28, 2023 • Brass Mash | instrumental rock/pop
with Nataly Lola | sponsored by Woodstock's Pizza

August 4, 2023 • The Tipsy Gypsies | blues/jazz/soul
with Steve Key | sponsored by Luna Red Restaurant

August 11, 2023 • Dante Marsh & the Vibe Setters | soul/funk
with Jineanne Coderre | sponsored by Sun Day Carwash

August 18, 2023 • Zongo All-Stars | Afro-Latin dance
with Dave Tate | sponsored by Moondoggies Beach Club

August 25, 2023 • Moonshiner Collective | indie folk rock/Americana
with Miss Leo | sponsored by Quesadilla Gorilla

September 1, 2023 • The Mother Corn Shuckers | bluegrass/jam band
with Dulcie Taylor | sponsored by F.McLintocks

September 8, 2023 • Resination | reggae/roots
with Kyle Huskey | sponsored by 7 Points

Downtown SLO wants to thank all the committed sponsors and community partners that make this event possible.

Concerts in the Plaza would not be possible without partnership from the City of San Luis Obispo.

Title Sponsor: Sunset Honda
Singer-Songwriter Showcase Sponsor: Brixton
Stage Sponsor: Wilde Wealth Management Group
Silver Level Sponsors: Thoma Electric, SLOCAL Roots, Pacific Western Bank, SLO County Board of Supervisors, Bill Gaines Audio
Bike Valet Sponsor: CoVelop Inc.
Major Sponsors: Corvus Wealth Advisors, American Riviera Bank, Megan’s Organic Market, Sunrun, Avanti,  Ashley & Vance Engineering, Hotel SLO,  Cuesta Springs Ice Company, Harvey’s Honey Huts, Eighty20 Group,
Kid Zone Sponsors: Karson Butler Events at the Ah Louis Store, SLO REP, First 5 SLO County, Promotional Concepts
Media Sponsors: KSBY, New Times SLO, the Sun, Coast 104.5, the Krush 92.5, 93.3 KZOZ, Big Big SLO
Bike Valet Provided By: Bike SLO County

A media kit for the 27th Annual Concerts in the Plaza is available here. Please contact Rachel Lackmann, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, for additional materials and information:

About Downtown SLO: Downtown SLO is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit founded in 1975 whose mission is to foster an economically vibrant Downtown. Downtown SLO serves the community by working on initiatives like parking and beautification efforts, coordinating special events and the weekly Farmers’ Market, supporting economic activities, and examining Downtown issues.