The City of Novato Parks & Recreation Department holds two summer concert series for a total of 9 free concerts throughout the summer months of June, July & August. The "Concerts on the Green" series is held outside of our historic City Hall on the Civic Green located at 901 Sherman Avenue. The second series, "Hot Amphitheater Nights", is held at the Hamilton Amphitheater, a stone amphitheater built in the 1930's, located at 601 N. Hamilton Parkway.
All concerts are free to attend. Music begins at 5pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets for seating. Outside food and drink are permitted, although drinks will be available for purchase onsite. Dogs are not permitted. Please scroll below to see our 2019 summer line up for both the Concerts on the Green and Hot Amphitheater Nights series - and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @NovatoFun to stay in the loop!
Concerts on the Green
Location: Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue
Gather your friends, family, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner and join Novato Parks & Recreation for this FREE outdoor concert series held on our beautiful Civic Green, just outside our historic City Hall!
Concerts are held the First and Third Saturday of June, July & August.
Kona ice will also be onsite selling shaved ice! We hope you can join us for these wonderful live musical performances.
Sunny & the Black Pack
Bio: Since 2015, Sunny And The Black Pack have been building a reputation as true visionaries in the music scene. Their unique blend of Old Soul, RnB and Rock has allowed Sunny And The Black Pack to quickly build a devoted fan base. Led by Sunny Promyotin's sensational musicianship, the band has managed to sell out venues all across the Bay Area.
Genre: Rock n Soul
ROEM (Roem Baur,) an award-winning singer and touring songwriter from San Francisco. Known for appearances on season 7 of NBC's The Voice, the main city stage at Super Bowl 50, official SXSW & CES conferences, to shows in Canada, Netherlands, Germany, England, Zimbabwe, Africa and more. His trademark "wild" (Entertainment Weekly) stage show and "ridiculous vocal range" (rslblog.com) has garnered praise from fans and critics all over the world. As a young boy he discovered his love of singing in a gospel church, and continued singing in high school, then college as a classically-trained first tenor, winning multiple awards in Musical Theatre. After college and a brief stint as a professional stage actor, Baur took the leap to rock n' roll. That leap, which began with just a voice and an acoustic guitar in humble living rooms, cafes, and small clubs, grew to forming a band, and through a chance encounter, releasing his first studio EP with GRAMMY nominated producer, Damien Lewis.
Barrio Manouche is an acoustic San Francisco-based international septet (Spain, Quebec, France, Brazil and California). Known for their innovative style, complex technique & passionate musical improvisation, Barrio Manouche plays what is perhaps the truest definition of World music. Barrio Manouche’s single “El Joven” is out now .
Psychedelic Desert Folk
In the simplest terms, decker. is a singer/songwriter based in Sedona, Arizona. However, a more apt description would be musical mystic. He, himself, describes his sound as “psychedelic desert folk,” drawing inspiration directly from the vortexes of the red rock mountains and canyons where he resides—an area so widely renown for its cosmic energy that millions of spiritual travelers flock there every year in an attempt to harness its power. With a handful of self-released recordings to his name that have garnered praise from KEXP, Magnet Magazine and No Depression among others, decker. signed with revered independent label Royal Potato Family in 2017 to release a 10-song retrospective entitled ‘Into The Red.’ In 2018, he returns with a full-length collection of new material, ‘Born To Wake Up.’ Where previous albums have leaned darker in mood and content, this latest finds him maturing in his artistic viewpoint, offering glimpses of optimism and light across a range of songs like “Awake,” “Burnin Grass” and “The Matador.” Glide Magazine recently wrote, "decker. is one of the country’s most criminally underrated songwriters.” With the release of ‘Born To Wake Up,’ that is beginning to change.
“decker. gives Jack White a run for his money with it’s fevered guitar licks, crashing drums, and bluesy storytelling.” – KEXP
“…fiery passion and a vision unlike any other these days” – Phoenix New Times
“decker is one of the country’s most criminally underrated songwriters.” - Glide Magazine
Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers
Genre: Rockin Slide Guitar Roots, Blues & New Orleans Music
San Francisco native Dennis Johnson is one of the virtuoso slide guitar players performing today with a deep passion for preserving and innovating roots music. Dennis and his band, The Mississippi Ramblers, deliver standout live performances of stellar roots and Americana music, rockin' blues, and New Orleans grooves. The band brings audiences to their feet at festivals, theaters, and concert series. Dennis has been described as a "Slide Guitar Master" GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE.
Dennis Johnson's new album, Rhythmland, was recently released to phenomenal reviews. "Rhythmland is a modern masterpiece... done with power and an incredible degree of passion." Reflections in Blue Magazine. “5 stars out of 5 ...one of the best albums of the year in any genre.” Hot Wax Magazine “This guy is up there in the pantheon of outstanding purveyors of the slide guitar tradition." Blues Blast Magazine "Slide guitar master Dennis Johnson leads us on a breathless tour ...in the land of rhythm." Living Blues Magazine
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Forged from the soul and tradition of rock n’ roll legends before them, KINGSBOROUGH breathes new life into the music that has inspired generations. As an emerging band from the San Francisco Bay Area, their raw high-energy performances and powerhouse vocals have made KINGSBOROUGH a standout among their peers. They seduce with their rhythm-heavy rock n’ roll mixed with soulful harmonious instrumentation and storytelling lyrics. No Depression hails; “The vintage elegance of Kingsborough’s music sets an endearing reminiscence of boundless regularities that has been altered to appeal to an ever-changing musical audience.” The band has quickly become a fan and critic favorite with singles such as “Low Down" and “Subtle Lies” off their current album, which spent 6 weeks on college radio Top 200 and is currently featured on Spotify’s “Blues & Roots Rock” playlist.
Building a reputation for an incomparable live concert experience has lead KINGSBOROUGH to perform at BottleRock Napa Valley, opening for Joan Jett and being awarded the opening slot with ZZ Top at the sold out Wells Fargo Center in their hometown Santa Rosa, CA. BAM magazine describes their performance as “rocking it like the big boys used to… in the same way that Springsteen has always done.” Front man, Billy Kingsborough, has once even been described as being “Joe Cocker’s soul re-incarnated”.
Teaming up with Grammy Nominated producer, Damien Page Lewis (Rihanna, The Wood Brothers, Katy Perry), KINGSBOROUGH created their most urgent, energetic album to-date, recorded at the legendary Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA. The album’s title “1544", refers to the address where all four band members resided for the past two years writing and composing. As a result, “1544”, is a reflection on the stories, feelings and emotions of a band evolving together both musically and personally. As the band explains "the album really came to life once they stepped into studio. We were able to take advantage of the studio's isolated and expansive tracking room to give the album a massive atmospheric presence. It allowed us to explore sonic textures in a way we hadn't done before, leading to layered guitar tones and dynamic distortion and reverb effects that help the album stay fresh and compelling throughout. The album is a way to let loose," they say. "That's what music is to us.”
Hot Amphitheater Nights
Location: Hamilton Amphitheater, 601 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato
Gather your friends, family, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner and join Novato Parks & Recreation for this FREE outdoor concert series held at our historic Hamilton Amphitheater!
Concerts are held the last Saturday of June, July & August.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold onsite by Rickey's and The Speakeasy, and Kona ice will also be onsite selling shaved ice! We hope you can join us for these wonderful live musical performances.
Element Brass Band
Sacramento’s Element Brass Band will make you MOVE! E.B.B. are one of the premier bands on the West Coast for New Orleans Second Line. The band recently released their second album, “Cali Got A Brass Band” on Mardi Gras of this year. Element have toured New Orleans, New York City and Atlanta, and have performed at many venues including the High Sierra Music Festival, Guitarfish, the Fillmore, the New Parish, The Boom Boom Room, and Ace Of Spades. E.B.B. have opened for GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Blackalicious, Andy Frasco, The California Honeydrops, Turkuaz, Big Sam's Funky Nation, A Tribe
Called Red, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Jellybread, and many others. Element has twice been given the accolade of ‘Best in Jazz' at the Sacramento Music Awards, and their momentum shows no signs of slowing down. Join the Element Brass Band at Mr. Tipples’ Recording Studio on June 30th as they bring you an authentic New Orleans dance party!
The Bay Area’s Premier Eagles tribute band. In the true spirit of the word tribute, this group of seasoned players honors the spirit of the Eagles and keeps true to the essence of the musicianship honoring the Eagles incredible music catalog & legacy.
The HA, aka the Human Assembly, is a San Francisco based band that plays Beach Funk Americana; music that celebrates the human condition and the gathering of friends. Music to party to.
Since the summer of 2015, the band has hosted a number of ‘Party With Purpose’ events across CA to benefit local non-profits and organizations. In the spring of 2016, The HA was selected for the inaugural artist residency program hosted by Project Amplifi and Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, CA. The residency focused on artist development and community leadership. In the summer of 2017, the band released their first full length album, Worth the Hangover. In addition to performances at music venues across the greater part of CA and the Southwest, The HA has also played a number of larger events, like Bay to Breakers, Levi's Stadium Pregame Show, Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego Fairgrounds and various other local festivals and events.
"They are a cool bunch of guys. Mostly originals, some covers... Interactive with the crowd. Could all play their instruments well. Lots of energy. They played straight through the three and a half hours... The girls liked them. They flashed the band a couple times. I like that in a band... Good party band." - Matt L., Live nation