Two hours from now, ska/reggae band the English Beat will play a soundtrack to your burrito-eating over at Westlake Center. On Friday, Hey Marseilles brings its orchestral pop to Harbor Steps. On Wednesday, June 30, hot new trombone player Trombone Shorty—fresh off an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman — will jazz up Occidental Square.
Best part? These shows are all at lunchtime, and all free. Soul supergroup Wheedle’s Groove played a funky set last Friday from noon-1:30pm to kick off this summer’s downtown Out to Lunch series, and after seeing that, I don’t plan to miss any of the sets at Harbor Steps if I can help it. Overton Berry, a dapper 74-year-old pianist, had everyone singing along to "Hey Jude," trumpets blared, and people danced. In broad daylight.
Here’s the lineup, with our recommendations in caps. All shows start at noon.
The English Beat, Wednesday, June 23, Westlake Park.
HEY MARSEILLES, Friday, June 25, Harbor Steps.
TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE, Wednesday, June 30, Occidental Square.
VICCI MARTINEZ, Friday, July 2, Harbor Steps.
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Wednesday, July 7, Waterfront Park.
The Paperboys, Friday, July 9, Harbor Steps.
Michael Powers & Deems Tsutakawa, Wednesday, July 14, Bank of America Plaza.
The Legacy Quartet with Clarence Acox, Friday, July 16, 2200 Westlake.
Ian McFeron, Wednesday, July 21, Occidental Square.
Greta Matassa & Susan Pascal, Friday, July 23, 2200 Westlake.
Po’ Girl, Wednesday, July 28, Bank of America Plaza.
GLEN PHILLIPS from Toad the Wet Sprocket, Friday, July 30, 2200 Westlake.
Jovino Santos Neto, Wednesday, August 4, Two Union Square.
Chatham County Line, Friday, August 6, 2200 Westlake.
Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Wednesday, August 11, Two Union Square.
Lucy Woodward, Friday, August 13, Harbor Steps.
PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT, Wednesday, August 18, Two Union Square.
LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends, Friday, August 20, Harbor Steps.
Geoffrey Castle, Wednesday, August 25, Bank of America Plaza.
THE DUSTY 45S, Friday, August 27, Harbor Steps.
Grupo Ashé, Wednesday, September 1, Westlake Park.
Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, Friday, September 3, Harbor Steps.