Celebrating our 27th Season – Our History

The Auburn Summer Series tradition started with one person’s vision. . .to bring music to the Library Garden Amphitheater.

In early 1989, Auburn community arts patron, Marilyn Gehlbach, gathered interested representatives from the Arts Council of Placer County, Friends of the Library, Auburn Symphony and Symphony Guild, and the Auburn Recreation Department to explore the notion of free outdoor summer concerts at the amphitheater.

The Summer Series Committee was born, hosting its first concert in July 1989. The mission of the committee is to provide a variety of musical entertainment to the community without charge.

Since the beginning, these free community concerts have been made possible by generous donations from local businesses and civic organizations, and we gratefully acknowledge their support.


This annual series is held at the Auburn Garden Theater, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn
TIME of all events: 7-8:30 pm
FREE! Bring low-back chairs and a picnic. No food for sale.

J Ross Parrelli
J Ross Parrelli

June 12, 2016 — J Ross Parrelli

On the edge of urban jazz, J Ross Parrelli is tearing up the stage and bringing down the mike. Known for eloquent freestyles and powerful lyrics, J Ross is a country girl with a city hustle. “Motown has been a heavy influence in the music we portray, from the form and sound to the lyrics I write,” says Parrelli. With the freshest infusion of jazz, reggae, old school hip-hop and Motown soul, J Ross brings back the rare originality and attitude that defines great musicians. She has an uncanny ability to intermix song, rap and poetry within the same verse over funk, reggae, soul and hip-hop tracks.

Like a chocolate delicacy, J Ross Parrelli brings smooth flows with rich lyrics that simply melt in your mouth. She is a cool, refreshing breeze that inspires and invigorates. J Ross Parrelli and her band set the stage for an audience of any genre, age and culture.

Stardust Cowboys
Stardust Cowboys

June 26, 2016 — Stardust Cowboys

The Stardust Cowboys, an award winning Northern California based band, plays a blend of original tunes, western swing, traditional tunes, and honors both the cowboys of yesteryear and silver screen with songs about the Old West.

Fans will tell you they are known for down home humor and enthusiastic stage energy. You’ll hear Bob Wills Texas style western swing followed by old-time cowboy. Their originals are written distinctly in a cowboy swing flavor and are about living life in the hardy setting of the western country. This group, stacked with song-writing talent and honorees in western music, has energized crowds throughout California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada for more than 25 years.

It’s not country western, it’s cowboy ‘n swing and it’s a great time for the whole family!

Banner Mountain Boys
Banner Mountain Boys

July 10, 2016 — Banner Mountain Boys

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Barwick & Siegfried

Based in Nevada County, the Banner Mountain Boys feature traditional and contemporary bluegrass music with smooth vocals and scorching instrumentals. The four band members include Taylor Carey on guitar and vocals, Rob Shotwell on banjo and vocals, Ron Gaynor on resonator guitar and vocals, and Cecelia Shotwell on upright bass. The group features the music of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, along with contemporary artists, plus humorous and original material.

Barwick and Siegfried
Barwick and Siegfried
From the stage of the Strawberry Music Festival in California to pubs and concert halls throughout Ireland and North Ireland, the acoustic duo of Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried has delighted and enchanted audiences with a distinct blend of bluegrass, old-timey country, traditional Irish and folk into an engaging Americana fusion showcasing Pete’s exceptional lead vocals, Kathy’s amazing guitar work and sterling duet harmonies.

Carlos McCoy Latin Jazz Band
Carlos McCoy Latin Jazz Band

July 24 — Carlos McCoy’s “High Octane Latin Jazz Band”

Octane Latin Jazz Band is easily one of the hardest working young groups around. Multicultural and multigenerational, the band features some of the best young and seasoned musicians in Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley. The Latin band specializes in the music of Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Perez Prado and other Afro-Cuban artists like the Fanio All-Stars. With its high energy music, exciting rhythms, delicious harmonies, burning solos and group vocals, the group is sure to get audiences on their feet. The music of the Latin Band combines the power and excitement of dance rhythms with the soul and complexity of jazz music to create a mesmerizing show that will make an unforgettable and exciting experience for audiences.