Beloved Los Angeles landmark, The Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax is celebrating the start of summer with its free Friday Night Music Series. With a diverse line-up of performers, the series takes Farmers Market guests on a virtual tour of the globe, with music styles ranging from salsa and Cajun to rockabilly and Motown.
The series kicks off on May 29 with a performance from The Four Fabs, a Beatles tribute band that includes famed Ed Sullivan impersonator Michael Sherman. Performances occur every Friday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. through August 28, as some of LA’s finest musicians perform on the Farmers Market West Patio stage.
As the summer music swings into gear, music lovers will especially love the Market’s abundant open-air dining spaces. Also good to know is that Farmers Market is one of the few places in Southern California where guests can wander freely throughout the original Market with a beer or glass of wine in their hand.
With more than 50 eateries, just deciding where to eat at Farmers Market can be a challenge. For your convenience, we’ve created a list of dining recommendations for our summer music line-up.
2015 Summer Music & Dining Recommendations:
June 19: Orquesta Charangoa
When Oquesta Charangoa starts to play, their lively mambos, boleros and cha cha chas evoke the spirt of a Miami supper club, complete with balmy breezes floating off the ocean.
Dining recommendation: Fans of Cuban food can take a continental leap at Pampas Grill. Sure, this is Brazilian fare, but the rice and beans are as good as any Cuban-style beans in the city, and who can resist a few slices of freshly grilled Brazilian Churrasco?
June 26: The Lucky Stars
Enjoy an evening of romping, stomping Western swing, as The Lucky Stars perform a lively set of songs about drinking, dancing and heartbreak.
Dining recommendation: Get in the Western spirit with the tasty Texas-style barbecue at Bryan’s Pit Barbecue. Here you can fill up on ribs, beef, pork or chicken, but save some room so you can dance the night away too.
July 3: Nina Lares
The sultry vocals of Nina Lares weave a romantic air as she performs jazz standards and original songs with her band.
Dining recommendation: Something about listening to Nina Lares makes us feel like we’re sitting outdoors in a Parisian café. Enhance the experience with French wine, freshly baked baguettes and a cheese plate from Mr. Marcel Pain Vin Et Fromage.
July 10: Dakota's Centennial Salute to Ol' Blue Eyes
Enjoy a salute to Frank Sinatra, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, as Dakota Horvath performs favorite Sinatra songs.
Dining recommendation: Famed pizzeria, Patsy D’Amore’s, who brought Los Angeles its first slice of pizza, is still firing up the same pizza oven they used when the restaurant opened at Farmers Market in 1949. The late Patsy was a friend and contemporary of Frank Sinatra, and a picture of the two of them is on display at the stall.
July 17: Gino Matteo
Gino Matteo performs old-school blues music, while also weaving his own life experiences into his original songs.
Dining recommendation: Got the blues? Nothing goes better with a wistful love-gone-wrong melody than a tasty, handcrafted ice cream. At Bennett’s Ice Cream, the Bennett family has been handcrafting flavors for more than 50 years. Go traditional, or try the Fancy Nancy or Cabernet Sauvignon flavors. Or really chase away the blues by digging into an extravagant ice cream sundae at Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream.
July 24: Bad Haggis with Eric Rigler
Get ready to see the bagtar (bagpipe and guitar) in action. Bad Haggis fuses Celtic rock with other world beats, creating a completely unique sound.
Dining recommendation: There’s no haggis, bad or otherwise, anywhere at Farmers Market. But guests looking for a touch of the U.K. can stop by Littlejohn’s English Toffee for some handmade chocolate. For dinner, instead of haggis, we recommend ordering a plate of fresh of Fish & Chips from Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar.
July 31: A Latin Jam in memory of Johnny Polanco feat. Artie Webb
The late Johnny Polanco, one of the most sought-after band leaders in America, always brought audiences to their feet with his dance-tastic salsa beats. This week join Artie Webb for “A Latin Jam,” commemorating Johnny
Dining recommendation: If you’re looking for an extra-caliente meal to go with Johnny’s salsa sounds, head over to Loteria Grill! for some homemade tacos served with freshly made salsa. Or, crank things into high gear and order the Carnitas en Salsa Morita.
August 7: California Feetwarmers
When the Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers dispense their old-school New Orleans-style jazz, it won’t take long before the band has you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles.
Dining recommendation: An evening of New Orleans style jazz calls for a bowl of hot gumbo and a side of boiled crawfish. Indulge in your Big Easy cravings at The Gumbo Pot, located just adjacent to the West Patio performance stage, and don’t forget to order the beignets and chicory coffee for dessert.
August 14: Ethio Cali
Los Angeles-based Ethio Cali, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon pays tribute to the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960s and 70s.
Dining recommendation: Ethiopian-inspired music calls for Ethiopian-blend coffee. Drop by Short Cake for a fresh brew or a frothy cappuccino. Short Cake’s menu stars an extensive line up of seasonal pastries, quiches and croissants, the perfect accompaniment to a live-music concert.
August 21: SideWynders
Enjoy a rollicking good time as the SideWynders perform Rockabilly music combined with a little Western swing and Hillbilly Bop. If you like your music loud and jumping, this is the concert for you.
Dining recommendation: Before rocking out, enjoy a little Americana on your dinner plate. The beloved cheeseburger at Charlie’s Coffee Shop is so famous, it’s been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on the Travel Channel.
August 28: Incendio
We end our summer concert series with a bang, as Incendio fires up the crowd with its original music. Incendio, which means fire in Spanish, merges a variety of styles, from classical guitar to Celtic to flamenco, in a one-of-a-kind acoustic guitar performance.
Dining recommendation: To prepare for Incendio’s red-hot performance, you might just need an extra shot of energy. Boost your iron intake with a tasty spinach salad at The Salad Bar, or cool things down with one of their fresh-squeezed juices or blended smoothies.
The Friday Night Music series at the Farmers Market is free and begins at 7 p.m. The Market’s grocers, restaurants, shops and bars are open for business throughout the concerts. Parking is free for two hours with a Market validation, available with a purchase from any merchant.