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Paso Robles Concerts in the Park

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Paso Robles—The City of Paso Robles, REC Foundation and J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines finished up a successful  2013 Concerts in the Park Summer Series:

  • June 14: Damon Castillo Band
  • June 21: Ruckus
  • June 28: Northstar Session
  • July 5: Human Nation
  • July 12: Small Kicks
  • July 19: Guy Budd & Inga Swearingen
  • August 2: Paisanos Band
  • August 9: JD Project
  • August 16: Monte Mills
  • August 23: Incendio

Looking back at the 2013 summer’s concert highlights

Aug. 23: Incendio played free concert in downtown Paso Robles

The instrumental guitar band Incendio was the tenth and final act in Paso Robles Recreation Department’s 10-part summer concert series. Incendio played on Friday, Aug 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park in downtown Paso Robles.

Incendio, simply put, is instrumental world music. The primary “voice” of the band is the guitar, but to say the music of Incendio is solely guitar music would be an oversimplification. The guitar is certainly present, but other instruments such as the mandolin, bouzouki, violin, Celtic harp, piano, bass, synthesizer and various ethnic percussion instruments play a huge role in the ensemble’s sound. American musicologist Donald Grout is credited as saying that only instrumental music, which is “pure music free from the burden of words”, can convey the deepest emotions of the composer. And for this reason, the evocative titles of the songs are very much there to help shape or guide the listener’s experience.

Aug. 16: Monte Mills performed in Paso Robles

Monte Mills plays at concerts in the park

Monte Mills was the ninth act in Paso Robles Recreation Department’s 10-part summer concert series. Monte Mills played on Friday, Aug 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park in downtown Paso Robles.

Monte Mills has become an icon of the California Central Coast. A Farrier and auctioneer by trade, he’s the real deal. But he’s more than just a singing cowboy. He’s part of life around these parts. He’s been instrumental in keeping traditional western swing country music alive introducing it to thousands of Cal Poly students and Central Coast residents each year. Saturday night “Aggie Stomps” attract masses of swing dancers, new and old to experience this infectiously fun music that has become an energizing ingredient of the Cal Poly / Central Coast experience.

Aug. 9: JD Project performing in Paso Robles

JD Project playing at Concerts in the Park

JD Project playing at Concerts in the Park

JD Project was the eighth act in Paso Robles Recreation Department’s 10-part summer concert series. The band played on Friday, Aug 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park in downtown Paso Robles.

The JD Project is comprised of veterans of many California touring acts, including former members of SLO’s own nationally touring act, Itchy McGuirk. They have played throughout the San Francisco Bay area, the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Pozo Saloon, the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center, and many other local venues. The members of The JD Project have played throughout the United States, headlined at large San Francisco venues (Slim’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Last Day Saloon, and many more), and many other exciting venues throughout the country. Throughout their musical careers, the members of The JD Project have maintained San Luis Obispo County as their home base and take great pride in being members of the SLO community. The JD Project is a perfect fit for any event. Their combination of original and cover tunes, outstanding musicianship, soaring vocals, and overall stage presence will ensure a great time by all in attendance.

Aug 2: Paisanos Band play in Paso Robles

The Paisanos BandThe Paisano Band played Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 in the downtown Paso Robles park as part of the Paso Robles Concerts in the Park series. The Paisanos enjoy playing all types of music. There isn’t a genre of music that is not within their spectrum: classic rock n’ roll, country, country and western, country rock, folk, rhythm & blues, blues, funk, grunge and all the flavors in between. The Paisanos have played for wineries, clubs, festivals and private parties and weddings. Here’s a list of some of the songs that The Paisanos perform:

The Paisanos were formed in Templeton California in 2005; but were bestowed with inspiration throughout the 1970′s, and into the present. It’s membership is as diverse as its musical interests, which includes classic rock n’ roll, blues, country and originals. The boys just want to have fun. Just check out their roster.

July 19 - Guy Budd & Inga Swearingen on stage

Guy Budd and Inga Swearingen shared the gazebo stage July 19, 2013 at the Paso Robles city park.

Guy Budd was born into a family of music lovers, raised on Blues, Rock, Country, and Classical music. A native of rural New Jersey, Guy’s family moved west to central California. Starting his music career in the late 60′s, he hit the road on a poetic adventure for a number of years before settling back in California. He forged his original music through many incarnations of the Guy Budd Band. Guy has shared the stage with B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Johnny Winter, Charlie Musselwhite and many other great artists. He loves writing, recording, and playing with his band “Gypsy Souls”.

Inga Swearingen is a female jazz vocalist. She won the Shure Jazz Voice competition at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has appeared as a guest on “A Prairie Home Companion”. Her first album (“Learning How To Fly”, with Trio 14 and Linda Vanasupa) was released in 2003. In 2005 she released her second album “Reverie”.

July 12 – Small Kicks played in the park

 Small Kicks

Small Kicks

The band Small Kicks is performing at the Paso Robles Concerts in the Park series July 12.The Small Kicks’ debut album titled “Get American!” is set to be released independently under the band’s own label this summer. The band will be playing 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

June 28 – Pop country-jam band performed


Northstar Session

The Northstar Session performed at the Paso Robles Concerts in the Park series June 28. They were called “The most perfect pop country-jam formula for 30-something romantics, EVER!” by Music Connection Magazine. Northstar Session, formed in 2007, breathes life and energy into music with creative harmonies and countermelodies reminiscent of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, and many familiar others. Band members include Matt Szlachetka, vocals and guitar; Kane McGee, vocals and drums; and Dave Basaraba.

June 21 – Classic rock band Ruckus played

concerts in the park june 21


Second in its 10-part Summer Concert Series the classic rock of Ruckus played on Friday, June 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park in downtown Paso Robles.


About the author: Scott Brennan

Scott Brennan is the editor and publisher of the Paso Robles Daily News.

2 Responses to 2013 concerts in the park wrap up

  1. Adam Levine


  2. Editor

    Thank you for the update.

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