Clark County Parks and Recreation's popular Jazz in the Park free concert series is under way. Upcoming concerts include Jeff Golub on Saturday, Four80East, featuring Shilts and Matt Marshak, on June 2 and Yellowjackets on June 9. Audiences that come early will be treated to the local jazz sounds of the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo.
Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs begins at 7 p.m. with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, in downtown Las Vegas. Food vendors also will be available on site. Admission and parking are free.
American jazz guitarist Golub brings his contemporary stylings to Jazz in the Park. With 11 solo albums and three CDs under his belt as the leader of the instrumental band Avenue Blue, Golub made a name for himself working with Rod Stewart from 1988 to 1995 and, in his early days, with Billy Squier. Last year, he was blinded due to a collapse on his optic nerve, but he hasn't let it stop him from playing music.
Four80East, featuring Shilts and Marshak, will pick up the pace with electro jazz. The Canada-based band consists of musicians Rob DeBoer, keyboards, bass and guitar; Tony Grace, percussion; and other session musicians. With five CDs in the repertoire, it's difficult to believe the band began as a studio project in the late 1990s. Guitarist Marshak joins the groove, bringing his crowd-pleasing originals to the stage, and Shilts adds a contemporary jazz feeling to round out the evening.
The series ends on a high note with the smooth jazz and jazz fusion sounds of the Yellowjackets. The Grammy-nominated artists bring a repertoire dating back to 1981 to the stage. The band's most recent CD, "Timeline," released in 2011, featured former member and founder Robben Ford and was the band's 24th album.