Your weekend: Concerts at the Cove
The venerable (and free!) summer Concerts at the Cove concert series is starting up a month early in its 11th year, with a performance by the chamber music ensemble Quartet San Francisco this Friday, May 8. The performance is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Avenue.
“We’ve seen how popular outdoor classical concerts have been in other areas and wanted to bring the same excitement to Alameda,” said Kathy Moehring, executive director of the West Alameda Business Association, which is presenting the concerts along with the East Bay Regional Park District.
The additional show is being added to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the park district. The concert will be produced by Bay Area classical radio station KDFC.
Quartet San Francisco, led by renowned jazz violinist Jeremy Cohen, incorporates tango, Latin and a host of other genres into their modern style. Violinist Kayo Miki, violist Keith Lawrence and cellist Joel Cohen round out the eight-year-old group, which has been nominated for two Grammy awards.
The concerts are held on the second Friday of each summer month. This year’s lineup includes the rock stylings of Sole Music, on June 12; rockers Notorious on July 10; and the country group Caitlin and Will on August 14.
The Crab Cove visitors center will be open until 7:30 p.m. on the eve of each concert, and I’m told they’ll have organized activities for families and children. Premium beer, wine from R&B Cellars and food from West Alameda businesses will also be offered for sale.
Free parking is available at Crown Memorial Beach and parking lots at Santa Clara at Webster and Taylor at Webster. Free valet bicycle parking will be available from Bike Alameda at the concert site.
Oh, and speaking of the West End … I understand the ribbon cutting for the new farmer’s market, which is moving over to a lot at Webster and Haight streets, will be May 16 (a little ahead of schedule). It’ll be a morning market, opening at 9 a.m.