Your weekend: Concerts at the Cove commence
This Friday, May 14 marks the start of the 12th annual Concerts at the Cove free summer concert series. They’ll be kicking things off with a performance by Open Opera.
The show is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Avenue. In addition to the show, they’ll have free car and valet bike parking, access to the Crab Cove Visitors’ Center through the end of the show and local wine, beer and food for sale.
Open Opera was founded in 2008 with a dual mission: To provide free opera concerts to the public and to showcase talented Bay Area performers. The cast includes both students and professionals, and they’ve set up free concerts in Berkeley, Oakland, Orinda and right here in Alameda (they performed in Franklin Park in 2009).
The cast for Friday’s Crab Cove performance includes Alamedans Eileen Meredith and Ray Chavez. The pair recently starred in Virago Theatre Company’s sold-out production of La Bohéme.
Upcoming performances will be offered by Foreverland, a 14-piece, San Francisco-based Michael Jackson tribute band that will perform on June 11; Fito Reinoso, who will play Cuban, timba and salsa with his orchestra on July 9; and Casino Royale, which will perform music from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s on August 13.
Oh, and after the concert, the folks with the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda and Alameda ATD Team (Awakening The Dreamer, Changing the Dream of our Modern World) will hold a post-concert Gulf Oil Spill Gathering from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the water’s edge near the visitor’s center. It’s open to the public.