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A part of our Sunday afternoon was spent at Playa Vista's 2008 Summer Concert Series. Basically, once a month from June to Sept, Playa Vista gives the community a free concert in their Concert Park. My sister had told me about these but I was reluctant to go...you know...I pictured lots of dogs, lots of babies, and an annoying band. Wasn't I pleasantly surprised! Yes, lots of dogs and babies but a decent band! Bonus: The concert is free....and there is no arguing with free! Let me show you how it was in pictures. As we were walking up to the park I was thinking, boy, there are a lot of people out there.

As we approached the park, I was shocked by how many people there actually were. It was the Hollywood Bowl + Disneyland, Playa Vista-style.

As I went up to take pictures of the band, I saw a group of younger 18-30 yr olds and thought...this might be a good place if you're single and looking (not that I am, Sam).

One of the best parts, was the dance floor they had put down so that kids and parents could dance around. (see first pic) The band was called Spazmatics - a hilariously cool science nerd 80's pop synth new wave dance show. Playa's website says: If you like 80's music, they are the Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, Duran Duran, Berlin, Madonna, and Billy Idol rolled into one. I was bopping my head to songs like 'Radio Killed the Video Star' and a few other noticeable 80s songs.

All in all, a really nice way to spend an hour and a half. The whole thing lasted from 5:30p-7p. Tips: No alcohol allowed (so get creative), bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on and some food to munch on. If you want to get a good spot, get there early. We got there just as the show was starting so sat way in the back. Who should go? Anyone who wants to enjoy a nice afternoon in the sun with kids or friends. There are 3 left - July, Aug and Sept - with the last one on Sept 21st. You don't necessarily have to be a Playa resident but most are because it's literally at their doorstep. Playa Vista Concert Park 13020 Pacific Promenade (Find a friend who lives there for more info)
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  • these are fun. i went to three of them last summer and invite my parents each time because they love stuff like these. have to go early though since it fills up quickly. very family friendly
  • i should add that they change out the bands...i'm sure the next ones will be entertaining as well, though. go more for the environment. the vibe there is really nice. grace can let us know when the july one is, exactly, as we get closer to the date. (she's on the PV mailing list.)
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