Concert and flicks by the bay

Bay Jammin Concert and Cinema series kicks off 29th season

Family flicks and cool tunes arrive just in time for summer with the 29th annual Bay Jammin Concert and Cinema Series at Cole Park.

Established in 1989, the series is put together by Del Mar College GIS professor J.J. Nelson and the city’s parks department, which every summer offer a variety of styles of music every Thursday and a movie every Friday evening.

“We do a little bit of everything. Our motto is all kinds of music for all kinds of people,” Nelson said.

Although the bands have yet to be booked, Nelson said it will include genres from blues, rock, reggae and punk just to name a few, with both original and cover bands.

The film series was added in 2003 and has been a welcome addition to the Bay Jammin series. The movies are shown every Friday at sundown and are family friendly films that consists of mostly animated flicks.

“We found that if the little kids are happy, then the family is happy,’’ Nelson said.

The most memorable part of the series, according to Nelson, is getting people to come together and interact with one another.

“This takes us back to the good old days with family and friends at a beautiful park to watch a movie or concert,” he said.

Admission is free. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from June to August, and the film series begins at sundown every Friday from June to August at Cole Park Anderson Amphitheater. For more information, call 361-826-3417 or check out the Bay Jammin Concert and Cinema Series on Facebook.

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