Escondido, CA

Center announces brand new summer music festival series

Streetlight Cadence will open the free summer music series on June 7.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido this week announced the 18 musical acts, that will be performing for the first-ever Hidden City Sounds music series this summer.

This new summer series will fill the Lyric Court with music every Friday at 6 p.m.-10 p.m. from June 7 to October 4 and free to the public.

Enjoy a different genre of live music each week along with DJ’s, food trucks, inflatables, and a cash bar.

The headliners for the series include: Streetlight Cadence, The Sleepwalkers, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, Banda Reyna Del Rio, Upstream, Bettman & Halpin, Roann Ro Mesina’s Synergy, Bulevar Descarga, Darryl Williams, Sara Petite, Changüí Majadero, Kiyoshi, Jarabe Mexicano, The Redwoods Revue, Strings of Thought, Daring Greatly, Southern Scratch, and Gunhild Carling.

 Hidden City Sounds music series is generously sponsored by Frontwave Credit Union and White Board Risk and Insurance Solutions.

Streetlight Cadence

Friday, June 7, 2019


Streetlight Cadence is an alternative folk pop sensation. The group takes inspiration from and has been described as a cross between Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and One Direction.


The Sleepwalkers                                                                                                                                 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Roost Rock, Cumbiabilly

The Sleepwalkers (aka Los Sleepwalkers), are a San Diego based band that specializes in original music, with styles ranging from Rockabilly and Cumbias to their own brand of down-home Rock & Roll.


 Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

Friday, June 21, 2019

Boogie Woogie

Best known for her beehive-wearing stint with blues diva Candye Kane in the ’90’s, Sue has been making her mark in the last decade with her high energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra, and her flashy boogie woogie stylings.


Banda Reyna Del Rio

Friday, June 28, 2019


Banda Reyna Del Rio is a local ensemble from Oceanside, California specializing in Banda Music.



Friday, July 5, 2019

Reggae, Caribbean

Upstream has been spreading their message of love and positivity through their exhilarating Caribbean Music, namely, Reggae, Calypso, Soca and Steel Drum Music, for quite some time now.


Bettman & Halpin

Friday, July 12, 2019

Folk, Americana

Nationally touring and award-winning duo Bettman & Halpin perform a fresh and enduring combination of Americana, folk and bluegrass.


Roann Ro Mesina’s Synergy

Friday, July 19, 2019

R&B, Soul

Roann “Ro” Mesina is a San Diego based R&B/Pop vocalist and songwriter. The purpose of Synergy is to highlight and provide a platform for local San Diego artists and entrepreneurs to come together and connect through art, passion, and purpose.


Bulevar Descarga

Friday, July 26, 2019

Salsa, Border Music

Bulevar Descarga is a bordertown band with members on both sides of the wall. All from different musical backgrounds, the members have formed together to add their unique flavor to the project, coming together for a blend of Latin rhythms fused with African and American styles.


Darryl Williams

Friday, August 2, 2019

Smooth Jazz

Darryl Williams, currently a resident of Temecula, California, is a multi-talented bassist/composer who has toured and performed with many of the top Smooth Jazz and RnB artist of today, including Gerald Albright, Ronnie Foster, Everette Harp, Clint Holmes, and Marcus Johnson.


Sara Petite

Friday, August 9, 2019


Sara Petite is a gritty Pollyanna, Minnie Pearl type Bruce Springsteen rocker with an Outlaw-Classic Country style.  A true original, Sara’s music does not conveniently fit into any one musical genre or sub-category, but rather traces her influences in country, bluegrass, rock and folk, and emerges into a sound completely her own. 


Changüí Majadero

Friday, August 16, 2019

Afro-Cuban Salsa      

Changüí Majadero is a blazing five-piece band that has honed a deeply informed and highly personal take on changüí, a surging Afro-Cuban musical tradition that took shape in the late 19th century on the eastern side of the island around Guantanamo.



Friday, August 23, 2019

Conscious Hip Hop

Kiyoshi is a purpose driven wordsman whose fusion of upbeat hip-hop and soulful sounds sends lightning bolts of conscious energy and thought into audiences around the globe.


Jarabe Mexicano

Friday, August 30, 2019

Latin Folk, Cumbia

Jarabe Mexicano invites audiences on a joyride through a versatile songbook of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia.


The Redwoods Revue

Friday, September 6, 2019

Vintage Soul, Rock n Roll

The Redwoods is a San Diego based independent record label that operates as a music collective, recruiting from a pool of accomplished musicians to perform studio tracks for its growing list of artists. The revue will feature multiple artists from their roster.


 Strings of Thought

Friday, September 13, 2019

Classical Crossover

Strings of Thought, otherwise known as SOT, is a collaboration of 4 unique string players: Jamie Shadowlight, Nick Hueso, Caitlin Evanson, and Pedro Talarico. They follow the flow of the given moment to create entirely new interpretations and improvisations of popular rock and classic hits.


Daring Greatly

Friday, September 20, 2019

Classic Rock, Soul

The forever lasting “woodstock” vibes are being channeled back from the 60’s and 70’s with Daring Greatly’s mesmerizing 5-part vocal harmonies – attached with a strikingly simple message to be free, be courageous, and to fall in love with as many things as possible!


 Southern Scratch

Friday, September 27, 2019

Waila, Chicken Scratch

Southern Scratch is synonymous with the very best of waila – the popular dance music of the Tohono O’odham (“Desert People”) of the Sonoran desert. Waila is a Native American-Southwestern crossover that includes polkas, cumbias, mazurkas, boleros, shottisches and other couple dances performed on saxophone, guitar, bass, bajo sexto, percussion and drums as well as the occasional vocals.


Gunhild Carling

Friday, October 4, 2019

Gunhild Carling is a Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. She is famous for performing as part of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and playing three trumpets at the same time. Gunhild plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder and harp, and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics.


The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit 

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