Summer concert series begins in South Valley

ROCK AND SOUL The Houserockers kick off the Friday Night Music Series in Morgan Hill on June 14. Contributed photo

With the first day of summer just two weeks away, it’s time to get rockin’ in the South Valley.

The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Friday Night Music Series beginning June 14, 6-9:30pm at the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey St. The free series continues through Aug. 30.

Kicking things off will be The Houserockers. The 10-piece rock and soul band hails from Los Gatos, with a five-piece horn section, two guitars, bass, drums and keys.

The band, formed about 20 years ago, was named “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area” by winning KFOX Radio’s Last Band Standing contest. They perform songs from a variety of well-known bands, such as The Rolling Stones, Earth, Wind & Fire and the Beatles.

Soul Kiss continues the series on June 21. The Hollister-based band is known for its high-energy covers of rock, blues, funk and country songs.

Every Friday night, beer, wine, food and more will be available for purchase. Kiwanis Morgan Hill will donate all food proceeds toward youth scholarships.

Music begins at 6pm, featuring local youth, singing groups and duos. The opening bands will perform at 6:40pm, with headlining bands taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Downtown Live returns to Gilroy on Thursday nights from June 20-Aug. 15.

The free concerts, with bands performing a variety of rock, reggae, hip-hop and other tunes, begin at 7pm. Rock ’n’ rollers JJ Hawg will kick off the series on June 20.

In addition to live music, Downtown Live features food trucks, vendors and a kid zone, which open at 5pm.

Friday Night Music Series headlining bands

June 14: The Houserockers

June 21: Soul Kiss

June 28: Country Cougars

July 5: Shane Dwight

July 12: Moondance Band

July 19: The Hitmen

July 26: Puro Bandido

Aug. 2: Uptown Funk — Bruno Mars Tribute Band

Aug. 9: The Heat

Aug. 16: Journey Revisited — Journey Tribute Band

Aug. 23: Caravanserai — Santana Tribute Band

Aug. 30: The Boys of Summer — Eagles Tribute Band

Downtown Live lineup

June 20: JJ Hawg

June 27: Barely Functional

July 11: Polo Jones

July 18: Low Noon

July 25: Jordan T

Aug. 1: Steely Nash

Aug. 8: Rock The Heat

Aug. 15: Sweet Daddy & The Bad Cats