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'Unplugged' concerts continue at City Center Bishop Ranch through July and beyond

Dave Rocha Band to take stage in San Ramon this Friday for fourth performance in weekly series
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Monica da Silva and Chad Alger perform at the first concert in this year's "Unplugged" series at City Center on June 3.

City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon is hosting a weekly outdoor concert series throughout the summer and early fall this year, with the fourth show in the series set for this Friday.

Dave Rocha, a longtime fixture on the trumpet and flugelhorn in the Bay Area jazz scene, will take the stage with his band at City Center's Alexander Square this Friday, for a free performance that will feature "high-level, instrumental jazz improvisation" according to the event's description from City Center.

The next act in the lineup, set to take the stage on July 1, is the Poi Rodgers duo, for a blend of tropical sounds including Hawaiian steel guitar, melded with country, western, and swing elements.

Rockabilly artist Jinx Jones is set to follow on July 8, having spent an eclectic career exploring "nearly every conceivable style and genre of the electric guitar," according to the event description.

On July 15, Chris and Lorin Rowan or the Rowan Brothers will come to the Tri-Valley after a lengthy career that kicked off in 1970s San Francisco, aided by and sometimes featuring Jerry Garcia

Pop singer-songwriter and musician Michelle Lambert who got her start as a young violinist in the Bay Area before moving to Boston is set for the series' July 22 slot, amid a rise in popularity spurred by her 2021 single "Come to Me" and growing media attention.

Closing out next month's lineup on July 29 will be Tracy Cruz, with a blend of "Bay Area Urban Soul" and influences from her Filipino roots.

All concerts are set for 6-8 p.m. at City Center's Alexander Square. More information, and the lineup for the rest of the series through September, is available here.