For four Sunday afternoons in August, the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s nearly 30-year-old Concerts in the Plaza series provides the perfect summer soundtrack. The events – free and open to the public on the Depot Plaza – feature two bands each on the first four Sunday afternoons in August. Concerts on the Plaza begin at 2 pm Sunday, with each band playing for 45 minutes. 

The series kicks off this Sunday with a lineup featuring the all-female rock group Tik Tax and Todd Morgan & the Emblems, and Todd Morgan & the Emblems, an emerging, multi-faceted rock band out of Sacramento. Short bios for each are below. 

Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes!

The Tik Tax – 2–2:45pm                          
Founded in September of 2010 and specializing in 80’s songs made by female musicians The GoGo’s, Pat Benatar, Bangles, Joan Jett etc. – this group features Lena Kyle on bass, Zoe Vavrek on keyboards, Samantha Shapiro on drums and vocals and Hayley Newman on guitar and lead vocals. The Fairfax and San Anselmo area high schoolers have performed at The Sleeping Lady, Cascade Canyon School Variety Show, KickIt Soccer Fest, The Yes Fest, Earth Day Marin, Octoberfest, The Manor Winter Faire, The EcoFest at the Fairfax Festival, the Marin County Fair, Hopmonk, Novato and more.

Todd Morgan & the Emblems – 3–3:45pm
This Sacramento-based band has truly unearthed a new and exciting side to rock, melding every faction and era of American music, from early jazz and blues to present day pop and rock, along with healthy splashes of soul and R&B, complete with exhilarating piano, vocal work and stage performance. The band’s history dates back to 2007, when they emerged, primarily performing and writing songs in the style of 50’s rock. Vocalist, songwriter, pianist and guitarist Todd Morgan felt the need to create and develop his own style and sound, and in 2012, this resulted in the release of the second album, Reality, which far outsold its predecessor. Todd and his band, which consists of guitarist Patrick Owen, bassist Jessica Luna and drummer Cameron Womack, returned to the studio in 2014 to record a new album loaded with 15 original songs, all penned by Morgan. The new album, Sweet Pretender, is set for release in 2015, with an album release party set for August 14.

Go here for the full slate of 2014 Concerts in the Plaza performers.

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