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Free: Summer Concerts at The Grove

Plain White T's, Smash Mouth, plus more will rock out on Wednesdays.

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    Plain White T's, Smash Mouth, and other acts will rock out at The Grove over a series of summer Wednesdays. (Photo for NBC by Erica Camille.)

    If you've ever rushed by the grassy area at the heart of The Grove, the one that's steps away from the dancing fountain, and you've seen a kid doing arms-out twirls, you've likely pondered how you'd like a bit more of that grassy, fountainy, fun times spirit in your own life.

    And then you continued on your errand, leaving the grass and fun times behind. But the outdoor shopping center encourages we adult errand-runners to pause each summer and capture a bit of that no-worries-no-hurries magic via its free Wednesday concert series.

    The close-to-the-fountains shows launch on Wednesday, July 6 with a show from the Plain White T's. July 20 is Smash Mouth — now you most certainly have "All Star" in your head — and Cher Lloyd rounds out the July jamboree-ing on July 27.

    As for Wednesday, July 13? That wasn't left off the calendar, but the guest(s) who shows is, for now, a surprise. You'll just have to arrive early, and do some fountain-adjacent grass twirls, while you wait to see who the mystery artist might be.

    It's the sixth consecutive annual outing for the pay-nothing series, a series presented by Citi. LA Magazine is the media partner on the mid-summer party nights, nights that just happen to fall on Wednesdays.

    And let's be honest: If ever a day of the week needed a better rep on the "have a good time front," it is probably Wednesday, even more than Monday, which still has the benefit of sitting cheek-by-jowl with the weekend.

    Six years is a solid amount of time for a free summertime tradition, but consider this: The Grove is closing in on its 15th anniversary. 

    Meaning that the first kids to do grass twirls near the dancing fountain are now returning for the Wednesday night concerts as full-fledged grown-ups. But should grass twirls at The Grove ever be just a kid thing?

    Spend enough time at the famous shopping destination and you're bound to see a few adults giving the twirl a try.

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