Maybe all of the best things in life aren't free, but many of them still are — fresh air and sunshine, for example.
And this summer, at least half a dozen outdoor concert series are free, too.
Depending on the venue, all you need is a low lawn chair or blanket and a willing pair of ears to enjoy a pleasant afternoon of live music.
You can make your experience as urban or sylvan as you like, from Montgomery Village shopping center, with shops and restaurants all around, to Santa Rosa's wooded Juilliard Park and Sebastopol's Ives Park.
You also can gather to enjoy the music at the plazas in downtown Healdsburg, Cloverdale or Guerneville, as well as the Windsor Town Green.
Here's the rundown:
Sponsored by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, the “Friday Night Live at the Plaza” series runs through Aug. 29 in downtown Cloverdale. Shana Morrison and Caledonia and the Linda Ferro Band perform at 6:30 tonight. cloverdaleartsalliance.org.
Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa offers two free outdoor music series, both running into early October at the shopping center's Village Court. The “Rockin' Concerts” series continues with the Carlos Santana tribute band Caravanserai from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The center's “Concerts Under the Stars” presents the Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. mvsshops.com.
The perennially popular “Tuesdays in the Plaza” series at the Healdsburg Plaza presents country and blues music by Kay Marie from 6 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday and continues weekly through Aug. 26. ci.healdsburg.ca.us
The “Summer Nights on the Green” series at the Windsor Town Green opens with Shannon Rider and the Ride from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through Aug. 28. ci.windsor.ca.us.
One of the more unusual free summer concert series venues is the backyard at the KRSH Radio station, 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. The “KRUSH Backyard” concerts run on Thursdays (but not every Thursday) until Sept. 4. The North Bay Hootenanny will be featured at 6 p.m. next Thursday. For a full schedule: krsh.com.