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Bayside Summer Nights: Summer Pops 2016

Bayside Summer Nights 2016

Welcome to Bayside Summer Nights—our 2016 Summer Pops! Single Tickets On Sale Now!

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This is where music lovers gather to enjoy a picnic on the lawn, share a bottle of champagne at reserved tables, or sit in the grandstand taking in the beauty of San Diego Bay. The shimmering skyline and spectacular fireworks provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying the great San Diego Symphony and special guest artists.

Bayside Summer Nights offers an eclectic variety of artists, genres and performances in a one-of-a-kind, outdoor concert setting like no other. Read our Press Release!

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Seth MacFarlane, Diana Ross, Matthew Garbutt, Amy Grant


JUL 1-3
Star Spangled Pops

There is no better 4th of July event than celebrating America’s birthday with the San Diego Symphony! This all-American program features hits from movies, Broadway tunes and popular music, along with a military salute and a grand fireworks finale. Matthew Garbutt conducts. Pre-concert activities for kids begin at 6pm.

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Tribute to Johnny Cash on the Fourth of July!
Special Concert

There was only one Man in Black! Celebrate his American legacy on July 4th with our country’s finest Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash’d Out. With over 150 JC hits in their repertoire (including “Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Jackson” and more), the night will be ablaze with memories and the spectacular Big Bay Boom fireworks display, all to celebrate America’s birthday.

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JUL 14
The Mambo King: A Tito Puente Salute

The brand new Thursday Night Jazz series kicks off with a tribute to the late, great Tito Puente. From mambo to bossa nova to cha-cha-chá, our special guests will immerse you in a soundscape of Afro-Cuban beats, Latin Jazz riffs and Tito’s favorite, the timbales.

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JUL 15-16
Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles

Remember where you were when you first heard Sgt. Pepper? Relive those moments with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Liverpool boys’ final tour as a group. From Sgt. Pepper to Rubber Soul, from “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” to “Here Comes the Sun,” this magical evening makes everyone feel young again!

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JUL 17
Diana Ross

Named Billboard magazine’s “Entertainer of the Century” and called the most successful female music artist in history by the Guinness Book of World Records, Diana Ross is a shining pop diva for all time. Don’t miss this ultra-rare chance to hear the Divine Ms. Ross perform at the beautiful Embarcadero!

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JUL 28
Chris Botti

Grammy®-winning trumpeter Chris Botti is today’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist and one of the most important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. His cool but passionate melodies and international influences will weave a memorable evening of song under the stars.

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Bernadette Peters, Trace Adkins, The Mambo King, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


JUL 29
Trace Adkins

From multi-platinum-selling albums to his work with Wounded Warriors, from Grand Ole Opry membership to seven tours with the USO, Trace Adkins is one of today’s most exciting country music stars. Come hear his Number One hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This” at an evening sure to be a rowdy good time! (No orchestra)

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JUL 30, 8PM
Hooray for Hollywood!

Back by popular demand, this tribute to Hollywood and the music that makes it special returns for one night only with a brand new program. Brilliantly edited film clips on the big screen will complement some of the most famous songs and themes written for the movies, performed with panache by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

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AUG 5-6
Sing Along With Broadway!

Get ready to sing your heart out as Broadway veterans Doug LaBrecque, Debbie Gravitte and Christiane Noll join the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for a joyful evening performing the greatest hits of all time, both classic and contemporary, from the Great White Way. The first half will feature music from the musical Guys and Dolls.

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A Midsummer Night’s Concert

Sit back and enjoy a romantic evening of music inspired by the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. As a special treat, actors will present short, delightful excerpts from sonnets and plays by this undisputed genius of the English language. Music by Prokofiev and Mendelssohn will be featured.

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AUG 12-13
Seth MacFarlane and The Great American Songbook

The creator of Family Guy and Ted has a delightfully smooth vocal talent matched only by his sophisticated interpretations of hits from the Great American Songbook. Enjoy an evening filled with the sound of lush swing orchestras from the 40s and 50s with MacFarlane singing some of the hidden gems of that era.

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AUG 18
The Future of Jazz featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant 

As the youthful surprise winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s performance inspired accolades from Wynton Marsalis and The New York Times, comparing her to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. San Diego’s own International Academy of Jazz opens the concert.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jazz Guitar Masters, Chris Botti, Cash'd Out


AUG 19, 8PM
Raiders of the Lost Ark
 In Concert

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teamed up to create one of the greatest action-adventure films of all time, starring the incomparable Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Now see it on the big screen as never before, with John Williams’ iconic score performed LIVE to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Pre-concert activities for kids begin at 6pm.

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AUG 20
Amy Grant

One of the most influential and successful singer-songwriters of the ‘80s and ‘90s and multi Grammy® Award-winning artist, Amy Grant, returns to the Embarcadero! Come hear her Number One hit “Baby Baby” along with other popular hits including “Angels,” “My Father’s Eyes” and “Never Alone.” (No orchestra)

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AUG 21
Viva Mariachi!

Revered as guardians of the mariachi legacy, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán presents a festive repertoire of rhythms, dance, and vocals for an exciting evening of pageantry and musical virtuosity. The concert will open with San Diego’s own Mariachi Champaña Nevin, who will perform the Pasión Mexicana Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra!

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AUG 25
Jazz Guitar Masters

A stellar lineup of today’s hottest jazz guitarists (Peter Sprague, Russell Malone, Anthony Wilson) come together for one night’s worth of hot jams by the cool bayside.

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AUG 26-27
Bernadette Peters

Today’s first lady of Broadway comes to the Bayside for an unforgettable weekend performing her incomparable Broadway Songbook. Bernadette Peters is renowned for her interpretations of the music of Stephen Sondheim as well as winning multiple Tony Awards, and performing in television and film—most recently the Golden Globe-winning HBO series Mozart in the Jungle.

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AUG 28, 8PM
Dreamworks Animation In Concert—Celebrating 20 Years

From Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon to Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation’s great stories and beloved characters inspire and delight audiences of all ages. We celebrate the studio’s 20th anniversary in an evening of visually stunning film highlights on our giant screen, with their memorable scores performed live. Pre-concert activities for kids begin at 6pm.

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SEP 2-4
1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Our glorious summer winds down but not before the cannons and fireworks light up San Diego Bay to Tchaikovsky’s awesome 1812 Overture. Join us as we celebrate the summer’s end in spectacular style!

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Concerts at Jacobs Music Center for Comic-Con Weekend!

Out of this world FUN, away from the convention CRUNCH



Final Symphony, the award-winning, officially licensed concert tour featuring the music of FINAL FANTASY VI, VII and X, will make its North American debut this summer, including this Comic-Con week performance by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra inside the Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall. (NE Corner of 7th & B, Downtown San Diego)

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The triforce has been completed with the highly-anticipated, global concert tour of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest.” The acclaimed concert, performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, will visit the Jacobs Music Center during Comic-Con week and will regale fans with a truly unique experience from one of the most beloved game franchises ever.

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