City Lights 2017-18

City Lights has returned! If you love Broadway musicals, the American Songbook, a bit of contemporary Americana style and discovering the best emerging young musical performers who are shaping the future of popular music today, then this series is for you!


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Season Calendar

FRI NOV 3 | 8pm

Patti Austin

The City Lights series returns in style with one of the most entertaining pop music voices of the last 50 years, Patti Austin! After bringing the house down at last season’s Gala opening at the Jacobs Music Center, Patti cruises back to our stage with another program of well-chosen soul, pop and jazz classics of the last several decades through today. You won’t want to miss this vital American artist who is well into an exciting career renaissance.




The Day of the Dead, an important touchstone of Mexican culture, is one of our most beloved regional celebrations. Mexican singing icon Eugenia León, first known for her victory for her country in an international singing competition just two days after the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake, has maintained a high profile ever since, collaborating with the likes of  Lola Beltrán, Willie Colón, José José and Mercedes Sosa. She is our special guest for this day honoring family connection and remembrance.


SAT DEC 16 | 8pm (subscribers)
FRI DEC 22 | 8pm
SAT DEC 23 | 2pm & 8pm 

Noel Noel

Sameer Patel, conductor (with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra)

Our annual December celebration returns with wonderful music of the season that will lift your spirits and fill your heart with holiday joy.



SAT MAR 10 | 8pm

The Manhattan Transfer

Currently in their third incarnation, The Manhattan Transfer is one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups and winners of ten Grammy® awards. Known for their vast repertoire of pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music as well as their outstanding harmonizations, this amazing quartet is building upon an extraordinary legacy dating back to 1972, with millions of records sold world-wide over the decades.


FRI APR 27 | 8pm

Marc Broussard and Friends

This Louisiana native specializes in a unique blending of “Bayou Soul” and his southern musical roots. One result has been a fascinating set of “Save Our Soul” albums, re-interpreting classic pop hits of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies in Marc Broussard’s inimitable style. Known for his live shows honed to perfection over the years in the company of the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Bonnie Raitt and even Willie Nelson, you won’t want to miss this rising star of Cajun-spiced Americana.




With the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Actress and singer Audra McDonald is one of the brightest lights on today’s Broadway stage. With a record six Tony Awards for acting as well as two Grammys®, and Emmy and a 2015 National Medal of Arts, Ms. McDonald will bring the artistry and experience of a remarkable career for the very first time to the Jacobs Music Center, accompanied by the San Diego Symphony.