Bayside Summer Nights 2017
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The San Diego Union-Tribune has recently published a season preview of Bayside Summer Nights 2017!
All concerts begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted on purchase page.
Jun 30 - Jul 2
Star Spangled Pops
Bayside Summer Nights opens with our traditional tribute to the music of America, from movies and Broadway to patriotic favorites, including our salute to the armed forces. Pre-concert activities for kids begin at 6pm.
AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY WITH WYNONNA
There is only one Wynonna Judd, and she returns to Bayside Summer Nights with a celebration of America’s birthday. Come for the music, stay for the Big Bay Boom fireworks show!
HERB ALPERT + LANI HALL
From pop gems “Tijuana Taxi” and “A Taste of Honey” to later hits like “Rise,” Herb Alpert has for over five decades entertained generations with his elegant yet lively trumpet style, perfect for a romantic evening by the Bay. He will be joined on the concert by his partner in music and life, singer Lani Hall.
LESLIE ODOM, JR
The breakout star from Broadway’s phenomenal Hamilton brings his artistry and showmanship to Bayside Summer Nights. Leslie Odom, Jr. wowed the Great White Way with his thrilling portrayal of Hamilton’s nemesis Aaron Burr, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
A true living legend, Tony Bennett has been a part of American pop culture for over 60 years. His distinctive vocal style and continuing collaborations with today’s emerging stars make him one of America’s most beloved and admired entertainers. Come leave your heart at the Embarcadero with the one and only Tony.
PHOTO CREDIT: BRYAN ADAMS/TRUNK ARCHIVE
Starting with “Lost in Love” in 1980, Air Supply was a fixture on FM radio for over a decade, releasing monster romantic hits like “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Even the Nights are Better” and so many others. The group’s core duo, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, bring their classic hits to the Embarcadero.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ feat. DR. JOHN
The Thursday Night Jazz series kicks off its second year with a salute to the birthplace of American jazz and the many jazz masters who forged it on Bourbon Street and beyond. Our special guest will be the one and only Dr. John and the Nite Trippers!
JUL 28, 8PM
Hooray for Hollywood!
Our popular salute to movie music of yesterday and today returns with a brand new set of breathtaking film clips and all-time favorite themes from the silver screen.
HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS™
Cars fly, trees fight back and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while a live orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score.
HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)
BOZ SCAGGS with the SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs returns to Bayside Summer Nights, cool as a summer breeze. With hits such as “It’s Over,” “Lowdown,” “What Can I Say,” “Lido Shuffle,” “Harbor Lights” and (from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack) “Look What You’ve Done to Me,” a classy good time is guaranteed for all!
In the 1960s bossa-nova master Sergio Mendes and his ace combo, Brasil ’66, defined the Brazilian sound for decades with chart-topping hits such as “The Look of Love,” “The Fool on the Hill” and the unstoppable “Mas Que Nada.” Now, come see Mendes’ sexy, sophisticated artistry in his Bayside Summer Nights debut.
LATIN JAZZ MASTERS
Bongos, timbales, congas…and (more) cowbell! It will be a party onstage with some of our country’s most talented Latin jazz musicians coming together to perform for one night only. Featuring music of Tito Puente, João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim and more!
AUG 11, 8PM
E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
An extraordinary LIVE orchestra performance and screening of Steven Spielberg’s family classic. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, this heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ entire Academy Award®-winning score live while this beloved film is shown in HD on the big screen.
E.T.™ & © Universal Studios
Pre-concert activities for kids begin at 6pm.
La La Land
Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. The film will be shown on our big screen while the award-winning score is performed LIVE by the San Diego Symphony and guest jazz artists.
One of the most compelling voices on today’s world music scene belongs to Benin’s Angélique Kidjo. Called “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine, Ms. Kidjo has blazed a brilliant career path, winning multiple Grammys® and collaborating with Herbie Hancock, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel and Josh Groban. Combining the joyous traditions of Afro-Pop with her own distinctive interpretations of rock and soul classics, Angélique Kidjo is a powerful performer you won’t soon forget!
BROADWAY CONCERT feat. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Our annual salute to Broadway will focus on a single masterpiece of the musical theatre as interpreted by our Broadway veteran cast and the full orchestral palette of the San Diego Symphony. Concert will feature several selections from Fiddler on the Roof!
Boléro by the Bay
The ultimate classical pops experience: Associate Conductor Sameer Patel leads an exciting performance of Maurice Ravel’s famously seductive Boléro by the San Diego Symphony under the stars at beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South! The concert will also feature music by Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla.
JOHN BEASLEY presents MONK’ESTRA
Our Thursday Night Jazz finale opens with a set from San Diego’s own homegrown jazz piano genius, Joshua White. Then, get ready for the MONK’estra, a killer contemporary big band that pays loving tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk while infusing it with contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves and a contagious sense of fun.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
That's showbiz! Our previously announced artist for this date has had to cancel, but we'll be telling you soon about another excellent musician coming to Bayside Summer Nights August 25.
Born at Tuskegee Institute and signed by Motown in 1972, the Commodores are the ‘70s and ‘80s funk machine who’ve never stopped grooving. With breezy soul classics such as “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady” plus classic dance jams like “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” and “Brick House,” you won’t be staying in your seat for long!
One of the most popular “party bands” in the history of Bayside Summer Nights returns to the Embarcadero! The fabulous Ozomatli bring their urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of merengue and cumbia, hip hop and salsa, samba and jazz back to the Bayside for an evening of provocative music and irresistible beats.
1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular
As always, Bayside Summer Nights comes to a “Spectacular” end with the music of Tchaikovsky, the booming cannon, the blazing brass and a fireworks display for the whole family to remember!
Recent Press for Bayside Summer Nights!
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!
The Bayside Summer Nights season has begun, and the San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed our first concert, noting the many improved amenities at Embarcadero Marina Park South! CBS 8 (KFMB-TV) was also there, recording the sights and sounds of our summer concert experience!
Click here for the San Diego Union-Tribune's Bayside Summer Nights preview feature! In a later story, the U-T offered its Five Favorite Picks for Bayside Summer Nights. The San Diego Jewish Journal has also published a preview. As the season opening approached, more stories appeared in the East County Gazette, Ranch & Coast Magazine, SoCal Pulse and the La Jolla Light!