San Diego Community News Group
The return of live performances at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay begins in August. This year, Humphreys is celebrating 40 years of Concerts by the Bay.
It has been a long time since the 1,400-seat open-air theater on San Diego Bay, between the Humphreys Restaurant and the Humphreys Half Moon Inn in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Shelter Island Drive, has not opened.
“The entire 2020 season was canceled in June 2020,” said Bobbi Brieske, advertising director for Bartell Hotels. “The season was supposed to start in April and end in October. We started pushing the shows from April / May / June to later in the season, but in mid-June we realized that no shows were going to be in 2020, so the entire season was canceled. The last concert at Humphreys took place on November 2, 2019. “
This year’s concert lineup picks up where the 2019 concert series left off.
“A few of these shows (The Cult, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Michael Franti, Boz Scaggs, Judy Collins, Lost 80’s Live) were on sale for 2020 and have been rescheduled for this year,” Brieske noted.
Humphreys Concerts By The Bay began in 1982 with a few tables and chairs set up on the lawn. There was a small temporary stage set up for the summer. The lineup was mostly smooth jazz. Over the years, a permanent stage has been built, the seating area has grown, and the programming has become more inclusive of other genres such as rock, comedy, country, world and alternative music.
Typically running from April to October, Humphreys concerts now span the spectrum of entertainment, from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music.
Dinner packages have been created which include dinner and premium seating for the concert. Then, a few years later, hotel and dinner packages were created which included dinner, a hotel room or suite, and high-end seating for the concert.
Regarding the sanitary protocols that will be in place when the concerts resume, Brieske said, “We will follow all guidelines in place on the date of the show. In addition, we will have hand sanitizing stations located throughout the site, high traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the evening, guests will be able to order drinks from their phones for delivery to their headquarters, and the Most tickets will be mobile tickets which avoids touching hard tickets.
Maintenance was carried out as planned during the pandemic break while the concert hall was used as a beer garden during the long break.
“The pricing for shows is no different than in the past,” Brieske said.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
HUMPHREYS CONCERTS SCHEDULE 2021
Tuesday August 17 Trampled by turtles and Mt. Joy Fall Tour 2021 (GA standing only) 7h00
Wed Aug 18 Joy & Trampled By Turtles Fall Tour 2021 (GA standing only) 7h00
Fri-Sat August 20-21 Common Kings (general admission, standing only) 7:30 a.m.
Friday August 27 Brian Regan 7:30 p.m.
Friday September 3 Dave Koz and his friends Summer Horns 7:30 p.m. with Mindi Abair, Kirk Whalum, Vincent Ingala and Kenny Lattimore
Sunday September 5th Chelsea Handler Live 7:30 am
Thursday September 9 Tower of power 7:30 a.m.
Friday September 10th Rufus Wainwright – Unfavor the Rules Tour with Aimee Mann 7:30
Saturday September 11 Lost ’80s Live with The Romantics, Missing Persons, Animotion, 6:00 Burning Sensations, Musical Youth, Naked Eyes, Tommy Tutone, Stacey Q, Josie Cotton, Boys Don’t Cry, Dramarama, Trans X, Farrington & Mann (original members of When in Rome UK)
Sunday September 12 Rodrigo y Gabriela with special guest David Keenan 7:30 p.m.
Monday September 13 Chicago 8:00 am
Friday September 17 An evening with Judy Collins 7:30 p.m.
Sunday September 19 The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute 8:00
Monday September 20 Michael Franti & Spearhead 7:30
Tuesday September 21 Boz Scaggs 7:30 p.m.
Wed Sep 22 The Temptations and Highs of the Tour 7:30
Thursday September 23 Three Dog Night 8:00
Friday September 24 Little River Band 8:00 am
Sunday September 26 Chris Isaak 7:30 p.m.
Monday September 27 Andrew McMahon in the desert 7:00 a.m.
Thursday September 30 Shakey Graves with special guest Sierra Ferrell (standing GA only) 7:30 a.m.
Friday October 1 Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour 7:30
Sunday October 3 Lake Street Dive with special guest Allison Russell 7:30 am
Tuesday October 5 America – 50th Anniversary Tour 7:30 am
Sunday October 10 Air supply 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday October 13 Bleachers with special guest Claud (general admission, standing only 7:30 am)
Thursday October 14 Don Felder – Formerly of the Eagles 7:30 am
Sunday October 24 Led Zeppelin Party by Jason Bonham 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday October 27 The Cult – A Sonic Temple 7:30 am
Friday October 29 Keali’i Reichel 7:30 am
Saturday October 30 Oingo Boingo Former Members, Missing Persons, Dramarama 7:30 a.m.
Sunday October 31 Adam Ant: Friendly or Enemy Visit 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 3 November Gipsy Kings with Nicolas Reyes 7:30 am
Saturday November 6 Felipe Esparza 7:30 p.m.
Sunday November 7th Dwight Yoakam 8:00 am
Tuesday November 9 George Thorogood and The Destroyers 7:30 “Good To Be Bad Tour – 45 Years of Rock”
Friday November 12 All Time Low with special guests nothing, nowhere. & Meet Me @ The Alter 7:00
(general admission, standing only)
Sunday November 14 Patton Oswalt Live: Who’s ready to laugh 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday November 16 Postmodern Jukebox – The big reopening tour 7:30 am
Friday November 19 Camilo – Mis Manos Full tour 8:00