San Diego’s music scene begins to make a strong comeback: 20 new concert and festival dates announced



The state of California does not plan to lift its coronavirus restrictions on live events until June 15, but the calendar of spring and summer concerts and festivals in San Diego is already starting to fill with shows. interior and exterior.

Of course, there are still unresolved questions. This is why the North Island Credit Union Amphitheater website includes the message, “As official local health guidelines evolve regarding COVID-19 safety protocols, the venue may change the seating configuration and increase. the capacity. ”

KAABOO’s prognosis is also unclear. The September 2020 edition of the three-day event at Petco Park has been carried over to this year, but it does not appear in the baseball stadium concert listings on the San Diego Padres website, which Is include rescheduled concert dates for Green Day’s Hella Mega tour stop here (July 18) and for Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard (September 12). No KAABOO site currently exists and the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages have not been updated since last July.

Here’s a look at some of the recently announced concerts and festivals:

Green concerts

Hosted by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, this social distancing outdoor concert series at adjacent Grape Street Park is ready to roll. The kick off will be given Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. by Subtronics, the 28-year-old dubstep DJ whose real name is Jesse Kardon. Other confirmed performers include Two Feet (May 8), Gareth Emery (May 15), Tribal Seeds of San Diego (May 27) and Thundercat (June 4).

Ticket prices vary for each concert. (800) 988-4253;

Jazz concerts ‘6-Feet Supper Club’ with Gilbert Castellanos

All April performances sold out in an instant for this weekly social-distancing Wednesday outdoor series featuring San Diego’s top trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos. Expect the same for next month’s series, which – with one exception – will once again be held at Panama 66, in the courtyard of the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Performances by Castellanos and a diverse lineup of top musicians will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on May 5, 12, 19 and 26. The May 12 performance will feature nationally renowned pianist Gerald Clayton and take place inside the museum’s Copley Auditorium.

Ticket prices start at $ 25. The on-sale date is being finalized and should be announced in the coming days on

A taste of alligator

Like many other events, the 2020 and 2021 editions of San Diego’s 20-year Gator by the Bay Festival have been canceled due to the pandemic. For those looking for an intimate version for Mother’s Day, the Tio Leo Lounge in Bay Park will host A Taste of Gator at 5 p.m. on May 8. The outdoor event programming for all ages on the restaurant terrace will include Michelle Lundeen, Theo and Zydeco Patrol, Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra, The Chris Fast Band and Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellows.

Admission is free, although donations to artists are encouraged. (619) 542-1642;

Bay festival

Last year’s second annual Bayfest at Embarcadero Marina Park was also canceled. The 2021 edition will be held in a new location, the downtown Waterfront Park, on July 10. The 21+ event lineup includes Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Fortunate Youth, KBong and Denm. Participants in this social-distancing event will be required – at the time of writing – to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. That could change by July 10.

General admission tickets cost $ 42.50; VIP packages cost $ 242.50. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday on

North Island Credit Union Amphitheater

Country music star Luke Bryan has the newly announced first concert of 2021 at the largest outdoor concert hall in San Diego County. Tickets for her final performance of the September 23 “Proud To Be Here” tour at the Chula Vista Amphitheater are $ 42 to $ 112, plus service charges. They will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. to the general public, following pre-sales to fan club members and Citi Card members. Dylan Scott and Runaway June will open the show.

As of this writing, the nearly 20,000-seat amphitheater has seven other 2021 concerts, all postponed from last year. They include Backstreet Boys (June 9), Rebelution (August 14), The Black Crowes (August 18), Kiss (September 25), Daryl Hall & John Oates (October 3), Maroon 5 (October 5) and The Doobie Brothers ( October 8). Two concerts at the South Bay Hall that had been postponed from 2020 to this year have again been postponed. Steely Dan and Steve Winwood will perform on May 28, 2022, and Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire will perform on June 17, 2022.

Ticket prices vary for each concert.

Thornton Winery Champagne Concert Series

Launched in 1989, but dark last year, the 32-year-old series kicks off its 2021 season with a show on August 27 starring guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Euge Groove. They will be followed by two dates with Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns (September 11-12), Chris Botti (September 18), Rick Braun and Richard Elliot (October 2) and Boney James (October 23). All performance times are at 7 p.m., with the exception of the Koz concert on September 12, which is at 6 p.m.

Prices and concert times vary; dinner packages are available. (951) 699-0099;

Pechanga Arena San Diego

Latin music mainstay Marc Anthony will perform at the venue formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena on October 24. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. to the general public and are priced from $ 66 to $ 196. VIP packages range from $ 279 to $ 998. Other 2021 concerts at the arena, most postponed from last year, include Justin Bieber (June 2), Grupo Firme (August 14), Harry Styles (September 2), Celine Dion (September 8), Maluma ( September 12)), Gabriel Iglesias (October 2), James Taylor and Jackson Browne (November 1) and Jo Koy (December 10; tickets go on sale May 14).



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