Ben Harper croons with Fistful of Mercy at Coachella on Day 3 of the festival.
On Monday, Del Mar racetrack officials released the complete 2011 Summer Concert Series lineup, with something for everyone and few surprises, to boot:
• July 22: G-Love and Special Sauce
• July 29: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
• July 30: Ziggy Marley presents Reggae Legends
• Aug. 5: The Bravery
• Aug. 6: Weezer
• Aug 12: Jimmy Eat World
• Aug. 19: Devo
• Aug. 26: The Airborne Toxic Event
• Sept, 2: Fitz and the Tantrums
• Sept. 4: Ben Harper
Only Friday, Aug.12, remains a mystery; that act is yet to be announced. Most of the groups will be making return trips to the Del Mar Concert Series; only Ben Harper, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Fitz and the Tantrums will be first-timers.
This year marks the opening of the Seaside Stage, on which all the acts will perform. All concerts are free with racetrack admission. If you want to skip the races and just watch the band, you'll have to fork over $20 after the final race.
Friday concerts are open to kids under 18 who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Del Mar holds races Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. (except Friday races, which start at 4 p.m.). Other events this season feature a Gourmet Food Truck Festival on Aug. 20, the Miss Cougar Del Mar Contest, on July 29, and the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic on Aug. 28.
Among the musical highlights last year at the track were shows by Weezer, the Soft Pack, the English Beat, Pinback, B52s and ZZ Top. The venue has also hosted top talent in the past, including Billy Idol, Flaming Lips, Ziggy Marley, Devo, Alice in Chains, Violent Femmes, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson.