San Diego, Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is coming.
You’ve seen the headlines and the billboards, and no matter how well or in this year’s case, how poorly, the Padres are playing -- at least we’ve still got the big game to look forward to on Tuesday, July 12. Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?
Thankfully, for those of us that notice the sound of a batter’s walk-up music just as much as the crack of their bat, MLB has announced three free blockbuster concerts at Embarcadero Marina Park South in the week leading up to the All-Star Game! And no, “free” wasn’t a typo.
Of course, concerts are all fine and dandy but if they aren’t packin’ 100-mph fastball heat, they’re a dime-a-dozen. Luckily, the league has done us a solid and America’s Finest City is in store for some yuuuuge acts.
On Friday, July 8, soulful pop/rock band OneRepublic and special guest alt-rock radio mainstays NEEDTOBREATHE hit Embarcadero Marina Park South at 7 p.m.
The next day (Saturday, July 9), Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Tori Kelly steals the hearts and minds of the San Diego faithful with acclaimed pop/punk band All Time Low opening the show, which starts at noon.
And lastly, but definitely not least, you know her from No Doubt and NBC’s “The Voice” -- multi-platinum-selling pop artist Gwen Stefani takes the stage later that evening (Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m.) with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star and accomplished actress Eve in tow. That, my friends, is a grand slam if we’ve ever seen one.
Gates at Embarcadero Marina Park South will open 90 minutes ahead of the shows’ scheduled start times, and if you’re planning on going, be sure to stick around after the two evening concerts for a special fireworks show!
Now to the nitty gritty: According to a MLB press release, “Fans can obtain a free standing room-only ticket based on availability at AllStarGame.com/concerts beginning Friday, June 17th at 10 a.m. PST. Free tickets, which may not be sold, must be downloaded, printed and brought to Embarcadero Marina Park South for entry to the concert. Limit two tickets and one show per individual request.”
As if these three shows weren’t enough, they’re all part of MLB’s Pepsi Music Series, which will feature a huge range of artists that will be performing throughout All-Star Week. The full lineup will be announced at a later date, so be sure to stay tuned to SoundDiego.com for more details.