The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns Friday, bringing some big names to the scenic stage.
The season kicks off with a bang with “Star-Spangled Pops,” a three-day concert that pays tribute to America ahead of the Fourth of July. Running Friday through Sunday, the Symphony plans to perform patriotic tunes, ending with fireworks each night.
On the Fourth of July, country icon Wynonna Judd will take the stage. From there, concertgoers will have a front-row seat to the Big Bay Boom fireworks show, too, which pops off 9 p.m.
Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Attendees can buy single-show tickets or splurge for a three-concert package starting at $54. You can check out your ticketing options here.
Some highlights from the rest of the Bayside Summer Nights concert schedule:
Herb Albert + Lani Hall (July 6)
Trumpet master Albert (“Tijuana Taxi,” “A Taste of Honey”) will perform with Hall, his partner in not just music, but also life. Date night concert?
Leslie Odom, Jr. (July 7-8)
The Tony Award-winning breakout star of Broadway’s smash hit, “Hamilton,” will ditch the Aaron Burr costume for a couple of nights on the Bayside stage.
Air Supply (July 14-15)
The classic 1980s group (“Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love”) will have plenty of love when they bring their hits to the Bayside stage for two nights.
Latin Jazz Masters (Aug. 10)
The country’s most talented Latin jazz musicians come together for one night of bongos, timbales, congas and more.
"La La Land" in Concert (Aug 12)
The Oscar-winning film will be shown on the Bayside stage’s big screen while the movie’s award-winning score is performed live by the San Diego Symphony and guest jazz artists.
Tony Bennett (Aug. 15)
The American music icon – and his distinctive voice and charm – will take his turn on the waterfront.
The Commodores (Aug.26)
The soulful and funky 1970s and 1980s group (“Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady”) will bring the house down at this toe-tapping August performance.
The waterfront series will come to an end on Sept. 3 with a three-day show – “1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular” (Sept. 1-3). For the full concert lineup, click here.
Organizers say that a new addition to the series this year is local DJs spinning at the shows that land on Fridays, in an area known as “Bayside Brews,” which features local craft beer. That section also offers wine and food; the gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks will also go down at the end of all Friday and Saturday night concerts, as well as during the closing weekend.