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’s been a long time since the 1,400-seat outdoor theater on San Diego Bay, between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Shelter Island Drive, has been open for business.
“The entire 2020 season was canceled in June 2020,” said Bobbi Brieske, director of advertising for Bartell Hotels. “The season had been set to start in April and run through October. We started pushing the April/May/June shows back to later in the season but by mid-June, we realized that no shows would take place in 2020 so the entire season was canceled. The last concert at Humphreys took place on Nov. 2, 2019.”
This year’s concert lineup is picking up where 2019’s 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) had been on sale for 2020 and were rescheduled for this year,” noted Brieske.
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 primarily smooth jazz. Over the years, a permanent stage was built, the seating area grew and the lineup became more inclusive of other genres including rock, comedy, country, world music and alternative.
Generally running from April through October, Humphreys concerts now cover the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music.
Dinner packages were created, which include dinner and premium seating for the concert. Then a few years later, hotel and dinner packages were created, which include dinner, a hotel room or suite, and premium seating for the concert.
Concerning health protocols that will be in place when concerts resume, Brieske said: “We will follow whatever guidelines are in place on the date of the show. Also, we will have hand-sanitizing stations located throughout the venue, high-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the evening, guests will be able to order drinks from their phone for delivery to their seat, and most tickets will be mobile tickets which avoids touching hard tickets.”
Maintenance was done as regularly scheduled during the pandemic pause while the concert venue was used as an outdoor café during the long break.
“Pricing of the shows is not any different than in the past,” said Brieske.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
HUMPHREYS CONCERTS 2021 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Aug. 17 Trampled By Turtles & Mt. Joy Fall Tour 2021 (G.A. standing only) 7:00
Wed, Aug. 18 Mt. Joy & Trampled By Turtles Fall Tour 2021 (G.A. standing only) 7:00
Fri-Sat, Aug. 20-21 Common Kings (general admission, standing only) 7:30
Friday, Aug. 27 Brian Regan 7:30
Friday, Sept. 3 Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns 7:30 featuring Mindi Abair, Kirk Whalum, Vincent Ingala & Kenny Lattimore
Sunday, Sept. 5 Chelsea Handler Live 7:30
Thursday, Sept. 9 Tower of Power 7:30
Friday, Sept. 10 Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow the Rules Tour with Aimee Mann 7:30
Saturday, Sept. 11 Lost '80s Live featuring 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, Sept. 12 Rodrigo y Gabriela with special guest David Keenan 7:30
Monday, Sept. 13 Chicago 8:00
Friday, Sept. 17 An Evening with Judy Collins 7:30
Sunday, Sept. 19 The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute 8:00
Monday, Sept. 20 Michael Franti & Spearhead 7:30
Tuesday, Sept. 21 Boz Scaggs 7:30
Wed, Sept. 22 The Temptations and the Tour Tops 7:30
Thursday, Sept. 23 Three Dog Night 8:00
Friday, Sept. 24 Little River Band 8:00
Sunday, Sept. 26 Chris Isaak 7:30
Monday, Sept. 27 Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 7:00
Thursday, Sept. 30 Shakey Graves w/special guest Sierra Ferrell (G.A. standing only) 7:30
Friday, Oct. 1 Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour 7:30
Sunday, Oct. 3 Lake Street Dive with special guest Allison Russell 7:30
Tuesday, Oct. 5 America - 50th Anniversary Tour 7:30
Sunday, Oct. 10 Air Supply 7:30
Wednesday, Oct. 13 Bleachers w/special guest Claud (general admission, standing only 7:30)
Thursday, Oct. 14 Don Felder - Formerly of the Eagles 7:30
Sunday, Oct. 24 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening 7:30
Wed, Oct. 27 The Cult - A Sonic Temple 7:30
Friday, Oct. 29 Keali'i Reichel 7:30
Saturday, Oct. 30 Oingo Boingo Former Members, Missing Persons, Dramarama 7:30
Sunday, Oct. 31 Adam Ant: Friend or Foe Tour 7:30
Wed, Nov. 3 Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes 7:30
Saturday, Nov. 6 Felipe Esparza 7:30
Sunday, Nov. 7 Dwight Yoakam 8:00
Tuesday, Nov. 9 George Thorogood and The Destroyers 7:30 "Good To Be Bad Tour - 45 Years of Rock"
Friday, Nov. 12 All Time Low with special guests nothing,nowhere. & Meet Me @ The Alter 7:00
(general admission, standing only)
Sunday, Nov. 14 Patton Oswalt Live: Who's Ready to Laugh 7:30
Tuesday, Nov. 16 Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening Tour 7:30
Friday, Nov. 19 Camilo - Mis Manos Tour sold out 8:00