Keeping the beat on the Bay

Posted: May 13th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

Humphreys Concerts return with an expanded lineup

By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

Back for its 35th year, the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay series features more than 50 performances, with additional shows still being adding throughout a season that runs through October.

Singer Tori Kelly kicked off the concert season last month with a sold-out show and jazz artist Kamasi Washington was set close out the music series on Oct. 7, before Tracy Morgan was recently added Oct. 20.

For 32 of the artists, this year marks their Humphreys debut at the popular outdoor venue on the water.

“This year’s lineup is a little more diverse,” said Bobbi Brieske, vice president of Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. “It’s heavy on classic rock, but also includes more alternative acts — and, of course — our perennial favorites.”

The outdoor venue on the water offers big names but remains intimate. (Courtesy Humphreys By the Bay)

The outdoor venue on the water offers big names but remains intimate.
(Courtesy Humphreys By the Bay)

Brieske said artists are selected based on their touring schedules and which acts she and her staff think will sell tickets and enhance the lineup.

“Bob Dylan sold out in minutes,” she said. “I also expect Ringo Starr, Boston, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top and The Mavericks to sell quickly, just to name a few.”

To prove her point, at press time, Jackson Browne’s two dates are already sold out except for VIP packages.

According to Brieske, the success of the concert series is driven by the lineup. She said that while the venue has its own special charm since it’s outside and on the water, the performers are what make it so successful year after year.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 10.36.25 AMTypically nearly half of the concerts sell out and attendance varies depending on how many shows are held each season.

“It’s a concert experience like no other,” Brieske said. “You’re outdoors along San Diego Bay in a tropical setting, watching your favorite artist on stage. It’s fun, and peaceful or lively, depending on the artist.”

Ticket prices vary depending on the show. With only 1,450 seats, even the very last row is only about 100 feet from the stage, making it a truly intimate experience no matter where you are seated. Food and drinks are available for purchase in the back of the venue, but most shows also offer cocktail service in the seated area.

Tucked in between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, the venue overlooks Half Moon Marina, located on Shelter Island in Point Loma. As a result, there is also a limited number of dinner or dinner/hotel room packages available that include preferred concert seating.

Concerts are scheduled on varying nights of the week, with most shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. To view the 2016 concert schedule and purchase tickets, visit

Kai Oliver-Kurtin is a local freelance writer. She enjoys covering events, restaurant news, culture and entertainment. Contact her at

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