Free summer concerts 2011

Venues across the county offer a plethora of music, all at no cost to you

11:19 a.m., August 2, 2011

Summer concerts in San Diego don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. Throughout the county, many venues offer the opportunity to enjoy good local music without having to empty your wallet. Remember: Grab a blanket before you head out for a night under the stars.

Trolley Barn Park in University Heights will host the University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series starting July 8.

Aug. 7: Misty and the Mobys

Aug. 14: Elvis Elite

Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park

Spreckels Organ Pavilion Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. (619) 239-0512 or

Aug. 2: San Diego Concert Band

Aug. 3: Kearny Mesa Concert Band

Aug. 4: Diamond is Forever: A Neil Diamond Tribute

Aug. 9: Corvelles

Aug. 10: Mariachi Chula Vista

Aug. 11: Coronado Concert Band

Aug. 16: Coronado Big Band

Aug. 17: Navy Band Southwest

Aug. 18: San Diego Banjo Band

Aug. 23: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra

Aug. 24: El Cajon German Band

Aug. 25: San Diego U.S. Marine Band

Spreckels Organ Society’s Summer Organ Festival

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park Mondays, 7:30 p.m. (619) 702-8138 or

Aug. 1: Christopher Houlihan

Aug. 8: Robert Plimpton and Jason Ginter

Aug. 15: David Arcus

Aug. 22: Silent Movie Night with Dennis James: “Peter Pan” (1924)

Aug. 29: Dr. Carol Williams

Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Parks

Various locations. Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. (760) 434-2904 or

Stagecoach Park 3420 Camion de los Coches

Aug. 5: Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Aug. 12: John Nemeth

Aug. 19: Monette Marino-Keita

Chula Vista’s Village Vibes Concert Series

Memorial Park Bowl 373 Park Way. Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (619) 422-1982 or

July 13: Blue Rockit Band

July 20: Bayou Brothers

July 27: Califarians

Aug. 3: Swamp Critters

Aug. 10: Jalapeno Express

Aug. 17: The Corvettes

Aug. 24: Mark Jackson

Coronado Promenade Concerts’ Summer Concert Series

Spreckels Park Orange Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets. Sundays at 6 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). (619) 437-8788 or

Aug. 7: Liquid Blue

Aug. 14: Marine Band

Aug. 21: Navy Band Southwest Wind Ensemble

Aug. 28: Neil Diamond Experience

Sept. 4: Redlands 4th of July Band (5 p.m.)

Sept. 11: Coronado Community Concert Band (5 p.m.)

Del Mar Foundation Summer Twilight Concert Series

Powerhouse Park 1600 Coast Blvd. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (Last concert: Sunday 5 p.m.) (858) 635-1363 or

Aug. 5: Iliana Rose Band

Aug. 12: Sara Petite & the Sugar Daddies

Aug. 19: Sonos

Aug. 26: Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz

Sept. 2: Old Town Road

Sept. 9: Akayaa & Bolga Zohdoomah

Sept. 16: Scott Martin Latin Soul

Sept. 23: The Stoney B Blues Band

Sept. 30: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Band

Encinitas Summer Sunday Concerts by the Sea

Moonlight State Beach Fourth and B streets. Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m. (760) 633-2756 or

Aug. 21: Shoreline Rootz

Escondido “Saturdays in the Park” Summer Concert Series

Grape Day Park 321 N. Broadway. Saturdays, 7 p.m. (760) 743-8207 or

Aug. 6: Youth Music Night

Aug. 20: Caribbean Dance Night

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove 1133 Coast Blvd. Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. (858) 454-1600 or

Aug. 7: Blue Breeze Band

Aug. 14: Big Time Operator

Aug. 21: Lao Tizer

Aug. 28: Rockola

Sept. 4: Bill Magee Blues Band

Lemon Grove Concerts in the Park

Berry Street Park 7071 Mt. Vernon St. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (619) 825-3815 or

Aug. 4: Y3K

Aug. 11: Bayou Brothers

North Park Community Association Bird Park Summer Concert Series

Bird Park 28th and Thorn streets. Saturdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (619) 284-0156 or

Aug. 13: Latin A-Go-Go

Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green

Kate Sessions Park Lamont Street just north of Beryl Street/Soledad Road. Sundays 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 7: Candye Kane, with Sue Palmer

Aug. 14: Three Chord Justice

Point Loma Summer Concerts in the Park Series

Point Loma Park 1049 Catalina Blvd. Fridays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 5: The Mightly Untouchables

Aug. 12: Rockola

Poway Summer Concert Series

Sundays, 5:30 p.m.

Lake Poway 14644 Lake Poway Road. (858) 668-4770 or

Aug. 7: CoastRiders

Old Poway Park 14134 Midland Road. (858) 668-4576 or

Aug. 14: Pomerado Community Band

City of Santee & Barona Summer Concert Series

Town Center Community Park East 550 Park Center Drive, Santee. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (619) 258-4100 or

Aug. 4: The Alley Cats

Aug. 11: Clay Colton Band

Aug. 18: The Cat-illacs

Scripps Ranch “Symphony in the Park” Series

Hoyt Park Scripps Ranch Blvd. and Aviary Drive. Sundays, 6 p.m. (858) 720-7055, (858) 689-6200 or

Aug. 14: The Heroes

Sept. 11: The Mighty Untouchables

Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove Series

Fletcher Cove Park 140 S. Sierra Ave. Thursdays, 6 to 7:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). (858) 720-2453 or

Aug. 4: Marine Corps Jazz Combo

Aug. 11: Maren Parusel

Aug. 18: Justin Froese

Aug. 25: Billy Watson

Stanley Park Summer Concert Series

3585 Governor Drive. Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). (858) 552-1652 or

Aug. 6: Bayou Brothers (Saturday, 4-6 p.m.)

Aug. 14: Relative Minors and Friends

Aug. 21: The Corvettes

Aug. 28: Rockstreet

University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series

Trolley Barn Park Adams Avenue and Florida Street. Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. (619) 297-3166 or

Aug. 5: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

Megan Dean is a Union-Tribune intern. (619) 293-1373