Free Summer Concerts at Balboa Park

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by Roberta Murphy

Balboa Park Summer Concerts
Balboa Park

I love packing a picnic basket and heading out with friends to attend summer concerts in local parks. But free summer concerts at Balboa Park might just top the list.

Most public summer concerts are free–and are a great way to become acquainted with local artists–ranging from rock to Broadway to classics (and much in between).

It would be hard to find a more beautiful setting, though, than San Diego’s Balboa Park, where from June 18 through August 29, 2013, their Twilight in the Park Summer

Concerts are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:15 to 7:15 at Old Globe Theater (1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101). Admission is free.

Below is the 2013 schedule.

Twilight in the Park – 2013 Summer Concerts

June 18 – Bi-National Mambo Orchestra – Latin Big Band
June 19 – Cat-illacs – ­Rock ‘n Roll classics
June 20 – Dixie Express – Dixieland jazz
June 25 – Stars on the Water–Tropical Rock ‘n’ Roll
June 26 – Navy Band Southwest Wind Ensemble – Patriotic favorites and Big Band
June 27 – Cool Fever – Old school R & B, Motown, swing and dance tunes
July 2 – Mariachi Chula Vista – Traditional Mexican music
July 3rd – Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson tribute band
July 4 – No concert – Holiday
July 9 – Real Jazz Big Band
July 10 – Rick Robledo & The Working Cowboy – Traditional Country-Western
July 11 – 145th Street Band – Contemporary blues & Concert Appreciation Night
July 16 – Screamin’ Primas – Louis Prima tribute band
July 17 – Breezin’-Variety
July 18 – Uncle Bob and the Earth Movers – Chicago blues
July 23 – San Diego Youth Symphony – Balboa Park’s resident youth symphony
July 24 – Marine Band San Diego –Patriotic, traditional & contemporary
July 25 – San Diego Civic Dance Arts-Elite Dance Company
July 30 – Corvells – Motown
July 31 – Dorian Peisic and Band – Klezmer
July 30 – Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
August 1 – Santanaways – Carlos Santana tribute band
August 6 – San Diego Concert Band-Classical to Pops; Sousa to the Beatles
August 7 – Coolrays – California rock
August 8 – Bayou Brothers – Cajun/Zydeco
August 13 – Coronado Big Band – Swing
August 14 – El Cajon German Band – Oompah!
August 15 – Graceland –Elvis Presley tribute band
August 20 – Stoney B Blues Band – Old school Blues
August 21 –Afrotruka – Salsa Orquestra
August 22 – Coronado Concert Band-Best of Hollywood & Broadway
August 27 – Moonlight Serenade Orchestra-Best of Hollywood & Broadway
August 28 – Navy Showband West – Big band
August 29 – The Legends – Oldies show band

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