With a new setup and new bands, this year’s Concerts on the Green, hosted by the Pacific Beach City Council, promises Sunday night entertainment.
The free concerts at Kate Sessions Park are scheduled for July 24, July 31, August 7, and August 14, from 4-6:30 p.m.
The August 7 event will also be a community night, and first responders and other community groups will be included in the festivities.
“All the bands are new this year,” said Marcella Bothwell, chair of the concert committee and president of the PBTC. “We have a history of bands that are very good, but we’ve changed it this year to include new and diverse bands – and they’re really good.”
The San Diego-based band formed when singer J Troy Tinker said he discovered yacht rock while listening to satellite radio many years ago. The songs were all the ones he had grown up singing and a “lightbulb moment” was created. The group regularly makes the headlines at festivals, fairs and concert series.
“We always wanted to do this event, but we never got the chance,” said guitarist Jimmy Loucks. “It’s such a great mix of people, such a big park, and we love the local energy when we play in our hometown of San Diego.”
Radio Thieves formed 11 years ago.
“We started as a garage band and made it a full-time hobby,” Loucks said. “We don’t take it seriously and we’re having a lot of fun.”
In August, The Mighty Untouchables and SM Familia are scheduled to perform.
Want to attend?
“Concerts on the green”
Where: Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road, Pacific Beach
Time: some Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Program: Captain J & the Jive Crew (July 24), Radio Thieves (July 31), The Mighty Untouchables (August 7), and SM Familia (August 14)
The Mighty Untouchables perform their feverish dance group on August 7. His repertoire includes Top 40 Dance, Motown, disco, yacht rock, classic rock, jazz, country and current pop hits. For a taste, visit tinyurl.com/MightyUntouchables.
The final concert on August 14 will feature SM Familia, a reggae and Latin music group. A sample of his music can be heard on Spotify at tinyurl.com/SMFamilia.
The layout of the event has also been completely reversed for this year’s event.
“For previous gigs, the bands performed on a stage truck parked at the top of the hill,” Bothwell said. “This year we will build a stage at the bottom of the hill and use the whole hill as a natural amphitheater.”
She added that the stage will be built with local contractors.
“Normally we get around 1,000 attendees for each concert; this year we hope to have three times as many,” Bothwell said. “I think with the new arrangement there will be a lot more space for people.”
In the background, you’ll have a completely unobstructed view of downtown San Diego, the Mission Bay Park skyline, and the sunset.
Since the hill receives some sun, spectators are advised to bring low umbrellas, as well as low seats and blankets.
Bothwell said the bands and format aren’t the only changes to this year’s event, hinting that “a few more surprises are in store”.
She also said that as a family event, children of all ages are welcome.
“It’s free. Come have fun and dance. That’s what our parks are for,” Bothwell said.
Sponsors of the event include SDCM Group (The Grass Skirt and Firehouse), Fitness West and the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Additional sponsors are always sought.
Concerts on the Green are held at Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road in Pacific Beach. No alcohol is allowed in the park. Parking is limited. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and well behaved.