Friday: 23.April.2004

Humphrey's by the Bay: Concerts on Shelter Island

Those of you who live here in sunny SoCal might find today's post interesting. With summer right around the corner, there's no better place to see a concert than at Humphrey's by the Bay, located on Shelter Island, in San Diego.

Check out this outdoor venue: not a bad seat anywhere. You're a stone's-throw from the marina. Tall palms, like giant bookends, border both sides of the stage and sway when the wind blows.

Not long after the show begins, the sun sets behind the band, causing the sky to turn all kinds of colors: orange, purple, turquoise, before eventually fading into darkness. If you like jazz or the blues, this is the place for you.

The Beach Boys kick off the 2004 season on June 6th (only 6 weeks away). Shows run nearly every night thru the end of September. I try to go 2 or 3 times each season (once each month is ideal). Been a regular visitor since I first discovered Humphrey's, some 10 years ago. It's a magical place. The nicest people go there. Everybody is in a good mood.

See here for a complete list of concerts this season, or click the button here labeled "2004 Schedule of Events". There you'll see the names of groups like The Temptations and legendary entertainers such as BB King. I like to take friends who are visiting from out-of-state. They always walk away impressed.

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Before the show, I usually stop at the Red Sails Inn (right down the street from Humphrey's) for a pair of yummy fish tacos (only $4.95, listed on the appetizer menu). This is the perfect amount of food. Eating too much before the show makes me drowsy.

Humphrey's has its own restaurant, and a dinner-show package, where, for 50 bucks (extra), they will feed you, and give you choice seats (rows 2 thru 7), but I was not impressed with their food. The only time this is a good deal is if your favorite artist is performing, and you can't get tickets any other way.

They also have accommodations at the Half Moon Inn. I have never stayed there, but you might be able to see the show from your balcony, depending on which room you get.

Lastly, if you have a rubber raft, or dinghy, you can see the show for free from the water. There's usually 25 small watercraft out there, with people drinking wine and enjoying the show. The seats aren't the best, but they ain't that bad, either. I know a San Diego couple who sees $5,000 worth of shows each year this way. The entertainers usually yell at them, saying, "Boat people! I want my money!" =)

After the show, I like to wander over to the pool next door, kick back on one of the lounge chairs there and smoke a cigar while the traffic dies down. There's only one road that leads onto and off of Shelter Island, so traffic after the show suketh exceedingly. Here's a Google search pre-configured for the query-string "humphrey's concerts bay"





Posted by Rad at April 23, 2004 04:09 PM

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That venue looks awesome! I lived in So. Cal for three years and never made it there, LA was like a web for me! I'm interested in *Jewel* and *Chris Isaak* shows, and with a scene like that, it might even be worth the drive!

Posted by: at April 23, 2004 04:53 PM

Hey thanks always looking for a good place to take a date.

This is the first feedback I've left here(except maybe apost or 2 in the forum) though I have been coming here for about 4-5 months now.

Just wanted to say thanks and keep up the good work.

Posted by: geniusfreak at April 26, 2004 12:47 AM