Friday: 27.August.2004

Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay

Went to Humphreys last night: Humphreys-by-the-Bay on Shelter Island in San Diego (San Dayglo). One of the best venues to see a jazz concert: under the stars, right on the water, adjacent to the boats/marina, with the sun setting behind the stage, as the sky turns purple, orange, turquoise, black. See here.

We decided to go at the last minute. Spontaneity can sometimes lead to the best times.

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Humphreys reserves the first 10 rows for dinner-package guests. But they never sell ALL the (over-priced) dinner packages, so these prime, reserved seats go to late-comes (like us) with no ticket rezers. We got 8th-row, center seats. Perfect spot. You wouldn't even want to be any closer. But there's not a bad seat in the house.

I used to do the dinner-package back when it cost only $20. Now it cost $50 (not including the price of the ticket). Their food ain't bad, but isn't worth 50 bucks a plate. Plus, I don't like sitting still after a big meal. Makes me drowsy. I'd rather have a couple of fish tacos, or something light.

I discussed Humphreys back in April. See here. If you live here in the SoCal area, more good shows are still available before the 2004 season ends (on October 8th). See > here.

Last night we saw David Benoit (ben-wah) & Russ Freeman (they used to be the Rippingtons). Special guest David Pack stopped by for a few songs, an unexpected treat. We knew nearly every song they played. Russ is upbeat and energetic, while David is more mellow, so they balance each other out nicely.

Would be nice to see Seal next month. I also heard Lyle also puts on a good show. It can be a challenge to get everyone to agree on a show, especially with large groups. Everybody has their favorite artist. Wynonna is playing tonight, tho I am no big Judd fan.

Afterwards, we snuck into the pool area next door and hung out there while traffic died down. Now they have gates around the pool. You need a key (or long arms) to get in.

Next time I'm going to bring my swim trunks and a towel, and jump in the (steaming, hot) Jacuzzi. They have a *great* pool area, very tropical with lots of tall palms and big, green leafy plants. Feels like you're in a jungle. Rooms at the Half Moon Inn cost ~$200 a night if you want to stay there.





Posted by Rad at August 27, 2004 06:23 AM

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