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Weekly Concerts at Balboa Park

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BalboaAnother week flies past us as August draws near. Only a few days of hot July remain for us to enjoy the summer weather. School starts in almost a month for most students. Why not enjoy the little time you have by attending many of the great events our beautiful city has to offer? One great example is the Twilight Summer Concert series. Tuesday through Thursday, Balboa Park plays host to some amazing live performances. Located at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the concerts will go from 6:15 to 7:15 with free admission. This week we show our concert updates on the bands listed to perform this week.

July 30 – The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

Ready to listen to some live beautiful music? On Tuesday night, Balboa Park will host on stage the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble band. The group is a non-profit organization for the Center. They have performed for many concert events such as the Spring Concert, Summer Cabaret Concert, Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park, the Fall Concert, and Holiday Concert.  Once named the Finest City Freedom Band of San Diego, the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble formed originally to provide live and talented music for the LGBT community. Over twenty years later, the band has transformed into one of the finest musical groups in the Southern part of San Diego. According to the band’s website, “With the turn of the new century, the band has evolved into an elite concert band, playing more advanced music with a new mission to entertain the ideal of diversity within our ranks as well as promoting quality music to all of San Diego.” The band’s site also lists future performances as well as concert recordings. The organization’s talented performance is a must see event.

July 31 – Doron Peisic and Band (Klezmer)

Fans of traditional Jewish Eastern European music should come Wednesday night. At the Spreckels Pavilion, the Doron Peisic and Band will perform beautiful live klezmer music. The band has performed at many venue locations that include the Seaport Village Retirement Community and the Balboa International Cottage. Additionally, the group performs their live Israeli and Jewish music for Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Kiddush Luncheons, Brit, Weddings, and Birthdays. To listen to samples of their music, check out their group’s website link. Listening to cultural music is a great way to spend an evening in Balboa Park.

SpreckelsAugust 1 – SantanaWays (Carlos Santana Tribute Band)

If anyone is a big fan of Santana, then this is the night for you. Known for their amazing talent of performing live tribute music of Santana, the SantanaWays will be on stage Thursday night. The band has performed their Latin and Blues Rock music for many live audiences this year. Formed in 2012, the SantanaWays have rocked out at venues such as Cardiff’s Tower 13, Oceanside Q Restaurant & Sports Bar, and Stella La Jolla. According to the band’s website, “SantanaWays pays homage to the music of Santana in the purest manner by bringing out the Heart & Soul of the music. This is the Ultimate Santana Tribute Band – they bring to life the Rhythms & Sounds of the music that has brought generations together.” Come join others and enjoy the music of Santana played by some of its biggest fans.

Photos courtesy of Kwong Yee Cheng and Ed Uthman via Flickr.

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