Byline: Taylor Hill
SAN DIEGO — The Humphreys Concerts by the Bay venue may go unnoticed by some visitors to Shelter Island — but for boaters and live music fans, it is a spot not to be missed. The unique 1,400-seat outdoor waterfront venue provides an intimate concert setting with a boat party atmosphere included.
Located on the site of Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Marina along Shelter Island Drive, the venue has hosted performances by numerous music legends over the years — including Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Buffett, the Beach Boys and Dolly Parton. While the venue’s intimate outdoor setting makes it a hot ticket, the waterside access for boaters in Half Moon Marina makes it distinctly boat-friendly.
Those lucky enough to get slips with views of the concert stage regularly hold parties aboard their vessels — and boaters aboard kayaks, canoes and electric runabouts regularly fill the channel, hoping to get a glimpse of the show.
Since 1982, Humphreys has been putting together a concert calendar with talent rivaling top venues nationwide, and this year’s list is highlighted with acts that include a wide variety of genres, eras and established entertainers.
The summer concert series began April 16 with a performance from Elvis Costello and the Imposters, and it will wrap up Oct. 4 with George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
With the concert venue adjacent to marina, boaters can listen in to nearly 60 concerts during the summer. Guest slips are available on a first-come, first-served bases and the nightly rate doubles on concert evenings. For details, call Half Moon Marina at (619) 224-3401.
Concert tickets are available separately or in a variety of special event packages that include dinner at Humphreys Restaurant and/or accommodations at Humphreys Half Moon Inn. Both the restaurant and hotel are located adjacent to the concert venue at 2241 Shelter Island Drive.
For ticket information, visit humphreysconcerts.com.
Upcoming Humphreys Concerts By the Bay:
July 2: Lyle Lovett
July 11: Happy Together Tour: The Turtles, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Grass Roots, Micky Dolenz and the Buckinghams
July 13: Lisa Lampanelli
July 18: Ledisi – B.G.T.Y. Tour with special guest Eric Benet
July 20: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band
July 22: An Evening with Yanni Under the Stars
July 26: Sheryl Crow
July 27: Sheryl Crow
July 29: Earth, Wind & Fire