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Dock Lines: Summer music resounds across San Diego’s waterfront

Now that the economy is on the upswing, more and more San Diego restaurants, lounges and hotels are again offering live music, including many along the waterfront. In addition, several local marinas are hosting summer concerts or musical events, although some are limited to slipholders.

But don’t expect it to be easy to find out who’s performing when. While most restaurants do a good job posting their entertainment schedules on their websites, some hotels do not. Noteworthy exceptions are the two long-established Humphrey’s venues, co-located with the Half Moon Inn & Marina, and the three Mission Bay resorts, the Bahia, Hyatt and Paradise Point. All feature their entertainment prominently online. Otherwise, call for details, including dockage availability.

These spots feature live music, all within easy reach of many marinas. 

Shelter Island/Harbor Island 

Kona Kai  Resort & Marina at the Vessel Restaurant (1551 Shelter Island Dr.; 619-221-8000) –Varied local musicians Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (brunch) and 4-7 p.m. 

Humphrey’s Concerts/Humphrey’s Back Stage Live at Half Moon Bay Hotel & Marina (2241 Shelter Island Dr.; 619-224-3577) – The venerable summer concert series, plus nightly music year-round in the lounge. Schedules are available online at and

Bay Club Hotel & Marina (2131 Shelter Island Dr.; 619-222-0314) – Summer “Sunday Fun Day” music by the pool at the Quarterdeck Bar & Restaurant 1-3 p.m.

Bali Hai Restaurant (2230 Shelter Island Dr.; 619-222-1181) – Hawaiian guitarist Desi Relator  performs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during happy hour 4-7 p.m.

The Wine Pub (2907 Shelter Island Dr.; 619-758-9325) – Low-key, mellow music, including acoustic guitar and vocalists. Thursday and Friday from 6:30-9 p.m.

Harbor Town Pub
(1125 Rosecrans St.; 619-224-1321) –Rock guitarist Mark Fisher performs Tuesday 8 p.m.-midnight.

Old Venice Restaurant (2910 Cañon St.; 619-222-5888) – Music includes rock, blues, jazz and dance, Thursday 7-9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. to midnight. Schedule is available online at 

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse (2150 Harbor Island Dr.; 619-291-9110) – Saxophonist Rocky Powell plays Tuesday and Wednesday 4-7 p.m.


San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (333 W. Harbor Dr.; 619-234-1500) – Local pianist or guitarist performs in the Marina Kitchen Restaurant & Bar Friday and Saturday 6 p.m-midnight.

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops (Embarcadero Marina Park South; 619-235-0804) – San Diego’s traditional outdoor summer concert series; varied lineup. Schedule is available online at ‎

South Bay (Chula Vista)

Chula Vista Marina (550 Marina Parkway; 619-691-1860) – The marina sponsors monthly summer concerts for tenants and transient guests. Dates and times vary; call for details.

The Galley at the Marina Restaurant (550 Marina Parkway; 619-422-5714) – Jimmy Buffett, rock and Top 40 music on Wednesday and Sunday 5-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m.

Mission Bay 

Paradise Point Resort & Spa at the Barefoot Bar & Grill (1404 Vacation Rd.; 858-274-4630) – “Sunday Fun Day” features local rock cover bands at the waterfront outdoor restaurant from 12-4 p.m. through Sept. 27. Schedule is available online at

Bahia Resort Hotel & Marina at the Tangier Bar
(998 W. Mission Bay Dr.; 858-539-7645) – Jason Hannah’s jazz duo performs Friday and Saturday from about 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Schedule is available online at

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina at the Red Marlin Restaurant (1441 Quivira Rd.; 619-224-1234) Laid-back local jazz musicians perform Thursday through Saturday from 8-11 p.m. through Sept. 5. Schedule is available online at

Whatever your taste, you’ll find enjoyable music this summer around San Diego’s waterfront.

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Capt. Nicole Sours Larson

Capt. Nicole Sours Larson has spent more than 25 years boating in Southern California and Mexican waters as well as throughout the East Coast's Chesapeake Bay. A freelance writer, she holds a USCG captain's license and has been writing about boating since 2009. Previously she lobbied on boating safety and education issues for boating organizations at the federal, state and local levels.


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