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(Salute to the Big Band Era)

La Jolla Concerts By the Sea - Benny Hollman logo (image), click to visit band website

This year, Benny Hollman’s Big Band will be playing songs that will pay homage to the Big Band Era. Tunes made famous by Count Basie, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton and others. Also this year we will be featuring songs that were performed by Paula

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If you want the best parts of the ‘80’s, BETAMAXX is the band you need. When this 7-piece, high-energy group from San Diego hits the stage, you’ll hear all the hits you remember, and some you’ve forgotten! With dual male and female lead vocals, a core of

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La Jolla Concerts’ 2013 Schedule Is Now Available…Another Great Line-up! Copy

Our 2013 Season

Well…it’s almost that time! Time for another great summer of music, sun and awesome family fun at La Jolla Concerts By the Sea. Last season was amazing, so you’ll see a lot of your favorites returning. This year we’ve added another show and welcome BetaMaxx, a great

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2012 was a GREAT season at La Jolla Concerts By the Sea!

Tear-down, load-out, end of 2012 season. See you next year!

This was a great year…our 29th Season. We had an amazing line-up of bands and La Jolla Cove was DEFINITELY the place to be Sunday afternoons this summer. We had loads of great music, dancing, food & fun at one of the most beautiful spots in San

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Sept. 2, 2012: The Heroes fills The Cove with an awesome variety of great music!

The Heroes, 9/2/2012 Photo by Edward A. Sanchez,

It’s a real challenge to think of a band presenting as ambitious a variety of tunes as The Heroes. Their song list evokes the coolest jukebox you ever encountered spanning a range as wide as Glenn Miller to Black Eyed Peas and pretty much everything in between!

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This Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, is the LAST SHOW of the 2012 Season featuring “The Heroes”

Rockola, 8-19-2012 Photo by Edward A. Sanchez,

What a great season we’ve had this year and The Heroes will be putting the cherry on top this Sunday as we bring our season to a close until next year! The weather promises to be awesome and the music will be top-shelf. Get there early to

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August 26, 2012: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra Boogie Woogie At La Jolla Cove Again!

Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, 8/26/2012 Photo by Edward A. Sanchez,

It was great to have Sue Palmer and her orchestra back! The dance floor seldom had a chance to cool as swing and boogie woogie had our audience dancing the afternoon away on an idyllic August day at beautiful La Jolla Cove. Playing tunes from their latest

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August 19, 2012: Rockola returns to La Jolla Concerts By the Sea for another GREAT show!

Rockola, 8-19-2012 Photo by Edward A. Sanchez,, Photo by Edward A. Sanchez

They’ve won no less than eight San Diego Music awards and after seeing them again, I was reminded just why. Rockola is great entertainment. Their set lists are stuffed full of iconic, feel good, “get up and dance” tunes like Twist & Shout, Sweet Home Alabama, Mustang

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August 12, 2012: Benny Hollman’s Big Band Explosion was back for another great performance!

Benny Hollman's "Big Band Explosion," 8-12-2012 Photos by Edward A. Sanchez,

Benny Hollman and his award-winning band, “Big Band Explosion” brought us another great afternoon of music at La Jolla Cove Sunday. This time, swing was in the air as the band played one after another great musical standards to an appreciative audience. His band is a virtual

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August 5, 2012: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash bring “Country to the Cove!”

Pedal Steel Guitar, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Photo by Edward A. Sanchez

I hope you had your yee-hah on standby this afternoon. La Jolla hometown boy Mark Stuart brought his band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (what a great name…even the great man in black, Johnny himself gave it his blessing) to Ellen Browning Scripps Park for a rippin’

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La Jolla Concerts passes 500 “LIKES” on Facebook!

Hey, your humble webmaster here. I just noticed that we’re up to 506 “Likes” of our website. Thanks to all of you who helped us get there. I guess we must’ve hit it yesterday, ’cause we were still just under it on Sunday. If you get a

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July 29, 2012: Theo & Zydeco Patrol bring a spicy taste of Louisiana to La Jolla Cove!

Accordion player & band leader Theo Bellow & Drummer Pat Kingland, Theo & Zydeco Patrol, Photo by Edward A. Sanchez

Thanks to today’s concert sponsor Cymer, Inc., Theo & Zydeco Patrol hit the stage at La Jolla Cove today. The band features the diatonic “Cajun-style” button accordion, keyboard accordion, washboard and vocals in the original Cajun French of Southwest Louisiana. An enthusiastic crowd showed up to enjoy an

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July 22, 2012 Concert:
Bill Magee Blues Band &
we celebrate MC Ron Jones’ birthday!

Photo by Edward A. Sanchez, Bill Magee (w drummer Boyd Gardner)

Bill Magee Blues Band tore up the stage this afternoon at La Jolla Concerts by the Sea and the crowd loved them! The dancing never stopped as Bill and his band, consisting of Jasper Austin on harp & congos, Mike Mitchell on guitar, James Gilbin on sax,

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Community Partner: Copy Cove

La Jolla Concerts welcomes Copy Cove as a community partner. Copy Cove is a family-owned and operated Printing, Copying and Graphics company that has served La Jolla for over 32 years.  They provide high quality customer service with a high quality product.  In addition to digital xerox

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Our 2012 Season is Underway! Opening Day, July 15, 2012 featuring Big Time Operator

The new season got off to a fantastic start on Sunday!  As always, Big Time Operator was a huge hit with the crowd and there were some excellent dancers showing off their moves.  The weather was just about perfect and there was a great turnout.  17 raffle

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Community Partner: La Jolla Light

La Jolla Light -Enlightening La Jolla since 1913

Enlightening La Jolla since 1913…La Jolla’s most trusted news source, covering local politics, people, arts and events — online daily and in-print weekly. The Light is mailed every week to residents homes and in newsstands throughout town. If you’re looking for a new home, go to

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OUR 2012 SEASON IS HERE (2012 Calendar Posted Now!)

Hey, everybody…we know you’ve been waiting for it! We had to hold off announcing this year’s line-up and schedule due to some scheduling issues that needed resolving with the City of San Diego. Those issues are behind us now and you can see the great season we

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Born in old Scripps Hospital on Prospect St. (in La Jolla), native son Mark Stuart is the singer, songwriter & founder of the critically acclaimed band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul.” (He was given permission to use the

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Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra
(Boogie Woogie/Swing)

San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer, has amazed audiences all over the world with her unique style and phenomenal left hand. Sue has been making her mark in the last decade with her high energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra, and her flashy boogie woogie

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La Jolla Light Features La Jolla Concerts By the Sea’s Opening Day (starring: “The Heroes”)

We thank the La Jolla Light newspaper for their article about our opening day, July 10, featuring “The Heroes.” It appeared in the Thursday, July 14 edition. Here’s the link to the online version of the article:

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Cymer, Inc.

La Jolla Concerts By the Sea - Cymer, Inc. logo (image), click to visit company website

CONCERT SPONSOR! Cymer, the world’s leading supplier of excimer light sources, delivers the deep ultraviolet (DUV) photolithography sources that are essential to today’s semiconductor marketplace. Known for its highly narrowed bandwidths, higher processing speeds, and reliability, Cymer light sources are key in enabling technology which has allowed

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Music Performance Fund

La Jolla Concerts By the Sea - Music Performance Fund logo (image), click to visit Music Performance Fund website

Headquartered in New York City, MPF is the world’s largest sponsor of live, admission-free musical programs. Last year, MPF presented over 10,000 performances to the people of the United States and Canada. Millions of people in major U.S. and Canadian cities and villages enjoyed instrumental music of

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Thom Littlefield (Diamond Level Friend)

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Brass Ring Multimedia
(Ruby Level Friend)

Brass Ring Multimedia was founded in 1998 in La Jolla, California by local Edward A. Sanchez (LJ Concerts webmaster & unofficial photographer) with the goal of serving small business owners through excellence in design. Contributing to the success of small businesses is Brass Ring’s mission. An “internet guide” with

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Stephen & Sarah DeLeau (Pearl Level Friend)

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Margaret Jackson (Pearl Level Friend)

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Carol Vadnais (Pearl Level Friend)

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Ronald Spelman (Pearl Level Friend)

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Janice Hill (Pearl Level Friend)

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Theo & The Zydeco Patrol
(Cajun Blues)

Not just another blues band.  Their secret spice to the Blues is the Louisana hot sauce of traditional Cajun and Zydeco music. With a Sound straight from the backwoods zydeco dance clubs, Cajun “fais do do” dances, backyard crawfish boil parties and bayou festivals, Theo and the

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