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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


TODAY. North Park's Popular Bird Park Concert spotlights The Ballad Mongers.  Catch this indie rock group at 28th & Upas from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Bring everything you can't bring to other concerts (except beer and a bad attitude).
FUN DATES—Lots to do for free in Balboa Park and its amazing neighboring North Park ‘hood.  Here’s what we mean:

NORTH PARK BIRD PARK CONCERTS (Upas to Redwood along 28th Street)
FREE thanks to all those who pitched in bucks to bring the music.  All concerts at same location and between 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
--July 12: The Ballad Mongers (Indie rock)
--July 26: Mark Jackson Band (Country)
--Aug. 9:  Bayou Bros. with Robin Henkel (Zydeco/folk)

FREE all performances.  Evening concerts begin at 7:30 pm
-- July 14: Wyatt Smith, passionate rising star of the organ world and graduate student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, joined by soprano Priti Gandhi.
-- July 21: Robert Plimpton, San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus and resident organist at the First United Methodist Church, known for his impressive mastery of the Spreckels Organ and his contagious laugh, along with special guest Marco Labastida, tenor.
-- July 28: Sven Ingvart Mikkelsen from his native Denmark, where he is the organist at Frederiksborg Castle Church in Hillerød.  Joining Mikkelsen is Jens Romer, also from Denmark, who will perform on the bombarde.
--Aug. 4: Stewart Wayne Foster, Director of Music and Organist of the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida.  Foster was previously Organist in Residence for the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, home of the world’s largest church organ.
-- Aug. 11: Kimberly Marshall, performer, scholar, and Professor of Music at Arizona State University where she oversees the graduate organ studio.
-- Aug. 18 brings the always-popular Silent Movie Night featuring Scottish organist Donald McKenzie accompanying two silent film classics: Chasing Choo Choos with Monty Banks (1927, 23 min.), a madcap, runaway train adventure, and One Week (1928, 22 min.), a Buster Keaton comedy classic in which newly married Buster is given a build yourself house by his uncle…and one week to build it.
--Aug. 25: Festival season finale, Come Dancing! with San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams and special guests, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra.

Founded in 1921, San Diego's Marine Corps Band averages 400 performances a year.  See them July 15 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, 6:15 to 7:15 pm.  FREE.
FREE CONCERTS. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Spreckels Organ Pavilion
--July 15: Marine Band – Traditional Military
--July 16: San Diego Jazz Quintet – Latin, Bossa, and funk-based jazz
--July 17: Local Folk Music Night – Nathan Welden, Jim Earp, Rickey Ruiz, Megan                                           Fisher, Sammy Carini
--July 22: San Diego Youth Symphony – Balboa Park’s resident youth symphony
--July 23: Michele Lunde - Blues
--July 24: San Diego Civic Dance & Family Day, Park & Recreation Department’s elite                                    dance company. Family day from 5:30-6:30 with arts and crafts
--July 29: Coronado Big Band – Swing
--July 30: SantanaWays – Carlos Santana tribute band Concert Appreciation Night
--July 31: Afrotruka -  Salsa Orquestra.
--Aug 5:  San Diego Concert Band – Classical to Pops; Sousa to the Beatles
--Aug 6:  Uncle Bob & The Earth Movers – Chicago Blues
--Aug 7:  Dixie Express - Traditional & Swing
--Aug 12: Working Cowboy – Traditional Country
--Aug 13: Sidewinders – Country Rock
--Aug 14: El Cajon German Band – Polka, Waltz and Oompah!
--Aug 19: Real Jazz Big Band – Traditional big band tunes
--Aug 20:  A SUPREMES Tribute Band
--Aug 21: Coronado Concert Band – Best of Hollywood & Broadway
--Aug 26: Hillcrest Wind Ensemble – elite concert band
--Aug 27: Navy Show Band West – Big Band
--Aug 28: The Legends –San Diego’s original oldies show band

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