Del Mar Announces 2016 Summer Concert Series Lineup

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Free shows light up summer nights on the seaside stage with award-winning artists

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It’s officially concert season in San Diego as Del Mar sets the stage for its eight-week Summer Concert Series, bringing in 11 performances from top musicians across the country. This year’s lineup spans an impressive display of talent, including the Alt-Rock, So-Cal based Cold War Kids, the king of Rockabilly – Brian Setzer, award winning country singer and songwriter Chris Young, indie pop group Fitz and The Tantrums and EDM duo Chromeo.

2016 Del Mar Summer Concert Series Lineup:

  •     Friday, July 22 – Cold War Kids
  •     Friday, July 29 – Fitz and The Tantrums
  •     Saturday, July 30 – Reggae Fest featuring Ziggy Marley
  •     Friday, August 5 – Girl Talk
  •     Saturday, August 6 – Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!
  •     Friday, August 12 – Chris Young
  •     Saturday, August 13 – 311 and Matisyahu
  •     Friday, August 19 – Thievery Corporation
  •     Friday, August 26 – Pepper
  •     Friday, September 2 – The Wailers
  •     Saturday, September 3 – Chromeo

Music lovers will rejoice since live music can be enjoyed all day in the seaside cabana area prior to the headlining acts. Make sure to plan ahead to catch a few races while taking advantage of special Friday drink discounts on Tecate and Coors Light (cabana area only). Additionally, guests can indulge in a Del Margarita or two with Del Mar’s new Friday Happy Hour, featuring half off of all Del Mar’s signature drinks until 6 p.m. every Friday throughout the season (except Opening Day). All concerts are free with the purchase of standard $6 racetrack admission. For concertgoers entering after the day’s final race admission is $20.

In addition to live entertainment, this year’s season-long festivities include new events such as Del Mar’s BBQ State Championship (July 17), featuring 70 teams competing for the title of the best BBQ west of the Mississippi, and Del Mar’s Tacotopia (August 13), where local restaurants go head to head in crafting the ultimate San Diego taco. There also will be two Craft Beer Festivals (July 23, August 20), a Gourmet Food Truck Festival (July 23) and a Supersized Family Fun Day (July 17). Back again will be Free and Easy Wednesdays, two Donuts Days (July 16, August 13) and an ultra comfy Cobian Sandal Giveaway (August 27). For more dates, details and to view the full summer event calendar visit

Opening Day for the summer season is Friday, July 15th, gates open at 11:30 a.m. and first post will be 2 p.m. After the opening weekend, racing takes place Wednesday through Sunday with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. First post on Fridays will be 4 p.m. with the exception of the following Fridays: Opening Day, July 15 is 2 p.m., Friday August 26 and Friday September 2, first post is 3:30 p.m.

This year’s Friday Concert Series is presented by Coors Light with additional support for the entire Summer Concert Series by Toyota and Heineken. Pre-paid tickets, complimentary tickets and season passes will not be accepted for concert admission after the last race. All performances will take place in the seaside concert area, located at the west end of the Grandstand every Friday and select Saturdays. Performances begin shortly after the last race of the day. All concerts are 18 and up.

For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit You can follow Del Mar on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @DelMarRacing or become a fan at

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