Our Favorite Artists of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series
“One love. One heart. Let’s get together and feel alright!” -Bob Marley
The 2015 Del Mar Summer Concert Series lineup is a great one! Featuring The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, Weird Al Yankovic, Paul Oakenfold, Weezer and some other amazing artists, this concert series kicked off July 17 and ends September 6. There are so many artists to be seen and good music to be heard. I urge you to put at least one concert on your calendar now for the summertime. The concerts are right after the last race at the Del Mar race track, which lets you finish your day of races off right.
Last week we went to one of the first concerts in the summer series, The Wailers. The Wailers are one of the most incredible bands in reggae history. Bob Marley was one of my all-time favorite artists and I’ve listened to The Wailers supporting Marley for as long as I can remember. Hearing that The Wailers were coming to Del Mar was one of the most exciting things I could think of, and actually seeing them perform exceeded my expectations. Betting on races at the racetrack, eating dinner at 17 Hands (the restaurant right by the paddock) and watching the sun sink beneath the sky as The Wailers took over the concert stage was the epitome of a perfect summer day in San Diego.
Some people have no idea who The Wailers are (without hearing Bob Marley’s name) but the wailers on their own are really awesome. Their website explains, “Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound.” They have a lead singer that sings the same way that Bob Marley sang, and gets the crowd really involved and interested. The Wailers themselves have always been tried and true and I didn’t expect anything less from a live show. They blew me away with their energy, focus and passion for their music. I really love all the songs that they played. They played most of the popular ones that everybody knows so, that was nice. The crowd sang along to a lot of lyrics and were thrilled when The Wailers came out for a three-song encore! During the encore my fiancé and I walked closer to the front of the stage since a lot of people had already left. We got to see the band even closer, and enjoy the last three songs in their full glory.
The concert area was blocked off by a fence and just outside, families with children were standing, listening to the concert. It was nice that if you have children you could still go and listen to the music and have fun without having to worry about your kids being in a concert setting. It wasn’t too loud. It wasn’t too crazy, and kids can’t go in too close to the concert, so it worked out well for the entire crowd. Once you entered the concert through the fence opening, there was standing room only. It was a big crowd of people watching and having fun, and everyone was dancing and loving the music! There were definitely a few medical marijuana patients taking their medicine at the concert. The aroma was easily identifiable but no one seemed to mind, and the vibe of the band was smooth and calm which put everyone in a carefree mindset.
The races earlier in the day were great. The concert was amazing. The whole night was a night to not forget. We were going to head down to The Offspring concert Friday, however, our friend is having a party so we cannot attend. I do plan to attend the Ziggy Marley this weekend though, along with Pepper and Paul Oakenfold later in the series. Let me know if you’re going to a concert, and if you’ve seen any of the bands live before! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
(For the full summer line up, click here!)