Viejas Concerts in the Park is returning this summer after a seven-year break, and the concert series is coming back bigger and better than ever. Per a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the new Concerts in the Park series kicks off in July and is moving to Viejas Casino and Resort‘s new 52,000 square foot outdoor concert venue.
The original Concerts in the Park series came to an end in 2009 when Viejas decided to expand its casino and build its hotel while the concerts were staged in a smaller area in the middle of the neighboring outlet center. With the construction complete, Viejas now has the space between its two newly erected hotel towers to use as a new and much larger concert venue, which is expected to fit almost 5,000 people. The Union-Tribune report states 1,800 seats will be available for every show with a further 3,000 spaces in the general admission standing room area. The new venue will also have a built-in bar.
The new Concerts in the Park lineup features three shows in July and a further four in September. The roster of performers leans toward country, with Martina McBride on July 3, Dwight Yoakam on July 26, and Lee Brice on Sept. 28. But there are also two comedians in Jim Jefferies and Jim Gaffigan, who start the fall shows on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10 respectively. And then there are a pair of throwback acts, with Reel Big Fish on July 23 and George Thorogood and The Destroyers on Sept. 24. It’s clear that the new concert series is trying to provide a variety of live entertainment options to hopefully re-establish Concerts in the Park as a Southern California entertainment staple.
Below is the newly announced Viejas Concerts in the Park lineup, with tickets for all shows going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through AXS:
July 3 – Martina McBride (Click here for tickets)
July 23 – Reel Big Fish (Click here for tickets)
July 26 – Dwight Yoakam (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 8 – Jim Jefferies (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 10 – Jim Gaffigan (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 24 – George Thorogood and The Destroyers (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 28 – Lee Brice (Click here for tickets)
For more on Viejas Concerts in the Park, visit the venue page at AXS.