Last year was a bucket-list trifecta for Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Its 2016 season lineup included Bob Dylan and Tom Petty’s debut performances at the intimate Shelter Island venue, along with Jimmy Buffett’s first Humphrey’s show since 1984.
The 2017 lineup features Steely Dan, Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, the Doobie Brothers, the Gipsy Kings, Bill Maher and The Temptations. All of them have performed multiple times before at Humphreys. (The complete lineup and ticket information appear at the conclusion of this article.)
“When you’ve been in business for 36 years, it becomes harder to find artists who haven’t played at Humphreys. But a lot of the acts that had been on our bucket list come back, year after year, and we don’t take that for granted,” said Bartell Hotels President Richard Bartell. His company owns the concert series, the adjacent Humphreys Restaurant and Half Moon Inn & Suites, and seven other San Diego-area hotels.
“For example, we had tried for many years to get Steely Dan, and now they’ve played Humphreys four of the past five years. We tried for a long time to get the Doobie Brothers, and they’ve played for us 12 times in 15 years. We used to think Diana Krall and Huey Lewis & The News were beyond our reach — now they are also perennial Humphreys favorites.”
The 2017 season will also feature more than a dozen newcomers to the venue. They include Father John Misty and BANKS — both of whom are also playing at the 2017 Coachella festival — along with Ziggy Marley, King Crimson, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Larry Graham, Blind Pilot, Il Divo, Carla Morrison, The Flirts, Aoife O’Donovan, Raury, Tim Heidecker and Ron Dante, the former lead singer in The Archies, The Cuff Links and The Detergents.
“We celebrated our 35th anniversary last year. As we reach our 36th year, we are always looking to broaden our appeal and attract people to Humphreys who have never been here before,” Bartell said. “We strive to re-invent ourselves by bringing new people to the Humphreys stage. But we never lose sight of being grateful that a lot of acts play for us, year after year.”
The 2017 lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees David Crosby, who performs April 23, and Stephen Stills, who performs Sept. 6. Both are members of the currently dormant Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Stills’ concert is doubly intriguing — it pairs him with Judy Collins, his former paramour and the inspiration for his classic CSN song, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”
At least two other Rock Hall of Famers are also part of this year’s Humphreys roster. Steve Winwood, the co-founder of the bands Traffic and Blind Faith, performs Sept. 14, while the Beach Boys — whose sole original member still on board is singer Mike Love — perform Sept. 23.
Two Humphreys veterans — blues favorites Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ —are returning this year, but together, not separately. Their June 11 concert will mark the are debut of Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band.
Since 2007, the concerts at Humphreys have been booked by John Wojas, the San Diego head of AEG Presents (formerly AEG Live), which owns a controlling interest in the Valley View Casino Center. Last year’s 65-concert series drew 85,000 people to the 1,450-capacity Humphreys.
“Right now, we’re at 46 shows and we typically add 10 to 15,” Bartell said. “AEG has worked really well with us as a team player.”
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 2017 lineup
All shows are all-reserved seating and at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. Shows marked with asterisks (**) are already on sale through Ticketmaster. All other shows go on sale Saturday, April 1. More ticket information appears below.
Wednesday, April 12: Father John Misty, with Tim Heidecker, $40 (general admission/standing room only)**
Thursday, April 13: BANKS, with Raury (general admission/standing room only), $45**
Monday/Tuesday, April 17-18: Steely Dan, $185**
Thursday, April 20: Lila Downs, 8 p.m.$48**
Sunday, April 23: David Crosby & Friends, $61**
Wednesday, April 26: Willie Nelson & Family, with Steve Moakler, $129.50**
Tuesday, May 23: Rodriguez, 8 p.m., $48**
Wednesday, May 24: Melissa Etheridge, with Celisse Henderson, $63
Friday, June 2: Dana Carvey, $67
Tuesday, June 6: Sheryl Crow, with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, $96.50
Wednesday, June 7: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! 8 p.m., $65
Sunday, June 11: Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, 7 p.m., $60
Monday, June 12: Ziggy Marley (general admission/standing room only), $63
Monday, June 19: King Crimson, $115
Friday, June 23: Gordon Lightfoot, 8 p.m., $52
Sunday, June 25: Blind Pilot (general admission/standing room only), $35
Thursday, July 13: The Temptations and The Four Tops, $72
Friday, July 14: 50 Summers of Love, featuring Micky Dolenz, Mark Lindsay and The Fab Four, $60
Monday, July 17: Chris Isaak, $85
Wednesday, July 19: Happy Together Tour 2017, with The Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron, The Box Tops, The Cowsills and Ron Dante, 6:30 p.m., $59
Tuesday, Aug. 1: Huey Lewis & The News, $98
Tuesday, Aug. 8: Diana Krall, 8 p.m., $113.75**
Saturday, Aug. 12: America, 7:30 p.m., $69
Thursday/Friday Aug. 17-18: Lost 80’s Live, featuring Tony Hadley, Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Berlin, Missing Persons, The Flirts and Gene Loves Jezebel, 6:30 p.m., $58**
Wednesday, Aug. 23: Bryan Ferry, $89
Thursday, Aug. 24: Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Show, with Richard Dworsky & The Road Hounds, Aoife O’Donovan and Fred Newman, $75
Friday, Aug. 25: Dave Koz & Larry Graham, $66
Saturday, Aug. 26: Pink Martini, 8 p.m., $62
Sunday, Aug. 27: The Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo, $82
Wednesday, Aug. 30: The Doobie Brothers, $98
Wednesday, Sept. 6: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, $60
Saturday, Sept. 9: Jake Shimabukuro, 8 p.m. $50
Sunday, Sept. 10: George Benson & Kenny G, 7 p.m., $95**
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Indigo Girls, $45
Thursday, Sept. 14: Steve Winwood, $103
Friday, Sept. 15: Il Divo, 8 p.m., $110
Wednesday, Sept. 20: City and Colour, $39
Saturday, Sept. 23: The Beach Boys, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., $80
Sunday, Sept. 24: Bill Maher, 8 p.m. $110
Thursday, Oct. 5: The Mavericks (GA/Standing Only), $45
Friday, Oct. 20: Felipe Esparza, 8 p.m., $30
Sunday, Oct. 22: Carla Morrison (on sale date tba), 8 p.m., $45
Sunday, Oct. 29: Keali’i Reichel, $55
Tickets for this year’s Humphreys Concerts by the Bay season go on sale at 10 a.m. April 1 at the Humphreys Restaurant box office, 2241 Shelter Island Drive; online at ticketmaster.com; and by phone at (800) 745-3000.