Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic and Tori Kelly will headline the Budweiser Major League Baseball All-Star concerts July 8 and 9 at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The downtown venue is the home of the San Diego Symphony’s annual Bayside Summer Nights concert series.
The three free ticketed concerts at the park are part of the weeklong Pepsi Music Series, which will not be fully announced until a later date. The first of the three free concerts confirmed thus far will take place July 8 at 7 p.m. and features OneRepublic and NEEDTOBREATHE.
The two other concerts at the park will both take place July 9. Tori Kelly and All Time Low will perform at noon, followed by Gwen Stefani and Eve at 7 p.m. The concerts will take place “rain or shine” (although rain in San Diego in July is highly unlikely). Capacity for each show is 7,000.
Stefani is the best-known performer in the concert lineup. The lead singer in the band No Doubt and a veteran solo star, she has achieved new prominence in recent years as one of the coaches on the hit TV series “The Voice.” She and the band were one of the headlining acts here at last year’s KAABOO Del Mar Festival.
This will be the first time Major League Baseball is hosting three major concerts as part of its All-Star Week festivities. The 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held July 12 at Petco Park and will air live on Fox TV.
The All-Star Game has only taken place in San Diego two times before - in 1978 and 1992 - both at what is now Qualcomm Stadium. Past All-Star concert performers have ranged from Bon Jovi and Mariah Carey to Elvis Costello and Imagine Dragons.
Pop vocal star Ariana Grande was scheduled to perform at last year’s All-Star game concert in Cincinnati. But she abruptly pulled out of it in the wake of a national controversy that erupted after she was videotaped in a Lake Elsinore doughnut shop, where she licked a doughnut on a display counter and declared that she hated America.
Grande cited sudden dental surgery as the reason for her All-Star concert cancellation and issued several apologies for what became known as “Doughnutgate.” Fellow singer Demi Lovato replaced her at the Cincinnati concert.
A limited number of tickets for the July 8 and 9 All-Star concerts here will be made available first to San Diego Padres’ season ticket-holders, who can register for them online. Members of the public can obtain free standing-room-only tickets - based on availability - beginning Friday at 10 a.m., online only, at: AllStarGame.com/concerts.
There will be limited reserved seating and first-come/first-served bleacher seats at the rear of the venue.