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Sounds of Summer

Whether you love jazz, classical music, electronica or the Beatles, downtown San Diego has the beat with its incredible lineup of great music events throughout the summer.



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Classical Mystery Tour

The Fab Four invade the Embarcadero South with The Classical Mystery Tour. This lively Beatles tribute, performed by the Summer Pops, features music from the early Liverpool days to the Sgt. Pepper era and final song, “The Long and Winding Road.” June 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m. sandiegosymphony.org

Sway and groove to the sounds of SoCal’s finest jazz talent at The Westgate Hotel’s Sunset Poolside Jazz Series. Enjoy gourmet appetizers and tapas, classic cocktails, the city lights, and lounging by the sparkling pool. Thursdays, through August 28, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. westgatehotel.com

For a music-filled, patriotic Fourth of July, head to Star-Spangled Pops with Bill Conti, the award-winning composer. Enjoy all-American hits, John Philip Sousa marches, and a magical fireworks display to celebrate our country’s independence. Embarcadero Marina Park South, July 4, 7:30 p.m. sandiegosymphony.org

Seaport Village gets its groove on during its free Sunday Concert Series, featuring bands like Ballad Mongers, the Cat.illacs, and Windy City. East Plaza Gazebo, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. seaportvillage.com

Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Bar & Grill has a new music scene, Spike’s Live, blending blues, jazz, and rock ’n’ roll with delish craft cocktails and late-night bites in the bar and lounge. Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. spikeafricas.com

Along with Café Sevilla’s lively ambience, spectacular Spanish tapas, nightly live music, and flamenco dancing, check out Spanish Rock Unplugged in the tapas room every Wednesday evening. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. cafesevilla.com

Westgate Hotel poolside jazz

Everybody In: Pool Parties

The Hard Rock Hotel’s club Float makes a big splash with their famed pool parties. Float’s Social Saturdays, hosted by DJ Schoeny, offer a laid-back afternoon of great mashups and a chance to cool off. Noon to 6 p.m., 21+, no cover. hardrockhotelsd.com

Hotel Palomar’s SummerSalt Pool Lounge is another cool spot to hang out all summer for thumping weekend revelry and world-class DJs like Mark Farina and Miguel Migs. In addition to the pool parties and Happy Hours, DJs spin Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight. hotelpalomar-sandiego.com

Downtown Partnership’s Sounds of Summer

Rhythms and beats will fill the city streets this summer. Look for pop-up stages and live music scattered throughout downtown as the Downtown Partnership presents Sounds of Summer, colorful entertainment on street corners, in the park or by the bay all summer long. downtownsandiego.org

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