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DMF Column: Summer Twilight Concert Series
Bill Morris | DMF Board Member

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It’s about 9 am on June 21 in Del Mar, eleven hours before the Sensation Show Band takes the stage to officially kick off the 34th season of the Summer Twilight Concert Series, and already the patchwork quilt of picnic blankets, beach chairs and small tables have claimed much of Powerhouse Park. By 4 pm, there’s a good beach crowd, but nothing compared to 3,000 of our closest friends and neighbors who will soon occupy the park like human chess pieces on a massive quilt game board. Around 6 pm, the Del Mar Foundation tent releases a small army of lifeguards, board members and other volunteers selling raffle tickets to a crowd soothing their soles to the sounds of Zel’s Opening Act, The Flounders. As people arrive in waves, small tables are set, corks are pulled from numerous bottles, and dinner is served and consumed. At 7 pm sharp, the evening’s emcee introduces the headline act, the Sensation Show Band. By 7:30 the “dance floor” is packed with people dancing and kids running and kicking beach balls. At 8 pm the band takes a break for the sunset and the Raffle, both of which are integral parts of the event. Some people pack up and head home at this point, but most stay as the band reclaims the stage and rocks into the night. By morning, all signs of the huge party are gone and Powerhouse Park is again an unbroken green expanse. Fear not if you missed the party, as this unique Del Mar event will repeat itself three more times this summer.

Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” on Tue, July 19, 7:00PM.
The Zel’s Opening Act Lee Coulter will start at 6:00PM.

The Mighty Untouchables on Tue, August 9, 7:00PM.
The Zel’s Opening Act John Bennett & Chris Torres will start at 6:00PM.

The Heroes on Tue, August 23, 7:00PM.
The Zel’s Opening Act The Setting Sons will start at 6:00PM.




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