Del Mar Foundation celebrates the sounds of summer

Powerhouse Park in Del Mar was filled to capacity on the evening of June 19 with thousands of classic rock music fans. In honor of the Del Mar Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, the always-popular local band, the Mar Dels, delighted concert attendees who danced the night away. The Mar Dels trace their roots to the Village of Del Mar and are a crowd-pleasing favorite every time they perform as part of the Summer Twilight Concert series.

For three decades the Del Mar Foundation has been organizing Summer Twilight Concerts in a spectacular setting overlooking the ocean in Del Mar. Each year the fan base seems to grow, with happy throngs of people who picnic, dance and sing along with the music. This year was no exception with the park filling up early as the sun shone brightly throughout the afternoon.

New this year is “Opening Acts” sponsored by Zel’s Del Mar. On June 19 the opening act was singer/songwriter Lee Coulter, who warmed up the crowd beginning at 6 p.m.

As always, both locals and visitors to the community brought lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners, children, grandchildren, dogs and a bottle of wine to enjoy the music with friends and neighbors. A word to the wise: come early to get a spot on the grass and remember to bring your wallet with you so you can participate in the evening’s raffle of gift certificates donated by local businesses and restaurants, as well as purchase a specially designed Summer Twilight Concert T-shirt.

These concerts would not be possible without the financial support of local sponsors. The Del Mar Foundation works in partnership with the business community to underwrite the concerts and counts on their participation each year to make them a reality.

This year Concert Patrons include long-time sponsor the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and, new this year, Marrokal Design & Remodeling. Concert Supporters Jake’s Del Mar, Pacifica Del Mar, Poseidon on the beach, and Sbicca have joined them in underwriting the four concerts.

Mark your calendars for the remaining three concerts featuring:

• Rockola on July 17 at 7 p.m.

• Eve Selis Band on August 21 at 7:00 pm

• The Heroes on September 9 at 5:00 pm

You can find out more about the Del Mar Foundation by visiting our website at

Most photos/Jon Clark