There are so many events in San Diego County throughout the summer, and last weekend we decided to experience a summer concert by the beach. Concerts and festivals are held at various locations around San Diego, from Alpine Park, Balboa Park, Coronado, Del Mar and La Jolla to Solana Beach or University Heights. On that particular Saturday afternoon, we headed to Seaport Village to see (and hear) the performance of Rhythm Masters.
Welcomed by the sound of hand drums, we stopped for a while and watched the band performing in the center of a large grassy area. Moving on, we paused to look at the many different performers charming passersby with their talents. A saxophone player playing romantic tunes, a white-faced mime making audience laugh with his tricks, (James took pictures of me assisting the performer in one of his tricks. When James was asked to give a hand and became a part of another number, I forgot to capture this – sorry baby!). Something I always get fascinated by whenever we are in Seaport Village is the balancing stones. I have no idea how they do it! The stones are placed on each other in high towers, balancing and touching only with their edges.
My favourite one was the man playing Didjeridu – a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians 1500 years ago. I was taken by the music coming from this large wooden trumpet, accompanied with the rhythmical stomping of the player‘s feet with bells around his ankles. Didjeridu or Didgeridoo was used originally and traditionally with ceremonial dancing and singing. We watched the musician as he sat under his umbrella; his arms dark from the sun; skilfully conjuring music I had never heard before from this unique tribal musical instrument.
A few minutes later, on a secluded spot in the grass by the water, I read a book for a while. James sat next to me; watching kites flying around, (I am sure he was happy I stopped talking for a minute), enjoying the atmosphere and the serenity of a summer afternoon by the water.
Concerts by the sea at Seaport Village continue every Sunday until September 26.
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