SOLANA BEACH — Michael Tiernan will kick off the annual Concerts at the Cove at Fletcher Cove Park from 6 to 7:45 p.m. June 21.
This is the fifth year for the summer series, which is sponsored by the city of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern.
Tiernan is a singer-songwriter whose last three albums have garnered Los Angeles Music Awards for Male Singer-Songwriter of the Year in 2004 and Triple-A Album of the Year for “Jumping In” in 2005. He was also a runner up in the International Acoustic Music Awards Male Artist of the Year in 2007 and was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest in 2012.
His fourth album, “L.A. Can’t Wait,” earned honorable mention in the International Songwriting Competition. The song “Strong” was inspired by a call Tiernan received from his brother, Joe, when he was battling sarcoma.
“He said, “Don’t worry, Mike, I am strong,” Tiernan remembered. Joe Tiernan died two years ago at the age of 42.
“L.A. Can Wait” celebrates the spectrum of life, from birth to death. It is also a reference to other, happier phone calls Tiernan has received over the years, including the times when his wife broke the news that she was pregnant with daughter, Elizabeth, now 3-1/2, and son, Jacob, 2.
“The album title comes from having kids,” he said. “There was so much going on around here and I thought, ‘Hey you can be successful in music staying where you are, and L.A. can come to you. Plus, San Diego is a great place to play music.’”
Tiernan, who frequently performs at the Belly Up, says his family will join him for the concert.
“I love the fact that you can bring a picnic and kids, and there are people of all ages,” he said. “It reminds me of living in Europe where everyone comes down to the plaza and enjoys the atmosphere, music and each other. The community is better for it.”
Although Tiernan usually performs solo, this time he’ll be playing with a trio.
“I’ve written a lot of new songs and will only be performing happy music,” he promised.
Kirk Wenger is recreation supervisor for the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Department.
“Michael has been with us since the first year and he’s popular with audience,” he said. “His music is fun and upbeat. He writes songs about his life and they have a good story to them.”
Concerts are free and are held every Thursday night through the summer. This year’s lineup also includes Calypso Boy Band (calypso), June 28; Billy Watson (harmonica blues w/humor), July 5; Chase Morrin (jazz/classical/world), July 12; Symphony Brass Quintet, July 19; Kevin Miso (acoustic/surf rock/reggae), July 26; Mike Mydral (acoustic), Aug. 2; Nate Donnis (acoustic/rock/folk), Aug. 9; Kevin Martin (pop/powerpop/rock), Aug. 16; TBD, Aug. 23; and Bayou Brothers (cajun/zydeco/rock), Aug. 30.
The public is encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs, ground cover and picnic food. Alcohol, tobacco, barbecues and pets are not allowed. Because of limited parking, concert goers are advised to arrive early.
Fletcher Cove Park is located at 140 S. Sierra Ave. in Solana Beach. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720-2453.
Tiernan has launched a music video project titled “Project Strong” to honor his brother and others with cancer. This summer he is producing the video using images that have been contributed by cancer survivors as well as family and friends.
He hopes to spread the video virally, as well as offer the video to different cancer organizations around the world. He will also use the video to spearhead a future effort to provide private music concerts to cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. To learn more, visit tiernantunes.com/projectstrong and youtube.com/projectstrong. Information on Tiernan, his music and his story can be found at tiernantunes.com.