Weissberg Exits Humphrey’s

Kenny Weissberg, producer of Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay series in San Diego for the past 23 years, is leaving the 1,380-seat venue at the end of the 2006 season.

Over the course of his career at the SoCal venue, he’s produced more than 2,000 concerts.

“My departure is my decision and it’s been such an amicable situation that I am helping (Humphrey’s owner) Richard Bartell choose my successor,” Weissberg told Pollstar.

Weissberg moved to San Diego in 1984 to oversee the fledgling series after spending 12 years in Boulder, Colo., as a DJ, music critic, TV host and lead singer/guitarist of a six-piece rock band, Kenny & The Kritix.

“I took a leap of faith changing careers and moving to San Diego,” Weissberg said, “and it’s time to take another chance and dive into the vortex of creativity once again.”

He’ll continue hosting his weekly “Music Without Boundaries” show on local rock radio station 91X, finish writing a “David Sedaris-like book exploring the quirks and oddballs of the music industry” and offering his services as a consultant on venue start-ups.

Among the artists Weissberg produced at Humphrey’s are Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, Fats Domino/Jerry Lee Lewis, David Byrne, Ringo Starr, and Miles Davis.

He also took chances on unknowns, producing San Diego debut concerts for emerging artists such as Whitney Houston, Lyle Lovett, Roseanne Barr, Harry Connick Jr., Celtic Woman, and John Legend.

“I know I’ll go through withdrawal,” Weissberg said, “but no one has sent me a rocking chair…yet.”