Photos of Navy Band Southwest Alumni Concert.

I enjoyed another special event today during my visit to Balboa Park. As I walked past the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, I was surprised and happy to learn there would be a Navy Band Southwest Alumni Concert in the afternoon.

When I returned to the pavilion to listen to the concert, many present and past members of Navy Band Southwest were posing for a group photo by the colonnade. The concert soon began, and I snapped a few photos as I listened to the often rousing music, played with perfect precision.

All stood for the National Anthem. A few minutes later those braving the hot sun directly in front of the stage were privileged to hear an extremely talented duet sing a superb rendition of The Prayer by David Foster. What amazing voices. Personally, I got goosebumps. Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli have nothing on those two!

I’m sorry to say Cool San Diego Sights does not feature sound. But here are a few photos!

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Lovely cultists, Sharkzilla feedings at Comic-Con!

Sharkzilla has taken another bite of a surfboard at The Experience during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
Sharkzilla has taken another bite of a surfboard at The Experience during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

As you will see, I had quite an experience at The Experience late this morning. This free public attraction is one of many offsites found around downtown during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

The very moment you enter, prepare to be mesmerized…

Looking down at The Experience in Petco Park's Lexus Premier Lot from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
Looking down at The Experience in Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Lot from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
People stream into the fun Comic-Con offsite.
People stream into the fun, free to the public Comic-Con offsite.
Near the entrance, buses from hotels around the city drop off a motley group of Comic-Con attendees.
Near the entrance, buses from hotels around the city drop off a motley group of Comic-Con attendees.
Shark fins bob past the big stage at The Experience.
Shark fins bob past the big stage at The Experience.
People relax and watch a demo video game up on a big screen.
People relax and watch a demo video game up on a big screen.
Shortly after I arrive, three lovely, sweet, irresistible ladies with Sacred Lies prepare to encircle me with their scarfs.
Shortly after I arrive, three lovely, sweet, irresistible ladies with Sacred Lies prepare to encircle me with their scarfs.
Hello! Sign me up for your cult, or whatever it is!
I’m encircled! Hello! Sign me up for your cult, or whatever it is!
I spotted Pac-Gentleman again, near Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That seems a lot of marshmallow for a gentleman to waka-waka-waka gobble all at once.
I spotted Pac-Gentleman again, near Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That seems a lot of marshmallow for a gentleman to waka-waka-waka gobble all at once.
But I could easily gobble a few free scoops of DC Super Hero Ice Cream!
But I could probably digest a few free scoops of DC Super Hero Ice Cream!
At the Cloak and Dagger activation, this nice lady seemed about ready to give a sermon.
At the Cloak and Dagger activation, this nice lady seemed about ready to dazzle me with a sermon.
People who line up at Ghostbusters World can have their photo taken next to the original ECTO-1 from the movies.
People who line up at Ghostbusters World can have their photo taken next to the original ECTO-1 from the movies.
Hopefully Hulk doesn't become too angry when you get your group hug at the Marvel activation.
Hopefully Hulk doesn’t become too angry when you get your group hug at the Marvel Avengers activation.
The Impractical Jokers had a food truck serving Scoopski Potatoes.
The Impractical Jokers had a food truck serving Scoopski Potatoes.
I believe people could get free samples of Shin Black Noodle Soup, but I didn't check it out.
I believe people could get free samples of Shin Black Noodle Soup, but I didn’t check it out.
Project Blue Book had a Top Secret tent but with my sketchy background, I don't have clearance, so I averted my eyes.
Project Blue Book had a Top Secret tent. With my sketchy background, I don’t have clearance, so I averted my eyes.
A huge cool sculpture at the Guild Wars 2 activation.
A huge cool sculpture at the Guild Wars 2 activation.
Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week with an enormous life-size Megalodon named Sharkzilla.
Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week with an enormous life-size mechanical Megalodon named Sharkzilla.
I arrived in time for a Sharkzilla feeding. The huge shark is going to chomp on a wooden pallet!
I arrived in time for a Sharkzilla feeding. The huge hungry shark is going to chomp on a wooden pallet!
Personally, I find pallets to be unpalatable.
Personally, I find pallets to be unpalatable.
Maybe a surfboard tastes better.
Maybe a surfboard tastes better.
I remember having something like this done when I was a kid and got my braces.
I remember having something like this done when I was a kid and got my braces.
Some tasty bloody zombies that will be fed to Sharkzilla later in the day.
Some tasty bloody zombies that will be fed to Sharkzilla later in the day.

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Future technology showcased at 2018 Comic-Con!

Visitors to the Future Tech Live! exhibition at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con have fun making a cool 3-D video courtesy of the Overwatch Payload Tour.
Visitors to the Future Tech Live! exhibition at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con have fun making a dynamic 3-D video courtesy of the Overwatch Payload Tour.

Anyone attending 2018 San Diego Comic-Con who loves gaming, augmented and virtual reality, and the very latest in cool technology should definitely head over to the Omni Hotel to check out Future Tech Live!

You’ll discover a wide variety of exhibitors demonstrating all sorts of innovations. There are augmented and virtual reality products, and visitors can experience the latest in eye-popping video game play. There are innovative robots, some amazing art, and several opportunities to learn about cryptocurrency and using the blockchain to buy and sell video games and make in-game purchases. There’s even a Bitcoin ATM!

You’ll also find a couple of friendly scientists who are ready to answer any sort of scientific question, plus some fascinating exhibits by UC San Diego. And if you work up an appetite, grab some free treats, courtesy of 7-Eleven!

These photos provide a sample of what you’ll find!

(Unlike last year, when the exhibition was called the Futurism & Tech Pavilion, in 2018 you’ll need a Comic-Con badge to gain entry.)

Future Tech Live! can be found in the Omni Hotel, across from the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con.
Future Tech Live! can be found in the Omni Hotel, across from the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con.
Multiple players enjoy a team gaming experience inside a Hologate virtual reality system.
Multiple players enjoy a team gaming experience inside an incredible Hologate virtual reality system.
Ozobot showcases Evo, a robot that is controlled with magic markers or stickers!
Ozobot showcases Evo, a robot that is controlled with magic markers or stickers!
Evo follows drawn lines and turns depending upon color sequences that it detects.
Evo follows drawn lines and turns depending upon color sequences that it detects. It’s a fun and visually creative way to teach coding concepts to kids.
Eric Ninaltowski shows some of the super cool pop culture art that he has created.
Eric Ninaltowski is showing some of the super cool pop culture art that he has created.
Someone engages in an augmented reality lightsaber battle courtesy of Star Wars Jedi Challenges by Lenovo.
A visitor to Future Tech Live! engages in an augmented reality lightsaber battle courtesy of Star Wars Jedi Challenges by Lenovo.
A friendly guy representing Stimuli VR demonstrates glasses that convert almost any smart phone into a virtual reality device!
A friendly guy representing Stimuli VR demonstrates amazing glasses that convert almost any smart phone into a virtual reality device!

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More cosplay and fun stuff in the Gaslamp!

It's the whole Spiderman and Venom gang! Looks like they overpowered Captain America and got his shield!
It’s the whole Spiderman and Venom gang! Looks like they overpowered Captain America and got his shield!

It’s Thursday and 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing!

The Gaslamp Quarter was starting to get a little crazy when I walked through in the early afternoon. Fifth Avenue wasn’t packed absolutely full like sardines, however. But I know that it will be!

Enjoy some more photos of creative cosplay and a variety of fun stuff!

Ghostbuster cosplay in the Gaslamp during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Ghostbusters cosplay in the Gaslamp during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Much of the cosplay I didn't recognize. Including this guy!
Much of the cosplay I didn’t recognize. Including this guy!
Cosplay of Marvel superhero Silk.
Cosplay of Marvel superhero Silk.
I see Cap has his shield back. Now he's gotta go find Thanos.
I see Cap has his shield back. Now he’s gotta go find Thanos.
Syfy Bingo Trolleys were going around the Gaslamp full of contestants.
Syfy Bingo Trolleys were going around the Gaslamp full of contestants.
This friendly Syfy gang ran out of swag bags but promised to be back with many more!
This friendly Syfy gang ran out of swag bags but promised to be back with many more!
Here comes a small mobile billboard towed by a bicycle. Cool graphic, whatever the heck you're promoting.
Here comes a small mobile billboard towed by a bicycle. Cool graphic, whatever the heck you’re promoting.
I poked my camera for a quick shot inside the Peanuts Pop-Up Shop. Psychedelic Snoopy!
I poked my camera for a quick shot inside the Peanuts Pop-Up Shop. I see psychedelic Snoopy and Charlie Brown!
Comic-Con fans line up by the Good Plates restaurant to get into The Good Place.
Comic-Con fans line up by the Good Plates restaurant to get into The Good Place.
Doctor Strange is about to cast a spell on me! Hopefully I don't go looping through time endlessly. After only four days of Comic-Con, I'll be completely worn out.
Doctor Strange is about to cast a spell on me! Hopefully I don’t go looping through time endlessly. After only four days of Comic-Con, I’ll already be completely worn out.
This poor guy near the DC Universe Experience desperately needs 2 more dragonballs. Good luck!
This poor guy near the DC Universe Experience desperately needs 2 more dragonballs. Good luck!
Cosplay from Cyberpunk Galaxy Wonderland! Whatever that is!
Cosplay from Cyberpunk Galaxy Wonderland! Whatever that is!
Cosplay of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
A great cosplay of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Polite, well-groomed bellhops were out promoting upcoming movie Bad Times at the El Royale.
Polite, well-groomed bellhops were out promoting upcoming movie Bad Times at the El Royale.
That's either a tiny T-Rex or one gigantic human rider!
That’s either a tiny T-Rex or one gigantic human rider!
This Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan bus clearly needs to fetch more people.
This Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan bus clearly needs to fetch more people.
It's the Coneheads!
It’s the Coneheads!
The happy X-Men family!
The happy X-Men family!
Someone please inform the G.I. Joe Team that COBRA has been spotted secretly infiltrating San Diego.
Someone please inform the G.I. Joe Team that COBRA has been spotted secretly infiltrating San Diego.
Fortunately, more heroic Avengers are present. It's Black Widow (the red-haired version) and Ant Man!
Fortunately, I found some more heroic Avengers. It’s Black Widow (the red-haired version) and Ant Man!
Is 91X Man part of a superhero group? No, that radio station might play music by some super groups, though.
Is 91X Man part of a superhero group? No, that radio station might play music by some supergroups, though.
Talk about a super group. That's a lot of humanity on MLK Promenade.
Talk about a super group. That’s a big group of humanity on MLK Promenade.
This guy was handing out Den of Geek magazines. I got one for my coworker. He was an authentic nerd before being a nerd became cool.
This guy was handing out Den of Geek magazines. I got one for my coworker. He was an authentic nerd before being a nerd became cool.
Of course, I knew I'd run into a Star Wars Stormtrooper during my travels. No Leias yet, however.
Of course, I knew I’d run into a Star Wars Stormtrooper during my travels.
Another big line around Dead Quarters. I'll go brave a line or two tomorrow, I suppose.
Another big line around Dead Quarters. I’ll go brave a line or two tomorrow, I suppose.
The Syfy Wire interviews a Jack Sparrow-like pirate in the Gaslamp during 2018 Comic-Con.
The Syfy Wire interviews a Jack Sparrow-like pirate in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2018 Comic-Con.
Goodness! Golf Vader has returned to Comic-Con! Something must be done about this!
Goodness! Golf Vader has returned to Comic-Con! Something must be done about this!
Great cosplay at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Riddler, Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy!
Great cosplay at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Riddler, Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy!

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Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe exhibit at Comic-Con!

The golden garb of Terran Empire royalty. All hail the Emperor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.
The golden garb of Terran Empire royalty. All hail the Emperor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.

Uniforms, props and weapons that appear in the Mirror Universe episodes of Star Trek: Discovery are being exhibited in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con! It’s free and the general public is welcome.

Last year’s Star Trek: Discovery exhibit was amazing, and this year there’s a cool new twist. The various uniforms and weapons that are on display are all from Star Trek’s dark Mirror Universe.

If you enjoy Star Trek or simply want to see some really fantastic, detailed props, check it out! You can also pose for a photo on Emperor Georgiou’s throne or visit an official Star Trek shop with collectible Comic-Con exclusives!

The Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Long Live the Empire.
The Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Long Live the Empire.
Emperor Georgiou's Imperial Sword and Scabbard, Terran Empire Throwing Disc, Imperial Guard Truncheon.
Emperor Georgiou’s Imperial Sword and Scabbard, Terran Empire Throwing Disc, Imperial Guard Truncheon.
Michael Burnham's Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Michael Burnham’s Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Emperor Georgiou Undercover Attire.
Emperor Georgiou Undercover Attire.
Paul Stamet's Terran Empire Science Uniform and Keyla Detmer's Terran Empire First Officer Uniform.
Paul Stamet’s Terran Empire Science Uniform and Keyla Detmer’s Terran Empire First Officer Uniform.
Sylvia Tilly's Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Sylvia Tilly’s Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Ash Tyler's Terran Empire Security Uniform.
Ash Tyler’s Terran Empire Security Uniform.
Uniforms of the Resistance are also on display.
Uniforms of the Resistance are also on display.
Terran Resistance Officer.
Terran Resistance Officer.
Mirror Universe Sarek.
Mirror Universe Sarek.
Terran Empire Phaser Rifle, Terran Empire Hand Phaser, Terran Empire Daggers, Terran Empire Hand Agonizer.
Terran Empire Phaser Rifle, Terran Empire Hand Phaser, Terran Empire Daggers, Terran Empire Hand Agonizer.
Captain Lorca Terran Armor and Jacket.
Captain Lorca Terran Armor and Jacket.
Many fantastic uniforms, props and weapons are on display at the Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Many fantastic uniforms, props and weapons are on display at the Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

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Cosplay and fun Thursday morning at Comic-Con!

Cool cosplay of Soul Eater characters at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
Cool cosplay of Soul Eater characters at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

Early this morning, as I walked from Cortez Hill down to the Gaslamp, I was joined by others heading toward the convention center for the very first day of 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

The offsites still hadn’t opened, and one or two that I passed didn’t appear to be quite ready. But long lines were already forming!

I spotted lots of great cosplay as I walked along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, then over the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge to see the action behind the San Diego Convention Center.

Buses packed with Comic-Con attendees were arriving continuously from hotels around the city. By this afternoon, the streets and sidewalks will be jammed with crazy activity!

Riddler gives me a villainous smile. Doesn't look good! Where's the Bat-Signal?
Riddler gives me a villainous smile. Where’s the Bat-Signal?
Deadpool is waiting in the DC Universe offsite line. He must like those dark DC characters.
Deadpool is waiting in the DC Universe offsite line. He must like those dark DC characters.
Comic-Con visitors wait in a line near Dead Quarters early Thursday morning.
Comic-Con visitors wait in a line near Dead Quarters early Thursday morning.
A big line had already formed down MLK Promenade for Amazon's Jack Ryan Experience.
A big line had already formed down MLK Promenade for Amazon’s Jack Ryan Experience.
I knew it! Loki is not dead after all!
I knew it! Loki isn’t dead!
Officers from Starfleet have beamed down to 21st century Earth to observe our odd cultural customs.
Officers from Starfleet have beamed down to 21st century Earth to observe our odd cultural customs.
Not one super dog, but two!
Not one super dog, but two!
Even folks with treats along the promenade were dressed up for the pop culture occasion.
Even folks selling treats along the promenade were dressed up for the pop culture occasion.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is on a rampage through The Experience! Good thing it wasn't open yet.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is on a rampage through The Experience! Good thing it wasn’t open yet.
Here come boxes and boxes of Funko Pops!
Here come boxes and boxes of Funko Pops!
When these guys weren't serving breakfast to hungry fans near the Hilton Bayfront, they were posing for silly bloggers.
When these guys weren’t serving breakfast to hungry fans near the Hilton Bayfront, they were posing for a silly blogger.
These sign guys have to keep moving as the lines grow longer.
These volunteer sign guys have to keep moving as the lines grow longer.
The Adult Swim canoes are on the river! I'm guessing they'll be propelled manually with oars.
The Adult Swim canoes are on the river! I’m guessing they’ll be propelled manually with oars.
A long line of wonderful, lovable nerds.
A long line of wonderful, lovable nerds.
The Turner yacht has docked for 2018 Comic-Con!
The Turner yacht has docked in San Diego for 2018 Comic-Con!
I didn't see any hamburgers nearby, so I'm guessing this is pure cosplay.
I didn’t see any hamburgers nearby, so I’m guessing this is pure cosplay.
No need to worry. lots of ice cream is on the way.
No need to worry. Lots of ice cream is on the way.
A cool Deconstructed Bike Zone near the Hilton Bayfront promotes the upcoming FX show Mayans MC. Prepare for the return of mayhem!
A cool Deconstructed Bike Zone near the Hilton Bayfront promotes the upcoming FX show Mayans MC. Prepare for the return of mayhem!
If you're looking for the line for Indigo programs, it's this way.
If you’re looking for the line for Indigo programs, it’s this way.
Just a typical early morning scene on the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge during San Diego Comic-Con.
Just a typical early morning scene on the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge during San Diego Comic-Con.
Great cosplays of WALL-E and Cruella de Vil.
Great cosplays of WALL-E and Cruella de Vil.
Cool cosplays of Deathstroke and Batgirl.
Cool cosplays of Deathstroke and Batgirl.
A great Rey cosplay, but by sheer chance she blinked when I snapped my one photo.
A great Rey cosplay, but by sheer chance she blinked when I snapped my one photo. Maybe some sand from that planet got in her eyes.
What it's like to walk outside Comic-Con in the early morning, before the crowds become insane.
What it’s like to walk outside Comic-Con in the early morning, before the crowds become insane.
These guys handed me a Top Secret envelope. Inside were instructions to head over to the Jack Ryan Experience for a mission.
These guys handed me a Top Secret envelope. Inside were instructions to head over to the Jack Ryan Experience for a mission.
The Donut Bar had a pop-up in the Gaslamp. Do or donut. There is no try.
The Donut Bar had a pop-up in the Gaslamp. Do or donut. There is no try.
A cosplay of Robin, ready for action.
A cosplay of Robin, ready for action.
Spidey is taking a breather, even though Comic-Con has barely begun!
Spidey is taking a breather, even though Comic-Con has barely begun!

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Fans converge for SDCC 2018 Preview Night!

A line of Comic-Con volunteers passes by the afternoon of Preview Night.
A line of Comic-Con volunteers passes by my camera the afternoon of Preview Night.

Here we go!

I didn’t have a pass for Comic-Con Preview Night this year, but there was still lots of cool stuff to see just walking around the convention center late Wednesday afternoon!

Pop culture fans from around the world are converging on San Diego!

Syfy has a bunch of bus wraps again for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Syfy has a bunch of bus wraps again for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A fun photo booth puts visitors into a comic book at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
A fun photo booth puts visitors into a comic book at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Most everyone is converging on the San Diego Convention Center. It's Preview Night!
Most everyone is converging on the San Diego Convention Center. It’s Preview Night!
I spied a few instances of cosplay, but not much yet. Wait for tomorrow!
I spied a few instances of cosplay, but not much yet. Wait for tomorrow!
People wait for a Green Line trolley at the Stranger Things station by the convention center.
People wait for a Green Line trolley at the Stranger Things station by the convention center.
Walking down MLK Promenade past Dead Quarters.
Walking with vigor down MLK Promenade near the Walking Dead.
Fifth Avenue will be absolutely jammed tomorrow! Stay tuned! You'll see loads of pics on this blog!
Fifth Avenue will be absolutely jammed tomorrow! Stay tuned! You’ll see loads of pics on Cool San Diego Sights!
If you tweet this blog a whole bunch, maybe you'll move that needle. Maybe not.
If you tweet this blog a whole bunch, maybe you’ll move that needle. Maybe not.
Uh, oh! Somebody forgot to put up these big yellow letters!
Uh, oh! Somebody forgot to put up these big yellow letters!
Wow! Wonder Woman isn't the only one offering ice cream at The Experience! Batman has a Dark Knight brownie bite!
Wow! Wonder Woman isn’t the only one offering ice cream at The Experience! Batman has a Dark Knight brownie bite!
A line has already begun for Ready Player One. Where's the Start Play button?
A line has already begun for Ready Player One. Where’s the Start Play button?
Oh, man! It's Hot Wheels!
Oh, man! It’s a life-size Hot Wheels!
I got my Entertainment Weekly free Comic-Con issue! I'm going to read it as soon as I hit publish for this blog post! See you tomorrow!
I got my Entertainment Weekly free Comic-Con issue! I’m going to read it as soon as I hit the publish button for this blog post! See you tomorrow!

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