Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How I Do Comic-Con: Tips, Tricks, Advice, and Photos

Darren and I were running around downtown on Monday and it occurred to me that I wrote my 'Surviving Comic-Con' post in 2010.
San Diego is very different. I am very different. Comic-Con is very different. SO I decided it was time to update.
I'll be running around with Pyles per usual, but apparently the Wired Party won't be quite our home base as it has been in the past so it will almost be like doing it for the first time for me all over again, but hopefully that just means I'll do more and see more than in the past couple years.

Hall H Line Tents Before the Con


The night before:
  • Charge cameras, backup batteries
  • Water bottle in the freezer
  • Get 777 Noodle House food so there are cold leftovers to eat throughout the week
  • Set Out of Office message on email
  • Pack my essentials bag 
Here's some stuff I always take with me:
  • A refillable water bottle
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Advil
  • Pepto
  • Baby Wipes
  • Camera
  • Phone charger/External chargers
  • Small portions of snacks (nuts, string cheese, granola/energy bars)
  • Cash, particularly singles for tipping
  • Lady products
  • Tablet
I used to also take my laptop, charger, a power strip, a hoodie, and a whole bunch of extra stuff, but it's just way too much. The weather here has been hot by day and cool by night, but I haven't worn a hoodie in nearly two months. If there's anything I need, there's a Ross on 4th & C, and home is a 12 minute Uber home.

Some little bits of advice:
  • You will be walking everywhere and should plan your clothing and footwear accordingly
  • There is a TON of construction all over downtown, especially on Tony Gwynn Parkway by the library and Petco Parking. Additionally, they've locked several of the access gates at that Petco Parking lot, so be sure you know you can get out on the other side if you pass through the lots
  • Harbor Drive is going to be closed to traffic. According to Comic-Con email, this includes ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, bikes and bike-shares like Lime, OFO, and Mobike, and scooters and scooter shares like Lime and Bird
  • Only badged attendees of Comic-Con 2018 will have access to the front drive, stairs, and surrounding sidewalks of the San Diego Convention Center
  • If you find yourself behind the Convention Center or need to get to the Embarcadero, there is a hidden walkway between The Marriott and the far end of the Convention Center where their executive offices are. Despite being required to include Coastal Access when the Convention Center was built, they will not let you pass through or over their access. 
  • If you choose to ride a share-scooter, the law says you must ride in the street, wear a helmet, and be 18+. 
  • If you call a ride-share, it would behoove you to walk a few blocks out of the Con chaos. You might be able to avoid surge pricing and you won't be a dick customer for your driver. 
Apps you should download:
  • Comic-Con Official App
  • Compass Cloud (allows you to buy an all-day MTS pass for $5 per day which works for the trolley and busses)
  • The Free Ride (FRED is a little golf-cart that gives free rides around downtonw)
  • Bike and Scooter Share: Lime, Mobike, Bird, OFO
The Free Ride

San Diego Trolley


Here's my updated map of downtown highlights:



More pictures after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego- Comic-Con Edition: Tuesday, July 17-Monday, July 23, 2018

Last night, Darren and I wandered around downtown to scope out the staging for Comic-Con and the surrounding areas. I've been obsessively listening to EW Radio on SiriusXM and trying to get through my billion Comic-con emails. I still laugh that I'm press enough to get all of the emails but not press enough to get any real party invites. Or worse, being invited and then getting RSVPs declined. Hilarious. Anyhow, I promised listings including Comic-Con, however I didn't include multi-day events or activations. For those, you've got to go to my little header and select "Comic-Con 2018". Listings are after the jump.



Livenation Announces Dia De Los Deftones at Petco Park, November 3rd, 2018


Yesterday Livenation announced Dia De Los Deftones, taking place at Petco Park on November 3rd, 2018. The event features performances by Deftones, Future, Mike Shinoda, Rocket From The Crypt, Ho99o9, Doja Cat, Vein and Vowws. Tickets are $75 plus fees or $195 and up for VIP Packages. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am via Ticketmaster, but you might find yourself to be a particularly  strong interwebs investigator and find a presale code which started early Tuesday. Get tickets here.

Full press release after the jump.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 16-Monday, July 23, 2018

Wow. I had a week. It was good, then rough, and then amazing, and I had some fun nights, like Bob Schneider at the Belly Up, Opia at the Casbah, and We Are Scientists at Casbah. Darren and I also had a date night at the Zoo and this little cheetah was just hanging out right along the fence line, so I snapped a couple pics. I proceeded to spend the rest of the weekend working on my Comic-Con and music listings and educating myself with all things pop culture (i.e. binge watching television and movies). So I've decided I'm going to do my listings two ways this week. This one is almost entirely music. Then I'll post another one with the Comic-Con stuff peppered in. If you want to see the Comic-Con stuff on it's own, it has its own tab at the top of the site (also as a pull down on mobile). I'm hoping to get a day at the Safari Park to relax before Con comes in and takes over my life. Nova comes home on Friday, too, so then we'll just be back to our crazy life. Monday to Monday listings are after the jump.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

X-FEST 2018 CANCELLED

Just got this in the email from 91X. Fingers crossed the DCFC find another date/venue. Here's the original lineup in case you missed it.




SAN DIEGO, CA – 91X and Goldenvoice have made the difficult decision to cancel X-Fest 2018 on Saturday, August 11th.  After considerable thought and reflection, we feel we are unable to deliver the level of experience the fans expect from X-Fest.

Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Photos: Hot Snakes, Le Butcherettes at Observatory, May 11, 2018

The Hot Snakes and Le Butcherettes hit the Observatory North Park on May 11, 2018. It's always hard for me to catch these guys because I usually end up selling their merch, as I did when they played a sold out show at the Casbah on March 7th. I appreciate this band and what they mean to San Diego as a band as a members of other projects through the years, but if you ever want to see grown men turn into full-on fanboys, go to a Hot Snakes show. Their latest record, Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop), got rave reviews, and it seemed anyone in my Facebook feed who posts about music, was posting about this record. Like, a lot. And with good reason, it definitely blisters, and is their first record in 14 years.
Needless to say, San Diegans are already waiting anxiously for their next chance to see the band live, where they shine the most. Le Butcherettes opened the night, and are amazing performers and very fun to shoot, too, so I have more pictures than usual after the jump.





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 10-Monday, July 16, 2018

I get that some people like it hot, but I am not one of those people. I took this week of extreme weather to bunker in at home. I worked on Friday and Saturday at the Casbah for the Donkeys, but to be honest, if I hadn't been asked to work, I probably wouldn't have even left my house. I'm just not very pleasant to be around when the temperature rises. Plus, I'm just trying to lay low a little bit because we have some big things coming to town with Pride and Con and I'll be doing enough running around. There are some fun shows this week, though I'm gonna just take it day by day and see when I really feel motivated to get out because I've loaded up my streaming queues and am quite enjoying my air conditioning. Here's Strawberry pretty much demonstrating how I looked all week. Full listings through Monday are after the jump.


Monday, July 09, 2018

Photos: Wild Child, Stelth Ulvang at Casbah, May 5, 2018

After leaving the Hot Snakes show at the Observatory, I caught an Uber down to the Cabsah for the sold out show with Wild Child and Stelth Ulvang. It was obvious a lot of people were there to catch Stelth, a "touring member of the Lumineers", but unfortunately he was playing his last song when I arrived. I have to be super honest, I'd written off Wild Child. I confused them for the local Doors tribute band and was always astonished they could sell out the rooms they played. When I finally put it together and decided to check them out, I could've kicked myself, because they're everything I love in a band....a big folky ensemble with guitars and violin and mandolin and boy girl harmonies and call and response. They're a lot like The Head and the Heart and you know I'm obsessed with that band. So yeah, totally late to the party, but I will definitely make a point to catch them whenever they come back to town moving forward. The wide shots below are from my Samsung, the rest with my Canon. Pictures after the jump.




Photos: Bishop Briggs, Matt Maeson at The Observatory, May 5, 2018

Two months seems to be my pace of uploading photos these days. I'm sorry for that, but I'm my own worst critic, I guess. These photos are from the sold out Bishop Briggs and Matt Maeson show at the Observatory on Cinco de Mayo. It was a particularly fun day...we walked to the North Park Fiesta (though it was kind of a bust, Nova got to do free pony rides around a parking lot). We had dinner at El Comal who were understandably slammed, so I got about three bites of my dinner before I had to ditch them to get to the show, running the few blocks of University to get there.

It was my first time catching Bishop. I think her other time in town was X-Fest and maybe another I missed, so I didn't have any expectations, but I'd been on a powerful woman kick lately, and she is certainly that. She enters the stage like a boxer, with her single "White Flag," and never lets up. I love an artist who is incredibly intense while singing, or with Bishop, practically running laps from one wing of the stage to the other, then being softspoken, humble, appreciative and consumed in the adoration of her fans. It was also her sister's birthday, so she let the crowd in a singalong, laughed, joked, and performed a perfect show. More photos, including opener Matt Maeson, are after the jump. 


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, July 5-Monday, July 9, 2018

I love a midweek holiday. Darren has been working a ton, so it felt really great to not have to go anywhere or do anything. I caught up on some work, admittedly not enough, but hopefully I can get my shit together while Nova is gone and be ready to enjoy Comic-Con when it rolls around in just a couple short weeks. I'll be slinging merch for The Donkeys this weekend, so come by and say hi. Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Thursday, July 5, 2018:
  • Dead Meadow, Yawning Man, The Great Electric Quest @ Casbah
  • Launder, Goldensuns, Orchin @ Soda Bar
  • MOE. @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Celso Pina @ The Observatory
  • Montalban Quintet, Red Fox Tails, Crew D'Etat Brass Band @ Pour House  
  • Kaminanda, Living Light, Kyoshi, Launchpad Infinity @ Music Box
  • Stay Strange presents a Night of Noise Music @ Space
  • The Doors Night (Live Tribute) @ Blonde
  • Thursday Night Jazz Jams @ Ken Club (9pm-12:30am)
  • Kylland, Tehila Havaiia @ Lestat's
  • Nu Moods: Live Ham Sesh + Art with Lexi Pulido, Matt DiBlase, Harley Magsino, Grant Fisher, Julien Cantelm @ Quartyard (FREE, 6-9pm, All Ages)
  • Solace @ U-31
  • Graham Gillot @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • The Groove Squad @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Dirty Few, Kids In Heat, Vietnam Hardcore, Wyldlife @ Tower Bar
  • Uada, The Black Moriah, Wolvhammer, Sicarius @ Brick by Brick
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Comedy Night @ Midnight Jack
  • Edge Of Paradise, Scarlet Canary, Tzimani @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Eldorado Slim & the Commodore Hotel Orchestra - Celebrating Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus! @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • Throwdown Thursdays @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Thursday Evening Swing Relaunch @ Queen Bee's
  • Circuit System 002: Glacci, Onhell @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Tommy Price & The Stilettos @ Tio Leo's
  • Aviator Stash @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub

Friday, July 6, 2018:
  • The Donkeys, Sugar Candy Mountain, Lens Mozer @ Casbah
  • Primus, Mastodon, Jjuujjuu @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Metalachi, The Bombpops @ Belly Up
  • Dead & Company @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 
  • Schizophonics,, Jon and the Vons, Shake Before Us @ Pour House
  • Jarien Jamanila Quartet (alto saxophonist) @ Dizzy's
  • Concerts In The Park: The Lao Tizer Band @ Stagecoach Park, Carlsbad
  • Still Woozy, Temporex, DJ Rees Withrow @ Soda Bar
  • War Hogs, Pope Virgins, Sodas @ Che Cafe Collective
  • Rituals - A Dark Danse Night with  Body Worship @ Space 
  • Kottonmouth Kings, KeE, Van Brando, J.andrew, King Shem, Izzy Projectz @ Brick By Brick
  • Dance Punk Indie Blog Haus Electro Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Tomcat Courtney @ Ken Club (Free, 6-9pm)

  • First Friday Hip Hop Night @ Bar Pink
  • Sahara Grimm @ Panama 66
  • Cazztek's Sound of Fire Tour with Nicky Genesis, Scotty Boy, XOXO @ Music Box
  • The Knuckleheads Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Farm Truck, Ginger Cowgirl @ Black Cat Bar
  • Lower Class Brats, The 13th Victim, Confused, Dead on the Wire @ Til-Two Club
  • Kylie Trout, Allie James @ Lestat's
  • Kenny Loggins @ Pala Starlight Theater, Pala Casino
  • Lantz & Lazwell & the Vibe Tribe @ Winston's
  • Jesse Labelle @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Chin Up, Kid @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Canceled: Forth Wanderers, Illuminati Hotties, LoveGlow @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Puttin Down Roots: Moonlight Trio @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Heart of Leo @ Pour House (5:30pm)  
  • The Innocent Bystanders, Mad Z and the Boones, Ventralis @ The Merrow
  • Karisma @ Bancroft Bar
  • Coco L'Amour Presents - Marvel VS DC Burlesque Show @ Queen Bee's
  • Inspired and the Sleep, The Frets, Melvus @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Nite Moves with DJs Beatnick & Ayla Simone @ The Office 
  • Hip Hop vs Punk Rock w/ Razor Nights, B-Turn, Sam Hell, Kamzilla and Resident DJs Unite, Sess & Mr Henshaw @ Tower Bar
  • The Green Door @ Manhattan Bar, Chula Vista
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Big Daddy Orchestra @ Tio Leo's
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Bam Bam @ Navajo Live (9pm)
  • Scrap Yard Aces @ The Echo Room
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Julien-K @ Hard Rock Hotel 
  • Desert Hearts: Mikey Lion, Marbs, Porky, Andreas Henneberg @ Spin San Diego
  • Klingande @ Omnia
  • Too $hort @ Parq Nightclub
  • DJ Bad @ FLUXX
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Digital Cocoon with DJ IDeaL @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Ramona Mainstage
Saturday, July 7, 2018:
  • The Donkeys, Blank Tapes, Ditches @ Casbah 
  • Vance Joy, Mondo Cozmo @ Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • Concerts In The Park: Jake Najor & The Moment of Truth @ Bird Park
  • Schizophonics, The Loons, Jon and the Von @ Bar Pink
  • Daedelus, Holly, Wylie Cable @ Soda Bar
  • Tainted Love: The Best of the 80s Live!, DJ Richie @ Belly Up  
  • Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Daneen Wilburn @ Museum of Making Music 
  • GrampaDrew's Flim Flam Revue @ Whistle Stop (5pm)
  • David Borgo 4tet with Gunnar Biggs @ Dizzy's
  • The Sleepwalkers, The Rayford Bros., The Upshots @ Ken Club
  • Hide & Go Freak @ Space
  • Tron Themed Dance Party with Aaron Wallace, Josex & Dave Parley of Prayers @ Blonde
  • Sergej Avanesov Group @ Panama 66
  • Great Electric Quest, Duel, Dizz Brew, Red Wizard @ Pour House
  • 40 Oz To Freedom, No Duh, Geezer, DJ Mancat @ Music Box
  • The Grove Collective, Sights and Sages, The Wee Beasties,  Hate Drugs, Lefties, Alex Lievanos  @ Soma
  • The Pour House @ Pour House (5pm)  
  • Polux @ The Salty Frog
  • Clinton Ross Davis @ Black Cat Bar
  • Sophia Bacino @ Lestat's
  • Peter Sprague, Tripp Sprague, Kate Sprague, Nina Francis @ Java Joe's
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Prince Tribute : Performance by Street Kred @ Queen Bee's
  • Joanne Baduria and Soul Fire @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Round Eye (shanghai), Squarecrow, Dodges, Wasteaways @ Tower Bar
  • Groove Kitty @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Lost Monarchs @ The Echo Room
  • Dub Fuego @ The Coyote Bar & Grill
  • EAR, XIV, Mü @ Bancroft Bar
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Jesse Labelle @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Blue Jean Simmons @ Winston's (2pm)
  • 8 East @ Winston's (5pm)
  • MIX MOB, Dang and Frontyard @ Winston's (10pm)
  • DJ Fast Eddie @ Til-Two Club
  • San Diego Tribute to Fallen Music Icons (Celebrating the music of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Type O Negative, Motorhead, AC/DC, Dio, Ozzy, and more) @ Brick By Brick
  • Bear Night San Diego @ The Merrow
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • She Fest 2018 feat. vverevvolf, tan esintrik odom
  • Fluid Foundation, I-Abide @ 710 Beach Club
  • UFC, DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Sue Palmer @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • GruvMatic @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Red Hot Chili Cookout @ Tin Roof
  • The Tale band @ Goodbar
  • Mercer, Matphilly @ Bassmnt
  • Deep House Runway with Tara Brooks @ Spin (3pm)
  • Make America Bass Again @ Spin (10pm)
  • Serious Guise @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ Drama @ FLUXX
  • Konflikt @ Parq
  • DJs Robin Roth, Kaerie, Psychosomatic @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, July 8, 2018:
  • The Jacks, The Frets, Steal Away @ Casbah
  • Toots and the Maytals @ Harrah's SoCal Resort
  • Los Cafres - Sigo Caminando 2018 - USA Tour @ House of Blues
  • Summer Chorus @ Museum of Making Music 
  • Coherence, Watercolor Paintings, Causa, Neutral Shirt @  Che Cafe Collective (3pm)
  • Petal + Camp Cope, Sidney Gish @ Che Cafe Collective
  • Concerts In The Park: Tainted Love @ Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series 2018
  • Summer Festival with Gustavo Romero @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Alexis Joi @ Panama 66
  • Sully & The Blue-Eyed Soul Band “CAF/MADE IN SAN DIEGO” Fundraiser @ Belly Up 
  • Graham Gillot Band @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • LED Presents: Destructo @ Quartyard (4pm)
  • House of Blues Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues (10am & 1pm)
  • The Reapers, Alvino and the Dwells @ Bar Pink (8pm)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • PacoLipps, Strawberry Mountain @ Bancroft Bar
  • Festival Orchestra- Yuval Yaron @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Babette's Pride Kick-Off Bingo! @ Martini's Above Fourth (Brunch 11am, Bingo 1pm)
  • Ria Carey and Don L. @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Big Lewinsky @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Blonde Brothers @ Winston's (2pm)
  • Fish and the Seaweeds @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Whit Aadland @ Pour House (1-4pm)
  • The Night Howls @ Pour House (9pm)  
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Sounds Like Summer: Blackcast, Lil' Evil, Evan Diamond, Silent Vice, Fashion Jackson, and Reyah @ Brick By Brick
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Underworld (Gothic/Industrial) @ Navajo Live 
  • Major Interval @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, July 9, 2018:
  • Angelo De Augustine, Many Rooms @ Casbah 
  • TWRP, Planet Booty, JP Incorporated @ Soda Bar
  • Coral Bells @ Bar Pink
  • Morose, Lucia, The Rookies, one tba @ Che Cafe Collective
  • Motown on Mondays Relaunch Party
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Blue Monday- Dark New Wave @ Blonde
  • San Diego Poetry Slam @ Queen Bee's
  • Andy Anderson & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Strictly Acoustic @ Navajo Live
  • Live Prize Trivia @ Pour House  
  • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Trivia with Shantih @ Bancroft Bar
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 3-Wednesday, July 4, 2018

This is an older picture from earlier this year, but I thought I'd share a family picture because Nova left today for St. Louis. It's not as terrible as usual, due to unexpected circumstances, her departure was delayed, and the overall trip shortened. We did what we always do when she leaves...slept in...and now I'm just trying to prep myself for some intense work catch up. So I guess I'll get started on my next week of listings, some Casbah ads, and planning out the next 21 days without a kid. I also wanted to share this picture with Ficus in it, because tomorrow is actually a terrible, awful, horrible day for many of our four-legged friends, so keep your pets safe, noise cancel your house as best you can, and be on alert for loose, lost, or scared animals. Have fun if you're heading out tonight and I'll get other listings up by Thursday morning. Tuesday & Wednesday are after the jump.

Independence Day: Where To Watch Fireworks in San Diego


Wednesday is the 4th of July, and given recent events in our country and current leadership, I am not particularly compelled to believe there's anything to celebrate, so I wasn't gonna even bother posting this list this year, but I acknowledge that while Saudi women are celebrating the right to drive and Iranian women are rebelling by dancing in the streets, we are still not quite Gilead, though the treatment of migrants and refugees, family separations, and putting children in cages is absolutely reprehensible, shameful, and will forever be a black mark on our history. Tristan's list at SanDiego.org is still up, though I'm not sure it's been updated for 2018. Below is a little update of my list from last year.

The Big Bay Boom.

Remember this?


The Big Bay Boom can be seen from many spots in San Diego, but these are your prime locations.

Shelter Island
Harbor Island
North Embarcadero
Marina District
Coronado Ferry Landing

The Big Bay Boom starts at 9pm and is synchronized to music on The Mighty 1090 and Max FM 105.7. It's also gonna be on TV but that just sounds dumb.

Chula Vista @ Elite Athletic (formerly Olympic) Training Center
6pm Gates Open
9pm Fireworks synchronized to 91X, Magic 92.5, and Z 90.3

Coronado:
10am Parade down Orange
4pm Spreckels Park Concert
9pm Fireworks in Glorietta Bay

El Cajon @ Kennedy Park
3pm Live Music
9pm Fireworks with Synchronized Music

Escondido @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
4pm-9pm Moonlight Trio, Finnegan Blue, Casey Hensley
9pm Fireworks & Camp Pendleton 1st Marine Division Band

Imperial Beach @ IB Pier
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5
Followed by Live Music at IB Pier Plaza

La Jolla @ La Jolla Cove/Scripps Park
9pm Fireworks

La MesaLake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest @ Lake Murray
11am-9pm: Leianna Weaver, The Bayou Brothers, The Revival Band, Freeze Fram, Sensation Showband
9pm Fireworks

Mira Mesa Community Park
7-11am Pancake Breakfast
11:30 Parade
11am-9pm Family Fun Day
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5

National City @ Kimball Park
12pm-11pm Carnival
9pm Fireworks

Ocean Beach @ OB Pier
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5

Ramona @ Olive Pierce Middle School
5pm Festivities
9pm Fireworks

San Marcos @ Bradley Park
6-9pm, feat. Liquid BLue
9pm Fireworks

Spring Valley @ Swap Meet
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5


While Camp Pendleton (9pm), San Diego County Fair (9pm), La Costa (9pm), Legoland (8:30pm), Santee (9pm), Poway (9pm), Rancho Bernardo (9pm), Sea World (9:40), and Vista (9pm) all have festivities, I've opted NOT to include paid events/paid parking events, but you can follow the links if you're interested.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 25-Monday, July 2, 2018


I have to apologize for my lack of posts. Nova was supposed to leave on Saturday, so we were in full-on family staycation mode by day and shows by night. I went to the Belly Up on Tuesday to see Stars and Shamir, on Wednesday we spent the day at the beach then we went to Men I Trust at the Casbah and after caught Shelter at Soda Bar. On Thursday, we went to Entercom's night at Sea World thanks to my pals at Alt949, which is when we found out Nova would be staying home an extra week, which allowed all three of us to catch Japanese Breakfast and Belle & Sebastian at the Observatory on Friday night, then I went to the Casbah for Dirty Sweet. My awesome cousin came down from LA on Saturday, so we hung out at the Kona Kai into the night for some good gamily time. On Sunday I got to shoot Shakey Graves and Lauren Ruth Ward at the Observatory, then caught Quel Bordel at the Casbah, and on Monday I worked all day long while watching movies with the kiddo and then went to George Michael Undercover at the Office. Needless to say, it was a very full week and summer break is challenging while we try to work and keep the kiddo entertained, but so far, so good. I did listings all the way through Fourth of July so you can plan your week accordingly. I'll update Humphrey's Backstage, Whistle Stop, Sycamore Den when they become available. Listings are after the jump.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Saturday June 23rd: Free Sherman Heights Music Festival


Sherman Heights Music Festival 
Saturday June 23, 2018
12pm-7pm 
Free
at Sherman Heights Community Center

Rick & Friends
Quiquiriqui Coyotas
The Humble Chicanos
The Cat Chasers 


Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 19-Monday, June 25, 2018


I'm gonna be honest, the only real photos I shot last week were of Nova's soccer team in the Kickin' It Challenge, so I decided to use a pic of Iceage from the week before. It's not that I didn't get out...On Wednesday I went to see Olden Yolk and Mega Bog at Whistle Stop. I sold merch for Har Mar Superstar on Thursday and it was an amazing show, with the 15-piece marching band Mission Delirium opening and Har Mar playing Sam Cooke songs for an extended set. On Friday I went to Brownout at the Casbah and didn't bother with photos, and on Saturday after the tournament, we went to Oceanside to see one of Darren's college BFF's who was in town. It was a long and exhausting week, but we keep on rolling. This is Nova's final week before she heads to St. Louis for a month. There are tons of rad shows this week, too, but I'm awaiting some confirmations before I commit to a schedule. All the listings are after the jump.