Monday, March 27, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 27-Sunday, April 2, 2017

I had a crazy busy week last week and the lesson to that is when you're overstretched, you're gonna crash. On Monday night, I worked at the Maggie Rogers show, and since she play ed a really short set, I was able to catch Kate Tempest at the Casbah. On Tuesday, of course, there was the Music Awards, after which I went to Blonde for Allison Crutchfield. Wednesday night was Modern English at the Casbah, after which I went to 90s night at The Office. So my drama happened Thursday as I was leaving for work. I had my phone in my hand and the next it was gone-- somehow I maybe dropped it while I freed my hands to lock my gate and put my jacket on, and I think this guy who passed me on the street seized the moment to pick it up and pocket it. The kick in the teeth was that my insurance didn't cover loss or theft so several hundred dollars are flushed down the drain, and I'm realizing more photos and videos that are gone forever. Ugh. And I still had to walk to work for the sold out Rainbow Kitten Surprise show. By Friday I had accepted that the phone wasn't going to magically reappear and got a new one at CostCo, which is now doubly insured, and I scored a Samsung 360 camera for free with purchase, so at least there's that. On Saturday. we drove to LA where Nova had a Derby scrimmage, and were able to make it back home in time for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The whole week really caught up on me on Sunday and made it an all-day pajama & work day. I'm ready to take this week head on and get back into a regular life groove. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.




Monday, March 27, 2017:
  • In the Whale, Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Slowkiss @ Casbah
  • Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle @ Soda Bar
  • Metal Mondays with Cutwater Spirits @ The Office
  • Atomic Monster Movie Mondays @ The Merrow
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Little Heroine, Splavendar, Caroline @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Humphrey's Concerts 2017 Lineup

Get your canoes and kayaks ready, because Humphrey's has released their summer lineup. I was already excited when Father John Misty was announced several weeks ago, but I'm also pretty excited that Blind Pilot will be coming back this summer. You can check full pricing and room package deals here.



Wed, Apr 12     Father John Misty, Tim Heidecker (GA/standing only)
Thu, Apr 13     BANKS, Raury. (GA/standing only)
Mon, Apr 17     Steely Dan
Tue, Apr 18      Steely Dan
Thu, Apr 20     Lila Downs
Sun, Apr 23     An Evening with David Crosby & Friends
Wed, Apr 26    Willie Nelson & Family, Steve Moakler
Tue, May 23     Rodriguez
Wed, May 24    Melissa Etheridge: M.E. Live, Celisse Henderson
Fri, Jun 02     Dana Carvey
Tue, Jun 06      Sheryl Crow - Be Myself Tour, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Wed, Jun 07     Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!
Sun, Jun 11     TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band
Mon, Jun 12     Ziggy Marley (GA, standing only)
Mon, Jun 19     An Evening with King Crimson
Fri, Jun 23     Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On
Sun, Jun 25     Blind Pilot (GA, standing only)
Thu, Jul 13     The Temptations / The Four Tops
Fri, Jul 14       50 Summers of Love starring Mickey Dolenz, Mark Lindsay and The Fab Four
Mon, Jul 17     Chris Isaak
Wed, Jul 19     Happy Together Tour 2017
Tue, Aug 01     Huey Lewis and The News
Tue, Aug 08     Diana Krall
Sat, Aug 12     America
Thu, Aug 17    Lost 80's Live
Fri, Aug 18     Lost 80's Live
Wed, Aug 23    Bryan Ferry
Thu, Aug 24     Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Show
Fri, Aug 25     Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side By Side Summer 2017
Sat, Aug 26     Pink Martini
Sun, Aug 27     The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
Wed, Aug 30     The Doobie Brothers
Wed, Sep 06     Stephen Stills / Judy Collins, Numa Edema
Sat, Sep 09     Jake Shimabukuro
Sun, Sep 10     George Benson / Kenny G - The Breezin' & Breathless Tour
Wed, Sep 13     Indigo Girls
Thu, Sep 14     Steve Winwood
Fri, Sep 15     Il Divo
Wed, Sep 20     City and Colour - USA Tour 2017
Sat, Sep 23     An Evening with The Beach Boys
Sat, Sep 23     An Evening with The Beach Boys
Sun, Sep 24     Bill Maher
Thu, Oct 05     The Mavericks (GA standing only.)
Fri, Oct 20     Felipe Esparza
Sun, Oct 22     Carla Morrison
Sun, Oct 29     Keali'i Reichel

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2016 San Diego Music Award Winners

So, that's a wrap. The San Diego Music Awards took place at the House of Blues San Diego on Tuesday, March 21st. I have to be honest, it was challenging at times...from the guy who got in Darren's face about being in his seat (which I did not take kindly to) at our SoundDiego table to the fact that it started 45 minutes late because of the Tonight In San Diego episode running late...but it was a good time. I was able to get tickets for Darren and Nova to come, but with the time setbacks, they had to leave before I presented the award for best live performance. It was probably better, seeing as the madness that ensued when Schizophonics finished their set and Brian Reilly decided to smash his bass, launching half of it into Birdy Bardot's face, sending her to the hospital to make sure she wasn't concussed. Crazy drama and probably the most memorable moment of any Music Awards in their 26 years, and not one I ever hope to see repeated. I also don't feel like creating my own drama, but to the person who dissed the winners of the category they presented-- that was probably the rudest display I've ever seen and heard and you should be embarrassed to be such an asshole in someone's exciting moment.
Here's the list of winners since--if you were there---you probably couldn't hear anyway. I had an undercharged phone and left my cameras in the car, so no photos to go with this, but official winners list is below.

2016 San Diego Music Awards • Official Winners List

The following are the winners of the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, presented on Tuesday, March 21 at House of Blues San Diego.

Best Singer/Songwriter - Tolan Shaw
Best Jazz - Gilbert Castellanos
Best Jazz Album - Nathan Hubbard "Furiously Dreaming"
Best Blues - Whitney Shay
Best Blues Album - John Meeks "On a Sea Darkly"
Best Country or American - The Moves Collective
Best Country or Americana Album - Trouble in the Wind "Lefty"
Best Hip Hop/Rap - The Lyrical Groove
Best Hip Hop or Rap Album - The Knee Highs "We Put the Fun in Dysfunction"
Best Indie/Alternative - The Bassics
Best Indie/Alternative Album - The Verigolds "For Margaret"
Best Pop - Sister Speak
Best Pop or Rock Album - The Donkeys "Midnight Palms"
Best Rock - Schizophonics
Best World Music - Tribal Theory
Best World Music Album - Hirie "Wandering Soul"
Best Local Recording - Sure Fire Soul Ensemble "Out on the Coast"
Best Live Performer - Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact
Best New Artist - Skyterra
Artist of the Year - Tribal Seeds
Song of the Year - Switchfoot "Float"
Album of the Year - Andra Day "Cheers to the Fall"

Lifetime Achievement Award – Wayne Riker

Monday, March 20, 2017

Get To Know The Irenic

I recently posted a little FAQ-ish list about The Irenic to my Facebook page, but since I'll be there tonight for Maggie Rogers--a totally sold out show where invariably I'll be asked the same questions over and over again--I thought I would repost it here with some minor tweaks.



The Irenic is a music venue located at 3090 Polk, on the corner of Illinois St. By day, it is the Mission Gathering Church and home to Street Angels, an outreach program and shelter for homeless teens. Mission Gathering Church was the group behind a very memorable billboard in North Park after Prop 8 was overturned.


1. All shows are all ages.
2. Shows start early and end early. Venue curfew is 10pm.
3. It is in a residential neighborhood with no parking lot. You're lucky to find parking within a few block radius. Plan accordingly in both time and apparel.
4. There is no alcohol. Beer and wine sales have been suspended for the time being. Hoping this changes soon, but could be weeks to months.
5. Cash only at the door (when the show isn't sold out).
6. There is no ATM on premises. Nearest one is at Vons.
7. A venue can never sell the tickets of people who don't show up. It's super annoying when you ask.
8. There's no re-entry. It's a liability to the venue and promoter.
9. If it's a Casbah show, the Casbah website is the most reliable source of information. "We were told the headliner didn't go on until 9!" You were told wrong. Headliners can start as early as they want, but very generally speaking are on no later than 8:30.
10. There's no outside food or beverages (even water) allowed.
11. Security may ask to search bags.
12. Cameras are ok. No flash, no tripods. Be respectful of audience. Some artists (very few) ask for no photography/video, in which case we have to honor that request.
13. Most shows are standing room only. Very rarely are shows seated and when they are, it's listed as such.
14. There is a smoking patio, but security might check ID for cigarettes and vapes. If you're not of age, they can be confiscated. (I've only see them do this at one show)
15. Soda Bar also uses the venue quite a bit. Their practices and procedures may be different.
16. You can only purchase presale tickets online. There is no box office to make such purchases.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 20-Sunday, March 26, 2017

It was a pretty amazing week, even though I kinda wanna throw a tantrum that we haven't been able to get out to Anza-Borrego since the flowers have finally bloomed. I was able to catch Meat Puppets on Tuesday, Teenage Fanclub on Thursday, and Jungle Fire on Saturday. I'm loving Nova's new soccer team and am happy she has a couple friends and I know a couple of the parents, too, including Jen, the awesome vet who helped me so much when Pascha died. I also like that we play parents vs kids at the end of practice, so it's fun to have a ball on my foot after years without. Nova is also doing roller derby and she killed it at her first scrimmage since moving from the Baby Dolls to the Juvenile Dollinquents. She is smaller than the rest of the girls, so blocking isn't her forte just yet, but in her first jam she scored 25 points which means she lapped their pack 5 times in two minutes. This week there are are some great shows like Maggie Rogers and Modern English, CYHSY, and more. I'll also be presenting two awards at the San Diego Music Awards with Daye Salani, representing SoundDiego. Nova has a soccer scrimmage this week, a derby match in LA on Saturday, and a piano recital on Sunday, so we'll be busy, leaving no time to see the superbloom this week, but hopefully everyone keeps posting photos!! There's a lot to talk about so I'll try to do a little "Newsy Bits" update later this week. Monday through Sunday archive are after the jump.

Teenage Fanclub at Belly Up March 16, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 13-Sunday, March 19, 2017

So it turned out to be a pretty great weekend after all. I was definitely feeling sick on Friday, but a day of rest, generic claritin, and some kids nighttime Delsym and I woke up feeling mostly fine on Saturday. Besides forgetting her skates so we had to circle back home in our Uber, the parade was pretty fun and Nova had a great time skating in it. In the afternoon, we met up with my sister and Nova was off for a slumber party so Darren and I could go to the Japandroids show. It was awesome, albeit super callendingto my camera skills (or lack thereof). On Sunday, I laid low until working at the Menzingers sold out show at the Irenic and catching up with work and my shows until the wee hours. This week Nova starts soccer with her new team, meaning we've turned her into the kid that has a scheduled activity every day of the week--piano, soccer, derby, soccer, figure skating, derby, soccer. Eek. There are a ton of great shows this week, so you'll definitely see me out and about. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.   



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, March 11-Sunday, March 12, 2017

You can only fight off a cold so long. Judging by my Facebook feed, I'm on the easy side of things at the moment. I felt the tickle coming last week, but you try to fight. I popped Zinc and B-12 and Vitamin C and drank lots of fluids, but then there were two amazing nights of The Shins at the Observatory, and Wednesday I went to The Tragedy of Carmen followed by a night at The Office for Grand Ole Country, and then Thursday I couldn't miss Lady Lamb, and then Friday rolls around and I did nothing more than lounge in pajamas, making sad faces at Darren to bring me caldo de res and tortillas from Pancho Villa, and had a date with Redbox and a couple Kleenex boxes watching Ms. Peregrine while Nova was still awake and Bad Moms after she was asleep. Today Nova is skating in the St. Patrick's Day Parade with the Derby Dolls and I'm hoping I can keep my head clear enough to make it and sustain until the Japandroids show tonight. We shall see. Saturday and Sunday archives are after the jump.



Monday, March 06, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 6-Friday, March 10, 2017

Another great week behind us. The week started on Darren's birthday, so we had a nice dinner at Thai Time as it appeared North Park was going to wash away from the rain. I'm making more of an effort to see more shows, so on Wednesday I walked to Soda Bar for the DoSD one year anniversary, and on Thursday I caught perhaps my favorite show of the year thus far, Mondo Cozmo at the Casbah. (I posted some videos if you wanna check it out.) Nova once again stayed with my nieces for the weekend, and though I wasn't feeling super great on Friday, we went to see Laura Stevenson on Saturday which was pretty fun. In other stuff, Nova tested up into the Juvenile Dollinquents, making her one of the youngest skaters on the squad. We also spent some time with my parents after the dum-dums they hired to remove a 40+ year old palm tree from their front yard proceeded to drop it on their garage. Then we went to the zoo on Sunday which made me realize it had been too long since my last visit. Lots of great stuff coming this week...Monday through Friday archives are after the jump.    

Josh of Mondo Cozmo

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hot Snakes Recording at Singing Serpent

After an extensive break from recording, local heroes Hot Snakes are back in the studio- recording their 4th proper album. Check out pictures from their time at Singing Serpent Studios and read an interview about what they've been up to here.

91X Announces 2017 X-Fest Lineup

In case you missed it, 91X announced their X-Fest Lineup for Sunday, June 11. If you're paying attention, this is the same day as FM 94/9's SPF at Oceanside Pier.

Phoenix will return to San Diego for the first time in four years to headline, along with Empire of the Sun, Bob Moses, Skip Marley, Missio, Sir Sly, The Lemon Twigs, Lo Moon, Creature Canyon, and Lightning Cola.

The concert will be held “on the green” at Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field in Mission Valley. All ages are welcome, general admission and VIP tickets are available. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 6 at 10am.

General admission tickets are on presale right now with password QUALCOMM. Tickets are $55 plus service fees.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 27-Sunday, March 5, 2017

There were definitely not enough hours this past week, but I'm wiped so hopefully I can find the time to catch up. I was busy last week...worked at the Tennis show on Wednesday then went to the Office for Iron Maiden Under Cover. Thursday I worked at the Irenic again for Radical Face and Jenny O, and Friday I caught the sold out show with The Staves at the Casbah before closing the night at the Ken. On Saturday, my cousin was in town and scored a room on Hotel Tonight so the kids swam until I worked at the Pinback show at Irenic, and on Sunday, Nova had a derby bout at SkateWorld before we spent the afternoon at my parents' house. I really wanted to catch Hideout but just didn't get my work done in time. This week should be mellow and allow me to get caught up. Today is Darren's birthday, and while he's not really the kind to celebrate, I will hopefully convey to him how glad I am to have him in my life. He's the best friend, partner, and love, beyond anything I could've hoped for, and hope we've got decades more to come. It's the end of the month, so I'll update with Bar Pink, Black Cat, El Dorado, Whistle Stop and others when they come through. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 20-Sunday, February 26, 2017


The really great thing is that if you bury your head (from politics) for a little while, you realize we have a pretty good thing going here in San Diego, for now, at least. I was brief on my Friday post, so I'll mention that I had a very full week of activity. We went back to Anza-Borrego on Monday, hiking and seeing stars and enjoying being offline. I have to admit the windy roads got to me a little, so I'll have to rethink my diet next time we go (which will be soon for the Big Bloom). On Wednesday night I went to see Esme Patterson (pictured here), and Lucero at the Belly Up, and couldn't help myself from closing down Emo night at the Office. I was also able to hit up the Crocodiles show on Friday at Hideout (finishing at the Ken, and running into a raccoon on my walk home). Nova was dying to hang with my nieces, and fortunately that happened Saturday, so Darren and I met up with Eric for Surfer Blood at Soda Bar then The Coathangers at Casbah. Sunday is my smut-TV-while-I-work day, and luckily my brother's kids turned up at my Mom's and all the kids wanted another night together. We dropped in, brought more food and clothes, and ended up at Pants Karaoke at Til-Two, and had a romantic (and also desperate to pee) walk home from Euclid to 33rd on El Cajon. If you can bury your head enough from politics for a minute, you should be sure to enjoy the lives we still have. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.