Friday, February 27, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: February 27-March 1, 2015

This week just zipped by for me. In a way, I guess this whole month has. Like I said earlier this week, I've been pretty busy which is a good thing, and we had a lot of fun forcing Darren to celebrate his birthday. Tonight I'm off to work at Brick By Brick for the Zepperella show. Casbah is sold out tonight and tomorrow, but there's a lot of other cool stuff going on. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, February 27, 2015 (Happy Birthday, Darren & Jesse!):
  • Metalachi, Madly @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Griever (Record Release), Kodiak, Ghostlimb, Deep Sea Thunderbeast @ Soda Bar
  • Zepperella, Hell's Belles @ Brick By Brick
  • Sean & Zander (Throwrag/Circle Jerks), O @ Whistle Stop
  • Girls Names, Flaamingos @ The Hideout
  • The Suffers @ Seven Grand
  • The Highwaymans Show's Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration with California Rangers @ Belly Up
  • 80s vs 90s with DJs Vaughn Avakian & Heather Hardcore @ Bar Pink
  • The Brokers Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5pm)
  • The Bennedetti Trio: Tribute to George Harrison @ Dizzy's
  • Quali @ Gym Standard
  • Venice Baroque Orchestra with Avi Avital, Mandolin @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Dumbfounded @ The Loft, UCSD (SOLD OUT)
  • DFA, Illuminate, Voidlines @ Soma
  • Sidewinder, Rodger Maxwel @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • Santa Claus, Sorry State, Systematic Abuse, Rom Baro @ Ken Club
  • DJ Beatnick @ AD Nightclub
  • Peggy Watson, David Beldock, Freddy and Francine @ Java Joe's
  • Jay Chu, 22 Kings, Stereo Love, Jessi Kocher @ Lestat's
  • Mortuus Terror, Thanatology, Seraphic Disgust @ The Merrow
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Richard Goode @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Dave Scott & The New Jazz Groove @ Croce's Park West
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Gambler's Mark, The Black Jackits, Cursed Bastards @ Tower Bar
  • OB Dance Party with DJs Peril, Green T, Unite @ Winston's @ Winston's
  • Moonshine, Plant Tribe, Loom @ Til-Two Club
  • The Beat Kitchen with Charlie Rock & DJ Question @ El Dorado
  • Levi Dean & The Band @ Wine Lover
  • Tropicana with Reflex @ Fluxx
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Moon Boots @ Bang Bang
  • Torro Torro @ Bassmnt
  • Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Verigolds, AJ Froman, Viscous @ 710 Beach Club
  • Off The Floor @ Ramona Mainstage

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory San Diego

See full list of shows after the jump.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: February 25-26, 2015

It kinda feels like the week is zipping by and I'm happy for that feeling, because I've been working a ton. This week Casbah announced show at the Observatory with Passion Pit and Best Coast, and Tennis is coming back to the Irenic, Will Butler at the Casbah, Pinback at the Belly Up and a bunch more. That is always pretty exciting. I sold merch for Brett Dennen last night and it turned out to be a great show and a great night after. Today my nieces' school celebrated Lunar New Year so Darren and I went to dim sum at Emerald to really celebrate, and I'm looking forward to catching Cold War Kids tonight. Thursday through Friday archives are after the jump.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Festival Alert: KAABOO Del Mar Lineup Announced September 18-20, 2015

So this was announced today. Details on tickets and lineup can be found here

Things To Do In San Diego: February 23-24, 2015

What. A. Weekend. I had my uncle and cousin in town, saw a bunch of shows, worked a ton, took as many naps as I could, and I still wish the weekend was four days longer. I made such a big deal about not having listings posted last week that I'm up beyond when I should be to make sure this week's listings are available first thing in the morning. So here they are. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Casbah Adds Second Drive Like Jehu Show - SOLD OUT!

Yesterday, we had a big Casbah announcement with Drive Like Jehu on April 7. We didn't send a newsletter or alert the media, we relied on a few simple Facebook post and tweets and a little post on my site- which I did on the sly while sitting in a festival meeting. The show sold out in about an hour and of course, we always take some heat because obviously there are more people who want to go to a show than can actually fit in the Casbah. So I'm here to tell you there's a second show, on April 14. This is the same night as Father John Misty at The Observatory North Park (which itself is very close to selling out) and Built To Spill at The Irenic (also very close to selling out). Again, there's a two ticket limit.

Drive Like Jehu at The Casbah
April 14, 2014
Tickets on sale at noon

Things To Do In San Diego: February 20-22, 2015

I have to say that for the last few weeks (months?) I've been feeling out of sorts. I don't deal with health issues well, and with illness bouncing around my house and  my dad being near death at Christmas, I didn't know how much more I could take. Throw in new owners of the theatre and trying to find my place in all of it, plus managing my actual day to day work between Casbah, SoundDiego and The Festival of Arts in North Park and my role at The Observatory, and I've just been spent. This week, however, I feel like I'm getting a grip. My dad looks better than he has in a decade, my uncle is in town, Casbah has been selling out every weekend, and I'm working things out in all the other pieces, inserting myself where I'm of use, and backing off where I'm not. It kinda works for me. So this weekend is busy- I'll be at Surfer Blood, then merching for Lucinda Williams on Saturday and Cursive on Sunday, and I have a whole bunch of work to do in between. But that's a good thing. Busy is what I do best.

Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Shows at the Observatory North Park

all show after the jump.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SOLD OUT: DRIVE LIKE JEHU is coming to The Casbah!

Drive Like Jehu has confirmed a show at the Casbah and tickets go went on sale today at NOON. Like, NOW.

Drive Like Jehu
at The Casbah
April 7, 2015

In case you missed it, here's all the stuff from the band's performance at the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: February 18-19, 2015

When I started doing these listings 8 or so years ago, it was an attempt to organize my own life. I still enjoy getting a glimpse of music week to week so I can know where I have to be and fill in the in-between with where I want to be. But this week I totally failed. I did my listings late on Sunday night after getting home from 91X &FM 94/9 and I usually schedule them to publish at 6am on Monday morning. Well, last night, I was leaving the Merrow after Big Bad Buffalo played, and was going to go to the Casbah. But then I ran into my friend Tim, who told me the people I was hoping to see at Casbah weren't there. My Lyft was 0 minutes away and I had to decide where to go with a quickness, so I fire up to see my listings and they weren't there! Nothing was posted! How could you guys not tell me (or ask me) where my listings were? It's super challenging to publish from my phone, but eventually I sorted it out. Please don't let that happen again. If you don't see listings here, let me know.  Wednesday & Thursday archives after the jump.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: February 16-17, 2015

So I've been laying low, but I hope everyone had a great weekend. To be honest, it was nice just having some time home with Darren and alone time while he worked, and I caught up on the week of email and feel pretty great going into this week. Huge thanks to Tim Pyles for letting me drop in on Loudspeaker and to TJ who let me drop in on The Local 94/9, and hopefully you got your submissions in to the Festival of Arts in North Park. This week has a whole lot going on and I'm hoping I get back to 100% so I can get back out and enjoy it. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last Call for Band Submissions to Festival of Arts in North Park!

The Festival of Arts in North Park is returning on May 16, 2015. The free annual  festival is growing more and more every year. I'm coordinating the music scope of things to some extent, and we will once again be a multiple stage event. There are a super limited number of slots available between three stages, and between Dang and myself and a few other people, we are busy scouting and pulling from our databases to look at the best and brightest San Diego has to offer. However, to be fair, we obviously can't know every band in the region, so we're accepting submissions. The form is super basic and easy, and if you can't meet the minimum requirement of having music online to listen to, frankly you're not what we're looking for. This festival draws in excess of 30,000 people annually and we want bands on our stages who can keep the attention of all those eyeballs and earholes. TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY FOR OPEN SUBMISSIONS.

On a side note, I'm also not looking for any personal pleas. Do not text me, email me, call me, Facebook me to win favor for your band. Just submit the form. As the cliche goes, don't call us, we'll call you.

People always want to know what we're looking for, so keep in mind:

  • This is a family friendly event, keep it clean (visually, lyrically)
  • We are NOT looking for cover bands
  • Bands with cross-demographic appeal (meaning my 7 year old niece might be as interested as my 64 year old mom)
  • Reputation matters (in this small town, if you're a dick, we know about it)
  • If you can't draw in a club or venue, you need more experience before you're festival ready 
  • The three stages we're booking are typically indie, rock, pop, garage, punk. Acoustic acts should contact Alma at Queen Bee's. 
  • The Festival of Arts in North Park is free community event to raise money for  North Park Main Street, which is a non-profit organization that benefits North Park in innumerable ways. If you're looking for a big payday, this isn't the event for you. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: February 12-15, 2015

There is nothing worse than being ill. I have a too many friends with chronic illness and I just can't imagine because I've essentially been in bed for four days with the stomach thing that is going around,just after Darren and Nova both recovered from that cough/cold thing. Not glamorous at all. And you think, "well, at least I can get work done while I'm in bed," but when you're sick, you just kinda lay in misery, maybe zone in and out of Netflix until looking at your laptop lulls you back to sleep, but work is impossible with a cloudy brain. I literally slept 22 hours on Tuesday, when I was at my worst. I'm finally able to eat and so I believe I'm on the mend and can hopefully be back to normal by the weekend. But I'm probably too sick to make it to Barbarian tonight, so will you all please go show support on my behalf? Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Casbah Shows (With Ticket Links)

Since I have to keep a running list of all of these shows anyway, I might as well keep sharing this quick link cheat sheet with you. Casbah had a lot of shows added this week, both at the venue itself and around town. Spoon, Lord Huron and Little Dragon are all coming to the Observatory. LD doesn't go on sale till next week but I hear the password for presale is NABUMA. Doldrums and Moon King are returning with a show at Soda Bar, Jeremy Enigk is playing The Irenic, and my girl crush Courtney Barnett is coming back to the Casbah, and even Eleanor Friedberger is doing a show at Whistle Stop. My advice to you- buy tickets ahead of time. I don't "have the hook up" and certainly can't help your third cousin twice removed who only heard about the show after it was sold out. After the jump.