Monday, August 21, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 21-Sunday, August 27, 2017

I had a physically and emotionally exhausting week and weekend so I think I'm gonna hide from the internet on Monday, enjoy the eclipse, a day of rest, Nova's piano, and a nice grilled dinner at home. My dad is doing okay and is anticipating being released on Tuesday though I'm watching my Z kids again and coaching soccer so I'm not really sure how we can help if he is, in fact, released. Over the weekend we did go to see Dead Cross (you can see how dirty my camera is, but financially there's nothing I can do about that for the time being, so it is what it is). Afterward we went to the Casbah but I didn't last long because I was wiped. On Sunday, we had lunch with my sister and fam, then visited my dad for a bit, then went to Casa Beach to see the seals. Unfortunately I didn't account for the assholes of humanity who've decided their swimming there is more important than the colony, so besides four seals on a rock, there were none on the beach. Sometimes I really hate people. We quickly left and instead jumped around the rocks of Windnsea before I came home to get all of this work done and watch Game Of Thrones. There are some great shows this week, though I'm not sure I'll be out much besides Sylvan Esso on Saturday night, but ya never know if I change my mind. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, August 21, 2017:
  • The Surrealistics, Moon Honey, Soft Lions @ Casbah 
  • Wheelchair Sports Camp @ Space Bar
  • Silent Movie Night presents Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances" (1925) accompanied by Organist Steven Ball @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (Free, All Ages, 7:30pm)
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • 99 Red Balloons All 80's All Ladies Dance @ Blonde
  • Virtual Image @ Navajo Live
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Bridey Hicks Farewell Show feat. Comedy & 1 Sad Poet @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Salsa Dancing @ Tio Leo's
  • Industry Intermission @ The Office
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Sam Bybee @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Electric Relaxation @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Monday 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
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Friday, August 18, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20, 2017

So this week has been more manic than most. Nova's back in the full swing of school. On Tuesday, I shot Royal Blood at the Observatory, then caught The Alarm at the Casbah, then closed the night out at Blonde.  On Wednesday I checked in with my parents and my dad was having heart problems, and by the time I was working at the Casbah  for Matthew Sweet, they told me he was being taken by paramedics to the new Kaiser Hospital. Thursday I spent a fair amount of the day with him at the hospital, went to Nova's Back To School Night while Darren ran soccer practice with the kids. Today has been a whole lot of running around, too, but Dad seems stable for now and we'll be on standby this weekend while also checking out Nova's Fall Roller Derby Preview (Doors at 5pm, Tickets & Info Here) , Dead Cross, and Dead Feather Moon. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, August 18, 2017:
  • San Diego Magazine's Best of San Diego Party 2017 @ Liberty Station
  • Summergrass 2017 @ Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista (3-10pm)
  • Dungen, Shadow Band, Brainticket DJ's @ Casbah
  • The Flatliners, The Smith Street Band, GOMO @ Soda Bar
  • X, LP3, The Tragedy @ Belly Up
  • Steel Pulse @ Summer Concert Series, Del Mar Race Track
  • DJ Quik, Scarface, Suga Free @ The Observatory North Park
  • Jidenna, Anik Khan, Mannywellz @ Music Box
  • Lost 80's Live, Tony Hadley (Spandeau Ballet), Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Berlin, Missing Persons, The Flirts, Gene Loves Jezebel, Trans X @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Pickwick, Prism Tats @ Space
  • f#ing in the bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Through Being Cool Emo Night with Derek Hubbard & Steven Oira @ Blonde
  • La Jolla Summerfest presents Beethoven's Violin Sonatas @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • Megan Steinke, Alex Famous, Scottie Chandler @ Lestat's
  • Class Project - DJ Grimm & Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • 2017 San Diego International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert feat Mariachi Champana Nevin @ Civic Theatre
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Panama 66
  • Freddie Jackson @ Sycuan
  • The Comedy Get Down Starring Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D. L. Hughley & George Lopez @ Valley View Casino Center
  • The Power Brokers  @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Nena Anderson, Sara Petite, Alice Wallace @ Java Joe's
  • Up The Irons, One Night In The City, R.I.P., Trendkill Revolution @ Brick By Brick
  • Dazed and Confused "A Tribute To Led Zeppelin" @ Winston's
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Zzymzzy Sextet CD Release @ Queen Bee's
  • Ed Kornhauser's Organ Trio @ Seven Grand
  • 101.5 KGB Presents Jim Morrison Celebration Featuring Wild Child @ House of Blues
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Make Them Suffer, Enterprise Earth, SPITE, Petrichor @ Soma
  • Highway Starr @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Jackson Price @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Beauty In The Breakdown @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Jazz Jam Sessions: Quinteto Caballero @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Evolution Productions Tribute Night: Uprising, a Perfect Tool, Wicked Rooster @ The Merrow
  • Gamblers Mark, Johnny Deadly Trio @ 710 Beach Club
  • Stelita Porter and the Corvelles @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Routine @ Park & Rec
  • After Hours with DJs EdROC & Ikah Love @ The Office 
  • High Rise, Featherstone, Cryptic Languages @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Pumphouse Grids, Weird Night @ Tower Bar
  • Full Strength Funk @ Humphrey's Backstage Live 
  • Lost Santos @ Navajo Live (8pm)
  • Angelshade @ Navajo Live (10pm)
  • Snapwire @ Navajo Live (11:45pm)
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Flux Pavilion @ Bassmnt 
  • JackLNDN @ El Dorado
  • Eddie Cutlass @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Heartattak @ FLUXX
  • Re:Turn All Vinyl ft. Bass Mechanic, Sotero, Jason Splat, Wes Hoppe @ Kava Lounge
  • Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • SD UNION 7 YR Anniversary w/ SPY, Lenzman & Bachelors of Science @ Spin
  • Markus Schulz @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

91X Announces Ye Scallywag! 2017

I went to Ye Scallywag last year and have to say it was pretty awesome. Late October should promise signature San Diego sunshine. But if you want the beer fest part, make sure you get there early, because the tastings end at 4pm when full size beer goes on sale among the vendors. 91X released this information late Sunday night, but what can I say? I lag. Presale starts on Wednesday and regular tickets go on sale Friday. Info below, or check out the page on 

91X Presents
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Waterfront Park
21+ Event

91X presents ‘Ye Scallywag’! Craft beer, food, and music festival... Just over 100 craft beers and unlimited tastings until 4pm!

Live Music on the Main Stage:
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
The Vandals
Strung Out
The Adolescents
Western Settings

Pre-sale Info:
Starts Wednesday, August 16 at 10am
Ends Thursday, August 17 at 10pm

General Onsale Friday, August 18 at 10am

Monday, August 14, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 14-Thursday, August 18, 2017

Last week was crazy busy. We got in a day at the museums (with passes checked out from the library), hit Aquatica, started coaching Nova's soccer, and she started school. I was able to sneak in a night at the Belly Up for James Vincent McMorrow and was able to catch Jesse Lamonaca on Thursday at the Casbah. Nova did a derby camp all weekend and we drove out to Sunrise Highway to catch Perseids. I've been feeling a little blah lately but maybe it was just the full moon and I'll snap out of it. Lots of great shows this week and I'll be at the Casbah possibly on Tuesday and for sure on Wednesday.Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 7-Sunday, August 13, 2017

We got back from the Bay Area last week and after catching up on sleep, were able to catch The Buttertones at the Casbah on Wednesday. On Thursday night I worked at the Rooney show at the Irenic and Friday morning Nova returned home. Of course, we were elated that she's back in California, but she couldn't wait to get a slumber party in with my nieces, which allowed us to see In The Valley Below at Casbah then Chastity Belt at the Casbah, closing the night at the Ken Club. Saturday was awesome as we went to Liberty Public Market to hang out with friends for the afternoon. Sunday marked 5 years since Darren and I met and well, the rest is history, so we spent the afternoon at the Torrey Pines, had dinner at Mona Lisa, and then just hung around catching up on work and our shows. This week Nova starts school, we begin our lives as soccer coaches, roller derby starts up again, and we kick back into the rituals of the school year. There are some great shows coming up so don't sleep on them. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, August 7, 2017:
  • Bent Knee, Heatwarmer, Big Bad Buffalo @ Soda Bar
  • Satellite Sky, Z ETC, Mainsail @ Casbah 
  • Cauchemar, Evers @ Tower Bar
  • Christian Lane @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Prince vs Micheal Jackson Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Melody Makers @ Navajo Live
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Salsa Dancing @ Tio  Leo's
  • Michael J Dwyer @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Real Live Monday 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
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Friday, August 04, 2017

Celebrating the Life of Jeffrey Joe Morin

Jeffrey Joe, Courtesy John Hancock

Love, Gratitude, and a Zest for Living: Celebrating the Life of Jeffrey Joe Morin

Jeffrey Joe Morin passed on Monday, July 17, 2017 with his beloved, Carina Wheatley, and his daughter, Samantha “Rosie” Morin, holding his hands. He was surrounded by siblings and friends for his final goodbye as he was sung off this earthly stage to “Happy Trails.” His physical presence is no longer with us, but the memories, music, and love that he created over his 70 years will be with us always.

A Celebration of a Life most excellently lived will be held on Saturday, August 5th at Vision – Center for Spiritual Living (4780 Mission Gorge Pl) starting at 1 pm and will include a New Orleans-style send-off featuring the Euphoria Brass Band. Please send pictures or short videos for the memorial video directly to Jeffrey's son in law, Michael Bruner, at

On Sunday, August 6th, Java Joe’s (2611 Congress St in Old Town) will host “Ever Yours: A Musical Celebration of the Life and Stardust of Jeffrey Joe Morin” from 3-7 pm for only $5.

Jeffrey Joe had been working to release another studio album, “Don’t Get to Know Me.” Produced by Jeff Berkley and recorded at Berkley Sound and Signature Sound, the album features original songs by Jeffrey Joe as well as amazing interpretations of cover songs that were the soundtrack to his life. The amazing backing musicians are Rob Thorsen, Sky Ladd, Josh Hermsmeier, and the Euphoria Brass Band as well as other music community notables. The record is set to be released in the next couple months, however, you will be able to pre-order the album for $20 at the musical celebration on August 6th. Pre-sale orders can be made now at Donations to help cover other expenses can be made in any amount at If you would like to honor Jeffrey Joe further, please consider a donation to Veterans for Peace (

Jeffrey Joe’s family and those closest to him have been touched and bolstered by the outpouring of love from friends near and far as well as members of the music community. One of the greatest gifts he left us were his frequent lists of gratitudes. So let’s be grateful that we have the chance to work together to make sure his music is available for everyone to enjoy, and let’s be grateful that we can get together in love to share stories, songs, and tears as we bid a fond farewell to Jeffrey Joe.

Saturday, August 5 – 1 pm
Celebration of Life
Vision – A Center for Spiritual Living
4780 Mission Gorge Pl
San Diego CA 92120

Sunday, August 6 – 3 pm
Ever Yours: Musical Celebration
Java Joe's
2611 Congress St
San Diego CA 92110

Monday, July 31, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 31- Sunday, August 6, 2017

Our trip to the Bay Area has been a lot of fun. We got to catch up with Darren's old bandmates and they played together for the first time in a very long time. We've spent plenty of time with his family and we saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (don't bother). We also went to Bernal Heights to see Abraham at Old Devil Moon and to Daly City to catch up with another of his friends and to retrieve a guitar he hadn't seen in a couple decades. We'll be driving back on Tuesday, doing jury duty on Thursday, and then Nova comes back on Friday. Woo-hoo! Anyway, Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, July 28-Sunday, July 30, 2017

The hardest thing about travelling is leaving our neurotic dog behind, but I know she's in good and loving hands with Elliott. Hey there. We're up in Hercules, California for the rest of the weekend and soaking in some good family time and getting out for some grown-up adventures, too. Tonight we're meeting up with Darren's old bandmates who have been resurrecting their project and recording via digital transmission, so maybe tonight they'll get some playing time. I hope San Diego doesn't miss us too much while we're away. Life is gonna kick back to normal super fast so we're enjoying the time we have and then the kid is back, school starts, we become soccer coaches, and tons of other fun stuff down the pipeline. Anyway, get to Hess Fest this weekend if you're in town. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27, 2017

Comic-Con 2017 is all over, though to be honest, I pretty much quit on Friday since I had to work on Saturday. It was a great week and I'll post some of the photos I took another time. We'll be visiting Darren's mom this week, so the animals will be in good hands with Elliott and we're looking forward to some time away. I decided to do listings through Monday since it's the end of the month and I suspect venues won't all be updated by Sunday. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, July 21, 2017

#Wired Party @ #ComicCon2017 Breakdancing Dance Off

I know I didn't post much on Thursday, but I'm really trying to just take in all the fun and snap a ton of photos that I can post later. The Wired Party at the Omni is back this year and while last year they cut back to just one day, this year they're back to three days. DJ Artistic plays the perfect mix of music, the drinks flow generously, and everyone swarms to the hot tray line when they bring out chicken fingers. So this little dance-off broke out with 11 year old actor Miles Brown (aka Little Boogaloo). I regret that I don't know the other kids--whether they're friends or siblings, but apparently Miles' dad is WildChild of Lootpack. When Art played their jam, apparently that was enough to get the kids going. And it was awesome.