Thursday, October 08, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, October 8-Sunday, October 11, 2015

I feel like it has just been non-stop go, go, go forever. Believe me, I take my time to slow down and take long naps and take time for myself and with my family, but even then, I feel like a break is so far off in the distance, I have to just take advantage of the awesome opportunities around me every day. As I've mentioned, Nova is on fall break right now so we've had some fun time at the zoo, at her piano class, at parks and playgrounds, and just lounging around the house. Monday night was the San Diego Music Awards which were so fun and I got to spend time with my friends and colleagues, and Tuesday I went to the incredible show by Beirut at the OAT, then had public transit drama waiting forever to catch the trolley to see Gayle Skidmore at the Casbah in possibly her final show before she leaves to The Netherlands. On Wednesday, Darren's phone crapped out, so we more or less spent the whole day deciding between $160 screen replacement, $175 insurance deductible for a new phone which would take two days to arrive, or just switching his phone plan to mine and getting a new unit at Costco. I'm only sharing this because the Costco insurance carrier, Squaretrade, is the best ever, and by getting a new phone, we'll get a $200 Costco gift card which definitely offsets buying a phone outright. And since we've finally merged plans, our bill will actually go down between the two of us by about $50. Once all that drama was resolved, we had a nice night out at The Hideout and Bar Pink because I'm pretty much non-stop working for the next week. I'll be at the merch table for Xavier Rudd tonight, working the door for Gardens & Villa at the Irenic on Friday before our SoundDiego party at Park & Rec, then at CRSSD all weekend. Next week is crazy, too, but I'll get to that next week. Friday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Thursday, October 8, 2015:
  • The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow @ Casbah
  • Braids, Tasseomancy @ Soda Bar
  • Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Chadwick Stokes @ Observatory North Park
  • Grown Folks Music feat The Husky Boy All Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Turnpike Troubadours, Mike & the Moonpies@ Belly Up
  • Sully and the Blue Eyed Soul Band @ Music Box
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Black Cat
  • Loft Out Loud ft. Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company & Slippery When Wet @ The Loft, UCSD
  • 2015 East Village Un-Gala Awards @ Quartyard (5-8pm)
  • Riverboat Gamblers @ The Hideout
  • Chromeo @ Parq
  • 22 Kings, Ves Frank @ Sycamore Den
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard @ AMSD
  • Tyrone Wells (Solo), Joe Brooks @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page and his Accompanists @ Java Joe's
  • Don Pardi, Brothers Osborne @ House of Blues
  • The Major Minus, Cult Vegas, Vinyl Mill @ The Merrow
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West
  • Rick Parma @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Ben Miller Band @ Winston's
  • Sham 69, Revolt, Grids @ Til-Two Club
  • Riff Raff @ Fluxx
  • Nervo @ Omnia
  • The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio @ 98 Bottles
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Recommended Dosage @ Whistle Stop
  • Revival @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • Black Pussy, Red Wizard @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, October 05, 2015

San Diego Music Award Winners 2015

2015 San Diego Music Awards

Official Winners List

The following are the winners of the 25th annual San Diego Music Awards,

presented on Monday, October 5, 2015 at

Humphreys by the Bay in San Diego,CA.

Best Club DJ- DJ Claire

Best Cover Band- Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

Best Singer/Songwriter- Sierra West

Best Jazz- Gilbert Castellanos

Best Jazz Album- Danny Green Trio - After the Calm

Best Blues- Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact

Best Blues Album- Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - s/t
Best Americana- Sara Petite
Best Americana Album- Nancarrow- Simple Things

Best Hip-Hop- Vokab Kompany

Best Hip Hop Album- 1019 & J.Treel - Treel Tales of Number Running

Best Pop- Gayle Skidmore

Best Pop Album- Tolan Shaw - Chin Up

Best Alternative- Prayers

Best Alternative Album- Wild Wild Wets - 14th Floor

Best Rock- The Routine

Best Rock Album- Barbarian - Night Blooms

Best Hard Rock- Schizophonics

Best Hard Rock Album- Joy - Under the Spell of Joy

Best World Music- Todo Mundo

Best World Music Album- B-Side Players - Dos Generaciones

Best Local Recording- G. Burns Jug Band - The Southern Pacific & the Santa Fe

Best New Artist- The Bassics

Album of the Year- Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile...Back at the Lab
Artist of the Year- Switchfoot

Best Live Performer- Schizophonics

Best Music Video by a San Diego Band- Slightly Stoopid - The Prophet

Song of the Year- Little Hurricane - Heart Skips a Beat

Lifetime Achievement Award– Peter Sprague

San Diego Music Industry Award – Deering Banjos

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 10/5)

I'm so sorry it has taken so long to update this list. Casbah has been adding so many new shows that by the time I publish this, it will already be out of date, but there are so many amazing shows coming up in October that I wanted to make sure you had this fresh list. Everything booked by the Casbah and at the Casbah is listed below with ticket links. Mid-month and beyond are after the jump.

Mon Oct 05 - Toothless George and His One Man Band, Boondock Brothers, of Ennui @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Oct 06 - Gayle Skidmore, The Magnettes, Normandie Wilson @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Oct 06 - Paul Weller @ Observatory North Park

Wed Oct 07 - IAMX, Mr. Kitty @ Casbah

Wed Oct 07 - Lil Dicky, IAMSU @ The Observatory North Park

Thu Oct 08 - BRAIDS @ Soda Bar

Thu Oct 08 - The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow @ Casbah

The Sheepdogs appear at the Casbah on October 8

Thu Oct 08 - Riverboat Gamblers @ The Hideout

Fri Oct 09 - Telekinesis, Say Hi, Illuminauts @ Casbah

Fri Oct 09 - Gardens and Villa, James Supercave @ The Irenic

Gardens & Villa appear at The Irenic on Friday, October 9

Fri Oct 09 - Caspian, Circle Takes the Square @ The Hideout

Sat Oct 10 - VINYL JUNKIES RECORD SWAP @ Casbah (11am-5pm, $3)

Sat Oct 10 - And So I Watch You From Afar, Mylets, Blis @ Casbah

Sat Oct 10 - Nick Diamonds @ Bar Pink (Moved to 10/12 @ Casbah)

Sun Oct 11 - Youngblood Brass Band, G Burns Jug Band @ Casbah

Mon Oct 12 - Nick Diamonds, Lyla Foy @ Casbah

Mon Oct 12 - Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent @ The Irenic

Mon Oct 12 - Trivium @ The Observatory North Park

Tue Oct 13 - Superhumanoids, Rush Midnight @ Casbah

Tue Oct 13 - Other Lives @ Belly Up

Wed Oct 14 - A Silent Film, Flagship @ Casbah

Wed Oct 14 - Twin Shadow @ Belly Up

Wed Oct 14 - Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster), Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin' Jack Elliott) @ Whistle Stop (FREE)

Thu Oct 15 - Deafheaven, Tribulation @ Casbah

Thu Oct 15 - Jose Gonzales, Riothorse Royale @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 5-Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What a week it was. I had a great birthday week, had some fun and great meals with Darren, had some good fun with family, and hit up some fun shows along the way. I worked at the Vintage Trouble show on Thursday, and Friday we went to 91X Homecoming, but left after Pinback and made it to Casbah in time for Vacationer. Saturday was kinda wasted by an invasive familial battle that is just out of control, but we dusted ourselves off and went out to my friend's post-wedding hang at the Shelter Island Sheraton, which was a nice change of pace. On Sunday we hit up a skateboarding birthday party and then the zoo, which we thought would be empty because of football and drizzle, but no such luck being that it was a Sunday and kids are free the whole month of October. Be warned about the zoo- the moving sidewalk to Elephant Odyssey is down for repairs, so to get to elephant mesa, you have to go up the hill via the Polar Bear Plunge or Skyfari there. Anyway, Nova is on fall break, so we're excited to take advantage of the two weeks ahead. I hope to see you all at the Music Awards tonight and SoundDiego Live on Friday and CRSSD fest over the weekend, and probably a lot of shows in between. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, October 02, 2015

91X Homecoming Set Times - October 2 at Oceanside Pier

Reason to Rebel: 3:30 PM
Mrs. Magician: 3:55 PM
Finch: 4:30 PM
Lucy's Fur Coat: 5:10 PM
Rocket From The Crypt: 6 PM
Cold War Kids: 7 PM
Pinback: 8 PM
Pepper: 9 PM

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 10/2)

October is super busy at The Observatory North Park, so take a look at all the cool shows coming up. If I wasn't going to 91X's Homecoming, I would for sure be at Ratatat tonight, and no doubt I'll be at Fidlar, Black Lips/Ariel Pink, Mac DeMarco, and Shakey Graves, just to name a few. Everything booked is here with a ticket link to keep it simple for your purchasing needs.

10/2 Ratatat, Hot Sugar, 8pm, 18+

10/3 The Gaslamp Killer Experience, 7pm, 18+ CANCELLED

10/4 Citizen Cope (Full Band) 7pm, 18+

10/6 Paul Weller 7pm, 18+

10/7 Lil Dicky, IAMSU, Alex Wiley & Young California, 6pm, All Ages

10/8 Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Chadwick Stokes, 7pm, 18+

10/9 Aer, Cody Simpson, Chef'Special 7pm, All Ages

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, September 30-Sunday, October 4, 2015

I have to thank everyone who reached out to me for my birthday on Monday. It was truly a great day and night. Darren took me to dinner at Il Postino and then we went to Radiohead Undercover at the Office, and honestly the music was amazing. The band was so on point and everyone who sang sounded incredible. And, as Darren pointed out, if I had a birthday party, pretty much everyone in that room would've been invited, so it was a perfect place to celebrate. Tuesday was all over the place with some meetings and such, but Darren and I did participate in the #PinkOut at Balboa Park to show our support for Planned Parenthood, and then got some time to visit with my family in Coronado. There are some great shows this week and I wanted to update a couple listings, including Grande Ole Office tonight at the Office, but Thursday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015:
  • MURS, Red Pill, King Fantastic, Noa James @ Casbah
  • Van Halen, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Jason Mraz & Halloran Present the first ever SECRET SHOW @ Belly Up
  • Grand Ole Office feat. J Burns Jug Band, Robin Henkel, Mike Pope, Gary Hankins, Mike Powell, The Liquorsmiths @ THe Office
  • Ultimate Painting, Dream Boys, The Lulls @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Girth @ Bar Pink
  • Chicago @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Halsey: Badlands Tour, @ House of Blues
  • Ruby Duo @ Croce's Park West
  • Gregory Page and his Accompanists @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri, Mark Dresser & Anthony Davis @ The Loft UCSD
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Club Kingston Presents: Heritage with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Water Rats, Roman Watchdogs, Midnight Track @ Tower Bar
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rip Carson & The Valiants @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam, Nothing Special @ 710 Beach Club
  • Botanica Chango @ Whistle Stop
  • A.O.K. Musik @ Henry's Pub

Thursday, October 1, 2015:
  • Peaches, US Girls@ Belly Up
  • Vintage Trouble, Greg Holden @ The Irenic
  • Empress Of, ABRA, Lipherma @ Soda Bar
  • Crooks on Tape, The Verigolds, AJ Froman @ Casbah
  • Oh, Spirit!, Split Screens, Nate Hess (Bad & The Ugly) @ Sycamore Den
  • Ceremony Night @ Bar Pink
  • Chatham County Line @ AMSD Concerts
  • Prelude 2.0 ft. Light Years Ahead @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Aterciopelados, Los Hollywood @ House of Blues
  • Josh Heinrichs, Skillinjah @ The Merrow
  • DarkWaveGarden @ The Bancroft
  • Throwback Thursday @ U-31
  • Matt Hall Duo with Jason Shattil @ Croce's Park West
  • Monty Seward @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Sun Machine, La Ayahuasca, Creatures Choir, Some Kind of Lizard @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • The New Mastersounds, The Earful@ Winston's
  • Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Christ Killer, Pissed Regardless @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Franzen @ Fluxx
  • Carnage @ Omnia
  • Naughty By Nature @ Parq
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Rockin Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Sadistik, Sapient, Ceshi @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
Friday, October 2, 2015:
  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S Mollison, El Cajon, 4-10pm)
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest @ Downtown La Mesa (11am-9pm)
  • Vacationer, Great Good Fine OK @ Casbah
  • 91X Homecoming feat Pepper, Rocket from the Crypt, Cold War Kids, Pinback, Finch, Lucy's Furcoat, Mrs. Magician, Reason to Rebel @ Junior Seau Memorial Pier at Oceanside Pier
  • Ratatat, Hot Sugar @ Observatory North Park
  • Michelle Coltrane @ Jacobs Center (404 Euclid)
  • The Dear Hunter, Chon, Gates @ Soda Bar
  • Agent Orange, The Embalmers, Oddball, PSO @ Soda Bar
  • KASKADE, CID, Galantis @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • First Friday with DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Resurrection Radio Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5pm)
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe feat. Ivan Neville, Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact @ Belly Up
  • David Cook, Andrew Ripp @ Music Box
  • Fast Heart Mart, Cole Washburn, Reclamation Road @ Across the Street at Mueller College
  • Intervarsity and LaFe, UCSD Present: Salsa Y Salsa @ The Loft UCSD
  • Guides @ The Balboa
  • Shady Francos, Fake Tides, The Grinning Ghosts @ Che Cafe
  • Mike Officer @ JSix Rooftop Bar
  • San Diego New Music, Songs Old and New (includes songs from Elizabethan England, an original arrangement of an Italian madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo, the world premiere of Christopher Adler's Aeneas in the Underworld, Act II: The Underworld, and duets by Paulo Bellinati, Arnold Schoenberg, Franco Donatoni, Mario Lavista and Steve Reich) @ Bread & Salt
  • Jim Jeffries @ Balboa Theatre
  • Gamblers Mark, Doug C and the Blacklisted, Johnny Deadly Trio, Seatbelt @ Brick By Brick
  • Tower of Power, Average White Band @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Jel (Anticon), Kynan, Mystery Cave, Ghosttraps, DJ Pyschopop @ The Hideout
  • Mission Zero @ Lestat's
  • Berkley Hart, M.E. Law, Steve Harris, Joel Rafael, Ric Kaestner, Christopher Dale, Sven Eric Seaholm, KeyofBri, Peter Bolland, Bobo Czarnowski @ Java Joe's
  • Hiatus Kaiyote Live in 3D@ House of Blues
  • Offshore Impact, Three Chamber Heart, Look Up Here, 5nSlime @ The Merrow
  • Padre Nuestro (MX), Antebellum @ The Bancroft
  • Dance Party with DJ Bodyrawk @ U-31
  • Blue Largo @ Croce's Park West
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Hip Hop vs Punk Rock @ Tower Bar
  • Neighbors to the North, Creature and the Woods, Bedroom Talk, Little Dove @ Winston's
  • Lurid Memory (EP Release), Unicorn Death, Temblad & Mythereum @ Til-Two Club
  • Danny Daze, Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's
  • Monarch @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Polynesian Underground Presents Inna Vision, Bachaco @ 710 Beach Club
  • Jermaine Dupri @ Parq
  • Eddie Trunk, OFU, Deeper Purple, RDG @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Fab Friday with Webbie @ Spin
Saturday, October 3, 2015:
  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S Mollison, El Cajon, 12-10pm)
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest @ Downtown La Mesa (11am-9pm)
  • Pacific Beach Fest @ PB Boardwalk (11am-7pm, Free, All Ages)
  • Maker's Fair @ Balboa Park (10am-6pm, This is a ticketed event)
  • San Diego Japan Fair @ Liberty Station (Noon-10pm, $5)
  • South Park Walkabout
  • The Lonely Wild, Jim & Sam @ Soda Bar
  • Metalachi, The Fink Bombs @ Casbah
  • Thievery Corporation @ Belly Up (7:30 & 10:30)
  • King Dude, Foie Gras, Crime Desire @ The Hideout
  • The Gaslamp Killer Experience @ Observatory North Park
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink
  • Wang Chung, ABC @ Sycuan Casino
  • Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Frankie Ballard @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Musiq Soulchild @ Music Box
  • Gordon Lightfoot @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Boychick, From Chaos And Heaven, Little Heroine, No Hope Kids @ Che Cafe
  • Lazy Cobra, Whores of Tijuana @ The Bancroft
  • The Red Not Chili Peppers @ House of Blues
  • Parade of Lights featuring LEX, Stefan Pruett @ The Loft UCSD
  • New Years Day. Get Scared, Eyes Set to Kill, Relapse Symphony, DJ Darksiderz, After The Fall @ Soma
  • Time Machine, Way Cool Jr., Arena @ Brick By Brick
  • Mason James Band @ Lestat's
  • Randi Driscoll, Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • Theosis, Raise the Guns, Malison, Blood Dancer @ The Merrow
  • Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes @ Poway Center For The Performing Arts
  • Dance Party with DJ R-You @ U-31
  • Mark Fisher @ Croce's Park West (12pm)
  • Eve Selis & Friends @ Croce's Park West (7pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Red Wizard, R3X, Condor @ Tower Bar
  • Full Moon Feaver @ Winston's (5-8pm)
  • No Kings (CD Release) @ Winston's
  • Ruby The Hatchet, Loom, Wild Honey @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Karma @ Fluxx
  • Eric D-lux @ Omnia
  • Cyril Hahn @ Bang Bang
  • Ascension @ Kava Lounge
  • Charles Burton Band @ Tio Leo's
  • High Tide @ Boar Cross'n
  • Pacific Beach After Party with Sunny Rude, So*Cal Vibes, Ocean Natives @ 710 Beach Club
  • Marty Friedman, Exmortus, Nukem @ Ramona Mainstage
Sunday, October 4, 2015:
  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies (1017 S Mollison, El Cajon, 12-9pm)
  • Maker's Fair @ Balboa Park (10am-6pm, This is a ticketed event)
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest @ Downtown La Mesa (12-5pm)
  • San Diego Japan Fair @ Liberty Station (10am-5pm, $5)
  • Citizen Cope (Full Band) @ Observatory North Park
  • Hollis Brown, Jake Loban & The Friendly Fire, Boaz Roberts @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Classic Spanish songs in the style of Eydie Gormé @ Dizzy's
  • DJ Krush, OpenOptics@ Belly Up
  • The Mavericks @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Queensryche @ House of Blues
  • I Am Woman, Hear Me Pour! (all female crafting contest) feat. Lady Parts @ Sycamore Den
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Heavyweight, RUMOR HAS IT, Hideouts, Hannibal @ Brick By Brick
  • Stray From The Path, Comeback Kid, Being As An Ocean, Major League, Deez Nuts @ Soma
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2pm)
  • Open mic Hosted by Isaac Cheong @ Java Joe's (6:30pm)
  • Holly Miranda, Gracie and Rachel @ The Merrow
  • Gio & Diamond @ Croce's Park West (12pm)
  • Louis Valenzuela Trio @ Croce's Park West (6pm)
  • Phillip Denny @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • 408 Tour with J Lately Telli Prego, J. Lately, and 1Lady
  • J.Morgan, Hugo Monster, J. Montez, Stevie Boy, DJ L.O.C, Nanci Peral, Tall Can 420, Orlando Bruce, and Marlon D @ Kava Lounge
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, September 28, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, September 28- Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's my birthday and while Darren and I had a great weekend together, it didn't go exactly according to plan. After the amazing Death Cab For Cutie show, we made it to the Casbah for the tail end of The Coathangers, then I stayed up till sunrise on Saturday trying to get organized with work. On Saturday we had an early dinner commitment, which meant we only spent a couple hours at Adams Avenue on Saturday night, followed by the super fun Day Wave show at Soda Bar. On Sunday I had family in town, so we hung out at Seaport Village and  intended to follow at Adams Avenue, but the heat got the best of us and we zonked out until I got a last minute call to work for Naked Raygun at the Casbah. Not exactly a dream birthday, but work is work and I certainly get my share of raging nights in year round. It's the end of the month which means many venues haven't updated their calendars, so if I can get around to it later this week, I'll check back on Gallagher's, The Balboa, El Dorado, Ken Club, Lestat's, Sycamore Den, and Whistle Stop. In the meantime, Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, September 25- Sunday, September 27, 2015

This weekend is so busy, I don't know how I'm going to find all the energy to participate in all the fun while also getting caught up with my email and blog posts. Tonight, I'll be heading to the OAT with Darren for DCFC and hopefully catching either the Casbah or Soda Bar shows after. Tomorrow is Tour De Fat, Adams Avenue Street Fair, with some other personal obligations in between. Sunday is typically my work all day day, but with my birthday on Monday, I have to say I'm not super motivated. We'll take it as it comes, I guess. This week was a good one, and I went to Glass Animals and Systems Officer on Monday, Shamir on Tuesday, Joywave on Wednesday, and The Lemonheads last night. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump, and I'll try to post a condensed schedule for Adams, too, but otherwise, have a great weekend.

Saturday: Tour De Fat Returns To San Diego

I don't really like just posting press releases verbatim, however I'm running out of time before I head out to DCFC and with my birthday on Monday, I just don't want to spend anymore time online today than I have to. So that being said, I love Tour de Fat and not donating my Mazda back when I had the chance is probably my biggest regret of the last few years. Between this and Adams Avenue Street Fair, San Diego Blues Festival, and Oktoberfest Celebrations kicking off, you should have no shortage of fun stuff to do this weekend.

New Belgium Brewing’s traveling carnival, Tour de Fat, returns to San Diego this Saturday, September 26. The festivities kick off in Golden Hill Park and New Belgium is looking for a car-for-bike swapper – someone willing to swap his or her car keys for a $2,250 stipend to buy a dream bike and live car-free for a year.

Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. Submit your video at:

The San Diego stop is the ninth of the 2015 Tour de Fat season and will feature eclectic entertainment, yo-yo performances and even vaudeville acts. Everyone 21 and older is invited to sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s latest year-round offering, Slow Ride Session IPA, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.

Tour de Fat is free to participants, but beer and merchandise proceeds from the San Diego stop will go to:

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
San Diego Mountain Biking Association

Last year, the San Diego Tour de Fat stop had approximately 7,000 attendees and raised $45,701. In total, Tour de Fat has raised more than $4 million for cycling-related nonprofits.

Tour de Fat – San Diego Details
American Sign Language interpreting will be provided at this year’s San Diego Tour de Fat!

Saturday, September 26

Golden Hill Park

Main Stage:
10:00 a.m. — Parade Registration
11:00 a.m. — Parade Kick-Off
11:50 a.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of Tour de Fat)
12:00 p.m. — Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
1:10 p.m. — The Slow Mo Show
1:30 p.m. — The Slow Ride Races
2:10 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – Winner receives a New Belgium Cruiser!
2:40 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
2:50 p.m. — SSSSnake! Rides Sputnik!
4:00 p.m. — Reggie Watts
5:00 p.m. — Finale

Stage Stage:
12:00 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.
Superfriends Variety Hour: Death Defying Comedy, Chain Saws, Yo-Yos and Bananas

Le Tigre Circus Tent:
11:15 a.m. — Marnie Sams Muffin Show (Kids Show)
11:50 a.m. — The Other One
12:20 p.m. — Fire Leopard
1:10 p.m. — The Kroup
2:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo Time Machine
2:30 p.m. — Honeymoon Cabaret
3:30 p.m. — The Other One
4:20 p.m. — Etiquette School

Lips Lounge Tapping:
12:00 p.m. — Eric’s Ale, Hop Stout, Cocoa Mole
2:00 p.m. — Carnie’s Blood

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
San Diego Mountain Biking Association

Admission – FREE!
Donations for non-profits are accepted
Beer – $5

Upcoming Shows At The Observatory North Park (9/25)

It's time for another update. New additions to this list are Antemasque (11/3), King Diamond: Abigail In Concert 2015 (11/4), Jackie Greene (11/24), Dom Kennedy (11/25), Dance Gavin Dance (12/12), Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band (1/18). October listings and beyond are after the jump.

9/27 Dead Kennedys, Naked Aggression, Downtown Brown, The Maxies, 7pm, All Ages

9/28 Tove Lo- Queen of the Clouds Tour, Erik Hassle 7pm, All Ages

9/29 Years & Years, Tei Shi 8pm, 18+

Monday, September 21, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, September 21-Thursday, September 26, 2015

My FOMO meter was through this roof this weekend as everyone seemed to have a really great time at KAABOO. On the same token, I was relaxed and chill just trying to keep cool in the neighborhood all weekend. Friday night, Darren and I went to the Music Box to see Julieta Venegas. It was a fantastic show, and we ate (a lot) and have to say their food menu is pretty great. We had the shrimp tacos, the mini TJ dogs, the calamari, tempura short ribs, and the ahi poke- all were good though we could've gone with just three options between the two of us. I'm excited to have the venue back in the mix of shows because Anthology was always such a great sounding room. On Saturday night, we linked up with my sister and went to see The Killers at the Observatory. I'm sorry for the bad information, by the way. I don't know who and when the decision was made to open doors at 8:30, but we had it listed at 10pm on tickets and marketing so sorry to anyone who missed The Nervous Wreckords going by my published info. On Sunday I was excited to see Lucy's Fur Coat and then had a work crisis in these listings that was a stupid coding thing that really messed me up. It affected Friday and Saturday listings, and I've gone through and tried to redo them, but if you find any of the listings on the wrong day, please let me know. This is San Diego Restaurant Week, so eat up! Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, September 18-Sunday, September 20, 2015

My friends are asking why I'm missing KAABOO this weekend, and the truth is that I didn't feel highly motivated to attend. I missed the press deadline, but in reality I couldn't see losing my whole weekend to the festival. I like and love plenty of the bands on the lineup- I even calculated and have seen over 40 of the bands live before- but I just have way too much going on to blow it all off for a festival. I hope everyone going has a great time, that all my friends playing grow their audiences, and that the weather cooperates, but I am going to keep my weekend to a minimum, with Julieta Venegas tonight at Music Box, The Killers tomorrow at Observatory, and Lucy's Fur Coat on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.
Friday, September 18, 2015:
  • Chris Cornell - Acoustic Higher Truth Tour, Hemming @ Balboa Theatre
  • Julieta Venegas @ Music Box
  • KAABOO @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Turquoise Jeep, NofacE Shadowmen, DJ Artistic, Rosa Veleno @ Casbah
  • Tender Age, F#ing In The Bushes with Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • The New Kinetics, Duping the Public, The Heart Beat Trail, The Liquorsmiths @ Soda Bar
  • Turn It Loose with Mr. Blow and Friends @ Bar Pink
  • DSB: A Journey Tribute, Betamaxx @ Belly Up
  • Atomic Groove Bye Bye Summer Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5pm)
  • Splavender, Adult Films @ The Balboa
  • Bill McGee Blues Band @ Park & Rec
  • Revolution Mother, True Rivals, Thorne, Sederra, Takedown @ Brick By Brick
  • Musica en la Plaza with Los Montano and the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet @ California Center For the Arts Escondido
  • The Major Minus, The Wild Fires, Natalie Emmons Band, The Troubadour Parade, Nite Lapse @ Soma
  • The Crooked Jades @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Sad Muffin @ Queen Bee's
  • The Zicas @ Java Joe's
  • DJ Shift @ Parq
  • Troyboi @ House of Blues
  • Negura Bunget, Grimegod, Dynfari, Ruines Ov Abbodon, Lurid Memory @ The Merrow
  • GUIDES (LA)  @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Bodyrawk @ U-31
  • Teagan Taylor @ Croce's Park West
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Santa Ana Knights, Static and the Cubes, Pentecostals @ Tower Bar
  • Ocean Beach Comedy - Barbara Thomsan and Andrew Degregorio @ Winston's (6-9)
  • The Moves (Album Release), Homesick Hitchers, Justin Werner @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • DeeJay Al @ Fluxx
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Dr. Fresch @ Bang Bang
  • The Fooks, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Blue Largo (CD Release) @ Tio Leo's
  • Robot Ears presents SIAN @ Spin
  • Lynch Mob, Rammoth, RDG, Taz Taylor @ Ramona Mainstage

Local Natives at The Belly Up, 9/17/2015

Last night, Hyundai and Grammy Amplifier teamed up to spotlight an up and coming artist named Cramer. She was great, though I probably wouldn't do a cover of "Come Together" as my second song if I wanted this audience to convert to fans. Anyway, Grammy Amplifier held a contest and three winners emerged, so then they get opening slots for bigger artists, and three showcases are held- one in Chicago, this one at the Belly Up, and another in November at Fun Fun Fun Fest. The show was free, but you had to enter a lottery, though upon arrival, there was no check-in, so anyone in line got in, and I'm not sure the venue reached capacity. It feels like a million years since Local Natives have played San Diego, since their last time around they were opening for Kings of Leon at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. In fact, I think maybe this was my first time seeing them since Nik joined the band, so it was pretty exciting. Here's a fun fact: before they were known outside of LA, I booked Local Natives for my first San Diego Music Thing showcase which they subsequently canceled for a better offer in San Francisco. I seriously love these guys and it was an incredible show. I decided to record most of the show since Darren was unable to join me, but I thought I'd share the playlist for anyone interested. I shot these with my Samsung camera, but I might have to go back to the Sony because I'm not loving the sound, but here they are anyway.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Things To Do San Diego: Wednesday, September 16-Thursday, September 17, 2015

This week has been a bit nuts. When we announce big deal shows like The Killers, the amount of work on my end increases exponentially, so after over 16 hours of work online Monday and finally catching some sleep on Tuesday as it rained outside my bedroom. On Tuesday night, I went to see Jaymay at Soda Bar who was amazing and tonight I'll be working for Mobb Deep. Today's picture is a blurry one of my spider, who's been building a web in our backyard every night for over a week now. Wednesday and Thursday archives are after the jump.

The Oh Hello's Close Out KPRI's Green Flash Summer Concert Series Tonight

The Oh Hello's (Tyler and Maggie Heath front and center, flanked by their tour band)
The Oh Hello's are playing San Diego tonight to close out 2015's KPRI Green Flash Summer Concert series at the Birch Aquarium.  Considering the current landscape of rock music, the only surviving remnant of the folk rock explosion of the early 2010s is a spacier Mumford and Sons.  I know plenty don't miss that genre one bit, but trust me when I say The Oh Hello's, with their exuberant melodies and gift for both subtle and soaring harmonies, will move you with the power of Americana again.

The brother sister duo's eponymous debut EP made me a fan, but it was their full length follow-up Through the Deep, Dark Valley that cemented me as a believer.  I love finding groups of tracks that move with confidence and purpose and this album has two sets that I'll never skip through.  The quickly poignant "Eat You Alive", the buoyant guitars of "Second Child, Restless Child" that sets your "spirit running wild", and lovely "Wishing Well" all fill out the first half of the album with the poise of a band that is truly a family.  This trio is followed by the sublime "The Lament of Eustace Scrubb", "I was Wrong", "I Have Made Mistakes", and "The Truth is a Cave".  Despite the angsty titles, these songs have the melancholy and joy few artists ever experience, much less distill into song.

In a just world, Maggie and Tyler Heath would have put Mumford and Sons out of business by doing this music right.  Perhaps it's for the best they're finally coming to San Diego when their musical kin have faded from view; they're going to leave an incredible impression.

Local favorite Josh Damigo and contributor to SDDialedIn opens the show tonight at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla.  Tickets at the door for $38.95, doors are at 5:30p, show runs from 6-9p.m.   Check out the title track from The Oh Hello's upcoming album Dear Wormwood after the jump.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

91X Homecoming Adds Rocket From The Crypt To October 2 Lineup

91X just added Rocket From The Crypt to their 91X Homecoming Lineup, taking place on Friday, October 2nd at the Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier. The event is all ages with gates opening at 3pm. Tickets are $30 plus fees, and as you can see from the lineup, all acts feature a San Diego connection, with all or some of the members hailing from San Diego at some time. Go to for more information and click here to purchase tickets.