Monday, December 11, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, December 11-Sunday, December 17, 2017

I've been with Darren for six Christmases and while I guess I knew he loved Phoenix, it wasn't until I was granted one ticket to the show on Saturday night that he expressed just how much he loved them. "They're my favorite band, EVER," he kept saying (but so is St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Little Dragon, Deerhoof, and on and on). Still, I was feeling pretty guilty for being there without him on Saturday night, but amazingly I mentioned this to fellow photog Kaitlyn right before we went into the pit and she magically produced a spare. Within 10 minutes he was at the venue and got to see the show...a true Christmas Miracle (just kidding). But it was an amazing show in the same week we got to see newcomer Alex Lahey who was also fantastic. The rest of the week was pretty standard...Nova had all star practices and then just like last year, our league got slaughtered in the All Star tournament. The girls were good sports and didn't seem too broken up about it, but it was a little painful to watch and not be coaching. I worked at the Irenic for AJJ and Sales, too, which leaves us with just one more Irenic show this year. This week is kind of the last week before full blown Christmas chaos kicks in...Darren's family will be visiting next week and the week after that Nova will go back to St Louis until after the new year, so it was about time we decorated our tree and got the lights up around the house. If you're in the spirit, the Hipster Holidays channel on Pandora is pretty great and I'm working my way through just about every Christmas movie on Netflix. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, December 4-Sunday, December 10, 2017

 So it's December. Our soccer season is over but Nova made all-stars, so we're still busy running up to PB for soccer and downtown for derby and South Park for piano, but we've been able to carve a bit more time out for going out and I did something I haven't done in awhile...I went to the Casbah four nights in a row. I haven't been lugging my camera because my shoulder has been acting up, but we caught some great shows. Pack AD was Wednesday, then Creepseed on Thursday, and after a family night braving December Nights, I went to see The Shelters and The Tracks, and then after watching the Juvenile Dollinquents derby on Saturday (Nova didn't roster), we went to Blitzen Trapper. This week is going to be busy...I'll be selling merch for Jake Clemons on Monday, shooting Angus & Julia Stone on Tuesday, checking out Alex Lahey on Wednesday, and working at the Irenic on Thursday and Friday. I'm still hoping some tickets comme through for Phoenix, but I'm not holding my breath. We got our tree on Sunday and heard that places actually are selling out (Costco was 100% sold out, for example) so if you are buying a live tree this year, don't wait. Whether or not the news stories were exaggerating, there were practically riots in the Home Depot parking lot. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, December 4, 2017:
  • Jake Clemons, True Stories @ Casbah 
  • Wheeler Walker Jr., Joey Diaz, Jaime Wyatt @ The Observatory
  • Jewel's Handmade Holiday Tour @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • ThePianoGuys Christmas Together @ Symphony Hall
  • Murray Christmas Party with Cutwater Spirits @ The Office
  • Dag Nasty, Fireburn, Distant Beds, Let Rage @ Soda Bar
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Escondido High School Winter Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Pipe Dream, Low Points @ Blonde
  • Jesse Ray Smith @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Wreath Fundraiser @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation- Chill Beats & Board Games @ Whistle Stop
  • Posse On Broadway with DJs Dimitri & Cros1 @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Salsa and Bachata Dancing @ Tio Leo's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Military & Industry Mondays  @ 710 Beach Club

Tuesday, December 5, 2017:
  • Angus & Julia Stone, Luke Sital-Singh @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • Nicole Atkins, Lauren Ruth Ward, Thayer Sarrano @ Soda Bar
  • Murs, Parker Meridien, DJ Artistic @ Casbah  
  • The Used, BFSB @ House of Blues 
  • Rob Machado Foundation Benefit featuring Nahko, Jon Foreman & Lukas Nelson @ Belly Up 
  • Jesse Lee (Of the Paragraphs), Birdbath, John Meeks @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Mr. Adrian Demain @ Bar Pink
  • Naomi Punk, Underpass, Tar Pit @ Space
  • T is for Techno @ Blonde
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Lucy Morningstar @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • Reggae Tuesdaze with SkunkDub with Crucial Blend @ The Holding Company 1502
  • In Hearts Wake, Fit For A King, Like Moths to Flames, Phineas, Blackcast @ Soma
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Jackie Beat in "A Gay in the Manger" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Heritage Elementary Holiday Shows  @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Suesday Swing Night with Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Quintet @ Tio Leo's
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabuilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  • Aveona @ 710 Beach Club
Wednesday, December 6, 2017:
  • Alex Lahey, Dude York @ Casbah
  • Jonny Lang, Zane Carney @ Belly Up
  • Ben Sollee & The Kentucky Native, Emily Scott Robinson @ Soda Bar
  • ACP Holiday Party with Sprung Monkey, Hazmatt @ Music Box
  • Dance Gavin Dance @ The Observatory
  • One, Two, Threee w/DJ EdROC @ The Office
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Aaron Gillespie, Onward, Etc, Jesse Gawlik, Mason Betsch @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Dru Hill, Jesse Gawlik, Mason Betsch @ House of Blues
  • Shocking Pink with DJ's Old Man Johnson & Wendy @ Bar Pink
  • Tidings of Jazz & Joy @ Sycuan Casino
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Miracosta College Symphony & Choir presents Dueling Nutcrackers @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez and special guests @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Dulaney & Co, Fashion Jackson @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Club Kingston Presents: Kingston, Psydecar, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Steve Grand in "All-American Boy" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • DJ Mike White/ Rockin Trivia @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Open Mic with feat. artists Trans-Conduit @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • ChillsNThrills @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

Thursday, December 7, 2017:
  • AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad),Toys That Kill @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Tim Barry, Roger Harvey, A.W. (Allison Weiss) @ Casbah
  • Prophets of Rage, P.O.D. @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • SUSTO, Esme Patterson @ Soda Bar
  • Downs Family, Screaming Yeehaws, Powerballs, DJ Chris Freeman @ Bar Pink 
  • Atomic Groove's Twilight Xmas Show @ Belly Up (6pm)
  • Chévere Entertainment presents: Chevere All stars, Ukeim @ Music Box
  • NIght Owls: (Gin)gerbread feat. Tina Leinenweber @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • The Mesa College Big Band @ Dizzy's
  • Fish Out of Water @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Cosmonauts, Wild Wild Wets, DJ Andrew McGranahan, Mike Delgado @ Blonde
  • It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • FIrst Thursday at the Lafayette @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 
  • The Rebel Set, Alvino and the Dwells and Thee Allyrgic Reaction @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • An Evening of Jazz with Jux @ Sycamore Den
  • Thursday Night Jam @ Ken Club 
  • The Anomaly, Warsaw, Slow Caves, Crew D'etat Brass Band @ The Merrow
  • Veronica May @ Java Joe's 
  • Boomboxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Jerry HotRod DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Groove Squad @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Whitechapel "Decade of Defilement Tour", Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, Entheos, So This Is Suffering @ Brick by Brick
  • Steve Grand in "All-American Boy" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Chill Clinton @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Bum Lucky, Space Bus, Arnny Paulmer and Strangely Strange, Nick Gray, DJ OMZ  @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Winter Menu Release with DJs Artistic, Hektik, Cros1 @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Ecotopiia II: An EcoParty ft. NiCO LUMiNOUS, The Brothers Burns @ Kava Lounge
  • Pajama Jam @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Line Dancing @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Matt Sundstedt Band @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub

Friday, December 8, 2017:
  • SALES, Chaos Chaos @ The Irenic
  • Fall Brewing Anniversary Party with Agent Orange, True Rivals, The Widows, Sim Williams @ Casbah
  • Slow Magic, Point Point @ The Observatory
  • Abbey Road Christmas, Chris Torres Band @ Belly Up
  • Fashion Jackson, Love Glow, Sights and Sages, The Galactic Booking Track , PVKE, The Televisuals @ Soma
  • Pig Destroyer, Despise You, Necrot, Call of the Void @ Brick By Brick
  • CANCELED Pere Ubu, Diminished Men @ Soda Bar
  • BUMP! (nu disco, Frenc house, indie) @ Blonde
  • The Routine, AJ Froman, The Dark Side of OB @ Winston's
  • DJ's Brandy Bell and Carrie Gillespie @ Bar Pink
  • SDCBC 30th Anniversary & Holiday Joy Ride! @ Panama 66
  • Runnin' Down A Dream - A Celebration of the Life and Music of Tom Petty @ Music Box
  • Super Nacho Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • 26th Anniversary Party @ Java Joe's
  • The Rebel Set, Thee Allyrgic Reaction, Gloomsday @ Black Cat Bar
  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ House of Blues
  • Jerry HotRod DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Wvrm, Funeral Chic, JasonXvoorhees @ Til-Two Club
  • Corey Smith, Jade Jackson @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Troy Carwright @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Rhythm and the Method @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Fooks, OFIER @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Carols By Candlelight with Lonestar, Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham, Anna Vaus, Steve Vaus, and more @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Black Pussy @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Plane Without a Pilot, Mosaics, Little Empire, the Rough @ The Merrow
  • Bombscare, Rock and Roll is the Devils Music, Decompose, Mandala @ Bancroft Bar
  • SoulfulofNoise San Diego @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • LA Guns, Taz Taylor @ Ramona Mainstage
  • AfterHours in The Office w/DJs Kid Wonder & Adam Salter @ The Office 
  • Wvrm, Funeral Chic, Orphic Eye, JASONxVOORHEES @ Til-Two Club
  • The Kegels, All Beat Up, Punchcard, Let's Face It @ Tower Bar
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • AfterHours in The Office w/DJs Kid Wonder & Adam Salter @ The Office
  • Serious Guise @ Navajo Live
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Tisoki, Ray Volpe @ Bassmnt 
  • Touchy Feely with Mike Delgado and friends @ El Dorado
  • FNGRS CRSSD feat Jeremy Olander, André Hommen @ Bang Bang
  • Purps ‘n turqs – Marques Wyatt, 13 years of Kava Lounge @ Kava Lounge
  • Taste presents: Layton Giordani [Drumcode] @ Spin
  • DJ Amen @ FLUXX
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, December 9, 2017:
  • Vinyl Junkies Record Swap @ Casbah (11am-5pm)
  • 20th Parol Lantern Festival @ Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
  • 91X Wrex the Halls featuring The Lumineers, Vance Joy, DREAMCAR, The War on Drugs, The Arkells, Buckfast SuperBee @ Valley View Casino Center 
  • Makers Arcade Holiday Fair 2017 @ The Port Pavilion, Broadway Pie
  • Krampus Kristmas Cabaret @ Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Adolescents, The Grids, PSO @ Casbah
  • Phoenix @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT) 
  • Jamila Woods, TASHA @ Soda Bar
  • Livin’ On A Prayer VS Springsteen Experience @ Belly Up  
  • Wu Man & Bill Bradbury @ Museum of Making Music 
  • The MilkCrates DJs @ Bar Pink
  • Comedy Kumite  @ Bar Pink (7-10pm)
  • CANCELED: Slothrust, And The Kids, Jackie Mendoza @ Space
  • The Creepshow, Hard Fall Hearts, Sam Hell @ Ken Club/
  • Club Sabbat @ The Merrow
  • Harvard Bass, Chris Herrera, and the homies @ Blonde
  • SiriusXM pres The Highway Finds Tour feat High Valley & Adam Doleac, Brown & Gray @ House of Blues  
  • SDGMC Presents: Jingle @ Balboa Theatre
  • Ninja Night Race, The Rough, NSR, Shinjoku Riot @ The Bancroft
  • 2017 Student Exhibition @ Athenaeum Art Center, Logan Heights
  • An Evening with Danny Duncan @ Soma
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri and Rob @ Whistle Stop 
  • Cut Chemist, DJ Ratty @ Music Box
  • The Venetian Blinds, Valley Cult, Duuns @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • A Christmas Carol (Broadway Theatre Arts Academy) @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Simpsons Trivia @ Til-Two Club (4-7pm)
  • Two Tone Toys For Tots Drive @ Til-Two Club
  • Coco Montoya, Daytona & the Blueside Rockers, Triple Deez @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Carols By Candlelight with Lonestar, Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham, Anna Vaus, Steve Vaus, and more @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Holiday Hop - Rockabilly Dance Party @ Queen Bee's
  • DJ Oren, Clint Westwood, Modern History @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Crooked, Gary Hankins & the Summer Knowledge  @ Black Cat Bar
  • An Evening with Billy Galewood @ Java Joe's
  • Joanna Baduria @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Sickstring Outlaws @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Brodie Steawart Band @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Ryan Hurd, Tyler Rich @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Kim Wilson and his All Star Blues Band, The New Hips @ Winston's (5:30pm)
  • DIRTWIRE, Headphone Activist, Abouav @ Winston's (10pm)
  • Shred For Dime Tribute Show @ Brick By Brick
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Unsteady, Mochilero All Stars @ 710 Beach Club
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Sabor! (cumbia & reggaeton) @ El Dorado
  • Ego Trip Presents: Arctic Oasis ft. Ooah+Boreta, YokoO and more! @ Spin
  • 8five8 @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ Bamboozle @ FLUXX
  • Anjunadeep Tour: 16 Bit Lolitas, Luttrell, Joseph Ashworth @ Bang Bang
  • Tech Support ft. Memo Rex, Donald Thump, & Mr.Smith @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, December 10, 2017:
  • Holiday Craft Bar-zaar, @ Bar Pink (12pm-7pm) Death Eyes, The Birth Defects, Stalins of Sound, Bosswitch @ Casbah
  • Give Back To Santa @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (11am)
  • Pop Up Holiday Market @ Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (6pm)
  • Run the Jewels @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Agnostic Front, Take Offense, Endzweck, Heat, Tarpit @ Soda Bar
  • Desert Suns, Mezzoa, Nebula Drag @ Tower Bar 
  • The Big Decisions @ Sycamore Den
  • POCARI SWEAT - Vapor/Feels, Future Funk & Electric Groove with DJs Rees Withrow, Umenos & No No @ Space
  • Lord Howler, Badabing @ Bar Pink (7pm) 
  • Six String Society - A Christmas in Paris @ Belly Up
  • In Concert Christmas Show @ The Merrow (5pm)
  • The Playground - Sunday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • SDGMC Presents: Jingle @ Balboa Theatre 
  • Hollywood Undead, Butcher Babies, Demrick, Adam Doleac @ House Of Blues
  • Lil Xan @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues 
  • How The Grouch Stole Christmas with The Grouch, Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Fresh @ Music Box 
  • Sinatra Forever @ Sycuan Casino
  • A Christmas Carol (Broadway Theatre Arts Academy) @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Nutcracker- Pacific Arts Dance Center @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Members Holiday Party @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Fashion Jackson, Cyrus Gengras, Caroline Corn @ Lestat's
  • Pool House Sunday@ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Raquy Danziger’s Düm Rhythm Celebration w/ Workshop @ Worldbeat Center
  • Children's Holiday Magic Fundraiser @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Wonderdogs, Stained Glass Windows, Featherstone @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Pickwick Commons @ The Bancroft Bar 
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Lavender Rave @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Underworld @ Navajo Live 
  • Hot Cakes with DJs Mister Hek & LoveSiene @ El Dorado 
  • Ugly Sweater Party with Twista @ FLUXX
  • SAN HOLO, Just A Gent, Droeloe, Kidwaste, Sly Turner, Elevator Musik @ Spin
  • Irieality @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • San Holo: Gouldian Finch 2 Tour @ Spin Nightclub
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, November 27, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, November 27-Sunday, November 3, 2017

You get another kitten picture this week. Nova was gone last week, and it was sad for her to be gone, but I took advantage of the time to clean and have some nights out with Darren, and to get organized. Winter nesting, if you will. We loved Jenny & The Mexicats on Monday, and I had a pretty good time at Booty Bassment on Wednesday, too. We spent Thanksgiving with my family in Chula Vista, then had my nieces spend the night so they would be here when Nova got home. Friday the girls had a blast just catching up and hanging out. On Saturday we attempted to go to the Paradise Hills Night Market but parking was insane so instead dropped into the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack for a bit. The store looks amazing and we saw a dozen or so friends while we were there. I've been struggling with normal sleep lately, perhaps because of the new kitty who wants to play from midnight to 4am, but I have been exploring all of our streaming subscriptions. If you haven't watched the second season of One Mississippi yet, you must get on that. Don't forget about my Holiday Guide (use the tabs at the top of the page), and normal weekly listings are after the jump.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Friday & Saturday: Vinyl Junkies Record Shack Grand Opening!

In case you hadn't heard, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack is opening this weekend! After you've recovered from your holiday hangover on Friday and Saturday, get to South Park to join in on the festivities and pick up so new/old vinyl while you're there!! They'll be open from 10am-10pm both days. The shop is located at 2235 Fern, directly across the street from the Whistle Stop.

Monday, November 20, 2017

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

Fall is in the air despite the fact that it's supposed to be like 87 degrees this Thanksgiving. Things are definitely slowing down around here. Last week, we hit the zoo, I shot at the Gary Numan show, and we got to see Speedy Ortiz and Tera Melos at the Casbah on Thursday. We closed out our soccer season with a tough loss, but Nova made All-Stars again, so she'll be doing that when she returns from her Thanksgiving trip to St Louis. If you've followed my social media posts, you also know we took advantage of waived adoption fees at the Animal Shelter last week and adopted a new kitteh this weekend. Little Strawberry to go with our Kiwi (who is none too thrilled about her presence so far). We're trying to get them all acclimated to each other, and hopefully they'll make some progress by the time Nova is back on Friday but it took awhile for Kiwi and Ficus, too. This week includes pre-Thanksgiving, so be careful out there and hopefully all of you get to enjoy some quality time with people in your lives whom you love. Monday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, November 13, 2017

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

I'm definitely enjoying my homebody lifestyle lately. Ever since I had pneumonia, I've been laying low. Our soccer season is coming to an end, and it gets so dark so early that I've been thinking a lot about the holidays. In fact, it might seem like I've been a slacker, but I put together a pretty extensive Holiday Event Guide, which I haven't done in a couple years but was feeling in the spirit this year. I'll keep updating as more events roll in. I got to go to the Safari Park on Friday with my family and even my mom got out of the house for a few hours. We're hoping to take advantage of the week before Nova flies out to St Louis on Sunday. I'm still not really going to many shows, but The Heavy Guilt record release was pretty fun on Friday. Not sure if I'll be able to escape the asylum this week, but it would be pretty great to see Frank Lee Drennen on Wednesday at Java Joe's and I'll be trying to catch Speedy Ortiz on Thursday at Casbah, and maybe Diarrhea Planet on Friday at Soda Bar. I would love to get out to Pappy & Harriet's on Saturday, but with Nova leaving Sunday morning, it's just not in the cards for us. Monday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, November 6-Sunday, November 12, 2017

I'm still taking it easy, but Saturday night at the Livewire Anniversary Party was pretty amazing. I was selling merch for Livewire, so it was a lot of work, too, but it was pretty sweet because Nova had a derby sleepover in Murrieta, so Darren was able to cover my shift at the Irenic then come to the Observatory to help me when he was done. The bands were amazing and it was great to see so many people who have made the San Diego music scene so vibrant for the last two decades and beyond. After we counted our stuff out, we went to Livewire where it was nuts to butts but super fun. The Amplified Ale Livewire IPA is pretty darn good, too, and it was nice to have my first beers in over two weeks. I'm still kinda taking it easy, but hopefully I'll be getting out a little more little by little. There are some awesome Beer Week events and for most working people, we have a three day weekend with Veterans Day observed this Friday, so enjoy the week. I included a San Diego Derby Doll link for a bout this weekend that Nova rostered for if anyone is interested in checking it out. I'm posting an older pic from the Safari Park because I'm hoping to get up there on Friday. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, November 2-Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hanging with some friends at Balboa Park
 Holy shit. I cannot believe it is already November. Yet here we are and there are so many rad shows this weekend I can't believe I'm still in isolation for the most part. I'll definitely be slinging merch at the Livewire shindig on Saturday, though, so come by and pickup your Livewire swag. I wish I could hit this year's Brewers Guild events, but the way I feel, it looks like I'm sitting out this San Diego Beer Week 2017. But there's also tons of exciting news, like the Casbah 25th Anniversary Hoodies are now available in a zip hood and Tim + Eric are opening a record shop in South Park! I wonder if I can pick up some shifts there? Anyway, it's a big weekend, so I thought I'd clean these up a little and repost. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tim Mays + Vinyl Junkies Partner to open Vinyl Junkies Record Shack in South Park

I've been sick with pneumonia and haven't been out or had a drink in nearly two weeks, so just about any news is good news, but this is perhaps the best news I've heard all year. I've always wanted the Casbah to have a ticket outlet, and when I was hired at the North Park Theatre, we tried to work out a deal, then it was bought by the Observatory and they used a different ticketing company, so we could never quite work out a ticket outlet. So anyway, a new record store, a new place to pick up Casbah tickets, and I can only imagine, a great new spot for in-stores or listening parties or acoustic performances. We shall see. In the meantime, here's the big news:

Vinyl Junkies Announces South Park Retail Location & Casbah Partnership

Eric Howarth of Vinyl Junkies is proud to announce a new partnership with Tim Mays of The Casbah in the Vinyl Junkies venture.  The mobile record shop and bi-monthly record swap (held at the Casbah) has been in existence for over 4 years, and will now add a brick and mortar location to its repertoire called the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack!

Located in the heart of South Park at 2235 Fern Street, directly across the street from the Whistle Stop Bar, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack will bring music retail back to the neighborhood.  After lease issues forced Howarth’s former shop, M-Theory Music, to leave South Park, it is with excitement that we come full circle back to this unique and vibrant, independent community.

The focus of the record store will be on used records and cassettes, with a selection of new reissues on vinyl across all genres.  From Funk to Punk, Soul to Garage, Jazz to Heavy Metal, and everywhere in between, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack prides itself on having a knowledgable, friendly staff who can turn the most discerning collectors or those new to the vinyl world, on to their latest favorite album.

The “Record Shack” will also be the exclusive ticket retailer for Casbah shows, with minimum service charges, and will carry other useful items for the neighborhood like guitar strings, turntables, vinyl cleaning/collecting supplies, and related items.

The store will celebrate its Grand Opening on Record Store Day, Friday November 24th, with festivities going on through Saturday the 25th. Special guest DJs and bands will be performing, drinks and food will be had, and thousands of records will be for sale.  Further details will be announced soon.

Vinyl Junkies is also actively buying record collections for the store.  Those interested with records to sell can email or call 619-816-1830.

We look forward to talking further about the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack and know your readers/listeners/viewers will take interest in not only the store, but the recent resurgence in the vinyl record format!

UPDATE: Check out this more in depth article on SoundDiego about the partnership.


-Tim Mays has been a pillar of the San Diego music scene for decades.  Having started promoting punk rock shows back in 1980, that passion has continued with 29 years of owning and operating the city’s most beloved venue, The Casbah, and putting on larger shows at various venues by Casbah Presents.  Mays has also added “Restauranteur” to his resume, as co-owner of awarding winning Mission Hills restaurant Starlite and Golden Hill cafe Krakatoa.  

-Eric Howarth’s involvement in the music world has been extensive as Founder of Vinyl Junkies & M-Theory Music, Record Label Owner (Hi-Speed Soul), Band Manager, Tour Manager, Concert Promoter, and DJ.  In the past few years, Howarth has followed a new passion in the film industry as Cinematographer for the Records Collecting Dust II documentary (to be released early 2018), filming music videos, shooting live bands for SoundDiego on NBC, and taking on roles in various short films. Howarth’s current project focus is a documentary based TV show he co-created and hosts that will soon be pitched to the networks, along with his involvement in the feature length film Fanboy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

groove pigs share tracks...finally! This Is Halloween & Throne Games

You might recall that Darren and I visited his mom this summer. It was our first time going without Nova (she was in St. Louis) and so it was a true vacation in that we'd spend days with his mom and nephews and then had the nights to run around the East Bay/Oakland/SF area. One of the things he really wanted to do was meet up with his old band.

So the really quick history is that Darren was in a band called groove pigs back 20 plus years ago. Darren and Joe Heavey went to high school together and played music for years, and then had rehearsal space adjacent Dan Jewett, with whom Darren went to SFSU, and eventually they formed groove pigs as a fun side project from all their other endeavors. I'm not exactly telling this right, but they all moved a lot, had different bands, blah blah, but they were a party band and played house shows and bars and clubs and art spaces and basically anywhere they could at the time. But then life happened and they all moved on.

Darren resurfaced in San Diego and then little by little they reconnected over the magic of Facebook (though Dan and Joe live just a short distance from one another), thought they should start tooling around with music again, and became an internet project, each recording parts and sending them to the others to record. They have a whole record of original songs. (By the way, you should check out Dan's other project, My Little Hum.) I don't know what will become of it or if they'll release it or whatever, but while we were in the area, the guys all played together in the same room at the same time for the first time in at least a couple decades and many craft beers and shots of tequila were consumed and it was awesome. One day they'll let me release those videos.

In the meantime, Darren has a Halloween tradition, playing the very complicated "This Is Halloween" with Nova, and so this year, the band decided to give it a whirl, and the mix came in after midnight, but we wanted to share it (you can even hear Nova singing in parts). The b track, Throne Games, is their twist on the opening them of the show (duh). I promise I'll be sharing more as they let me, but it's just a fun project for them, and I'll let them dictate how they want it shared with the world.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 30-Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ug. So I have been in bed a whole lot lately. The whole of last week, I didn't even step out onto my balcony until Thursday and didn't leave my house until Friday and that was for a doctor's appointment. Fortunately, I still have OBAMACARE and got to see a doctor and get an x-ray and an antibiotic for whatever lung infection I have and an inhaler so I can breathe again. On top of all that, because Kaiser kinda works like a health care buffet, my stuff was so speedy that it was done before the actual appointment time...I'd checked in on the kiosk 25 minutes in advance of my actual appointment time, was immediately called in, met with the nurse for weight, blood pressure, health screening, taken to a room, and checked by the doctor all before my actual appointment time. And in that time, made two more appointments for my annual lady parts checkup and for a mole I want removed. So yeah. The good news is by Saturday I was finally turning a corner and we coached our morning soccer game, hung around the house for a bit, and spent some time at Balboa Park and the Zoo before having dinner at Mona Lisa. So yay. I'm getting out of the house again. But it will definitely be a low key week for me until maybe the Livewire Anniversary party on Saturday.
I will try to get around to updating Bar Pink, Black Cat Bar, El Dorado, FLUXX, Sycamore Den, and Whistle Stop before the weekend but no guarantees. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.