Monday, January 22, 2018

Road Trip: The National at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, 1.20.18

Over the weekend I took a road trip to Vegas with my friend Jeff to see The National at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It's been awhile since he and I have done a road trip show but knowing he bought the tickets months ago and who am I to argue? It was a quick trip, just 30 hours away from my family...We left San Diego early Saturday morning, arrived in the afternoon and checked in to the hotel, gambled a little, had an amazing fancy steak dinner at MB, then caught the show. I had a photo pass to the band's show in San Diego back in October so I reached out to the publicists again, and after some back and forth, I was still holding out hope for a photo pass in Vegas. It never happened, but fortunately we chatted with the box office before the show and they seemed to have an open policy so long as there's no "detachable lens", so I decided to take my Samsung point and shoot into the venue. I was afraid I wouldn't pass the metal detectors, but clearly cameras aren't what they were looking for, and despite the massive line to get into the show, getting in took very little time at all. 

The show was incredible. There was no opener but before they came to the stage, the lights dimmed and the house music went to Big Thief's "Shark Smile", probably because the band will be opening some 2018 tour dates in the Southeast, and then, because it was the day of the Women's March, played "Women of the World Take Over".

So let me say something about my pictures...I'm 5'3" and was about 6-10 rows of people from the stage, depending on how many people tried to shove in front of us. Several people had their phones out and above their heads almost the entirety of the show, so I'm trying to focus my camera over the shoulder of the guy in front of me, working around cell phones, trying to not be obnoxious myself. The band members are barely lit with the exception of Matt. I think it's intentional, but I really tried to get pics of the others, especially Bryce and Aaron, who are also up front, but nothing decent came out. It would definitely appear I'm trained just on Matt, but I think that's kind of the way the band prefers it. 

I hadn't ever been to the Joint and the best I can describe it is imagine the Spreckel's Theatre layout except on a bigger scale inside Rimac or Viejas Arena. It's all steel ceilings, but softened by the tables and suites in the loge level and seating in the balcony. The venue holds 4000, or so we were told, and the show was mostly sold out except for some scattered suite spots which were about $150 each. The venue is one of the few spots in Vegas where smoking inside isn't allowed, but cocktail waitresses are happy to deliver $15 beers or $8 bottles of Fiji Water. A guy we met was drinking double jack and cokes in a 22 or so ounce cup, spending $30 a pop. Needless to say, we were just there for the show and I saved my drinking for later. 

Here's the Setlist (from Setlist.FM)

Nobody Else Will Be There
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Walk It Back
Guilty Party
I Should Live in Salt (Dedicated to Tom Berninger)
Don't Swallow the Cap
Bloodbuzz Ohio (Dedicated to Rob Portman)
Squalor Victoria
I Need My Girl
Green Gloves
Conversation 16
I'll Still Destroy You 
Dark Side of the Gym
Slow Show
Carin at the Liquor Store
Day I Die
Fake Empire

Mr. November
Terrible Love
About Today

The rest of my photos are after the jump, but some quick side notes on the trip. I hadn't been to Vegas since before I was with Darren so it has certainly changed a lot. More casinos, more development, and a lot more security everywhere since the Mandalay Bay shooting. Maybe I just notice more, but the homeless and tent cities are more massive, so I feel like this isn't just a San Diego or California problem. The top news stories were the same as here: the Flu, Hep A, and the government shutdown. Next week are the AVN awards, so the casino was full of AVN conventioneers wearing their sex company branded t-shirts. It was funny but honestly also made me uncomfortable, especially because it was the day of the women's march and to me, the industry is just a confusing conflict between sexual freedom and blatant sexism, not to mention some of the extremely sick and disturbed consumers.

After The National, we went to Beauty Bar to see Haunted Summer. It was a pain to park, the venue was super dumpy since the last time I was there, and despite the show saying "no cover", they had a ladies are free, men are $5 policy, which last I checked is not legal, and by the time we got to the door guy, they'd arbitrarily changed it to $10 starting with the dudes in front of us. Another security told us the band was already on but probably had 20 minutes left. By the time we were in and Jeff paid, we caught approximately 3 minutes of their last song. Count me out on ever trying that shithole again unless the circumstances are very different. We left and walked through Fremont to gamble at Main Street Station, the only casino where I got a legitimately poured drink the whole weekend. We checked out early Sunday and got home by 3:45, so we were grateful not to hit any serious traffic in either direction.

I spent my whole life going to Vegas several times a year with my family and have spend the last 5 trying to convince Darren and Nova that they would like it though they've never been, but after this weekend, I'm not so sure that if we had the time or money, that it would be a place we could have fun together. Maybe I'm just too old, but I just don't see myself rushing back anytime soon. But if The National was playing again, I'm sure I could be convinced otherwise.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Photos: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at House of Blues, January 15, 2018

The first time I remember seeing Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was at a free daytime festival held in downtown several years ago. Let's just say it is much easier to shoot them in daylight. I know the lighting director is supposed to help keep a certain mystique about the band but the first three songs were often a "spray and pray" situation...I focus on the microphones then rapid fire, hoping something works. The band was awesome as always and delivered a solid two hour set. I was exhausted after a marathon weekend and a long daytime hike at the beach, but Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is at the top of their game and should not be missed. I took about a zillion photos, some of them are below and after the jump. 

Setlist (from Setlist.FM)
Little Thing Gone Wild
King of Bones
Beat the Devil's Tattoo
Ain't No Easy Way
Bandung Hum
Conscience Killer
Question of Faith
White Palms
Carried From the Start
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley cover) (Rob solo.)
Shuffle Your Feet
All Rise
In Like the Rose
Six Barrel Shotgun
Spread Your Love

Red Eyes and Tears
Ninth Configuration
Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song) 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 16-Monday, January 22, 2018

I had one of those unexpectedly awesome weekends. I had planned on going to Dirty Sweet on Friday and thinking that would be the big hoorah for my weekend, but then my cousin came down from LA, we ended up in OB--stopping into Pizza Port, walking along the cliffwalk, then back at Pizza Port, and then we took all the kids to my mom's and continued hitting up Chula Vista breweries and tap rooms on 3rd Avenue (with my 19 year old sister dropping us off and picking us up, then driving us all to my house) then catching a ride to Casbah for Red Aunts and The Goldettes. Definitely didn't plan on that kind of marathon, but then Sunday was chill and I worked at Luna who were super awesome, and then Monday was another amazing day where we went to the Balboa for lunch, then took the dog to Sunset Cliffs. I forget how much I love the beach in January and February. After a short nap, I went to BRMC and that's where we are now. Listings through Monday are after the jump. I've got a trip to Vegas this weekend but I might still hit some shows this week like Buck-O-Nine, Surfer Blood and the SoundDiego party on Friday. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018:
  • Buck-O-Nine, Mustard Plug, The Lexicons @ Casbah  
  • Tuesday Night Residency with Naïvetè, Battery Point, O/X, Heir Gloom @ Soda Bar
  • Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Nicki Bluhm @ Belly Up 
  • The Kathryn Cloward Band, Cherry Road, Danni Ammon @ The Merrow
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Alvino and the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • T is for Techno @ Blonde
  • Taryn Donath Trio @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Sometimes Julie, Day Breaker @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • Open Mic @ Java Joe's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Hillcrest Comedy Night with Jaleesa Johnson @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • True Bass Tuesdays with Dj Ramsey & Raji Rabbit @ The Office
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Quintet @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabuilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 
  •  Vinyl Moods @ 710 Beach Club
Wednesday, January 17, 2018:
  • Benefit for San Luis Rey Training Camp with Burt Bacharach and Friends @ Belly Up
  • The Flesh Eaters (featuring John Doe & DJ Bonebrake of X, Dave Alvin & Bill Bateman of The Blasters, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and legendary poet Chris D), Sean Wheeler and the Reluctant Messengers@ Casbah
  • TRAVESURA (ft. Leo Romero), Grim Jim, Kids In Heat @ Soda Bar
  • Alien Ant Farm @ U-31 ("Secret Show" 8pm)
  • Hi! Ho! Let's Go! Ramones Tribute Band @ Bar Pink
  • Yung Lean & Sad Boys, Thaiboy Digital @ Soma
  • Sunny Rey's Book Release Birthday Bash Fundraiser for Urban Street @ Whistle Stop
  • San Diego Live feat. Wish and the Well @ Tio Leo's
  • Tower'oke @ Tower Bar
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Club Kingston Presents: Cityside, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Andy & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • DJ Mike White/ Rockin Trivia @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Disney Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Open Mic @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • The Emergency Exit @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wutang Wednesday with DJs Mr. Hek & Cros1 @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

Thursday, January 18, 2018:
  • Big Boi, Cool Kids @ The Observatory
  • Surfer Blood, Terry Malts @ Casbah
  • Fossil Youth, Born WIthout Bones, Dream Haze, Aquarium @ Soda Bar
  • The Mean Jeans, Dirty Fences, Bat Lords @ Tower Bar
  • Not Dead Yet 13- Active Minds, Phane, Karbonite, Anti Psycotix @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Chris Freeman @ Bar Pink
  • Al Stewart “Year of the Cat”, The Empty Pockets @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Cold Showers, Second Still, The Victoriana, DJ Jon Blaj @ Space
  • Robert Dove @ Panama 66
  • Chocolate- A Night of Deep-Dark Afro-Tech and Techno @ Blonde
  • Slow Hollows, Raener, Bad Kids @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • King Taylor Project, Rosa's Cantina @ Sycamore Den
  • New Alchemy Poetry Series feat. Roger Aplon with Jazz Jason Hubbard, followed by Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Color Til Monday, Justin Linn (of the New Addiction), Drew Smith (of The Rough) @ The Merrow
  • Sinbad @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Boom Boxx Thursdays @ U-31 (9:30pm) 
  • 33rd Street Entertainment presents Jeremiah Watkins, Jamar Neighbors, Willie Hunter @ U-31 (7:30-9pm)
  • Kim Jackson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rayvon Owen in Concert @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Tight n Bright Party @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats 
  • The Gold Standard @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Zolopht, The Higgs @ Winston's
  • Rock n Roll Preservation Society with DJ Heather Hardcore and Diana Death @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Acid Varsity #42 feat. Entro Senestre l Wetware l Residents @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Electric Elms, Belladonna @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • FNGRS CRSSD presents The Martinez Brothers (3 Hour Set), Manik, Alex Wax, Rivka M @ Spin
  • PB&J Presents DJs B Rose & Kyle Hapgood @ El Dorado 
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub

Friday, January 19, 2018:
  • The White Buffalo @ The Observatory
  • SoundDiego presents The Magnificent, Thee Allyrgic Reaction, Bad Kids, DJ GirlGroupGirl @ Casbah (Attendees on the  guest list and arrive in the first hour get two drink tickets for brews from our craft-beer sponsor, Belching Beaver Brewery.)  
  • Sunwatchers, Sumatraban, Gun Outfit @ Teros Gallery (3888 Swift Ave, North Park, 8pm)
  • The Amandas, Zzymzzy Quartet, Euphoria Brass Band @ Ken Club
  • Mykal Rose, Blaine Mazzetti and The Originators, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • An Evening with Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel @ House of Blues
  • Eukaryst, Boostive, Monarch, Dethsurf @ Soda Bar
  • ArtPower presents Aeolus Quartet @ Dept of Music’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • SDML presents: Hawk Auburn, The Slashes, Of Ennui @ Manhattan Bar
  • F#$ing In The Bushes with DJ Dan Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Dance Pink Indie/Blog Haus Party @ Blonde
  • Jazz keyboardist Hugo Suarez & Friends @ Dizzy's
  • Beach Goons, Junkie, The Crudes, Espresso, Kut U Up, Effe Emme @ Soma
  • Germán López @ Museum of Making Music
  • Tommy Emmanuel, JD Simo @ Balboa Theatre
  • Great White @ Viejas Casino & Resort
  • Rock Lotto Powerballs, Marsharks, Säñdpöüñdër @ Bar Pink
  • Danny Green @ Panama 66 (6-7:50pm)
  • Jet Set, DJ Mikey Beats @ Music Box
  • Lee Coulter, Michael Tiernan @ Lestat's
  • CalPhonics @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Berkley Hart @ Java Joe's
  • Folk Hogan, Clint Westwood @ Black Cat Bar
  • Monte Pittman, Alien Satan, Meltdown @ Brick By Brick
  • Wise Monkey Orchestra, Go By Ocean @ Winston's
  • The Dodges (Tour Kickoff), The Gutz, Plane Without A Pilot, The Rough @ Tower Bar
  • The Matte Gray Band @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Weaver @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Skyler Lutes @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Kanye vs Chance the Rapper Tribute Dance Party @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Flipside Burners @ Pour House (5pm)
  • Dirty Fences, Mean Jeans, Kids In Heat @ Pour House (9pm)
  • Afrolicious @ Park & Rec
  • The Fighting Able, The Dirty Pennies, the Peripherals, Sam Hell @ The Merrow
  • Bears Among Men, ATC, Mandala, Steaksauce Mustache, Heated @ The Bancroft
  • Chugboat, Brewhahas @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • After Hours in The Office w/DJs EdROC & Ikah Love @ The Office 
  • Canine Cancer Benefitt with Good Time Girl, Gloomsday, Lineup Rookie @ Til-Two Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • FX5 @ Navajo Live  
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Alexander Lewis @ Bassmnt 
  • Now & Laters with DJ Artistic & Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • FNGRS CRSSD feat. KRAAK & SMAAK @ Bang Bang
  • R3hab @ Omnia
  • Eric Bellinger@ FLUXX
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Progress: feat. Brian Scannell & Friends @ Kava Lounge (FREE SHOW) 
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, January 20, 2018:
  • Women's March San Diego | Hear Our Vote 2018 @ County Administration Building/Waterfront Park (10am-1pm)
  • Get Back Loretta, Buckfast Superbee, Nite Lapse, Los Shadows @ Casbah 
  • G3 2018: Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (of Dream Theater) & Phil Collen (of Def Leppard) @ Balboa Club
  • DePue De Hoyos @ Lestat's 
  • 80s vs 90s Dance Party with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Slabratory presents Pulley, Versus The World, GOMO, Skipjack @ Soda Bar
  • Comedy Kumite @ Bar Pink (8 pm)
  • Neon Beat @ Bar Pink (10 pm)
  • The 8th Annual Beat Farmers Hootenanny, The Farmers & Friends @ Belly Up  
  • Electric Healing Sound, Polux, guests @ Ken Club
  • Funk Freaks & Boogieman present "The Stomp" @ Space
  • DigiTour: Arctic Lights @ House of Blues
  • Jay $tez, Tyjeesus, J Spooks, JAYISNOTONLINE, Young Boat Party, Louie The Rapper, DJ Trillmatic @ Soma
  • Saxophonist Ian Buss & his Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Bump! @ Blonde
  • Reptile Society and Acid Varsity Presents: Ben Annand, Nando Decima, Ramin, Austin Speed @ The Merrow
  • Ill Nicky, Riston Diggs, Alien Fam, Mikey Ceasar @ Music Box
  • Esham, Van Brando, J.andrew, Watusi, D SOL, Drastic @ Brick by Brick
  • Whit Aadland @ Pour House (1pm)
  • Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers @ Pour House (6pm)
  • Shane Hall, The Surrealistics, Heather Nation @ Pour House (9pm)
  • Make 'N' Play Family Music Day @ Museum of Making Music (1-4pm)
  • Year of the Bird, Honeypot, Heirgloom @ Black Cat Bar
  • An Evening with Billy Galewood @ Java Joe's
  • Gods of Thunder, A Cheaper Trick @ House of Blues
  • Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Sloths, The Resonars @ Tower Bar
  • Los Chido, Captain Viejo, Cuarto Menguarte @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Matte Gray Band @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Weaver @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Kasey Coe and the Cohorts @ Winston's (5 pm)
  • Mango Habanero @ Winston's (8pm)
  • Band of Gringos, DJ Green T @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Simpson's Trivia Presented by Stonecutters SD @ Til-Two Club (4pm)
  • Burn Infinite, Nowhere Safe, Stand, Icebag Injury @ Til-Two Club (9pm)
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • Latex Grenade, Approaching Fiction, Almost Young @ 710 Beach Club
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • The 90s Burlesque Show @ Queen Bee's
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • Blue Largo @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Wildside @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • BK Lounge with DJs Billie Knight, Tone Capone, Dub-B @ El Dorado
  • DJ Shabazz @ FLUXX
  • LED presents DREZO, Ryan Collins @ Bang Bang
  • DJ dirtyKURTY @ Spin
  • Hot Gin @ Navajo Live 
  • Tony Arzadon @ Omnia
  • Grupo Reo @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Tech Support ft. Susio, Sam Wild, Donald Thump, & Mr.Smith @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, January 21, 2018:
  • Body/Head featuring Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, Steve Gunn/John Truscinski Duo @ Casbah
  • Judas Priestess, Tzimani @ Soda Bar
  • Glaare, Fearing, Hexa, DJ Brandy Bell @ Blonde
  • Alvino and the Dwells, The Phantoms @ Bar Pink (8pm)
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • Clint Westwood Band, John Underwood, Chris Fox @ Sycamore Den
  • Carlos Olmeda @ Java Joe's
  • Sue Palmer @ Panama 66
  • Django Fest 2018 @ Dizzy's
  • Star Trek Trivia (Tournament Night 3 of 4) @ Space
  • Charley Hoffman Charity Party @ Belly Up 
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ House of Blues
  • Under The Streetlamp @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Jo Koy @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall (6pm & 10pm)
  • Blues Jam with Bob and Friends @ Bancroft Bar
  • The Hillbenders: The Who's Tommy, A Bluegrass Opry @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pool House Sunday@ The Pendry
  • Levinson Pool Parties @ The Lafayette
  • Ria Carey and Don L. @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Dead On Monday @ Winston's (2pm)
  • The Contingencies @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Wish & the Well @ Pour House (9pm)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Reggae Sunday with Ital Vibes, Introspective Culture, Lion Sounds @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • The Sunday Groove with DJs Professor & Juni @ El Dorado
  • El Dorado Slim @ Navajo Live 
  • Psydecar @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, January 22, 2018:
  • La Jolla Atheneum Spring Series presents Mingus Dynasty performig Tijuana Moods (feat.  Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, tenor sax; Brandon Wright, alto sax and flute; Ku-umba Frank Lacy, trombone & vocals; Theo Hill, piano; Boris Kozlov, bass; and Adam Cruz, drums) @ The Scripps Research Institute
  • Quel Bordel, BJ Jezbera, Folk Hogan, Forkroot @ Casbah 
  • Willy Tea Taylor, Tommy Alexander, Taylor Kingman @ Soda Bar
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • DJ Girl Group @ Bar Pink
  • Towey Family Fundraiser with Life After Electricity & Super Nacho @ Belly Up
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Blue Monday (Smith/Morrissey/New Order/Joy Dividion/Depeche Mode etc) @ Blonde
  • Salsa & Bachata Dancing @ Tio Leo's
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Sue Palmer @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation: Underground 90s Chill Hip-Hop and board games @ Whistle Stop
  • Soul Dive with Shane Hall and guests @ El Dorado
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Trivia with Shantih @ Bancroft Bar
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • All That!!! A Mostly 90's Thang @ U-31

Friday, January 12, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, January 12-Monday, January 15, 2018

I did a few extra posts this week, so I thought I'd update the listings since they got a little buried. I thought that with Nova finally being done with soccer that my whole week would just open up but have you tried entertaining a 10 year old lately? Holy cow. This generation is so screwed that they can't just go out and ride their bikes or knock on neighbors kids' doors to see if they can play...everything is arranged and supervised and exhausting. It's a holiday weekend, though, so hopefully we'll get out and find some fun things to do. I haven't shot any shows in a spell, but I've got never ending Safari Park photos so here's one of Nova's lion friends that plays with her whenever we visit. Saturday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Friday, January 12, 2018:
  • Dirty Sweet, Hammered Satin, DJ Mario Rubalcaba @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Viejas Casino 
  • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Organ Freeman @ Belly Up
  • Sights and Sages, The Filthy Violets, J. Hofstee @ Soda Bar
  • Springboard West Music Festival @ OB Theatre and Various Venues
  • Dance Punk @ Blonde
  • Herbert, Electric Carlos, Orphan Goggles @ Tower Bar 
  • The Euphoria Brass Band @ Dizzy's
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott & Special Guest @ AMSD (Sweetwater High)
  • Carl Verheyen: Essential Blues @ Museum of Making Music
  • Imagery Machine @ The Manhattan Bar 
  • Gone Baby Gone, Cochinas Locas @ Bar Pink (8pm)
  • The Addictions @ Seven Grand
  • Class Project DJ's @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • Desert Dwellers, Kaminanda, Liquid Bloom, Treavor Moontribe, Dela Moon @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove's 1st Girlz Nite Out of 2018 @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates, Westside Inflection, Doc Hammer, Beehive & The Barracudas @ Black Cat Bar
  • Comedy Open Mic @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Tatanka and Dubbest @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Jerry Jacobs @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Scolex, Impure Consecration, Cave Bastard, Temblad @ Til-Two Club
  • King Taylor Project @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Kelly McGarry Presents Electric Mud, Broken Stems, Wicked Tongues, RIP- Rocks Influential Past @ House of Blues
  • Jimmy Ruelas, Spice Pistols, Funk Manifesto @ Pour House (9pm)
  • Joe Wood and The Lonely Ones @ Pour House (5pm)
  • Pasion Latina @ The Merrow
  • Graham Gillot @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Ol' Fashion Depot, ?Reverie Noise, The In-itself, Fountain of Youth @ The Bancroft
  • Hard Fall Hearts, The Cat Chasers @ 710 Beach Club
  • Love Past Blue, Damian Safe, Ray Goren @ Lestat's
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Tito Torbellino Jr @ El Patron Night Club
  • Scolex, Impure Consecration, Cave Bastard, Temblad @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • DJ Freeman, DJ Artform @ U-31
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • SPACE OC: Jason Blakemore, Michael Vegh, EASports, Emilio Jon @ Kava Lounge
  • Full Strength Funk @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Hot Cakes with DJs Mister Hek & Love Siene @ El Dorado
  • LED presents WONGO @ Bang Bang
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Ramona Mainstage 
  • Eric Bellinger @ FLUXX
  • SD UNION with Tantrum Desire(UK) @ Spin
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

San Diego Music Venue Shuffle & News

It's been a while since I've posted a "newsy bits" type post around here but it seems like there's so much happening that it's time to tell you what I can share of what I know.

By now, you've surely heard that Tim Mays is now a partial owner of Soda Bar, which he purchased with Cory Stier, Carlos Montoya, and Angie Ollman. Jeff wrote about it for CityBeat and Dustin wrote about it for SoundDiego with the particulars. Obviously I work for Tim so I'll just let their articles do the talking, but I do know that some minor changes have already taken place, like the removal of the pole directly in front of the stage and expect a good interior paint job to spruce it up. As a music fan, this can really only be a good move to continue to bring great up-and-coming acts to San Diego.

Another part of all of this is that the Irenic posted a press release to their site earlier this month (h/t Josh Krimston) announcing they would once again be hosting shows. As you may have heard, the venue had told us back in 2017 that they would cease to have shows. Unfortunately, even if they're back online, that means a setback of booking because I'm sure we'd already have a dozen things booked between now and SXSW, but keep an eye out for more shows produced by Casbah and Soda Bar. For now, Casbah has moved Enter Shikari from Music Box to the Irenic on  February 25. In the meantime, Casbah added a couple shows at places like House of Blues Voodoo Room and Soma Sidestage to make up for what we thought was the loss of a venue. There is another spot Casbah was looking to get on board that might end up being an all ages alternative if needed in the future.

In other news, everyone keeps asking me what I know about the Observatory after they canceled last week's show with Sweet and Tender Hooligans and then again this week with K.Flay. They've gone radio silent on social media and tend to hold all their information close to the chest, but here's the official line from the venue:
We had to reschedule our K. Flay show due to a brief closure for maintenance repairs.It'll all be finished soon and we will be ready to rock on Thurs, Jan 18th for Big Boi & The Cool Kids.
For ticketholders to K. Flay, the show has been rescheduled to May 8. The Sweet & Tender Hooligans show was rescheduled to February 16. 

In downtown news, the Quartyard is almost back. Though I don't know if I'll forgive them for the way they tragically let their potted trees die while they were in storage near the Derby Dollhouse, the stage is back being built out on the corner of Market and 13th, just a block east of their former location on Park and Market. The footprint is much smaller and I'm not sure they'll have all of the amenities as before, but a couple shows have already been booked, including Moose Blood on April 2 and Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, and SOAR on April 10.

Lastly, in case you missed it, George Varga penned an awesome love letter to the San Diego Music Scene in the U-T.  Read the full article here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Photos: Chicano Batman at The Observatory, December 30, 2017

It was such a treat to have Chicano Batman back in San Diego. When I saw them for the first time at the Griffin five or six years back, it was hard to imagine that they'd gain such an eclectic following in San Diego, but here they are selling out The Observatory with an audience varying from white indie-rockers to cholos and Xicanas and everybody in between.

Darren had been fighting off the sickness that has knocked out much of San Diego, but he was finally feeling somewhat better and no longer contagious, so it was sweet that he was able to come for this show since we'd been anticipating it for so long, especially since we'd missed BeerX and had such terrible sightlines when we caught them at Music Box.

Anyhow, if you missed it, check out this politically charged video for "Freedom Is Free". More pictures after the jump.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Garett Michaels Named Program Director of 91X San Diego

Garett is PD at 91X! He came, was at 94/9, then he left to Seattle, then came back and did the radio hopscotch and now he's PD at 91X. Though does that mean he just took Hillary's job? Maybe not. I think she is Music Director. These kinds of moves in the market don't tend to be isolated, so keep an eye out for some other movement around town. Full press release below.

Photo Courtesy Facebook. Tommy Hough (For City Council 2018!!) & Garett Michaels

Veteran radio programmer and consultant Garett Michaels has been named Program Director of 91X (XTRA-FM).

Michaels’ San Diego radio roots date back to 2002 as the founding Program Director of KBZT-FM, a position he held for nearly a decade.  After spending two years as the Program Director of KNDD-FM “107.7 The End” in Seattle, Michaels returned to San Diego in December 2015 to become Program Director of KFMB-FM, and was responsible for the rebrand of JACK-FM to the highly successful launch of 100.7 KFM-BFM.

In January 2017, following the end of the joint operating agreement between Local Media San Diego and Midwest Television, Michaels decided to exercise his option to leave the KFMB Stations, and has been serving as consultant to 91X ever since. 

“After spending the last year consulting and working with the team, I couldn’t be more excited to officially join Local Media San Diego”, said Michaels.  “It's an honor to be a part of 91X, a station that represents the San Diego lifestyle, has deep roots serving our local community, and is truly one of the icons of the Alternative format.  I’m thankful to Gregg Wolfson, Norm McKee and the LMSD Board for making this possible.”

“Garett is the best man for the job,” said LMSD Vice President / General Manager Gregg Wolfson.  “His knowledge of San Diego, expertise in alternative radio, and leadership skills provide us much confidence as we celebrate 91X’s 35th birthday.”

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 9-Thursday, January 11, 2018

I promised I would get these done and then in the process I realized that next Monday is MLK day so I'm glad I switched up my week anyway. Today you get another Safari Park cell phone shot from Sunday since I didn't get to shoot Milky Chance after all. It was actually super cute, because mama and baby were down in the valley and came out of a little stream (why their coloration is so dark in this photo), then walked the perimeter of the fence and playfully jousting with another grouping of rhinos. Turns out the 3 year old's mom is preggers, so it's pretty special to catch them all hanging out by the lookout. It seems to be a pretty slow start to the year so far, but tonight I'll be slinging merch for Suzanne Santo, I'll try to hit Dirty Sweet on Friday, and on Sunday I'll be selling for Luna. Tuesday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 8, 2017

The past week was super busy with Nova back in town from St Louis and all. This weekend she wrapped up her soccer all-star tournaments and is back to her normal self after the flu. I didn't do too many shows last week, but did catch Shades McCool at Soda Bar and the Casbah Petty tribute was epic. Typically I spend my Sundays working on the listings for the subsequent week, but I'm wiped out so I'll get around to the rest of the week on Monday.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, January 2-Sunday, January 7, 2018

 Darren and I had our last fight of 2017. Not really, but it was funny that at 11pm we found ourselves disagreeing about how to spent the last hour of the year. I was sure we were home for the night, especially after having spent most of the week alternating between the couch and the bed and sleeping on rotations so one of us coughing wouldn't wake the other and because we were able to make it to Chicano Batman on Saturday night. Of course, after the show he didn't go to the Ken Club and stay till closing so maybe he didn't get the party out of his system, but I just felt like at that point of the night and with both of us already in our pajamas, and since both of us are usually working on NYE, why not just chill together? And I have never not cried during Auld Lang Syne, which is always super embarrassing. Darren went for a walk and checked out Adams Avenue and was like, "uh, no" and we watched the ball drop on TV. Today we laughed as we listened to some girl at Sprouts complaining, "ohmygod, we waitied like, forever, for a car, and then it was like, twenty dollars to like, go a mile." I don't regret staying home. Nova comes home from St. Louis today and had the flu, so maybe we'll all just take a raincheck and celebrate the lunar new year instead. Your Tuesday through Sunday archives are after the jump. 2018 is an election year. Let's make it amazing.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, December 26, 2017-Monday, January 1, 2018

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a great one, and those of you who don't celebrate, enjoyed the time off, whether spent alone or with family and freinds. After Darren's mom was in town last week, we reluctantly shipped Nova off to St. Louis and I had an overindulgent night seeing LA Witch and going to the Ken Club. Over the weekend, we had our Casbah holiday brunch which was awesome, but then the little tickle I'd been feeling had become more intense and I found myself reaching for the 'Tussin and spending as much time in bed as I could handle. Fortunately I was feeling somewhat better on Sunday...not well enough to go out to Exile, but well enough to finish my Christmas shopping. On Christmas, Darren woke up with the cold so I went to have breakfast with my family to let him rest up, picked him up for dinner, then let him off the hook when my sister drove him home and I stated to watch TV with my dad. Three years ago, my dad was in the hospital for Christmas, and he was in for some time this year, too, so I feel especially lucky this time of year to have my family so close. Anyhoo, I did listings through January 1, but I'm going to have to update throughout the week because obviously not everyone is ready for 2018. I decided not to waste the time adding NYE ticket links, but just know you should definitely lock in your plans sooner rather than later. All the listings are after the jump.