As the month of January is nearing its end, the momentum for live music shows is building. This means touring bands as well as locals begin to ramp (up) their schedules, resulting in a greater number of shows being offered. After perusing the upcoming weekend listings, several shows grabbed my attention. Friday night brings a great show to Winston's in OB, featuring The Heavy Guilt and Orange County rockers The Steelwells. The other show of note on Friday is down at the Casbah, where North County residents Dead Feather Moon hit the stage after Blackout Party and The Beautiful View. My first choice for Saturday will take me to the UCSD campus for a great show with two of LA's better bands, El Ten Eleven and Races, at The Loft. A solid backup would be San Diego's own The Donkeys, who are headlining a show at The Griffin. If you prefer to go there, make sure and arrive early to catch opener Social Studies from San Francisco. Dead Meadow will bring their heavy rock to the Casbah on Saturday, making this a great night of shows. Wrapping up the weekend this Sunday are the duo of Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) & Binki Shapiro (No Joy) appearing at The Griffin. This show is being presented by Eric Howarth of Bring On the Bright Lights. LA's JJAMZ are opening the show and are definitely worth seeing live (SD Music Thing). The other option for Saturday features Ken Stringfellow (The Posies) and The Maldives at Soda Bar. Ken will also be appearing earlier that night at M-Theory Music (5 pm).
All in all, a packed weekend awaits, filled with great music. Most importantly, going out to support live music in San Diego is the main objective, resulting in venues being able to continue providing quality shows for the attendees.
Watch a video of Here I Am (vignette) from Adam Green & Binki Shapiro.