Friday, April 26, 2013

San Diego Newsy Bits Roundup: FM 94/9 SPF 2013, Restaurant News, X-Fest Switcheroo

It has been a while since I've done a newsy bits roundup, but exploring the city on my bike helps me notice things a little bit better. Fortunately, we all have Facebook, so you're probably up to date on a lot of stuff, so I'm just going to post some stuff I've noticed. Lots of things happening around the city.

FM 94/9 Announced their SPF 2013 lineup. The Sandy Parts Festival (SPF) 94/9 - Presented by BUD LIGHT is back at the Oceanside Pier and features Matt & Kim, Youngblood Hawke, Capital Cities, Family of the Year, The Mowgli's, The Palace Ballroom and UCSD Battle of the Bands winner Soda Pants. Tickets are only $15 and can be upgraded to VIP for another $10. The show is Saturday, June 8 at the Junior Seau Amphitheatre at 3pm. Tickets are on sale now.

Back in March, 91X announced their X-Fest lineup. Since then, the lineup has changed slightly and more importantly, they've changed the date of the show. The new lineup has Blink 182, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups, The Dirty Heads, Fitz & The Tantrums, Wavves, Atlas Genius, Iamdynamite, and New Politics. Absent from the new lineup were previously announced artists The Offspring, Jimmy Eat World and Capital Cities. The original show was scheduled for May 17th. The new date is Friday, September 20th. Tickets are on sale and previously purchased tickets will be honored. [Update: According to Robin Roth, Capital Cities is the only band on the original lineup who will be absent from the new date.]

Summer concerts are slowly being announced, including the full lineup for Humphrey's 2013 season and the San Diego County Fair Toyota Concert Series Grandstand lineup.

As CityBeat has reported, Kava Lounge has been sold. From what I hear, the new owners are gonna pretty much keep it the same.::

After losing a contentious battle with their landlord, Croce's downtown will be closing at the end of 2013. Here's a farewell message from Ingrid Croce on the Croce's site. ::

30th Street and North Park have added several new beer spots in 2013, including Belching Beaver at 4223 30th Street. It's in the old scooter shop just south of El Cajon Boulevard. The 30th Street Corridor just keeps expanding. Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine have been open for a while now and I finally checked out the former. Not my scene, but I can see why these places are successful. It would be nice if they ponied up for a new bus shelter that would fit their design rather than getting the former one taken down. Pretty lame if you've ever tried to transfer from the 11 to the 2, let alone if you're elderly or a person with a disability.  Just down the street (4494 30th Street) is Poor House Brewing Company which I still have yet to try. Over in Normal Heights, The Heights Tavern opened (with no connection to West Coast Tavern & Uptown Tavern) and this week the Sycamore Den will be opening. Lauren, owner of Kensington Cafe, recently opened The Haven Pizzeria in Kensington, and last summer Village Vino opened on the same block. North Park has a bunch of other additions, including Thorn Street Brewery at 3176 Thorn and the Foundry shuttering and making way for a bar whose name escapes me because the font of their sign is so.bad. El Take It Easy is gone and has been replaced by Hubcap and it looked like a solid menu with tasty craft beers available by the pitcher. Of course, Bottlecraft moved into the hood, too. My friends Kristian and Pat over at MySMN developed a site to keep up with North Park happenings called Living North Park which complements another site, North Park Scene, that has been around awhile. And to round out restaurant news, I hear that the new Stone Brewery restaurant in Liberty Station is opening VERY SOON (though I was asked not to give a specific date) and is going to be the biggest restaurant in San Diego.

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