Monday, December 29, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 29, 2014 -January 4, 2015

I managed to carve out time to get this week's listings started. I say "started" because though I did them through Sunday, there are still some calendars for venues who haven't updated past NYE. As for New Year's, I didn't link to many of Wednesday's events because (A) I have loyalty to the Casbah and our event at The North Park Theatre, (B) because there are a ton of events that are for people who would never ever read this site regularly, and (C) because for me, family is always first, and with my dad still hospitalized (though doing unbelievably well compared to last week) and Darren's mom and nephews in town, I just don't have the time. Hopefully you can figure out something fun and buy tickets/make reservations accordingly. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 26-28, 2014

This week my lovely friend Tim Pyles posted about my site on and there's definitely been more traffic here, so if you're new around here, listings for the weekend are below. For my friends and family that have been around for a while, I can say this Christmas has definitely brought the unexpected, as my dad has been hospitalized since Monday. It was looking pretty dire, but he's hanging on and talking and alert and he's looking much better than he did in the beginning of the week. Yesterday we brought Christmas to him until he was pretty exhausted and overstimulated, and then my mom stayed with him and we did dinner at my parents' house with just the kids. I'll try to update as I can. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 22-25, 2014

Christmas is here! It was such a great weekend. I saw The Pastorela at the Lyceum on Friday, then had a blast at the Casbah for Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders From Mars. Saturday was pretty sweet at the Hideout with Eric Canzona & The Narrows, and Sunday was a day of shopping and wrapping and geting ready for the holiday. We're celebrating Christmas on Monday with Nova and I'm also looking forward to lots of family time later this week. Listings for Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 19-21, 2014

This week kicked off with the Ryan Adams show, and despite the idiot couple who puked in the seat behind me, all was mostly forgotten as he played his two hour set. This week I also went to my Dave & Buster's for my nephew's birthday, went to Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo, caught Francisco The Man at Soda Bar, attempted a second trip to Adobe Falls, and also had some nice home time as it rained earlier in the week. And also, Serial ended, so I can get back to my life now. In case you hadn't heard, Lucinda Williams is playing The North Park Theatre on February 21. Tickets are on sale today at 10am if you didn't get the presale. The Casbah event at Silo was cancelled. We also announced two shows with The Growlers at the Belly Up coming up on Monday and Tuesday, so make sure you grab your tickets. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, December 19, 2014:
  • Lobster Party, Inspired and the Sleep, Paper Days, Bakkuda, The Chili Banditos, Big Bad Buffalo @ Soma
  • Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders From Mars, Chinese Rocks, DJ Mike Delgado @ Casbah
  • The Paper Thins, Telling Lies, Swift Beats @ The Tower Bar
  • Where's The Band? with Dustin Kensrue, Dan Andriano, Casey Crescenzo, Matt Pryor @ House of Blues
  • Willi Watson, Ypsitucky, Jake Loban and the Bender Band @ Soda Bar
  • Royal Heart, Chocolate Revolution @ The Merrow
  • Eukaryst, Sentinel @ Brick By Brick
  • Grex (SF), w/Nathan Hubbard/Passengers, Blackberry Tongues (LA), Tan Tien @ Bancroft
  • The Peripherals, Granpadrew, Luke Johnson @ Tin Can
  • The Loons, Schitzophonics @ Til Two Club
  • Turn It Loose w/ Mr. Blow @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Groove, Who's Bad @ Belly Up
  • Besos De Coco @ Croce's Park West
  • COMMON @ Fluxx
  • Funks Most Wanted, DJ Lya @ Gallaghers
  • Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Nancarrow @ Cheers (Ramona)
  • Hip Hop Roots @ The Hideout
  • Dylan Gardner, Josh Damigo @ House Of Blues
  • Lee K, Boys Don't Disco @ Bang Bang
  • Winter Wonderland @ House Of Blues
  • Lotus the Band @ Humphrey's Backstage
  • My Name is You, Katie Leigh and the Infantry @ Lestats
  • Jon Runion @ Sycamore Den
  • 12th Planet, Antiserum, Starkey, DJ Beatnick @ Bassmnt
  • Serious Guise @ Tio Leos
  • Kid Wonder @ U31
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Concrete Project @ Winstons

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 14-18, 2014

It's Sunday and today is Josh Damigo's first day as the host of the local show on KPRI, TJ's debut as permanent host on FM 94/9, so I thought I'd post my weekday listings a little early since. It has been a pretty awesome weekend so far and I'm presuming Darren will want some karaoke action tonight since he won't be able to do Ryan Adams with me tomorrow. Sunday through Thursday arvhives are after the jump.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 12-13, 2014

It was a great but exhausting week. The North Park Theatre and Casbah had me plenty busy as we announce tons of 2015 shows and try to make sure we get the information out and the onsales to work properly. Darren and I made a last minute decision to go to LA for tUne-yArds at The Wiltern and it was pretty great, since our friend Jake is tour manager and put us on the list with passes to the after show. But man, it is not cheap to go to a show, even when it's free. We got a hotel ($115), bought some beers and shots at the venue ($79 for 4 beers and 2 shots), then had drinks after ($48 for 4 small craft beers and 2 shots), plus Lyfting to and from the show ($18) not to mention gas, time on the road, etc., but it was definitely a fun adventure and better than any Christmas gifts we could offer each other. This weekend is going to be jam packed, with Wrex, Allah-Las, our NBC holiday party, College, and lots of work to catch up on. Friday and Saturday archives are after the jump.

ICYMI: Casbah Show Announcements

As I mentioned, I was pretty busy yesterday working on some new shows we have coming to The North Park Theatre. We have one more big announcement tomorrow, then another next week (so far), so make sure you're getting our newsletter for presales and such. Here's a whole bunch of new Casbah presents shows:

December 27- Get Back Loretta, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Madly, Creature and the Woods @ Casbah
Dec 30 - Hot Chip DJ Set @ Casbah
Jan 11 - TIG NOTARO - Boyish Girl Interrupted @ The Irenic
Jan 14 - Pinback @ Casbah
Jan 19- Casbah 26th Anniversary Show with Mariachi El Bronx
Jan 21- Waters @ Casbah San Diego
Jan 29 - The Hood Internet, Big Wild
Feb 13- Saints of Valory@ Soda Bar
Feb 24- Brett Dennen @ The North Park Theatre
Mar 5 - JMSN, Rochelle Jordan @ Casbah
Mar 13 - Carl Barat and the Jackals @ Casbah
Mar 13 - 2:54, Honeyblood @ Soda Bar
Mar 31 - Shlohmo @ Casbah
Apr 2- TV On The Radio @ The North Park Theatre

Monday, December 08, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 8-11, 2014

I love December. I kinda can't believe we haven't gotten our tree yet because I've been ready since before Thanksgiving but we have just been so busy. We had a good weekend with an awesome night at the Merrow for the Al Howard Spectacular and then Saturday I worked at Brick By Brick and closed the night at Ken Club because it always feels like home during the holidays. This week we are announcing two massive shows at The North Park Theatre so make sure you're signed up on for our newsletter. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 5-7, 2014

I am really looking forward to the weekend. After laying low for the better part of a week with a stupid cough and cold, I'm ready to get out after dark. I can't complain about the week, however, because of course it rained, and as an occasional River Rescuer, it was awesome to see water flowing through Mission Trails during a misty day hike and then again as we may or may have not trespassed to Adobe Falls. If we had, it was probably a muddy hike but probably the coolest thing ever with so much water flowing through the San Diego River. We also had some good family time despite the completely disappointing Coronado Holiday b.s. (TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS PER PERSON TO SKATE AND ADULT IS REQUIRED WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12!!!), and got to see my sister dance at her high school which was super impressive. Still, I'm looking forward to some good music and perhaps some adult beverages while we spend the weekend organizing, shopping, working, and choosing and decorating our tree. Let me know if anyone has any crashable corporate Christmas parties. Those are my favorite. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Acoustic with ChannelSound: The Burning of Rome "Melina"

This video came to me via ChannelSound, a video production company located here in San Diego. They shoot stripped down, acoustic videos with artists in a variety of locations. They shot this video of The Burning of Rome at Kensington Video. Be sure to see The Burning of Rome with Barbarian and Low Volts at SILO at Maker's Quarter on December 21 for the Casbah 25 Holiday Wrap Party presented by 91X and CityBeat. Tickets are available here.

Holiday Things To Do In San Diego

Speaker of the Assembly, Toni Atkins, has a very thorough newsletter. Some staffer or intern put a lot of time into collecting these events, and in no way am I trying to claim that this is my work, but they did a really good job and one would hope that the point of including these in the newsletter is to get the word out about free family events throughout the 78th District and County. I'll sprinkle in more as I find them. [I've already updated this 3 times today, so I decided to make a separate page tab for these listings. If you're on mobile, this is accessible with the pull down menu by the word blog. Still, full post after the photo.

Celebrate the holidays in San Diego – and do it for free!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Things To Do In San Diego: December 1-4, 2014

I wish I could say I had an amazing week off, but in reality I was mostly sick the whole time, so besides Thanksgiving with my family and seeing Hunger Games, I didn't do much of anything except watching crap television and working. I'm hoping to kick this cold soon and get back to the slow crawl of December. I'm hoping this is the month I finally clean out my studio to make it a functional guest space/office, but it's got a long way to go to get there. Tonight is our last show at the Theatre until New Year's Eve, so maybe I'll find some time to make some progress. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.