Friday, August 18, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20, 2017

So this week has been more manic than most. Nova's back in the full swing of school. On Tuesday, I shot Royal Blood at the Observatory, then caught The Alarm at the Casbah, then closed the night out at Blonde.  On Wednesday I checked in with my parents and my dad was having heart problems, and by the time I was working at the Casbah  for Matthew Sweet, they told me he was being taken by paramedics to the new Kaiser Hospital. Thursday I spent a fair amount of the day with him at the hospital, went to Nova's Back To School Night while Darren ran soccer practice with the kids. Today has been a whole lot of running around, too, but Dad seems stable for now and we'll be on standby this weekend while also checking out Nova's Fall Roller Derby Preview (Doors at 5pm, Tickets & Info Here) , Dead Cross, and Dead Feather Moon. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, August 18, 2017:
  • San Diego Magazine's Best of San Diego Party 2017 @ Liberty Station
  • Summergrass 2017 @ Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista (3-10pm)
  • Dungen, Shadow Band, Brainticket DJ's @ Casbah
  • The Flatliners, The Smith Street Band, GOMO @ Soda Bar
  • X, LP3, The Tragedy @ Belly Up
  • Steel Pulse @ Summer Concert Series, Del Mar Race Track
  • DJ Quik, Scarface, Suga Free @ The Observatory North Park
  • Jidenna, Anik Khan, Mannywellz @ Music Box
  • Lost 80's Live, Tony Hadley (Spandeau Ballet), Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Berlin, Missing Persons, The Flirts, Gene Loves Jezebel, Trans X @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Pickwick, Prism Tats @ Space
  • f#ing in the bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Through Being Cool Emo Night with Derek Hubbard & Steven Oira @ Blonde
  • La Jolla Summerfest presents Beethoven's Violin Sonatas @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
  • Megan Steinke, Alex Famous, Scottie Chandler @ Lestat's
  • Class Project - DJ Grimm & Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • 2017 San Diego International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert feat Mariachi Champana Nevin @ Civic Theatre
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Panama 66
  • Freddie Jackson @ Sycuan
  • The Comedy Get Down Starring Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D. L. Hughley & George Lopez @ Valley View Casino Center
  • The Power Brokers  @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Nena Anderson, Sara Petite, Alice Wallace @ Java Joe's
  • Up The Irons, One Night In The City, R.I.P., Trendkill Revolution @ Brick By Brick
  • Dazed and Confused "A Tribute To Led Zeppelin" @ Winston's
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Zzymzzy Sextet CD Release @ Queen Bee's
  • Ed Kornhauser's Organ Trio @ Seven Grand
  • 101.5 KGB Presents Jim Morrison Celebration Featuring Wild Child @ House of Blues
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Make Them Suffer, Enterprise Earth, SPITE, Petrichor @ Soma
  • Highway Starr @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Jackson Price @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Beauty In The Breakdown @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Jazz Jam Sessions: Quinteto Caballero @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Evolution Productions Tribute Night: Uprising, a Perfect Tool, Wicked Rooster @ The Merrow
  • Gamblers Mark, Johnny Deadly Trio @ 710 Beach Club
  • Stelita Porter and the Corvelles @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Routine @ Park & Rec
  • After Hours with DJs EdROC & Ikah Love @ The Office 
  • High Rise, Featherstone, Cryptic Languages @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Pumphouse Grids, Weird Night @ Tower Bar
  • Full Strength Funk @ Humphrey's Backstage Live 
  • Lost Santos @ Navajo Live (8pm)
  • Angelshade @ Navajo Live (10pm)
  • Snapwire @ Navajo Live (11:45pm)
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Flux Pavilion @ Bassmnt 
  • JackLNDN @ El Dorado
  • Eddie Cutlass @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Heartattak @ FLUXX
  • Re:Turn All Vinyl ft. Bass Mechanic, Sotero, Jason Splat, Wes Hoppe @ Kava Lounge
  • Lee K @ Bang Bang
  • SD UNION 7 YR Anniversary w/ SPY, Lenzman & Bachelors of Science @ Spin
  • Markus Schulz @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

91X Announces Ye Scallywag! 2017

I went to Ye Scallywag last year and have to say it was pretty awesome. Late October should promise signature San Diego sunshine. But if you want the beer fest part, make sure you get there early, because the tastings end at 4pm when full size beer goes on sale among the vendors. 91X released this information late Sunday night, but what can I say? I lag. Presale starts on Wednesday and regular tickets go on sale Friday. Info below, or check out the page on 

91X Presents
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Waterfront Park
21+ Event

91X presents ‘Ye Scallywag’! Craft beer, food, and music festival... Just over 100 craft beers and unlimited tastings until 4pm!

Live Music on the Main Stage:
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
The Vandals
Strung Out
The Adolescents
Western Settings

Pre-sale Info:
Starts Wednesday, August 16 at 10am
Ends Thursday, August 17 at 10pm

General Onsale Friday, August 18 at 10am

Monday, August 14, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 14-Thursday, August 18, 2017

Last week was crazy busy. We got in a day at the museums (with passes checked out from the library), hit Aquatica, started coaching Nova's soccer, and she started school. I was able to sneak in a night at the Belly Up for James Vincent McMorrow and was able to catch Jesse Lamonaca on Thursday at the Casbah. Nova did a derby camp all weekend and we drove out to Sunrise Highway to catch Perseids. I've been feeling a little blah lately but maybe it was just the full moon and I'll snap out of it. Lots of great shows this week and I'll be at the Casbah possibly on Tuesday and for sure on Wednesday.Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, August 7-Sunday, August 13, 2017

We got back from the Bay Area last week and after catching up on sleep, were able to catch The Buttertones at the Casbah on Wednesday. On Thursday night I worked at the Rooney show at the Irenic and Friday morning Nova returned home. Of course, we were elated that she's back in California, but she couldn't wait to get a slumber party in with my nieces, which allowed us to see In The Valley Below at Casbah then Chastity Belt at the Casbah, closing the night at the Ken Club. Saturday was awesome as we went to Liberty Public Market to hang out with friends for the afternoon. Sunday marked 5 years since Darren and I met and well, the rest is history, so we spent the afternoon at the Torrey Pines, had dinner at Mona Lisa, and then just hung around catching up on work and our shows. This week Nova starts school, we begin our lives as soccer coaches, roller derby starts up again, and we kick back into the rituals of the school year. There are some great shows coming up so don't sleep on them. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, August 7, 2017:
  • Bent Knee, Heatwarmer, Big Bad Buffalo @ Soda Bar
  • Satellite Sky, Z ETC, Mainsail @ Casbah 
  • Cauchemar, Evers @ Tower Bar
  • Christian Lane @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Prince vs Micheal Jackson Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Melody Makers @ Navajo Live
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Missy Andersen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Salsa Dancing @ Tio  Leo's
  • Michael J Dwyer @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Real Live Monday with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Friday, August 04, 2017

Celebrating the Life of Jeffrey Joe Morin

Jeffrey Joe, Courtesy John Hancock

Love, Gratitude, and a Zest for Living: Celebrating the Life of Jeffrey Joe Morin

Jeffrey Joe Morin passed on Monday, July 17, 2017 with his beloved, Carina Wheatley, and his daughter, Samantha “Rosie” Morin, holding his hands. He was surrounded by siblings and friends for his final goodbye as he was sung off this earthly stage to “Happy Trails.” His physical presence is no longer with us, but the memories, music, and love that he created over his 70 years will be with us always.

A Celebration of a Life most excellently lived will be held on Saturday, August 5th at Vision – Center for Spiritual Living (4780 Mission Gorge Pl) starting at 1 pm and will include a New Orleans-style send-off featuring the Euphoria Brass Band. Please send pictures or short videos for the memorial video directly to Jeffrey's son in law, Michael Bruner, at

On Sunday, August 6th, Java Joe’s (2611 Congress St in Old Town) will host “Ever Yours: A Musical Celebration of the Life and Stardust of Jeffrey Joe Morin” from 3-7 pm for only $5.

Jeffrey Joe had been working to release another studio album, “Don’t Get to Know Me.” Produced by Jeff Berkley and recorded at Berkley Sound and Signature Sound, the album features original songs by Jeffrey Joe as well as amazing interpretations of cover songs that were the soundtrack to his life. The amazing backing musicians are Rob Thorsen, Sky Ladd, Josh Hermsmeier, and the Euphoria Brass Band as well as other music community notables. The record is set to be released in the next couple months, however, you will be able to pre-order the album for $20 at the musical celebration on August 6th. Pre-sale orders can be made now at Donations to help cover other expenses can be made in any amount at If you would like to honor Jeffrey Joe further, please consider a donation to Veterans for Peace (

Jeffrey Joe’s family and those closest to him have been touched and bolstered by the outpouring of love from friends near and far as well as members of the music community. One of the greatest gifts he left us were his frequent lists of gratitudes. So let’s be grateful that we have the chance to work together to make sure his music is available for everyone to enjoy, and let’s be grateful that we can get together in love to share stories, songs, and tears as we bid a fond farewell to Jeffrey Joe.

Saturday, August 5 – 1 pm
Celebration of Life
Vision – A Center for Spiritual Living
4780 Mission Gorge Pl
San Diego CA 92120

Sunday, August 6 – 3 pm
Ever Yours: Musical Celebration
Java Joe's
2611 Congress St
San Diego CA 92110

Monday, July 31, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 31- Sunday, August 6, 2017

Our trip to the Bay Area has been a lot of fun. We got to catch up with Darren's old bandmates and they played together for the first time in a very long time. We've spent plenty of time with his family and we saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (don't bother). We also went to Bernal Heights to see Abraham at Old Devil Moon and to Daly City to catch up with another of his friends and to retrieve a guitar he hadn't seen in a couple decades. We'll be driving back on Tuesday, doing jury duty on Thursday, and then Nova comes back on Friday. Woo-hoo! Anyway, Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, July 28-Sunday, July 30, 2017

The hardest thing about travelling is leaving our neurotic dog behind, but I know she's in good and loving hands with Elliott. Hey there. We're up in Hercules, California for the rest of the weekend and soaking in some good family time and getting out for some grown-up adventures, too. Tonight we're meeting up with Darren's old bandmates who have been resurrecting their project and recording via digital transmission, so maybe tonight they'll get some playing time. I hope San Diego doesn't miss us too much while we're away. Life is gonna kick back to normal super fast so we're enjoying the time we have and then the kid is back, school starts, we become soccer coaches, and tons of other fun stuff down the pipeline. Anyway, get to Hess Fest this weekend if you're in town. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27, 2017

Comic-Con 2017 is all over, though to be honest, I pretty much quit on Friday since I had to work on Saturday. It was a great week and I'll post some of the photos I took another time. We'll be visiting Darren's mom this week, so the animals will be in good hands with Elliott and we're looking forward to some time away. I decided to do listings through Monday since it's the end of the month and I suspect venues won't all be updated by Sunday. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, July 21, 2017

#Wired Party @ #ComicCon2017 Breakdancing Dance Off

I know I didn't post much on Thursday, but I'm really trying to just take in all the fun and snap a ton of photos that I can post later. The Wired Party at the Omni is back this year and while last year they cut back to just one day, this year they're back to three days. DJ Artistic plays the perfect mix of music, the drinks flow generously, and everyone swarms to the hot tray line when they bring out chicken fingers. So this little dance-off broke out with 11 year old actor Miles Brown (aka Little Boogaloo). I regret that I don't know the other kids--whether they're friends or siblings, but apparently Miles' dad is WildChild of Lootpack. When Art played their jam, apparently that was enough to get the kids going. And it was awesome.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, July 20-Sunday, July 23, 2017

I promised I would try to update the listings daily, so here ya go. Preview night was awesome. Pyles and I arrived a little after 3pm and had no trouble parking. We went into Mission Brewery for "a beer or two" but then found out the beer we were drinking "hoppy pilsner" was only $2. So we ordered more, but then the keg blew, so we switched it up, then we ran into Gabriel from Digital Lizards of Doom, he ordered us another round and then settled our whole tab! Super nice. And then the Jet Pack Man did a demo outside (blowing spent beer grain into everyone's eyes). By the time we finally made our way to the Convention Center, I had a nice little buzz, we quickly procured our badges, and then wandered the floor. Pyles always goes off on his own, so I had fun slowly perusing the aisles, buying some things for the girls, taking the time to read books or look at art. It's always good to see local artists, like my friend and Casbah co-worker Ted Washington at his Puna Press booth. Swing by and say hi and check out his amazing art. Archived listings are after the jump.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oh, man. Getting to finally see Natalie Merchant for the first time in my life was pretty magical. Despite having a sinus infection, she sounded amazing, showed herself to be funny and warm to her audience, and played a two and a half hour show. I was crying by the second song, in case you were wondering. So Comic-Con is here and I'm trying to make every minute count before Pyles comes and picks me up and we begin Con ambush. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the outside activations, walking the floor a bit, the return of three days at the Omni for the Wired Party, and this year is really special because this person I know from a million lifetimes ago, Michael Cerveris, is in the cast of The Tick, which should have a pretty huge presence at Con, so hopefully I get to bump into him for at least a minute to say hi. Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 17-Tuesday, July 19, 2017

I have to say, I have spent a dozen hours putting this weeks listings together so I hope everyone finds them useful. It was a pretty great weekend with the Thorn Rock The Pale release at Casbah on Friday and a chill show at the Observatory with Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata, and Brandon Jenner. Sunday we grilled out, caught GoT on the East Coast feed, and while Darren worked, I hit the Bar Pink 10 Year Anniversary. This week is going to be BONKERS so I'm bracing myself. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Get $5 Earlybird Tickets to Neon Summer @ Port Pavilion

This just came through my inbox and my bestie Kristian is involved with GetChargedUp so I wanted to share. Neon Summer is a big dance party at the Port Pavilion on August 9. Right now you can get Early Bird Tickets for just $5 (going up to $10, then $20 day of event), so I thought I'd share in case you want to spend a night with our friends Goose ^ Mavrk (Camron & Jeremiah) on the water for a really great cause. The Port Pavilion is an amazing event space, so if you've never had the chance to check it out, $5 tells me you can't go wrong.

Neon Summer with Goose ^ Mavrk
Broadway Pavilion Pier 
August 9

Come GETCHARGEDUP at our Neon Summer party August 9th. 

Dance on the water with tropical mixes by San Diego's crowd favorite Goose Mavrk, play fun LED games, enjoy Circus Mafia performances, and come network to learn about the latest in Renewable and Energy Storage technologies!

As the sun sets over the scenic Coronado bay, we will transform the old port of San Diego into the hottest dance floor on the water.

Goose Mavrk by BLK OWL productions will spin modern mixes of classics, Tropical house, Nu-Disco, with 80s fun remixes played through the night along with artists on live instruments. 

Join us for this unique night vacation, and make an impact!

Neon Summer is a benefit to:
#EmpowerOrphans & #EmpowerRefugees

Online ticket sales are tax deductible.
GETCHARGEDUP is a 501c3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID #: 81-4059176)

Casbah & Thorn Brewing Co Collaboration Rock The Pale Now Available In Cans!!

We've been waiting for these and they're finally here! Thorn Brewing Co made a delicious pale called "Rock The Pale" that has been on tap at the Casbah for several weeks now, but they finally canned this tasty liquefied bit of heaven and the cans are gonna be available for your consumption starting Friday night at the Casbah. I believe for retail purchase you're still going to have to hit up Thorn or other retailers, but needless to say, we're pretty excited about it. We ordered a lot of it, but we also have The Creepy Creeps this weekend, so don't miss your chance to get your mitts on this can.

Sunday: Bar Pink Celebrates 10 Years

It feels like Bar Pink has been in my life for so long, I was actually a little surprised it has only been 10 years. I remember walking into Dino's one time for a post-CityBeat party and their "ultra lounge" look and was pretty turned off, but by the time the bar flipped to Bar Pink shortly thereafter, being so wowed by everything they did to change it. I knew from that first day that this was a place that spoke to me. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know the staff, see numerous bands, and also been able to just close it down after a long day of work. This very website exists in part thanks to the support of Bar Pink. The official anniversary party is Sunday night and it's FREE and will feature Mr Adrian Demain and special guests. Sunday is usually a big work day for me, but I'm going to bust my ass to be there to show my appreciation for not just Bar Pink, but what a meaningful impact they've had on all of North Park and you should, too.

LiveWire 25th Anniversary Tickets On Sale Now - Updated Lineup

If you've been paying attention, on Thursday LiveWire announced their 25th Anniversary Party. They've stepped up from the Mississippi Room at the Lafayette to the Observatory North Park to accommodate all the friends and fans who want to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The LiveWire 25th Anniversary Party will feature Rocket From The Crypt, The Meices, and MARIACHI EL BRONX a third band which will be announced next week, plus LiveWire DJs, plus food from some favorite local joints.

 Tickets are $30 plus a small transaction fee. Buy them early. LiveWire recommends that out-of-town guests (and local professionals) should consider booking a room at the Lafayette Hotel. They are offering rooms for just $179 (regularly $209) to help celebrate that weekend. Tell them you're part of the Live Wire anniversary to get the discount.

LiveWire 25th Anniversary Party
Rocket From The Crypt, The Meices, and guests
Observatory North Park 
November 4, 2017

Green Flash Concert Series - Save $10 On Final Three Shows

The Green Flash Summer Concert Series is coming to an end with their final three shows: Steve Poltz (July 19), Milo Greene (August 16), and Pine Mountain Logs & Venice (September 27).

For a limited time, you can save $10 when you buy tickets to all three shows. Click here for the bundle, or click here if you want to find individual tickets to the remaining shows.

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, July 14-Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's been a pretty great week so far. I mentioned my mom's family was still in town, so on Monday night we had a big family dinner at Old Town Mex and hung out at my parents' house until Darren and I hit Flood Coats at the Casbah and dropped into Bar Pink after the show. I worked most of the day Tuesday so we could head up to San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Wednesday. Usually we just run up for an hour or two, so It was pretty awesome spending the whole day there with my aunt, my uncles, my sister, and my nieces, seeing the whole park, enjoying the various craft beer on draft throughout the park. On Thursday we decided to see The Big Sick at Landmark Hillcrest and it is super good. I highly recommend seeing it. After we went to the very heated community meeting to discuss the Observatory which maybe I'll comment on at another time followed by dinner at El Comal. This weekend is going to be pretty nuts all over town with Pride events so get out, enjoy the sunshine, celebrate diversity, and be cool to your fellow human. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

California Center for the Arts Escondido 2017/2018 Season

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Performing Arts 2017/2018 Season Lineup was released in the past few weeks. All ticketing and show details are after the jump, but here's the abbreviated lineup:

Shaping Sound: After the Curtain | Saturday, October 21, 2017 |Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Las Migas with Flamenco Arana | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Lyric Court @ 7:30pm
Simply Three | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | Center Theater @ 3:00pm
Flip Fabrique: Attrape-Moi! (Catch Me!) | Saturday, November 11, 2017 | Concert Hall @ 3:00pm
Valerie June | Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Concert Hall @ 7:30p
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds | Friday, December 1, 2017 | Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Jane Lynch: A Swingin' Little Christmas featuring Kate Flannery & Tim Davis with The Tony Guerrero |
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | Center Theater @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
QUATTROSOUND | Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Center Theater @ 7:30pm
The Hillbenders: TOMMY, A Bluegrass Opry | Sunday, January 21, 2018 | Center Theater @ 7:30pm
Pink Martini | Wednesday, February 7, 2018 |Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Michelle Cann Pianist | Sunday, February 11, 2018 | Center Theater @ 3:00pm
International Guitar Night | Sunday, February 18, 2018 | Concert Theater @ 7:30pm
Black Violin | Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Jesse Cook | Saturday, February 24, 2018 | Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Chris Botti | Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Bria Skonberg | Friday, March 9, 2018 | Concert Theater @ 7:30pm
Masters of Hawaiian Music | Sunday, March 11, 2018 | Concert Theater @ 7:30pm
Cesar Millan | Saturday, March 24, 2018 | Concert Hall @ 3:00pm
Priti Gandhi | Sunday, May 13, 2018 | Concert Theater @ 3:00pm
Natalia LaFourcade | Friday, May 25, 2018 | Concert Hall @ 7:30pm

Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253
Tickets can also be purchased online.
To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit

Poway Onstage 2017/2018 Season

A few weeks ago, Poway Onstage announced their 2017/2018 Lineup. Full show details, ticketing information, and all the other good stuff is after the jump. Here's the short summary of their lineup.

Announcing the Poway OnStage 2017/18

KANSAS | Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 8:00pm
BJ Thomas | Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 8:00pm
Roger McGuinn | Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 8:00pm
Ana Gasteyer | Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 8:00pm
Love Letters From Vietnam | Saturday, November 18, 2018 | 8:00pm
An Evening with Aaron Neville |Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 8:00pm
Cameron Carpenter | Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 8:00pm
Six String Society’s: Sounds of the Big Easy | Saturday, February 24, 2017 | 8:00pm
Los Lobos: An Acoustic Show | Friday, March 16, 2018 | 8pm
Berkley Hart: Wreck ‘N’ Show: 20th Anniversary of Wreck ‘N’ Sow |Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 8pm
TAO: Drum Heart | Friday, April 27, 2018 | 8pm

Prices:   GEICO Youth Tickets (12 and under) - $24
                Adults -  $44 and up
                Prices subject to change

Box Office: 858-748-0505
Tag us with @PowayOnStage #PowayOnStage

Phone: 858-748-0505
The Box Office is open 12-5pm Fridays, 10-3pm Saturday and two hours before curtain on show days.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Carlsbad Music Festival Lineup and Tickets

I'm exhausted and this press release pretty much came with all of the information you need in case you want to purchase earlybird tickets to Carlsbad Music Festival. Details below:

Earlybird Sale Ends Tuesday
Use the limited time promo code "earlybird" NOW for 10% off
Festival Passes through Tuesday, July 11


14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, August 25-27, 2017
Adventurous music by the beach

“One of the area’s most innovative music showcases” 


Mainstage Artists
Julia Holter • Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks • Eric Byers • Noveller • Bora Yoon • Vinny Golia + Nathan Hubbard • Scott Worthington • Kamini Natarajan • Aperture Duo • Matt McBane • and more TBA

Free Stages Artists
Clint Davis • Euphoria Brass Band • G Burns Jug Band • Lightning Cola • Mando Basso • The Red Fox Tails • Son de San Diego • Peter Sprague • Qamar • and many more TBA

Many more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

About the Festival:
The 14th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” on Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. These include ticketed Mainstage Concerts featuring Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, Eric Byers, Noveller, Bora Yoon, and more; dozens of FREE outdoor concerts all weekend; and a beer garden, food trucks and artisan market.

The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative and adventurous music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic, to jazz, to musicians who work across genres and fall between the cracks. The Carlsbad Music Festival is a nationally-acclaimed presenter and a beloved community event that draws thousands from near and far for its unique programming and beautiful setting.

About the Artists:
Dozens of adventurous bands, ensembles and soloists, will take part in the 14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival. The ticketed Mainstage Artists include: critically acclaimed composer, and experimental singer-songwriter Julia Holter; the dark, sexy and inventive reimagining of Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks; cellist and Calder Quartet member Eric Byers performing new works; composer and electric guitar explorer Noveller; composer, singer and performance artist Bora Yoon; experimental jazz percussion and winds duo Nathan Hubbard + Vinny Golia; composer and bassist Scott Worthington; Indian classical vocalist Kamini Natarajan; contemporary violin-viola duo Aperture Duo; new music by composer and violinist and Festival Founder and Artistic Director Matt McBane.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 10-Thursday, July 13, 2017

The kiddo is off in the Midwest so me and Darren are making plans for Pride, Con, and a trip to the Bay Area to visit his family and spend some time in SF. Before she left, we got in a good beach day, Nighttime Zoo, Aquatica, an awesome 4th and a slumber party with my nieces. Friday night we checked out The Regrettes at House of Blues, then caught Madly and Thee Commons at Casbah. My aunt and two uncles are in town, so the rest of the weekend was mostly family time and then we hit Pants Karaoke since next week will have us glued to the TV for new Game of Thrones. I have a ton of additions to make to this week and to my Comic-Con guide, and I promise I'll get that all updated sooner rather than later, but for now, have a great week. Archives for Monday through Thursday after the jump.  Don't miss Flood Coats tonight at the Casbah. It's the new project from Joel P West and Darla of the Tree Ring and promises to be a good one!!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Del Mar Summer Concert Series 2017

The San Diego County Fair has wrapped and the track is being prepped for the 2017 racing season. I was raised with horse racing in my life, and I know there are very valid opposing views to the 'sport', and I've not personally been to the track in a couple years because I'm morally conflicted. That being said, I'm here to give you information about music, so here's the lineup for the Summer Concert Series. Concerts are free with your track entry but admission spikes if you arrive after the last race. (Stretch run admission starts at $6). Opening day is July 19 and runs through September 4, with racing Wednesdays through Sundays.

Fri, Jul 21st Tribal Seeds
Fri, Jul 28th Violent Femmes
Fri, Aug 4th Eagles of Death Metal
Sat, Aug 5th Billy Currington
Fri, Aug 11th The White Buffalo
Sat, Aug 12th Ludacris
Fri, Aug 18th Steel Pulse
Fri, Aug 25th Lord Huron
Sat, Aug 26th Slightly Stoopid
Fri, Sep 1st The Revivalists
Sun, Sep 3rd Steve Aoki

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Saturday, July 8: Tour De Fat with The Naked & Famous at Waterfront Park

Tour de Fat returns this weekend with a new location and slightly different format. The wacky costume bicycle parade is still happening this year, but since the music festival has changed from a free event in Golden Hill to a ticketed event at Waterfront Park, the bicycle parade has changed, too. This year the parade is still free and all ages, it but will meet at Panama 66 in Balboa Park at 2:30pm work down to Waterfront Park.

After the parade, gates to the Tour De Fat Festival open at 4pm.
It is ticketed at $25 a person and is 100% 21+.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA

Tickets: $25 +fees
Tickets are first come first served and are available for purchase in advance online
Donations for non-profit will be accepted at the show

For more information about the Tour de Fat San Diego stop, performers, or to purchase tickets, visit

Run of Show:
4:00 p.m. – Doors Open
4:20 p.m. – FIRE LEOPARD
4:40 p.m. – Fashion Show: Great costumes deserve great admiration. The fashion show is open to all who want to show off their Tour de Fat costume on the catwalk.
5:25 p.m. – The Verigolds
6:25 p.m. – Slow Ride: Race your fellow Tour de Fat-goers in a bike race where the last person to cross the finish line is the winner. The catch: if you put a foot down, you’re out.
6:40 p.m. – Ssssnake
7:00 p.m. – Dance Contest: Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. The winner walks away with a New Belgium cruiser bike!
7:30 p.m. – The Naked and Famous
9:00 p.m. – Adios! (curfew)

Roaming Throughout the Show – The Sputnik Stage: The world’s first satellite stage! A one-of-a-kind, Vaudeville Nouveau-meets-classic melodrama, Tim Burton-meets-Wile E. Coyote, all-American, one-quarter European, contraption-riddled, character-driven, risk-taking, expectation-breaking, circus-infused, standing-ovation-inducing, theatrical extravaganza!

Benefiting: San Diego Bicycle Coalition

The mission of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is to advocate for and protect the rights of all people who ride bicycles. The organization promotes bicycling as a mainstream, safe, and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. The funds generated from Tour de Fat support SDCBC in providing free community bicycle education courses to encourage more people to ride in their daily lives and awareness for safe streets and bicycle infrastructure.

San Diego Mountain Bike Association

The mission of the San Diego Mountain Bike Association is to advocate for outdoor recreational access throughout San Diego County, foster respect for the environment and educate trail users in safe and appropriate mountain biking use, provide expert assistance in sustainable trail design, building, and maintenance and work with other trail user groups, land managers, and policy makers to develop fair and responsible policies governing the use of public and private lands. The funds generated from Tour de Fat will allow SDMBA to rise to a new level of member service, communications, and more efficient operations.

About New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire and the new Fat Tire Belgian White coming August 2017, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, July 6-Sunday, July 9, 2017

This week has been so ideal it's hard to accept that the kiddo is leaving tomorrow. On Monday we were chilling around the house while I compiled my 4th of July post and discovered the Kimball Park carnival, so we headed out and caught the last couple hours of it, using some carnival tickets I had leftover from the Lunar New Year Festival earlier this year. Nova rode all the psycho rides, then we dropped her at my parents' for a sleepover with my nieces, which allowed Darren and I to check out Ducktails at Blonde Bar which was super packed and super fun. For 4th of July we didn't really have a plan, neither obligations or standing invitations, so we opted to just BBQ at home, just the three of us, and it was pretty magical. After we were done, we caught the Rapid downtown and watched the Big Bay Boom at Waterfront Park. It was the easiest in/out situation we've ever achieved on the 4th by far. Wednesday afternoon we headed to OB dog beach and it was just kinda perfect. We're looking forward to spending the day together and then she's off on her plane Friday morning. There's some pretty great stuff happening this weekend and I've been adding some stuff to my Comic-Con page if you haven't checked it out yet. Friday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Thursday, July 6, 2017:
  • Herb Alpert + Lani Hall @ Bayside Summer Series (w/ the San Diego Symphony)
  • Tiger and the Teller, Rozes, Bandcat @ Space
  • Soft Lions, Big Bloom, Buddy Banter @ Casbah
  • Easy Wind - Dead Heads to the Rescue: a Fundraiser for Erika Lazzaro @ Belly Up
  • Paula Cole @ Museum of Making Music
  • Sweet Myths, The Ripoffs, Flower Animals @ Soda Bar
  • DJ Chris Freeman @ Bar Pink
  • Sob X Rbe, Omb Peezy, Lil Sheik @ The Observatory
  • The Palmer Squares @ The Holding Company 1502
  • The Ulitmate Brit Pop Night Live Tribute (Oasis vs Blur vs Stone Roses) @ Blonde
  • The Thens, Los Shadows, Noble War, Keith Fire@ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • War Fever, Vietnam Hardcore, Bossfight, Surface Report @ The Merrow
  • Kiss & Makeup with Jon Blaj  & Kyle Baudour @ Whistle Stop
  • Trace Bundy, Mike Dawes @ Lestat's
  • Westgate Rooftop Jazz Series with Robert Dove Quartet @ Westgate Hotel
  • Hullabaloo Band @ Fletcher Cove (6pm)
  • SInging Circle with Cici @ Java Joe's 
  • KYXY Presents Dita Von Teese's "The Art of the Teese" Burlesque Revue @ House of Blues
  • Boom Boxx Thursday @ U-31
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink  @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Imagery Machine @ 1st Street Bar & Grill 
  • Hit List @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke with Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Sacha Boutros in "La Vie en Rose" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Kill Your Name @ Bancroft
  • Throwback Thursday with DJ Abel @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Beach Fam Reunion Jam with D-Frost, Mix Mob, Dang and Thicker than Thieves @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Deep Notes with DJ Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Tango Thursdays @ Queen Bee's
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Psilo @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Blue Largo @ Tio Leo's
  • Hard Fall Hearts @ Boar Cross'n
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Craig Smoove @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry

Monday, July 03, 2017

Independence Day: Where to see 4th of July Fireworks in San Diego

It's almost the 4th of July and I should probably get my life together and make a plan for the day. Of course, my procrastination means other people did the dirty work in compiling places to see fireworks, but I'll give you the quick truncated version. (Of course, after I did my list I found my friend Tristan's list at and it's far more organized than my own.)

The Big Bay Boom.

Remember this?

The Big Bay Boom can be seen from many spots in San Diego, but these are your prime locations.

Shelter Island
Harbor Island
North Embarcadero
Marina District
Coronado Ferry Landing

The Big Bay Boom starts at 9pm and is synchronized to music on The Mighty 1090 and Max FM 105.7. It's also gonna be on TV but that just sounds dumb.

Chula Vista @ Elite Athletic (formerly Olympic) Training Center
6pm Gates Open
9pm Fireworks synchronized to 91X, Magic 92.5, and Z 90.3

10am Parade down Orange
4pm Spreckels Park Concert
9pm Fireworks in Glorietta Bay

El Cajon @ Kennedy Park
3pm Live Music
9pm Fireworks with Synchronized Music

Escondido @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
4pm-9pm Crown City Bombers,Brogue Wave, Todo Mundo
9pm Fireworks & Camp Pendleton 1st Marine Division Band

Imperial Beach @ IB Pier
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5
Followed by Live Music at IB Pier Plaza

La Jolla @ La Jolla Cove/Scripps Park
9pm Fireworks

La MesaLake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest @ Lake Murray
11am PHHS String Quartet
12:30 North Star
2:30 The Rollers (Beatles Tribute)
4:30 i90
6:30 Republic of Music
9pm Fireworks

Mira Mesa Community Park
7-11am Pancake Breakfast
11:30 Parade
11am-9pm Family Fun Day
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5

National City @ Kimball Park
12pm-11pm Carnival
9pm Fireworks

Ocean Beach @ OB Pier
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5

Ramona @ Olive Pierce Middle School
5pm Festivities
9pm Fireworks

San Marcos @ Bradley Park
6-9pm, feat. Liquid BLue
9pm Fireworks

Spring Valley @ Swap Meet
9pm Fireworks Synchronized to KyXy 96.5

While Camp Pendleton (9pm), San Diego County Fair (9pm), La Costa (9pm), Legoland (8:30pm), Santee (9pm), Poway (9pm), Rancho Bernardo (9pm), Sea World (9:40), and Vista (9pm) all have festivities, I've opted NOT to include paid events/paid parking events, but you can follow the links if you're interested. San Ysidro's event took place on Saturday, July 1. Oceanside's event took place on Monday, July 3.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, July 3-Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I can't really express how freaking irritated I was to discover that Photobucket changed their policy and are now charging $399 freaking dollars annually for photo hosting to third parties. Meaning any photo that I have on my site, including all the venue logos I have on my music page and lots of stuff from the early years of sddialedin are no longer unhosted. I reloading and relinked as many of the logos as I could, but I can hardly get over what scumbags they are and how many people are in the same boat as me right now. It was an okay weekend though Friday was maybe a little too fun with my SoundDiego crew and so I opted to lay low the remainder of the weekend, though Darren and I did make it to Cat Power for a bit on Saturday while the kiddo had a slumber party. She leaves to St. Louis later the week so we'll be packing in our family activities and hopefully checking out the new Africa Rocks section of the Zoo, hitting the beach, and maybe a waterslide day before she goes. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, June 30- Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oh, man. This week has been super fun. Monday night was White Reaper and Ron Gallo at Soda Bar, and Tuesday I interviewed Jackson Phillips, aka Day Wave, before running to PB to draft our fall soccer team and then returned to the Casbah for the show. On Wednesday, I was not going to miss Chris Cornell UnderCover at the Office and that was a blast, but after three nights in a row, it was nice to pick up Nova and her friend after camp and spend the afternoon at Law Street. Tonight we've got the big SoundDiego party, CatPower on Saturday, and then a long 4th of July weekend, which is pretty bittersweet as we're now less than a week out from Nova leaving for four torturous weeks. Lots of fun stuff to do in the meantime. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

UPDATE:  My site is currently experiencing major malfunctions due to my ancient Photobucket account changing their hosting settings. I will fix them as quickly as I can.

Friday, June 30, 2017:
  • SoundDiego Live feat.  The Memories, Colleen Green, Creepseed @ Space (FREE with RSVP)
  • Blink-Fest, Bleed American, Dressed to Kill DJ"s Steve Oria & Derek Hubbard @ Casbah
  • The Vandals, Guttermouth, The Dickies @ The Observatory North Park ($10 Show!)
  • Dream Joints, Ese' & Zain @ Bar Pink
  • RAEN Presents: Tijuana Panthers, Amerikan Bear, The Paragraphs @ Belly Up
  • CANCELLED: Bit Maps, Rob Crow @ Whistle Stop 
  • Songwriter Showcase: Berkley Hart, Nina Francis, Jimmy Lansford, Lady Rogo, Jeff Lee, Cici Artemisia, Rob Deez, Kenny Eng, Sven Eric Seaholm, Robin Henkel, Lindsay White, Brothers Burn @ Java Joe's
  • Kelly McGarry Presents Lies N Rose (Tribute to Guns N' Roses), Epic (Tribute to Faith No More), Rage Again (Tribute to Rage Against the Machine), XANADOODZ (Tribute to Rush) @ House of Blues
  • Baby Girl: the Ladies of Hip-Hop and R&B @ Music Box
  • Bayside Summer Nights with Star Spangled Pops @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Jenny Don't And The Spurs, Ypsitucky, Trailduster @ Soda Bar
  • Michael Tomlinson @ AMSD 
  • 80s Tron Themed Indie Dance Party with Amnesia, Derek Hubbard & The Latin Lovers @ Blonde
  • Mission Hills Concerts in the Park feat. Liquid Blue @ Pioneer Park (6pm)
  • Dan + Shay @ Grandstand, San Diego County Fair 
  • Electronic Friday feat. Malukino, BB_Live, Gestek @ Paddock Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Killing The Messenger, Avoid, Redeem/Revive, ASCENSIONS., Upon The Water, Petrichor @ Soma
  • Lorraine Castellanos @ Panama 66
  • Family Thief, Mainman, Modern Me, Wanderer @ The Merrow
  • Pseudo @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Greener Grounds @ Winston's (5pm)
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Ease Up, Hazmat @ Winston's 
  • Jerry Jacobs @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Georgia Chrome @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Marujah, VIm Furor, Sisster @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Red Hots, DJ Oren @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Groove International @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The 5150 Rangers, Lotus the Band @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Sandollar, Twisted Relatives @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Viva El Diego with Johnny Deadly Trio @ Queen Bee's
  • Riva Rebels, The Kegels, 22 Missiles, Neck Down @ Tower Bar 
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Broken Record, Midnight Track, Batlords, Dr. Bobs Nightmare @ Til-Two Club
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • Camron Zibaie @ U-31
  • The Emergency Exit @ Tio Leo's
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • I-90 @ Navajo Live 
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • TrollPhace @ Bassmnt 
  • BUMP presents DJs Dazzla, Shige, Filoso, Arruza @ El Dorado
  • Dijital @ Oxford Social Club at the Pendry
  • Chevy Woods & DJ Heartattak @ FLUXX
  • Prok & Fitch @ Bang Bang
  • NGHTMRE @ Omnia
  • Grand Sonic Trio @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Rising Star,  DJ Nightengale @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • United By Bass Presents: Gardens Of God @ SPIN
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Purps 'N Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Somme new music for you

Local musician Jordan Cantor (Traffic Bear/Moat Swimmers) is now Somme.

Somme writes bonafide pop bangers in the vein of contemporaries such as Lorde, The Weeknd and Ryn Weaver, but with the musical capacity of artists such as Daft Punk and Bon Iver.

Check out the new video for her debut single 'Long Time' below :

NYLON write up:
Somme FB:

Free Dizzy Spells compilation (40+ free tracks)

Dizzy Spells is a creative assistance agency that specializes in helping artists with everything from show flyers to tour booking to music videos. Basically, if you need any help with an artistic project, the Dizzy Spells team is eager and willing to work with you. The Dizzy Spells team consists of local musicians, photographers and Graphic Design graduates. 

The latest Dizzy Spells endeavor was creating 'Volume 1', a massive compilation featuring over 40+ tracks for free on their bandcamp. The compilation includes new, exclusive tracks from local bands such as Weatherbox, Schitzophonics, The Bassics, Big Bad Buffalo, Future Crooks and many more. 

Check it out here: 

Dizzy Spells FB:
Dizzy Spells IG:

CRSSD FALL 2017: Earlybird Tickets On Sale Today at Noon

In case you missed it, the Fall CRSSD lineup recently dropped and the cheapest tier of tickets go on sale today at NOON!!

The event will be back at Waterfront Park on September 30 and October 1.

Get tickets:

Full Lineup:
Rüfüs, Chromeo, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, Hot Since 82, The Magician, The Black Madonna, Emancipator, Cut Copy, Mura Masa, Broods, FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), Breakbot, Marcel Dettmann, Patrick Topping, KiNK, Floorplan, Gerd Janson, Prins Thomas, Destructo, Solardo, Chris Lake, SOHN, Damian Lazarus, Phantoms, Mathew Jonson, Prok & Fitch, Bedouin, Jesse Rose, Detlef, Latmun, Palms Trax, Denis Sulta, SAINT WKND, Dena Amy, Elohim, Lophiile, Cooper Saver, Julia Govor, Ashworth, Lee K, Hito, Alex Wax

I just wonder if this lady is still around, angry tweeting about the first CRSSD Fest:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 26-Thursday-June 29, 2017

It was another great week in San Diego. I got to catch My Jerusalem at the Hideout, I worked for !!! on Wednesday, had a couple fun movie nights at home with my family, and caught the Birdy Bardot album release show on Friday. The kiddo is finally out of school so we'll be desperately trying to keep her busy. There's tons of fun stuff happening this week including the big opening of Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, July 1. We're at the end/beginning of the month, so a couple venues haven't updated (Black Cat Bar, Sycamore Den). Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ditch The Kids: Super Cool Summer Camps in San Diego

I know that summer kid stuff isn't typically what I post around here, but summer is here and with that comes the responsibility of filling up those kids' schedules. Nova is in derby year-round, we'll be getting our fall soccer roster soon, we're loaded up with our passes to Aquatica, Magic Mountain, and the San Diego Zoo, and we plan on lots of time at parks, at the beach, and hiking around San Diego, and pretty soon she'll be taking off to St. Louis for four weeks, but it still leaves us with stuff to plan, stuff we wish she could do but can't, and stuff maybe one day she can do should our summer arrangement ever change. So while thinking of all this stuff, I just kept getting more and more cool camp offers that I thought I'd share with you. Of course, San Diego County YMCA, San Diego Parks and Rec, and San Diego County Parks have plenty of activities, too, in addition to most of the 19 cities of San Diego County, plus all of your typical martial arts, sports, music, and arts facilities. Comment your favorites and I'll add them to the list!!

Mission Trails Summer Day Camps-
$125 per week. $100 per week for all four. Ages 6-12.
M-F, 10am-2pm
June 26 to 30 - River Camp
July 10 to 14 - Creepy Crawly Camp
July 24 to 28 - Nocturnal Creatures Camp
August 7 to 11 - Nature Detectives Camp

San Diego Humane Society Animal Adventure Camps
M-F, 9am-3pm, $240/wk, K-8
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4
August 7-11

Digital Gym 2017 Summer Camps
Summer Youth Media & Tech Camps 
Weekly (June 19 – August 25), 8:30am-3:00pm, Ages 6-14, $245/week

Mesa Rim Indoor Rock Climbing 4-DAY SUMMER ADVENTURE ROCKS! 
Camp at a Glance:
 $335 for 4-Day Adventure Camp, 9am-3pm, Ages 4-14.
Max capacity of 15 kids (smaller ratio of camp staff to climbers)
Snacks are included, bring your own lunch

Bilingual Kids Summer Camps @ Centro Cultural de la Raza
Offering Spanish or Mandarin Immersion, Ages 4-12
Full day $295 (8am-4pm) | Half day $195 (8am-12pm) | Single day $65
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4
August 7-11

Rock n' Roll Camp For Girls San Diego @ San Diego Performing Arts Center
July 24-28, Showcase Concert on July 29 at House of Blues
M-F, 9:30am-5pm, Ages 8-17, $375, (financial aid available)

Lux Art Institute:
GRADES K-12 | 9:00AM-2:00PM (extended day options available)
COST | $275 members| $350 guests per week
Week 1: (June 26th- 30th): Time Machine- Registration Closed
Week 2: (July 10th - 14th): Cultural Studio
Week 3: (July 17th-21st): Do-it-Yourself
Week 4: (July 24th-28th): Good Earth
Week 5: (July 31st - August 4th): 20th Century
Week 6: (August 7th - 11th): Building Design

Balboa Park Day & Week Camps (Various Locations/Pricing)
UC San Diego Youth Camps and Enrichment Programs (Various Ages/Locations/Pricing)
Summer Camp Programs at UC San Diego (Various Ages/Locations/Pricing)
Computer Science Summer Camps in San Diego - ThoughtSTEM
Aztec Science Camp (Various Ages/Locations/Pricing)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 19-Sunday, June 25, 2017

I know a lot of parents whose kids are already on summer break, but we've got three more days of school before our official summer begins. We still made the most of the week and weekend. I worked at the Robyn Hitchcock show on Tuesday, and Circa Waves and Dreamers on Wednesday. Thursday night we had a potluck and awards ceremony for Nova's soccer team, and Friday I spent the day at the Fair as a judge for the Battle of the Bands which actually had some great talent. On Saturday I found out my interview with Evan Dando had canceled, so I packed a bag and met Darren and Nova and my sister and a whole slew of friends at Law Street where the weather and water were perfect. I could've stayed all day and night, but then I heard my interview was back on. I was at the Casbah by 7pm, but Evan showed up super late, and the condition he was in was pretty heartbreaking. I'll save it for another post, but the whole show was just pretty sad. Father's Day was pretty low key--I worked most of the afternoon while watching Netflix with Nova so Darren could just chill then stayed at my parent's house so I can help my dad with some stuff this morning. This week is gonna be awesome, we are doing Father 's Day for real tonight as Nova and I agreed to a canoe night to King Crimson, and I intend to check out My Jerusalem, !!!, The Heavy Guilt, and Peter Bradley Adams. Have a great week and here's to summer!! Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

91X Announces BeerX Lineup - August 12 at Waterfront Park

On the heels of X-Fest, 91X made a big show announcement for what they're calling BeerX, taking place at the Waterfront Park on August 12, 2017 at Waterfront Park. Presale will kick off on Wednesday with general onsale Friday at 10am. The Lineup features IrationJ Boog, Magic!, Chicano Batman, Trouble in the Wind, and Splavender. Click here for all your info.

91X Presents BeerX
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego

Featuring unlimited tastings of more than 150 beers from some of the BEST breweries in Southern California and beyond! Plus killer food, amazing live music, and more!
VIP packages available while supplies last.

Pre-sale Info:
Starts: Wednesday, June 14 at 10am (password BEERX)
Ends: Thursday, June 15 at 10pm
General On-sale: Friday, June 16 at 10am

FM 94/9 Announces Indie Jam for September 9

Just a day after SPF, FM 94/9 made a big concert announcement revealing the lineup for their late summer Indie Jam. It's gonna take place on Saturday, September 9th once again at the Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier. This year's show features Portugal. The Man, Misterwives, Sir Sly, Dreamers, Magic Giant and The Wrecks.

General admission tickets are on sale for only $30 (+ fees).
VIP tickets available for just $55 (+ fees).
Details and purchase info can be found on the station’s website at

See the full press release after the jump.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, June 12-Sunday, June 18, 2017

I gotta say, I'd gotten into the routine of  going to more shows during the week and having weekends more devoted to family time, but this weekend never let up. I went to the Overcoats show on Thursday and they were amazing, and then Friday I worked the whole day at Oysterfest. The weather was absolutely perfect, the bands were all super, and my belly was happy as I had some rad grub, including a delicious shrimp sandwich and a plate full of oysters. On Saturday I had lunch and day drinks with my sister and cousin and then worked for Earthless at the Casbah until the wee hours. And if that all wasn't enough, Sunday was a marathon with Joshua James playing an early show at Soda Bar, then catching Phoenix at X-Fest with Nova and Darren, and then closing the night with The Builders and the Butchers at Casbah. It was an awesome weekend, but today and tonight will be nothing but time at home, sleeping in, and hopefully finishing my latest read. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Recap: The In-Ko-Pah 4 Weekend

A few years ago, I was invited to a weird ass festival in Jacumba around the hot springs. The music was cool, but it was mostly high teenagers trying to bum booze, I was laughed at when I checked in for a press pass, and it was unbearably hot and dusty, resulting in us staying for just a few bands and returning home before sunset. If only those people had it half as together as The In-Ko-Pah.

I knew The In-Ko-Pah wasn't at the same location and found an article online to be helpful in giving us some idea where we were going. It was hotter than we expected in the desert this past weekend, and there was music, but that's where the similarities of the two events end. The In-Ko-Pah takes place at The High Desert Tower, a privately owned property in Jacumba, just north of the 8 freeway off exit 77. You know when you go somewhere or do something and you can't believe you never did it before and you kinda kick yourself? That's kinda how I was. I was just in awe the whole time, from the location to the participants to the attendees to the amenities and planning, it was just an incredible experience. I'd heard that the wind was especially brutal last year, so it was probably best that we waited to pop our cherry this year, but still, I can't believe I ever missed it. The In-Ko-Pah was an amazing experience.
Read more after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11, 2017

I've hardly been outside this week. I recovered from camping but between working, reading, writing, and sleeping super odd ours of the day, I haven't caught any shows this week. In fact, I have barely left the house besides a fun morning hike at Mission Trails and a trip to the library to get more books. Part of that is because this is going to be a huge weekend. I'll be working for RFTC all day Friday at Oysterfest, Saturday we've got a birthday party and I'll be working for Earthless at the Casbah, and Sunday should be a marathon of music, which also means I've got to get next week's listings done earlier than usual plus some posts I've been researching and will try to get out soon. Yikes. This week in San Diego has been interesting, between Monday's Council meeting and Wednesday's brawl at the Observatory, it's easy to go down the news rabbit hole, but I promise I'll get out today and hopefully make it to check The Overcoats tonight. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.
Soccer season ended on Sunday. Gonna miss these girls, but we've surrendered and will be coaching this fall. 

Observatory North Park: Fight Breaks Out as XXXTentacion Sucker Punched During Performance

Apparently the Observatory North Park was quite the scene on Wednesday night as headlining performer XXXTentacion was sucker punched on stage while performing. According to various accounts on social media, the alleged perpetrator was San Diego based rapper Rob $tone (or someone from his crew. Apparently they've had a beef brewing for quite some time.

The Observatory in mellower times

I was not at this show. Several people reached out to me on social media so I thought I'd reiterate that my employment at the venue ended in October 2016. I very much frequent the venue and I will continue to do so, but only in the capacity of a fan and photographer, and occasionally to sell merch when requested.

If you've been to a show at the venue, you know that security is very tight, as aggressive as TSA in a lot of ways. They're strict about all items coming into the venue, all the way down to lighters and pens. There is an armed San Diego Police Department officer at every show the venue holds. Still, and why when I worked there I often argued security was over the top, the inconveniences in time don't really prevent incidents from occurring, and in my if-I-ran-a-venue beliefs, I'm for open cameras, a quick bag check, and treating adults like adults.

It isn't clear if the perpetrator was, in fact, Rob $tone. It also isn't entirely clear if reports of a stabbing in the venue are accurate (or even connected to what happened onstage). What is known is that this tour is supposed to play at the Observatory Santa Ana on Thursday night, and the strongest message that could be sent would be to make a public statement, cancel the show, and ban all artists involved from ever playing either venue again. The money isn't worth it. It is the Observatory's duty to set the tone for their expectations of artist and fan behavior and not doing so sends a message, at best, that this is glossed over as a random incident and at worst, that this behavior is totally acceptable and will be tolerated. It is an invitation for escalation and destruction, and in my opinion, not making an official statement and keeping Thursday night's show would be a grave mistake.

Coverage of the incident:

NBC San Diego

Hip-Hop DX


Fox 5

SD Union Tribune


Statement from Councilman Chris Ward:

Last night's dramatic episode at the Observatory in North Park is obviously unacceptable from a public safety perspective, and I commend our police officers for their quick action to prevent circumstances from getting even worse. The incident also underscores the ongoing tensions between North Park's nightlife and surrounding neighbors. The community cannot be expected to sacrifice basic standards of public health and safety, and we must critically reevaluate our approach to maintaining a workable balance that keeps North Park such a great place to live and visit.
I will be meeting with SDPD, management at the Observatory, and community members to make sure all necessary safety protocols are in place to prevent this from happening again.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

This Weekend: Oysterfest 2017 at Embarcadero Marina Park North

This weekend is Oysterfest at Embarcadero Marina Park North . Tickets are still available for purchase here or you might still be able to grab them on Goldstar with a quick search. I'm pretty impressed this year because I really dig the way the lineups are separated. While there's certainly some crossover interest, for the most part, the people I know who love the Friday lineup wouldn't touch the Saturday one and vice versa, and that's just fine. Both seem to offer pretty robust and diverse music options, and to be perfectly honest, most of the time you're going to be perusing the variety of oyster options and finding the beer and booze lines anyway. I predict this June gloom will clear in a day or two and you can count on perfect weather for this super fun annual event.
Pro-tip: Take a significant amount of cash with you for the vendors. The on-site ATMs are a total rip.