Thursday, May 25, 2017

ATTN: Kaleo Venue Change (From HOB to OAT)

I'm posting this because it's pretty unusual for a such a big venue change for any show, but to go from House of blues to Open Air Theatre is a huge leap... if you have tickets to the original show, you should exchange them sooner rather than later to get the best seats being traded.

AUGUST 29TH, 2017
Tickets on sale Thursday, May 25th at 10AM PST

Due to popular demand, this show is now scheduled to play a larger venue. The show will now take place at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University on August 29th, 2017.

Because this venue is seated, you will need to exchange the ticket you purchased for the House of Blues show with a new one at the Viejas Arena venue box office by TUESDAY, JULY 25TH.  The ticket exchange will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will be located in the sections closest to the stage.  House of Blues ticket holders may also request a refund at the point-of-purchase and purchase a new ticket for the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre show, but the location may not be in the same premium locations that are being held until July 25th for those who opt to exchange their ticket.   The Viejas Arena box office is located next to Gate 2 on 55th Street, and can be accessed from Aztec Walk, across from Peterson Gym and Parking 7 (previously PS5).

5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
PHONE: (619) 594-0429
INFORMATION LINE: (619) 594-6947

Box Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Monday, May 22, 2017

Things to Do In San Diego: Monday, May 22-Monday, May 29, 2017

I had a pretty exhausting week. As much as I love watching Nova's soccer and derby and stuff, I'm definitely looking forward to soccer season ending because driving to Clairemont twice a week blows. On Tuesday, I checked out Tow'rs at Soda Bar, then caught The Roosevelts at Blonde. On Thursday, I went to see DIIV at Music Box then caught the end of Matthew Logan Vasquez at Casbah, and on Friday, Darren and I went to Thundercat and had a fun night at Bar Pink while the kid had a slumber party. I was hoping to catch some of the fun festivals on Saturday but it was hot af, I was having lady problems, and I was just not feeling particularly social. I had to work at Irenic and generally that is a fun and easy job, but four patrons wanted to make sure my night was shit and it left me unmotivated to go to a show afterward. Instead I downloaded the new San Diego Library cloud app, downloaded some books, and read all night long. There are a few shows I look forward to this week, but hope it's not quite as crazy as last week. I did listings through Memorial Day so you can plan the holiday weekend. Tuesday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Monday, May 22, 2017:
  • Danny Black (from Good Old War), Mel Washington, Nate Hess (from The Bad & The Ugly),  J. Holland (from Lead Pony) @ The Merrow
  • Bryan Adams @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Omega Three, Spice Pistols, Dream Burglar @ Casbah
  • Crooked Bangs @ Whistle Stop
  • Flynt Flossy, Turquoise Jeep, DJ Mancat @ Soda Bar
  • Ones to Watch Presents Blackbear - Digital DrugTour with 24hrs, Elhae, Lil Aaron, Yung Pinch @ House of Blues
  • Metal Monday with DJ Luis Imperator @ The Office
  • Soultry Monday with Tori Roze & The Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rancho Bernardo High School Band Spring Concert @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Joshua Thompson @ De Oro Mining Co
  • Melody Makers Live Band Karaoke @ Navajo Live
  • Movie Madness @ Martini's On Fourth
  • Collapsing Scenery, Ese & Zain(ex Moving Units) @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Real Live Mondays 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 
  • Baile Do Victinho/Brazilian Party Classic @ Spin
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Party on A Monday @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, May 15, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21, 2017

 Oh my gosh. I told you I was laying low over the weekend, but that meant that my beautiful family let me sleep all day as they cleaned the house. I was super sad that I had to miss Nova's Sunday soccer, but I worked at the Irenic, then caught Conor Oberst at the Observatory, then caught All Them Witches at Casbah.  I have to say that just hitting all three shows makes me super happy.  I'm also happy because every week we're one more week closer to 45 making himself completely guilty, we just have to let him feel all comfy and happy before we can Zing the piece of shit in his dumb-ass guilt. It's gonna happen. Listing archives are after the jump.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nova was still a little sick as this week kicked off, so besides catching the Gabriel Garzon-Montano show at the Casbah on Wednesday, I've spent most of the week just spending time with my little familia once Nova was healthy enough for derby, soccer, and figure skating. It's Mother's Day weekend and I'm a little broken-hearted that we won't be taking my mom to Gator By The Bay this year. My dad isn't healthy enough to leave alone for that stretch of time and with Nova's soccer, Twin Forks at the Irenic and Conor Oberst at the Observatory, my Sunday is pretty jam-packed. It would be great to just sneak in an hour or two on Saturday, but it doesn't seem likely at this point. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What I'm Watching: The Handmaid's Tale, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, "You've Seen This Before, We Know", Career Suicide

I've mentioned more than a few times that I vacillate between being obsessed with politics and burying my head.  One minute I'm reading about what stupid thing the piece of shit in the White House, and the entire Republican House, for that matter, is doing to sell off our country to the highest bidder, and the rest of the time I'm just trying to hide from it all. When I'm not out at shows, I'm ass on couch, worming down the daily 300 emails I get while parked in front of the TV with some mind numbing nonsense on in the background (Naked and Afraid, any Housewives franchise, Escaping Polygamy, to name a few). In my hiding from politics, I've watched A LOT of television, and I think I've mentioned I've read more books this year than I had in the last twenty years combined.

The other night, I was desperate to find something to watch that wasn't Housewives. I'd already caught up on Last Week Tonight and Chelsea Handler and my other regular go-tos, (I'm kinda over Bill Maher's islamophobia and sexism, but still watch anyway),  and disappointed that the Paste list I usually use seems to just have the same movies on the month after month, I found this list by Den Of Geek. And so it was that I watched The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I thought I'd share with you this and other things I've been watching lately, and maybe you'll let me know what else I'm missing? More after the jump.

Dilemma: Conor Oberst vs Twin Forks

I have a dilemma an I can't stop thinking about it. I can never really plan my life too far out in advance so it only just occurred to me that such a dilemma was just waiting to be addressed. On Sunday night, Conor Oberst plays at the Observatory North Park. And on Sunday, the very same night, less than a mile away, Chris Carrabba (of Dashboard Confessional) plays at The Irenic with his Americana band, Twin Forks. What is a girl to do?

Look, I try to play it cool. I've met a lot of amazing musicians in my life and I try not to be such a fangirl. I was at the Pond show next to Kevin Parker practically the whole time and I never once bothered him. But some artists are just so super awesome, and then you find out they're nice, too, and it's hard not to feel that little excitement when they come to town.

I was completely committed to the Conor Oberst show. I might even be doing an NBC interview, so I was just planning on having someone else work my shift at the Irenic. I think I've only ever seen Bright Eyes twice in my life, plus if you count the magical night when Conor appeared with the Felice Brothers on the eve of my birthday. He was by the bar and I asked if we could snap a photo, that it had just become my birthday at midnight and he exclaimed, "Your birthday? Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" And then he kissed me. A big, giant, sloppy, wet kiss right on my lips. Sean missed that moment and instead got this goofy face, and you can see me quizzical, "DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?" I also remember his t-shirt smelled like he'd worn it every night of tour. But I didn't care. Conor Oberst just smacked my lips with a wet one and nobody besides Sean would ever believe me.

And then there's Chris Carrabba. I liked my share of Dashboard Confessional music, I have seen him solo, with Twin Forks, and with DC over the years. I remember buying a DC hoodie at Street Scene one year because it was only 20 bucks and I hadn't accounted for it being so damn cold once the sun dropped, but then I never wore it again because the silkscreen on it was kind of bizarre and I thought myself a little too old to be an emo kid. It wasn't until this year, when I got to interview him at the House of Blues that I was just smitten. And not in weird creepy hookup kinda way, just in that he was so relatable, so comfortable, and so sweet, like someone you'd want to be your BFF.

So I have to do ads for the Casbah and it wasn't until both shows were demanding my attention that I realized I'm stuck with this super difficult and challenging decision of which show to attend. Or maybe both? But the way I figure it, Observatory set times will typically be 8 for Phoebe Bridgers and 9/9:15 for Conor Obserst. And The Irenic will most likely be 7pm for Dan Layus (of Augustana!), 7:45ish for The Social Animals, and 8:45ish for Twin Forks. So by my best estimates, it would be impossible to catch both. And so I'm torn. What the hell is a supergroupie to do?

I can't make decisions for you, but tickets are still available for both shows:
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers  @ The Observatory, $33   GET TICKETS
Twin Forks, The Social Animals, Dan Layus (of Augustana) @ The Irenic, $18 adv/$20 day of GET TICKETS

Monday, May 08, 2017

Things To Do in San Diego: Monday May 8-Friday, May 12, 2017

I'm obsessed with politics but I can't even delve in here. So I will say Nova's birthday party, even when it rained, was AMAZING, and it was super awesome that all our friends stuck around in a huddle under our canopies long enough that the rain ended and all the kids had a blast on the playground, essentially having the whole park to themselves. Thanks to everyone who helped make it awesome, I'm going to just duck out right now and skip the politics and just say it was great and thanks to all involved. Party on. Monday through Friday archives after the jump.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Summer Concerts In The Parks Line-Ups Roll Out For 2017

We pay a hefty sunshine tax in our rents, sales taxes, and general cost of living here in San Diego, but that's all the more reason to love the free events offered every summer. Besides amazing street fairs like Adams Avenue Street Fair, Festival of Arts in North ParkFiesta del Sol, (to name just a few), we also get a ton of "Concerts In The Park".  Many of San Diego's parks have already rolled out their summer series, and I'll do my best to update the one who haven't when they finally get around to it. Every year I fail to include these in my listings because they're a total pain in the ass to hunt down, but I'm an insomniac, so this year I've at least put this together. Note: Street Fairs and other annual events can be found here. Let me know if I missed anything!! (Find them all after the jump. Click the park links for parking, park rules, and any other special event info.)

Fletcher Cove

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7, 2017

I mentioned I was gonna lay low this week. We took Nova and Jo to Fuddrucker's for Nova's birthday and then kicked around a soccer ball in the park until sunset, which was pretty mellow, but also exactly what she loves. She has a late soccer practice on Tuesdays, so besides that and her mission project, nothing exciting to report, and then Wednesday she had a derby scrimmage and then she and Darren worked on her mission until bedtime, when I decided to catch Jesse Lamonaca and the Dime Novels at Soda Bar. The rest of this week should remain pretty mellow for me, but there's lots of cool stuff happening if you're itching to get out. Boar Cross'N, Black Cat Bar, Che, and Ken Club still have no updates, but I've filled in some more venues and Cinco de Mayo stuff for ya. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Monterey Pop Festival Releases Daily Lineups

I've only ever driven through Monterey once in my life, but I'm kind of obsesses since watching Big Little Lies--though I realize many of the homes and sweeping views used on the show weren't actually in Monterey. But since California has a wealth of festivals, I'll continue to share them. The 50th Annual Monterey International Pop Festival takes place June 16-18, 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds. The lineup has been announced for awhile, but now the individual day lineups are announced and go on sale Thursday at 10am PST. Get tickets to the whole thing or individual days here.

Leon Bridges
Father John Misty
Regina Spektor
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Sara Watkins

Jack Johnson
Norah Jones
Jim James
Dr. Dog
Jamtown feat. Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter And G. Love
Jackie Greene
North Mississippi Allstars
Jacob Banks

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
The Head and the Heart
Gary Clark Jr.
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Booker T's Stax Revue
Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Hiss Golden Messenger

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

LiveNation offers $20 "All In" Tickets

It seemed a little anti-climactic to post about "National Concert Day" on May 1, a day that literally had like four shows in San Diego, but alas, LiveNation is celebrating the day (that I think they actually invented)  with $20 "all-in" tickets to a bunch of summer shows. The offers are good through May 9. You can see all of the shows here, but if I was inclined, had no commitments, and money was raining from the sky, here are some of the more notable shows:

May 10- Barns Courtney @ House of Blues
May 30- Modest Mouse @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 7- Rise Against & DefTones @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 21- Third Eye Blind & Silversun Pickups @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 28- Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Aug 24- Young The Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Aug 27- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue,  St. Paul & The Broken Bones @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Monday, May 01, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, May 1-Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Today is a super duper special day because it's Nova's 10th birthday. It feels especially symbolic because when I was first being introduced to her life, I was forbidden from her birthday party and I swore that it would be the first and last one that I'd ever miss. Now here we are and she's in double digits and I couldn't be more proud of who she is, how strong she is, how funny she can be, and how inquisitive she is about the world. She hasn't had it easy in her young little life but she's smart and capable, and has a great head on her shoulders and I'm lucky to be included in the adventures to come.
I definitely think I overextended myself the last couple weeks, so I hope to mostly lay low this week while we plan and prepare for the kid's birthday party and while she continues to recover from a gnarly cough she caught last week. There are some good picks this week and I'll try to update when all these slackers get their listings up: Black Cat Bar, Boar Cross'n, Che Cafe, El Dorado, Harbor Music Hall, Ken Club, Sycamore Den, Whistle Stop. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photos: Local Natives and Tennis @ Observatory, 4.17.17

I've been quite a mess lately. In a matter of weeks, I'd lost my phone, my laptop casing became so cracked it became miserable to use, I lost my keys, and then when it came to load my Local Natives photos, I lost my HD card. I replaced the phone once I acknowledged it was stolen, Darren bought me a new laptop, my keys turned up where Darren had put them (in the car glove compartment), and then while sipping a cocktail at the Casbah, I realized I'd tucked my card in a tight corner in my wallet so I wouldn't lose it. Because of course I did. I can't help it that anxiety has been high lately, but I'm trying to get it together and we're trying our best to deal with the batshit crazy person with whom we can't escape in our life. Sometimes it is just overwhelming.

Originally Nova was to be in St. Louis for her Spring Break, but her trip was canceled last minute and we were happy we'd be able to take her along to several of the Localchella shows, including Local Natives, who she totally fell in love with after their last show at the Observatory. I had some trouble getting my photo pass squared away, so I didn't get to shoot Tennis from the pit, but thanks to the help of Nik Ewing, it was squared away by the time the band took the stage.

The show was amazing and Local Natives plaued a set that included a lot of older stuff to please the San Diego audience. I had called the band "honorary San Diegans" in my SoundDiego piece, and it was cute that the band reiterated that sentiment throughout the night talking about their history in the city, their grandparents who worked here for years, their many times playing over the last several years.  I feel super lucky to have been to just about every San Diego show they've ever played, and I'll keep following as long as I can.

Without further ado, here's some photos from that awesome night. Pictures after the jump.


Photos: The Head & The Heart and Dreamers @ Soma, 4.9.17

There's no question that I love The Head and the Heart. I've lost track of how many times I've seen the band between their very first Casbah show, House of Blues, The Observatory OC, Coachella and others, but I was especially excited when they were booked in San Diego because I knew I'd be able to take Nova and Darren along for her first backstage experience at Soma. She had a soccer game that evening, we grabbed dinner, then went to Soma with enough time for a quick drink at Modern Times, then walked to the show.

I had a photo pass, which isn't super fun at Soma because there's no easy access to the pit, but once you're in, the lighting, the energy of both the band and the diehard fans along the rail make for an exciting show. It was also great catching Dreamers again and I'll probably get fired for implying they're coming back to town, but all I can say is stay tuned.

I was fully feeling both bands and just a quick funny story, after Dreamers, Nova said she needed to use the bathroom. We walked through the lobby and the line was crazy long, so we asked to use the backstage bathroom which is upstairs. Turns out we were waiting for the lead vocalist who diligently brushes his teeth while humming his songs before a set (we know this because he opened the door and did that talking with the toothbrush in his mouth thing to us), then let the other guitarist ahead of us, and Nova got to hear what vocal exercises sound like. They were super cute to her or I wouldn't mention it otherwise, and eventually we went back to our places on the side of the stage until I left to shoot. It was past Nova's usual bedtime as TH&TH came onstage, so eventually they left early. Later, I was able to find my friend Regina and bring her and her friend backstage which was awesome because she does so much for me at the Observatory even though I'm no longer employed there. Anyway, it was an amazing night and was made all the more special when we were able to hear their Coachella set on SiriusXM and think we'd only just seen them a week prior. I cannot wait for them to come back.

More pictures of The Head and the Heart and Dreamers are after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, April 26-Sunday, April 30, 2017

In case you haven't noticed, I've been trying to post a lot more frequently. Part of it is that my new laptop is so much more pleasurable to use. My last one had broken hinges that would make my screen fall when I worked, the mouse pad stopped working so I had to use an external mouse, and certain keys would stick, slowing my typing down to pure frustration.

But the other part is just that the volume of email I getting so massive that it just feels like I should share more stuff when it comes through my inbox, and I'd rather focus my energy here than on Facebook for those kinds of posts and my photo collections, which have also increased massively in volume. Perhaps you noticed there's actually a Facebook page using the title of this very blog post? Well, that jerkoff page is actually a ticket reseller and I HATE them and it makes me crazy every time I see them post. It gets under my skin a lot. So while I never intend on going click-bait on you to get an edge on all the other sites in town, hopefully I can get back in the habit of posting more here like I did before I became a Facebook zombie.

On Monday we were able to catch Vieux Farka Toure at the Casbah and he was amazing, and it was a diverse and engaged crowd. I haven't seen so much dancing at the Casbah in a long time. Tuesday was a soccer and work night so I could save myself for Elefante and The Office Undercover tonight. Perhaps I'll see you there.  The rest of this week has a ton of good stuff coming, specifically San Fermin at the Casbah on Thursday and Demasiado on Saturday.  And I guess I have to jump headfirst into planning the soon-to-be 10 year old's birthday. Ack. Who am I? Wednesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Life Is Beautiful (Las Vegas) Tickets On Sale Thursday, April 26

Now in it's fifth year, Life Is Beautiful is another annual music festival competing for big festival names that takes place in downtown Las Vegas. Calling Las Vegas "our region" may be a stretch, but considering you can get there in 4-6 hours in a car from here, it's definitely close enough if you've got the scratch for the tickets. Check out all the details and get your tickets here starting Thursday at 10am.

Hard Summer 10-Year Anniversary Lineup Announced

The 2017 Summer Festival announcements keep coming, and today, Hard Summer announced their 10 year anniversary lineup. Check it out, and follow the running list of stuff here.

Hard Summer Music Festival- 10 Year Anniversary
The Speedway in Fontana
Saturday, August 5-Sunday, August 6

The HARD SUMMER line-up is:

DJ Snake * Justice DJ Set * Rae Sremmurd * Zeds Dead
Tchami * Cashmere Cat * Skepta * Ty Dolla $ign * Malaa * A-Trak * Mobb Deep
Yehme2 * Doctor P * Anna Lunoe * Kayzo * E-40 * Brodinski * Charli XCX
Mercer * Busy P * AC Slater * Nina Las Vegas * Wax Motif * Soul Clap * Ellen Allien
Wiwek * Chris Lake * Chris Lorenzo * Amine Edge & Dance * Drezo * Mustdie!* Saymyname
Problem * Uffie * Egyptian Lover * Ghetts * Gina Turner * Nick Monaco * Vincent * Uncle Jxmi
    Dj Heather B2B Collette * Doc Martin * Sita Abellan * Oshi * Josh Pan * Mad Zach * GG Magree
Cray * Jubilee * Oski * Qrion * Phlegmatic Dogs * Nukid * Masha * Whipped Cream

Snoop Dogg Performing Doggystyle * Dog Blood * Bassnectar * Migos
Jai Wolf * Snakehips * Claude Vonstroke * What So Not * Baauer * Kill The Noise * JME
Mike Will Made It * Destructo * 12th Planet * Tinashe * Madeintyo * Brillz * Party Favor  
Shiba San * MK * Ekali * Giraffage * Jackmaster * Jimmy Edgar * J. Phlip * Floating Points (DJ Set) *  Motez
Kim Ann Foxman * Whethan * Thugfucker * Kap G * LA Leakers * Graves * 4B * 24HRS * Dave * AJ Tracey
London On Da Track * Nancy Whang * Louisahhh * Tink * Walker & Royce * Hotel Garuda
Christian Martin * Madam X  * Kittens *  J. Worra * Lookas * Uniiqu3
Volac * Brohug * LDRU * Colby J * Deux Twins

An easy drive from downtown Los Angeles, The Speedway in Fontana boasts an expanded foot print reaching over 500 acres and convenient parking.  Enhancements to this year's festival experience include more shaded areas, doubling entry and exit points, expanded camping and increased mobility overall around the festival grounds.

Photos: Little Dragon @ Observatory North Park, 4.16.17

I love Darren. He is the best partner in life I could ask for. For that reason, when I hear one of his all time favorite bands, Little Dragon, is playing the Observatory during Localchella, I don't even think about not going, even if there are other shows the same night, even if it means I have to hunch over my laptop all weekend to make up for the work I usually save until Sunday. It was a really fun show to shoot, mostly because Yukimi is super expressive on stage, with tulle and metallic materials draped over her body, dramatic lighting, and lots of little tambourines, cowbells, and other percussion to bang on around the stage. Unfortunately it also made me realize how terribly dirty the inside of my camera is, so I'm not looking forward to the expense or the wait it will take to clean, but I'll make it happen soon enough. It was a fun night, it was a great show to be able to take Nova to, and we've found a new favorite spot at the Observatory since I'm no longer privy to the balcony. More pictures after the jump.

Photos: Pond @ Casbah, 4.15.17

It was a sold out Saturday at the Casbah. The room was packed, Coachella was in full effect in the desert, and everyone wanted to be on the guestlist. Pond was performing and everyone wanted a piece of the Aussie action. I'm sure part of it was a hope that there would be some secret appearance by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala on the stage that night, instead, he used me as a blockade, hiding between me and the sound guy while I shot photos from the back of the room. Later he was trying to chill on the patio until everyone started recognizing him and he  bailed into the office for privacy. Can't say I blame him. The show was incredible, definitely worth the buzz and hype, and the projections kept the visuals interesting. I took a ton of photos, a handful of which are after the jump.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Photos: Kristin Kontrol at The Hideout, 4.10.17

After leaving the of Monreal show at Music Box, I headed to The Hideout to catch Kristin Kontrol. Formerly known as Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, and as San Diegans might remember, Kristin of Grand Ole Party, it was nice to see her back in town after quite some time. Last time the Dum Dums played Casbah to a packed house, and this show was very well attended...especially considering how many other shows were happening that same Monday night. Additional photos after the jump.

Photos: Of Montreal at Music Box, 4.10.17

I have been shooting a lot of pictures lately and so I thought I could post a bunch now that I have a functioning laptop. Rewinding to Monday, April 10, I was able to catch of Montreal at Music Box. I love Kevin Barnes and his performance art and you never know what each show will bring. Throughout the night there were interesting projections, a dominatrix, a giant snow monster, several costume changes and more. I didn't hear my favorite song (Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse) because I scooted out early to catch Kristin Kontrol at the Hideout, but it was an energetic and exciting show to a packed venue. More photos after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 24-Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I am kinda glad Coachella is over because I could hardly keep up with all the shows that rolled through town last week. I was able to catch Tennis and Local Natives, Springtime Carnivore and Mitski, Arkells and Blossoms, Hinds, Chicano Batman and Lee Fields, Califone, and Cold Cave. Of all those, I chose to post this photo because it took the most work...I was on the third floor of the Music Box, sitting on the ground under a dude who kept putting his ass in my face, as I had my camera hanging through the wire railing. I also spent the weekend listening to more amazing Coachella sets on Sirius XM like Local Natives, Head and the Heart, The XX, Bon Iver, Lorde, New Order, and Bon Iver. Nova's spring break is over so life will get back to normal around here. Monday and Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Record Store Day is Coming Up: Saturday, April 22

This weekend is Record Store Day and while music shops have dwindled over the years, including the loss of Off The Record which stunned plenty in San Diego, we still have some thriving shops in town. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty disappointing that many of them have out of date websites (if they have them at all) and social media accounts with scant updates, but if you want to support the shops we have left, check out some of these locations. Lou's, Folk Arts, Spin and M-Theory all have posted RSD events lined up for Saturday, but tune in and maybe more will update. And to the stores themselves, is it REALLY that hard to have your staff throw up a Facebook post every once in awhile??

Beat Box Records - Barrio Logan

Cow Records - Ocean Beach

FeeLIT Records - East Village

Folk Arts Rare Records - North Park

Lou's Records - Encinitas

M-Theory Records - Mission Hills

Nickelodeon Records - Normal Heights

Normal Records - North Park

Record City - Hillcrest

Red Brontosaurus Records - North Park

Spin Records - Encinitas

Taang! Records - Hillcrest

United Records & Sound - North Park

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 17-Sunday, April 23, 2017

It was a pretty great week. Nova's first week of spring break was fun, and though I still have a lot of file transferring to do from my old laptop to my new one, but I'm feeling good about work and home life and music life. On Friday we went to Panama 66 for The Midnight Pine, then enjoyed some of the #Couchella broadcast on YouTube. On Saturday, Nova jumped into a Baby Doll derby scrimmage because they were short some girls, and after we met up with my mom, cousin, sister, and nieces to celebrate my sister's birthday at Point Loma Sea Foods. Afterward, my mom took all the kids home and we had some beers at BP, before everyone split and I went to see Pond at Casbah. I guess it was a big deal that Kevin Parker was there, next to me while I shot and later as I uploaded my photos, but I kinda felt bad for him that people wouldn't leave him alone. On Sunday we went to my parents house for Easter until it was time to head to Little Dragon. This week has so many amazing shows I feel like I might explode. Monday I'll be at Local Natives & Tennis, The Wild Reeds on Tuesday, on Wednesday I'll be at Mitski, Thursday I'll try to pull off a triple header catching Hinds, Chicano Batman & Lee Fields, then Califone and Friday I'll try to catch  Dead Feather Moon & Cold Cave. There will also be plenty of work, soccer and derby practices, and hopefully a chance to catch Butterfly Jungle at Safari Park before it ends. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, April 14, 2017

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

It has been quite a lovely week though I can't really believe the first week of Nova's spring break is over so quickly. On Monday I pulled off a double header, catching of Montreal at Music Box then Kristin Kontrol at the Hideout. On Tuesday we went to Magic Mountain until our insides were sufficiently mixed up. On Wednesday, we spent the afternoon at CostCo where Darren got me this new laptop, which I've been spending way too much time setting up and getting back all of my things the way I like them, but I love it nonetheless. That night, Pyles picked me up early to hit Bali Hai mai tais before going to Father John Misty at Humphrey's Concerts (no photo pass, thus the grainy phone photo). The show was amazing though I still hate that the venue uses Elite. Afterward, we tried to catch Grace Mitchell at Casbah, but she had just finished, so we stayed long enough for Birdy Bardot before Tim Fears and I caught the end of Grande Ole Office. Thursday was pretty much a computer day and soccer evening. So here we are on Friday. We're heading to Balboa Park to catch The Midnight Pine at Panama 66, but most likely we'll lay low this weekend, watching "Couchella" on YouTube or listening on Sirius XM. I'll be working at POND on Saturday and we're planning on going to see Little Dragon on Sunday and Local Natives on Monday. It's also my sister's birthday and we'll probably have a family gathering for Eastra, too. Hope you all have a great weekend!! Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 10, 2017

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

I meant to update the weekend listings for you but I have to be honest, Friday took it out of me. Without being too specific, if you think a book + overpriced supplements + "biohacked" coffee and wine is going to change your life, more power to you, but to me, I throw my guard up and try to fight off your tentacles trying to eat my soul. This one particular woman kept putting her arms around me, leaning into me way beyond comfort and asking if I was okay. As a result, I decided to get my listings done, binge watch 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, and skipped weekend shows until Sunday when I knew Head and the Heart would replenish my soul. Nova is officially on spring break, and with her trip to St. Louis cancelled, I'm looking forward to being a tourist in my own City, doing some hikes, getting to the mountains, the desert, the beach, the zoo, Safari Park, and probably a trip to Magic Mountain thrown in for good measure. Tons of great shows this week, I've been adding to the events and festivals page, and you'll definitely catch me out over the next few weeks. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Outside Lands Lineup Revealed

Last week, I told you about "Eager Beaver" presale tickets for Outside Lands. On Tuesday, the festival finally announced but I was running around going to Nova's soccer then Casbah and Blonde for some fun times. So here ya go. Regular priced 3-day and VIP tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 6th at 10am PT exclusively at

Outside Lands 2017 lineup is below:

Metallica * The Who * Gorillaz * Lorde * A Tribe Called Quest * alt-J * Queens Of The Stone * Age * Above & Beyond * Fleet Foxes * Empire Of The Sun * The Avett Brothers * Belle and Sebastian * Solange * Future Islands * ScHoolboy Q * Rebelution * Young The Giant * Little Dragon * Vance Joy * Kaytranada * Bleachers * Tove Lo * Action Bronson * Sleigh Bells * Louis The Child * Royal Blood * Shovels & Rope * Thundercat * Dawes * Warpaint * Dr. Octagon * Rag’n’Bone Man * Bomba Estéreo * Real Estate * James Vincent McMorrow * RAC * Temples* K.Flay * Hamilton Leithauser * Maggie Rogers  * Sofi Tukker * Foxygen * How To Dress Well * SOHN * Electric Guest * Goldroom * Hundred Waters * Noname * Khruangbin * Kamaiyah * S U R V I V E * Kali Uchis * San Fermin * Joseph *  The Japanese House * Mon Laferte * Lee Fields & The Expressions * The Lemon Twigs * Grace Mitchell * Porches * Jacob Banks * MUNA * Mondo Cozmo * John Moreland * Frenship * Sam Dew * Oliver Tree * Lawrence * The She’s

Read the full press release spiel after the jump.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

OB Playhouse presents The Who's Tommy

I haven't covered musicals or theatre often (since the Globe cut me from their media list), but I'm going to make a special exception to share that the OB Playhouse currently has The Who's Tommy on their stage. Besides being a classic Tony Award winning musical, there's a particularly special castmember that I think you should see. Owen Schmutz plays the Young Tommy and the kiddo is amazing. He's the son of Devlin--my favorite Ken Club bartender, friend, and unofficial therapist. Owen has quite taken to the fine arts and on occasion is known to take the stage at Martini's On Fourth. For more information on this presentation of Tommy, click here. Or to go straight to buying tickets, click here.

Remaining Dates are:

Fri, Apr 7th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 8th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 9th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Apr 14th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 15th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Mon, Apr 17th, 2017 at 8:00 pm (pay what you can with proceeds going to KICKcancER.
Fri, Apr 21st, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 22nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

In Your Neighborhood Block Party

The Pour House, Dizzy Spells, and In You Neighborhood with Lou Niles presents...
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
At the Pour House (1903 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA)
Featuring live music and local businesses

Scope the video:

Oysterfest 2017 Drops Lineup- June 9 & 10, 2017

Oysterfest is back for the 7th year and just dropped a doozy of a lineup, mostly because of Ghostland Observatory and homegrown legends Rocket From The Crypt, but there are plenty of other local favorites to consider opening up those wallets to buy tickets to the event. It takes place on June 9 & 10 and is a strictly 21+ event at Embarcadero Marina Park North. For full info and ticket info, click here.

Full weekend lineup includes: Matisyahu, Ghostland Observatory, Magic!, Rocket From The Crypt, Dam Funk, The Shelters, Vokab Company, Dance Yourself Clean, Josh Heinrichs, The Verigolds, Janelle Phillips.

The spiel:
The 7th Annual San Diego Oysterfest brings an amazing live music performance to the beautiful bayside setting of Marina Embarcadero North. The mixture of a music festival featuring national and local acts and an oyster festival featuring oysters from a variety of oyster farms throughout the shores of America creates a stimulating effect on the festival goers. Throw some beer, wine and/or alcohol on all of that and you end up with memorable moments to talk about at the water cooler on Monday.

Alternate art after the jump.

KAABOO Lineup 2017

I know I'm really, really slow on the draw on KAABOO, which was announced two weeks ago, but I was so busy reading everyone's comments about the event (snicker, snicker) that I never had the chance to actually post about it. And I'm gonna stay neutral on this. As an old friend reminded me, Candlebox and Counting Crows were my most listened to records my senior year of high school, so while I'd like to think I'm an uber-cool indie music snob, I'm not, and there are as many bands on the lineup that I'd be cool with seeing as not cool with seeing. In fact, I've seen 20+ of these bands in my lifetime already. I'm just not willing to drop $250 or whatever to be a part of it, but I'm certainly not gonna knock you if you do. Get all the info and ticket pricing, festival restrictions, and more here.

Summer Music & Camping Returns to In-Ko-Pah 4!

In-Ko-Pah is back! If you love a low key, DIY style festival, In-Ko-Pah should definitely be on your radar. Taking place at the Desert View Tower in Jacumba, this all-in BYO-everything camping and music fest takes place on June 3-4, 2017. For all camping info, ticketing, age restrictions, helpful hints and other info, check the official site here.

From the organizers:

The In-Ko-Pah emerged from the desire for a classic desert 'High Jinks.' We wanted to recapture the raw, non-commercial experience of outdoor music in a beautiful and unique location. Now in its fourth year, this non-profit event offers an evening of music and frolic under the wide-open sky at the Desert View Tower. Perched on a rocky hillside, the site hovers over the Anza-Borrego Desert, approximately one hour east of San Diego. In-Ko-Pah 4 offers music lovers and naturalists alike a chance to experience an authentic overnight event within our Southwestern region.

You will need to purchase a ticket before coming to the event and sales are available at

The Mattson 2 • San Diego, California
Zig Zags • Los Angeles, California
Mrs. Magician • San Diego, California
Playboy Manbaby • Phoenix, Arizona
Birdy Bardot • San Diego, California
Buckfast Superbee • Encinitas, California
Creepseed • San Diego, California
The Widows • San Diego, California
The Mission Creeps • Tucson, Arizona
The Strawberry Moons • San Diego, California
The Bassics • Imperial Beach, California
Stephen El Rey • San Diego, California
Archons • San Diego, California
ETC • San Diego, California

Effects and lighting by Operation Mindblow

April 8 - Desert Generator Festival @ Pappy & Harriet's

I'm trying to work through all of these festivals, and being that this one is relatively close and features San Diego's own Earthless, I thought it was worthy of sharing. Full press release after the jump.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Annual Events and Festivals

So, I've been trying to find this old site I found last year that tracked festivals for vendors, and when I couldn't find it, I decided it was time for me to put together my own list. Finally. I've pretty much put it off for 11 years. I know I'll be adding to this forever, as more beer fests, fall CRSSD, bike events and others are announced, but I've made a permanent page link with this working list for your (and my own) reference.

April 8-9 When We Were Young  @ Observatory Orange County
April 14-16/April 21-23 Coachella @ Indio Polo Fields
April 15 Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival @ Handlery Hotel
April 22 CityBeat Festival of Beers @ El Cajon Blvd between Texas & Louisiana
April 23 EarthFair @ Balboa Park
April 29 Adams Avenue Unplugged @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights & Kensington
April 29-30 ArtWalk Little Italy @ India St between Date & Grape
April 29-30 Encinitas Street Fair @ Hyw 101, D St to J St.
May 5-7 Cinco De Mayo @ Old Town
May 13 Tacotopia @ Golden Hill Park
May 11-14 Gator By The Bay @ Spanish Landing Park
May 20 Festival of Arts in North Park @ North Park, University Between 30th & 32nd
May 20-21 Fiesta Del Sol @ Solana Beach, Hwy 101
May 26-28 BottleRock 2017 @ Napa Valley
May 27 Fiesta Botanica @ Balboa Park
June 3-4 In-Ko-Pah
June 3 Art Around Adams @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights & Kensington
June 2-July 4 San Diego County Fair @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
June 9-10 Oysterfest @ Embarcadero Marina Park North
June 11 FM 94/9 SPF @ Junior Seau Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier
June 11 91X X-Fest @ The Green at Qualcomm
June 29-July 2 High Sierra Music Festival @ Quincy, CA
July 8 Tour De Fat @ Waterfront Park
July 21-23 FYF @ Exposition Park, LA
July 20-23 Comic-Con 2017 @ San Diego Convention Center
Aug 5 Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium
August 11-13 Outside Lands @ Golden Gate Park
August 11-13 Artwalk Liberty Station @ Liberty Station
August 25-27 Carlsbad Music Festival @ Carlsbad, Various Locations
Sep 2-4 Festival Of Sail @ San Diego Big Bay Harbor
Sept 8-10 Ohana Fest @ Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Sept 15-17 KAABOO @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
Sep 30-Oct 1 Adams Avenue Street Fair @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights & Kensington
Sept 29-Oct 1, Oct 6-8 Oktoberfest @ German American Societies, El Cajon 
Oct 7-8 Maker Fair @ Balboa Park
Dec 1-2 December Nights @ Balboa Park

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, April 3-Sunday, April 9, 2017

The weekends are never long enough. Generally it doesn't make a difference to me if it's a weeknight or weekend, except it means two days without a deluge of email, and I'm just not prepared for all the Monday nonsense. I still have a ton of stuff to post about this week, and I think I'll have to find the time later today to focus. It was a pretty good last few days. I worked at the Orwells show on Friday, and Saturday after Nova skated 256 laps for her skateathon, we reconvened and met up with my nieces for dinner, then she went off with them for a slumber party, so Darren and I had a fun date night seeing Black Joe Lewis at the Casbah and then finishing the night at the Ken Club. On Sunday, Nova played my niece's team for her first soccer game of the season. She's a pretty good little player, but this league is endlessly frustrating. For one, she was supposed to be placed on Johanna's team but the league director is, uh, difficult, to put things mildly. And, for the second year, she's with an inexperienced coach. I will bite my tongue another season, I guess. This week has some good stuff and I'm excited to catch some shows this week. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 2, 2017

I didn't really have a music photo to add today so you get another one of my two favorite people. Since the last update, I caught Methyl Ethel at Soda Bar (after returning from Anza-Borrego), worked at Open Mike Eagle and Why? at the Irenic, saw Big Bloom and Trouble in the Wind at Music Box for SoundDiego live, and Marujah at the Ken Club (all on Thursday), but I don't take my fancy cameras when I think I could potentially be walking home alone. I did, however, have fun playing around with my new 360 camera (free with new phone purchase) last night at Music Box, but I don't think I can share those photos on Blogger. You'll have to check my Facebook page. I'm really excited about this weekend, though I'm bummed to miss Old 97's because I'll be working at the Orwells show, though that should be pretty awesome, too. Not sure what other shows I'll check out this weekend, maybe the ACLU fundraiser at Allegory Tattoo and Black Joe Lewis at Casbah. Nova has a roller derby Skate-A-Thon and plays her first soccer game on Sunday, so that will be a big part of our weekend.  Have a great weekend! Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Anza-Borrego Superbloom

I know, I know. EVERYONE has been talking about the Desert Superbloom as a result of the heavier than usual rainfall that hit Southern California this year. I mean everyone. Here are a few: National GeographicLA Times, LAist, Curbed LA, Wired, KPBS, Times of San Diego, San Diego Union-Tribune, Huffington Post, and even the Weather Network. Not to mention every. single. person. you know on Facebook posting photos. So here's one more post to add to the bunch.

There were a few things that compelled us to make Anza-Borrego a destination this year. For one, Nova has repeatedly lamented that she's never been camping. Growing up, my family went to a lot of campgrounds, but with an old camper to sleep in, we never really pitched a tent and roughed it. But in my late teens and twenties, I had a small group of friends who made a tradition of camping in Anza-Borrego, at the Borrego Palm Canyon campsite. Though we slept in tents, it was still not roughing it because I always appreciated the bathrooms and showers, and the honorary group leader, whom we called Toro, who always brought pounds of shrimp and carne asada and eggs and fruit and cases of beer and booze and made some amazing meals over an open flame, but eventually we all sort of fell out of touch and I've not ever been camping since.

The other massive influence, as I'm sure is the case with everyone else, was social media. I saw an "Anza-Borrego 101" seminar/talk at Adventure 16. I can't exactly recall the lady's name, but she sold the park quite well. "The largest state park in California" and "the 2nd largest contiguous park in the continental US" were the kind of factoids we wanted to hear, selling us on a low-cost, close to home adventure. Enough that we made two trips pre-Superbloom, parking at the visitor's center and walking into the Palm Canyon campground along the paved walkway.

I'll say this, too. In case you haven't noticed, I'm not the outdoor type. Or even the daylight type. And we still haven't gone camping. Luckily Darren and I have this sort of overlapping life experience of long car rides with our families, enjoying scenic drives, family road trips and the like. He's an adventurer, and Nova has certainly picked that up from him, whether that's nature or nurture, I don't know. But we have commitments and obligations and I don't do too well being 'off the grid' or away from wi-fi for any stretch of time. But Anza is close enough. This is something we can all do and meet somewhere in the middle...Nova bouldering and climbing, Darren trying to hike as much as possible before losing daylight, and me quietly enjoying the birds, the frogs, the crickets, the beauty of vistas and sounds of nature, while packing a cooler of cheeses and salami and seltzers and crackers and peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches.

I'm not saying we're experts. We still couldn't find that goddamn serpent. But I think we pulled off a pretty great day trip. With Nova having an activity each day and my work and show schedule, plus having to consider leaving our cat and dog alone all day, I don't think we're overstretched, but we certainly have to plan for anything more than a day trip. But we finally pulled it off before all the blooms dried up. And maybe we've set ourselves up for a future camping trip. And if not, at least we got a glimpse of the Desert Superbloom of 2017.

Recommendations: Check the Anza-Borrego Foundation site. Know a destination. The first couple times, we Google mapped to the Visitor's Center, which had us take the 8 to the 67, through Ramona, to the 78. This time we decided to go the 8 to 78, around Lake Cuyamaca, toward Julian, through Banner. The colors as we descended into the valley were stunning, nothing we could capture with pictures but something we won't soon forget. Most of all, learn about the park. As long as you're not on private property, Anza is one of the few parks where you can literally pull off just about anywhere, so long as you're not on the roadway. There are tons of resources and informative sites to find your own adventure. Also, as painful as it was, leave your dog at home. There are a lot of restrictions about dogs on the trails, and while we got away with it in the colder winter months, she was better off skipping this trip.
Lastly, I know there are some brilliant photographers, and I do not consider myself one of them, but all of these are shot with my Samsung S7 phone. I took all of my cameras in the car, but you have to consider if it's really worth lugging all your gear, plus water, plus other essentials or just trying to soak it all in. I opted for just the phone.

This thing is almost over. The flowers are drying by the day, the colors fading fast, and many say this is probably the last week to really take it all in. If you do, skip the sculptures for another time (unlike us, wasting precious sunlight hours), and find your own flower adventure.

More pictures after the jump.

Outside Lands Eager Beaver Tickets Go On Sale-- March 30 at 10am PST

If you know me at all--live in person or through this site and social media--you know I'm not a festival person. I just don't have it in me to race from stage to stage, getting lost in a herd of thousands, when I'm used to the intimate experience offered at the Casbah, Soda Bar, or our midsize venues like Belly Up and Observatory. I've only been to Coachella twice and that's probably enough for me. However, a few years ago my friend/boss took me to Outside Lands and it was amazing. I mean, first of all, you have Bay Area weather which is way more my speed than the desert. But Outside Lands is just a special festival. Golden Gate Park is beautiful any time of year, but proves a great location for a festival. The way the schedule worked, we were able to see the City before and after festival hours, and it was more or less an overlap of Coachella bands minus the massive headliners (who I generally never care about anyway) and more of the up-and-coming indie bands. 

All of this is to say that you can buy tickets--lineup yet to be announced--starting on Thursday at 10am PST. If you've thought about a festival weekend vacation, this one is totally worth it. You can read the press release spiel after the jump, or just be ready to BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fiesta Del Sol Returns to Solana Beach May 20-21

For 38 years, Solana Beach has been presenting Fiesta Del Sol. Someday I'll get around to digitizing my video of the Rugburns from circa 1994, but in the meantime, some of the headliners have been announced. Of course, May 20th is also the day of the Festival of Arts in North Park but I'm sure you can make the rounds. As always, this is a free, all ages event, and I think they might even run some special Coasters to get there (but don't quote me on that). 

Belly Up’s 2017 Fiesta Del Sol Line Up:

Saturday, May  20th:
Dead Man’s Party
Through The Roots
Thicker Than Thieves
The Paragraphs
Power Brokers Band
Zen Thomas

Sunday, May 21st:
Pato Banton
Roger Clyne and the Peacemaker
Pine Mountain Logs
Euphoria Brass Band

*subject to change

Press release after the jump

Gator By The Bay Returns to Spanish Landing- May 11-14, 2017

Okay, I'm not coming out with any breaking news, but the fast few weeks have had some big announcements and I've been kinda slacking. So today you're going to get an abundance of posts from me, one an hour, until I get all of this stuff posted. This is the first of many.

One of my favorite events of the year happens annually on Mothers' Day weekend. We've been taking my mom (and smuggling in our own snacks & drinks) for several years. It feels like over the years there are fewer cajun and zydeco bands and more swing, honky tonk, and jazz, but the diversity is great, the people watching is awesome, the dancing is fun, and a day in the San Diego sun with mom is priceless. For full info, check their website here.

Here's the publicist spiel:

San Diego’s annual Gator By The Bay is the largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. Taking place May 11-14, 2017, it features more than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, southern cuisine including 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop live music, dancing and family fun on the beautiful San Diego Bay.

Gator By The Bay brings Louisiana’s rich and diverse culture right to San Diego by showcasing Louisiana’s eclectic melting pot of history, food, music, dance and more. Since its inception in 2001, the festival has grown to showcase an array of music choices from blues, salsa, zydeco, Cajun and a taste of country, including Grammy winning artists directly from Louisiana.

Dates: May 11-14, 2017


  • Thurs., May 11: 6 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Fri., May 12: 3:30 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sat., May 13: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sun., May 14: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive. Directly across from the San Diego International Airport

Thursday night concert tickets range in price from $25 to $95. Daily festival tickets range from $30 to $40. 3-day and 4-day passes are available for the deepest discounts. Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Patron passes include access to the Patron Reception Area including a complimentary meal, personal meet and greet with festival headliners, complimentary craft beer, select wines, soft drinks and water, private shaded seating and upgraded restrooms and additional reserved shaded seating near both main stages. This is available for $120 per day (Saturday or Sunday) or $200 for both days. Find all festival, ticket, lodging, parking and free shuttle info at

Full press release and blah blah info is after the jump.