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 I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty disappointing that many of them have out of date websites (if they have them at all) and social media accounts with scant updates, but if you want to support the shops we have left, check out some of these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. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, April 17, 2017:
  • Local Natives, Tennis @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Toots & The Maytals, Leba @ Belly Up 
  • Steely Dan @ Humphrey's Concert
  • Splavender, Low Points, Slay Dean  @ Casbah
  • PC Worship, The Dreebs, Polish @ Soda Bar
  • Short Stories @ Normal Records 
  • Moonshine Bandits, Country Rockin' Rebels @ Brick By Brick
  • Metal Mondays @ The Office
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Motown On Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru @ House of Blues
  • Jimmy Whispers, Special Guests tba @ Blonde
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • University Centers Presents: Color and Chill @ The Loft, UCSD
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • 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
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Game Night @ 710 Beach Club

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.

Coachella Brings Localchella to SoCal

When I say I've been a total slacker, I didn't realize I never even posted the Coachella 2017 lineup which means I'll be ready to fire up the YouTube and enjoy the whole shebang with my air conditioning blasting and--since Nova will be in St. Louis-- maybe a case of whatever local IPAs CostCo is selling. So you already know that the whole thing, both weekends (April 14-16 & April 21-23) are all sold out, but maybe you can win some from FM 94/9 or 91X or something. could just go to a ton of shows hitting the area for Localchella. Here are some of the artists rolling through town:

4/9 The Head and The Heart @ Soma
4/12 Father John Misty @ Humphrey's
4/12 Broods @ Music Box
4/12 Grace Mitchell @ Casbah
4/13 Banks @ Humphrey's
4/14 Honne @ Belly Up
4/15 Pond @ Casbah
4/16 Little Dragon @ Observatory North Park
4/17 Local Natives @ Observatory North Park
4/18 Jack Garratt @ Belly Up
4/19 Kaleo @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
4/19 Mitski @ The Irenic
4/19 SOHN @ Observatory North Park
4/19 Blossoms @ Casbah
4/19 Dreamcar @ Music Box (SOLD OUT)
4/20 Mura Masa @ Observatory North Park
4/20 Twin Peaks, Hinds @ The Irenic
4/20 Lee Fields & The Expressions, Chicano Batman @ Music Box

When We Were Young Fest Hits the Observatory OC - April 8-9, 2017

I'm playing hooky and heading to the desert today, but thought while I was gone I would pretend like I was at home working. I'm trying to catch up on about a dozen posts, so it's possible you'll get all of them today. Maybe not. I'll do my best. 

So this one is right around the corner, and I know that there have been some glitches at Observatory festivals, but I have faith that this one is going to be pulled off without any snags (besides maybe Morrissey throwing some type of tantrum, which is worth the price of tickets alone.) For full information about the event and ticketing, go to the website here. I'm not sure if they can pull it off, but before buying tickets online, I'd check the Observatory North Park to see if they can sell the tickets with the lower service charges.

Update- Priscilla just posted this on Facebook:
Use code TWDEAL to get discounts on tix!
*Saturday GA Pass: $60 (reg. $100)
*Sunday GA Pass: $25 (reg. $60)
*2 Day GA Passes for $75 (reg. $175)

Update 2: Apparently weekend tickets are even cheaper on Groupon if you feel like finding them. 

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Descendents | Taking Back Sunday | FIDLAR | Silversun Pickups | Dr. Dog | Saves The Day | Choking Victim | Foxygen | The Frights | Pinback | Turnstile | Mount Eerie | Together Pangea | Tijuana Panthers | Sunflower Bean | Sheer Mag | Sadgirl | The Buttertones | Cat Signs | No Parents | Culture Abuse

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, March 29-Thursday, March 30, 2017

We're finally heading back to Anza-Borrego since the big bloom, and though I know we missed the peak of it, we love going out there anyway so we're going to make an afternoon of it and hopefully we'll make it home in time for Methyl Ethel at Soda Bar. I just want to give a warning that I've got 4 posts scheduled for today, and I've got some more planned for the rest of the week because I still haven't mentioned In-Ko-Pah, Tour De Fat, Ohana Fest, the KAABOO lineup, and eager beaver Outside Land tickets, and I haven't even touched the fact that The Hideout is changing to SPACE later next month. I think about writing a lot more than I actually write these days, but I'm trying to get my groove back. If I can thank this idiot in the White House for anything, it's that I'm getting outside more, reading more novels this year than I have in the last 10, watching more movies, going to more shows, spending more time with my family, and all around trying not to obsess over the news. I decided to use this photo of Gary McDowell I took last Wednesday at the Modern English show at the Casbah. We were told he was playing with four broken ribs and it was obvious throughout the performance he was totally struggling. The stupid woman who kept trying to shake his hand didn't help the situation. This week it was announced that on Friday, just two days after our show, he had emergency surgery and the remainder of their US and Canadian tour was canceled, so best wishes to him. Wednesday and Thursday archives are after the jump.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 27-Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I had a crazy busy week last week and the lesson to that is when you're overstretched, you're gonna crash. On Monday night, I worked at the Maggie Rogers show, and since she play ed a really short set, I was able to catch Kate Tempest at the Casbah. On Tuesday, of course, there was the Music Awards, after which I went to Blonde for Allison Crutchfield. Wednesday night was Modern English at the Casbah, after which I went to 90s night at The Office. So my drama happened Thursday as I was leaving for work. I had my phone in my hand and the next it was gone-- somehow I maybe dropped it while I freed my hands to lock my gate and put my jacket on, and I think this guy who passed me on the street seized the moment to pick it up and pocket it. The kick in the teeth was that my insurance didn't cover loss or theft so several hundred dollars are flushed down the drain, and I'm realizing more photos and videos that are gone forever. Ugh. And I still had to walk to work for the sold out Rainbow Kitten Surprise show. By Friday I had accepted that the phone wasn't going to magically reappear and got a new one at CostCo, which is now doubly insured, and I scored a Samsung 360 camera for free with purchase, so at least there's that. On Saturday. we drove to LA where Nova had a Derby scrimmage, and were able to make it back home in time for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The whole week really caught up on me on Sunday and made it an all-day pajama & work day. I'm ready to take this week head on and get back into a regular life groove. Monday & Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Humphrey's Concerts 2017 Lineup

Get your canoes and kayaks ready, because Humphrey's has released their summer lineup. I was already excited when Father John Misty was announced several weeks ago, but I'm also pretty excited that Blind Pilot will be coming back this summer. You can check full pricing and room package deals here.

Wed, Apr 12     Father John Misty, Tim Heidecker (GA/standing only)
Thu, Apr 13     BANKS, Raury. (GA/standing only)
Mon, Apr 17     Steely Dan
Tue, Apr 18      Steely Dan
Thu, Apr 20     Lila Downs
Sun, Apr 23     An Evening with David Crosby & Friends
Wed, Apr 26    Willie Nelson & Family, Steve Moakler
Tue, May 23     Rodriguez
Wed, May 24    Melissa Etheridge: M.E. Live, Celisse Henderson
Fri, Jun 02     Dana Carvey
Tue, Jun 06      Sheryl Crow - Be Myself Tour, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Wed, Jun 07     Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!
Sun, Jun 11     TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band
Mon, Jun 12     Ziggy Marley (GA, standing only)
Mon, Jun 19     An Evening with King Crimson
Fri, Jun 23     Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On
Sun, Jun 25     Blind Pilot (GA, standing only)
Thu, Jul 13     The Temptations / The Four Tops
Fri, Jul 14       50 Summers of Love starring Mickey Dolenz, Mark Lindsay and The Fab Four
Mon, Jul 17     Chris Isaak
Wed, Jul 19     Happy Together Tour 2017
Tue, Aug 01     Huey Lewis and The News
Tue, Aug 08     Diana Krall
Sat, Aug 12     America
Thu, Aug 17    Lost 80's Live
Fri, Aug 18     Lost 80's Live
Wed, Aug 23    Bryan Ferry
Thu, Aug 24     Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Show
Fri, Aug 25     Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side By Side Summer 2017
Sat, Aug 26     Pink Martini
Sun, Aug 27     The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
Wed, Aug 30     The Doobie Brothers
Wed, Sep 06     Stephen Stills / Judy Collins, Numa Edema
Sat, Sep 09     Jake Shimabukuro
Sun, Sep 10     George Benson / Kenny G - The Breezin' & Breathless Tour
Wed, Sep 13     Indigo Girls
Thu, Sep 14     Steve Winwood
Fri, Sep 15     Il Divo
Wed, Sep 20     City and Colour - USA Tour 2017
Sat, Sep 23     An Evening with The Beach Boys
Sat, Sep 23     An Evening with The Beach Boys
Sun, Sep 24     Bill Maher
Thu, Oct 05     The Mavericks (GA standing only.)
Fri, Oct 20     Felipe Esparza
Sun, Oct 22     Carla Morrison
Sun, Oct 29     Keali'i Reichel

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2016 San Diego Music Award Winners

So, that's a wrap. The San Diego Music Awards took place at the House of Blues San Diego on Tuesday, March 21st. I have to be honest, it was challenging at times...from the guy who got in Darren's face about being in his seat (which I did not take kindly to) at our SoundDiego table to the fact that it started 45 minutes late because of the Tonight In San Diego episode running late...but it was a good time. I was able to get tickets for Darren and Nova to come, but with the time setbacks, they had to leave before I presented the award for best live performance. It was probably better, seeing as the madness that ensued when Schizophonics finished their set and Brian Reilly decided to smash his bass, launching half of it into Birdy Bardot's face, sending her to the hospital to make sure she wasn't concussed. Crazy drama and probably the most memorable moment of any Music Awards in their 26 years, and not one I ever hope to see repeated. I also don't feel like creating my own drama, but to the person who dissed the winners of the category they presented-- that was probably the rudest display I've ever seen and heard and you should be embarrassed to be such an asshole in someone's exciting moment.
Here's the list of winners since--if you were there---you probably couldn't hear anyway. I had an undercharged phone and left my cameras in the car, so no photos to go with this, but official winners list is below.

2016 San Diego Music Awards • Official Winners List

The following are the winners of the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, presented on Tuesday, March 21 at House of Blues San Diego.

Best Singer/Songwriter - Tolan Shaw
Best Jazz - Gilbert Castellanos
Best Jazz Album - Nathan Hubbard "Furiously Dreaming"
Best Blues - Whitney Shay
Best Blues Album - John Meeks "On a Sea Darkly"
Best Country or American - The Moves Collective
Best Country or Americana Album - Trouble in the Wind "Lefty"
Best Hip Hop/Rap - The Lyrical Groove
Best Hip Hop or Rap Album - The Knee Highs "We Put the Fun in Dysfunction"
Best Indie/Alternative - The Bassics
Best Indie/Alternative Album - The Verigolds "For Margaret"
Best Pop - Sister Speak
Best Pop or Rock Album - The Donkeys "Midnight Palms"
Best Rock - Schizophonics
Best World Music - Tribal Theory
Best World Music Album - Hirie "Wandering Soul"
Best Local Recording - Sure Fire Soul Ensemble "Out on the Coast"
Best Live Performer - Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact
Best New Artist - Skyterra
Artist of the Year - Tribal Seeds
Song of the Year - Switchfoot "Float"
Album of the Year - Andra Day "Cheers to the Fall"

Lifetime Achievement Award – Wayne Riker

Monday, March 20, 2017

Get To Know The Irenic

I recently posted a little FAQ-ish list about The Irenic to my Facebook page, but since I'll be there tonight for Maggie Rogers--a totally sold out show where invariably I'll be asked the same questions over and over again--I thought I would repost it here with some minor tweaks.

The Irenic is a music venue located at 3090 Polk, on the corner of Illinois St. By day, it is the Mission Gathering Church and home to Street Angels, an outreach program and shelter for homeless teens. Mission Gathering Church was the group behind a very memorable billboard in North Park after Prop 8 was overturned.

1. All shows are all ages.
2. Shows start early and end early. Venue curfew is 10pm.
3. It is in a residential neighborhood with no parking lot. You're lucky to find parking within a few block radius. Plan accordingly in both time and apparel.
4. There is no alcohol. Beer and wine sales have been suspended for the time being. Hoping this changes soon, but could be weeks to months.
5. Cash only at the door (when the show isn't sold out).
6. There is no ATM on premises. Nearest one is at Vons.
7. A venue can never sell the tickets of people who don't show up. It's super annoying when you ask.
8. There's no re-entry. It's a liability to the venue and promoter.
9. If it's a Casbah show, the Casbah website is the most reliable source of information. "We were told the headliner didn't go on until 9!" You were told wrong. Headliners can start as early as they want, but very generally speaking are on no later than 8:30.
10. There's no outside food or beverages (even water) allowed.
11. Security may ask to search bags.
12. Cameras are ok. No flash, no tripods. Be respectful of audience. Some artists (very few) ask for no photography/video, in which case we have to honor that request.
13. Most shows are standing room only. Very rarely are shows seated and when they are, it's listed as such.
14. There is a smoking patio, but security might check ID for cigarettes and vapes. If you're not of age, they can be confiscated. (I've only see them do this at one show)
15. Soda Bar also uses the venue quite a bit. Their practices and procedures may be different.
16. You can only purchase presale tickets online. There is no box office to make such purchases.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 20-Sunday, March 26, 2017

It was a pretty amazing week, even though I kinda wanna throw a tantrum that we haven't been able to get out to Anza-Borrego since the flowers have finally bloomed. I was able to catch Meat Puppets on Tuesday, Teenage Fanclub on Thursday, and Jungle Fire on Saturday. I'm loving Nova's new soccer team and am happy she has a couple friends and I know a couple of the parents, too, including Jen, the awesome vet who helped me so much when Pascha died. I also like that we play parents vs kids at the end of practice, so it's fun to have a ball on my foot after years without. Nova is also doing roller derby and she killed it at her first scrimmage since moving from the Baby Dolls to the Juvenile Dollinquents. She is smaller than the rest of the girls, so blocking isn't her forte just yet, but in her first jam she scored 25 points which means she lapped their pack 5 times in two minutes. This week there are are some great shows like Maggie Rogers and Modern English, CYHSY, and more. I'll also be presenting two awards at the San Diego Music Awards with Daye Salani, representing SoundDiego. Nova has a soccer scrimmage this week, a derby match in LA on Saturday, and a piano recital on Sunday, so we'll be busy, leaving no time to see the superbloom this week, but hopefully everyone keeps posting photos!! There's a lot to talk about so I'll try to do a little "Newsy Bits" update later this week. Monday through Sunday archive are after the jump.

Teenage Fanclub at Belly Up March 16, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 13-Sunday, March 19, 2017

So it turned out to be a pretty great weekend after all. I was definitely feeling sick on Friday, but a day of rest, generic claritin, and some kids nighttime Delsym and I woke up feeling mostly fine on Saturday. Besides forgetting her skates so we had to circle back home in our Uber, the parade was pretty fun and Nova had a great time skating in it. In the afternoon, we met up with my sister and Nova was off for a slumber party so Darren and I could go to the Japandroids show. It was awesome, albeit super callendingto my camera skills (or lack thereof). On Sunday, I laid low until working at the Menzingers sold out show at the Irenic and catching up with work and my shows until the wee hours. This week Nova starts soccer with her new team, meaning we've turned her into the kid that has a scheduled activity every day of the week--piano, soccer, derby, soccer, figure skating, derby, soccer. Eek. There are a ton of great shows this week, so you'll definitely see me out and about. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.   

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, March 11-Sunday, March 12, 2017

You can only fight off a cold so long. Judging by my Facebook feed, I'm on the easy side of things at the moment. I felt the tickle coming last week, but you try to fight. I popped Zinc and B-12 and Vitamin C and drank lots of fluids, but then there were two amazing nights of The Shins at the Observatory, and Wednesday I went to The Tragedy of Carmen followed by a night at The Office for Grand Ole Country, and then Thursday I couldn't miss Lady Lamb, and then Friday rolls around and I did nothing more than lounge in pajamas, making sad faces at Darren to bring me caldo de res and tortillas from Pancho Villa, and had a date with Redbox and a couple Kleenex boxes watching Ms. Peregrine while Nova was still awake and Bad Moms after she was asleep. Today Nova is skating in the St. Patrick's Day Parade with the Derby Dolls and I'm hoping I can keep my head clear enough to make it and sustain until the Japandroids show tonight. We shall see. Saturday and Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 6-Friday, March 10, 2017

Another great week behind us. The week started on Darren's birthday, so we had a nice dinner at Thai Time as it appeared North Park was going to wash away from the rain. I'm making more of an effort to see more shows, so on Wednesday I walked to Soda Bar for the DoSD one year anniversary, and on Thursday I caught perhaps my favorite show of the year thus far, Mondo Cozmo at the Casbah. (I posted some videos if you wanna check it out.) Nova once again stayed with my nieces for the weekend, and though I wasn't feeling super great on Friday, we went to see Laura Stevenson on Saturday which was pretty fun. In other stuff, Nova tested up into the Juvenile Dollinquents, making her one of the youngest skaters on the squad. We also spent some time with my parents after the dum-dums they hired to remove a 40+ year old palm tree from their front yard proceeded to drop it on their garage. Then we went to the zoo on Sunday which made me realize it had been too long since my last visit. Lots of great stuff coming this week...Monday through Friday archives are after the jump.    

Josh of Mondo Cozmo

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hot Snakes Recording at Singing Serpent

After an extensive break from recording, local heroes Hot Snakes are back in the studio- recording their 4th proper album. Check out pictures from their time at Singing Serpent Studios and read an interview about what they've been up to here.

91X Announces 2017 X-Fest Lineup

In case you missed it, 91X announced their X-Fest Lineup for Sunday, June 11. If you're paying attention, this is the same day as FM 94/9's SPF at Oceanside Pier.

Phoenix will return to San Diego for the first time in four years to headline, along with Empire of the Sun, Bob Moses, Skip Marley, Missio, Sir Sly, The Lemon Twigs, Lo Moon, Creature Canyon, and Lightning Cola.

The concert will be held “on the green” at Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field in Mission Valley. All ages are welcome, general admission and VIP tickets are available. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 6 at 10am.

General admission tickets are on presale right now with password QUALCOMM. Tickets are $55 plus service fees.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 27-Sunday, March 5, 2017

There were definitely not enough hours this past week, but I'm wiped so hopefully I can find the time to catch up. I was busy last week...worked at the Tennis show on Wednesday then went to the Office for Iron Maiden Under Cover. Thursday I worked at the Irenic again for Radical Face and Jenny O, and Friday I caught the sold out show with The Staves at the Casbah before closing the night at the Ken. On Saturday, my cousin was in town and scored a room on Hotel Tonight so the kids swam until I worked at the Pinback show at Irenic, and on Sunday, Nova had a derby bout at SkateWorld before we spent the afternoon at my parents' house. I really wanted to catch Hideout but just didn't get my work done in time. This week should be mellow and allow me to get caught up. Today is Darren's birthday, and while he's not really the kind to celebrate, I will hopefully convey to him how glad I am to have him in my life. He's the best friend, partner, and love, beyond anything I could've hoped for, and hope we've got decades more to come. It's the end of the month, so I'll update with Bar Pink, Black Cat, El Dorado, Whistle Stop and others when they come through. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 20-Sunday, February 26, 2017

The really great thing is that if you bury your head (from politics) for a little while, you realize we have a pretty good thing going here in San Diego, for now, at least. I was brief on my Friday post, so I'll mention that I had a very full week of activity. We went back to Anza-Borrego on Monday, hiking and seeing stars and enjoying being offline. I have to admit the windy roads got to me a little, so I'll have to rethink my diet next time we go (which will be soon for the Big Bloom). On Wednesday night I went to see Esme Patterson (pictured here), and Lucero at the Belly Up, and couldn't help myself from closing down Emo night at the Office. I was also able to hit up the Crocodiles show on Friday at Hideout (finishing at the Ken, and running into a raccoon on my walk home). Nova was dying to hang with my nieces, and fortunately that happened Saturday, so Darren and I met up with Eric for Surfer Blood at Soda Bar then The Coathangers at Casbah. Sunday is my smut-TV-while-I-work day, and luckily my brother's kids turned up at my Mom's and all the kids wanted another night together. We dropped in, brought more food and clothes, and ended up at Pants Karaoke at Til-Two, and had a romantic (and also desperate to pee) walk home from Euclid to 33rd on El Cajon. If you can bury your head enough from politics for a minute, you should be sure to enjoy the lives we still have. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, February 17-Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's crazy outside tonight, but I thought I'd update the listings anyway since there's all kind of fun stuff happening if you're willing to brave the wind and the rain. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 13-Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's been a pretty good weekend, but since Nova has two three-day weekends in a row, I'm gonna enjoy the day off. Tuesday through Sunday listings are afte the jump.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's Pupping Season at Casa Beach!

It's pupping season at Casa Beach, aka Children's Pool! I got an email from Seal Conservancy over the weekend that said the first pups had been born at the La Jolla seal rookery. The first, born on Saturday (2/4), was feared abandoned but was later seen with her mom. Two more were born on Sunday (2/5). Naturally, we're always drawn to this time of year, and since the beach closure during pupping season has been upheld (for now), and it's been a little on the colder side, it's been pretty nice to spend some time on the sea wall and the new lifeguard tower watching them. Being on a tighter budget, this is one of the most amazing free things to do in San Diego, I guess all you really need is a tank of gas and the time to go by.

We stopped by Tuesday night before the Dashboard Confessional show at Che Cafe, and then made a point to go on Thursday after Nova was out of school. The fog was thick and heavy where it felt like a drizzle, so taking photos was reminiscent of shooting the XX through their fog machines, but I think you can get the idea even with my subpar skill.

I want to be very, very clear here. I respect these animals. I deeply love them and think they're an important part of what makes San Diego so amazing. So as much as I enjoy watching them, I also usually spend half the time cringing at how close people get to them, how they don't read the literal signs or the very obvious body language of the animals. I was on the open side of the beach as they swam in shallow pools created by low tide, but as the tide rose, it was clear Mama was ready to beach herself and her pup, and a clueless woman, with her toddlers, just wouldn't step away. I always wrestle with whether or not to *scream* at people, but eventually she'd taken her fill of selfies and moved along. Don't be one of those people. I know my zoom can be a little deceptive, but at no time was I imposing on their turf.

A final thought...the fight over the seals and sea lions isn't over. While the seals are protected for now, the La Jolla Town Council is fighting fiercely to force the sea lions (who generally hang out at La Jolla Cove) to move the colony. They're calling it "Crisis at the Cove" and are stopping at nothing to fight the City of San Diego. On top of that, the current federal administration is demonstrating a complete and utter lack of concern for animal welfare, habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and science in general, so it's up to us to protect and preserve this treasure, whether that's financially, offereing time, or just spreading the word and showing up when this inevitably goes back to the California Coastal Commission over and over and over again. Join the Seal Conservancy here.

More photos after the jump.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Interview & Photos: Dashboard Confessional at House of Blues (2.3.2017)

Let's start off with the big announcement...Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will be playing a solo set tonight at the Che Cafe. This is a Casbah presented show and tickets are on sale as of now until sell out. ($15 + service charge, will call only. No ticket transfers allowed.)

I keep mentioning my interview with Chris. The interview and performance will be edited down to about two minutes when it officially airs on NBC SoundDiego in the upcoming weeks, but I loved everything about this interview. I loved that Chris was totally open and we did it in the band's dressing room before the show. I loved that he expressed that he was nervous but then became more forgiving when I said I was nervous, too, that I hadn't done an interview in months. He said we could do a whole run-through and if we didn't like it we could do it all over again in a second take.
(Continued after the jump)

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 7-Sunday, February 12, 2017

It's time. Get your tickets now!!! Buy here. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 6, 2017

It was certainly a splendid weekend in my world. As I mentioned, I spent Friday afternoon interviewing Chris Carrabba at House of Blues and it was easily my favorite SoundDiego interview ever. I'll let you know when it airs. After that, I had a nice dinner with my family then went back to House of Blues for the show, which was pretty awesome, too. Then I caught some of Metalachi and then closed down the night at Ken Club. On Saturday I had full intentions of going to the political event at Casbah but family comes first, so instead we ended up going to the Tet Lunar New Year Festival at the stadium (which hilariously still has a Chargers billboard saying, "Keeping The Tradition In San Diego") and ended up staying until almost 10. I had promised we'd do a big family outing on Sunday (usually an all day workday), so I stayed up late working. By the time we were up and motivated and packed on Sunday, it was a bit later than planned, but we drove out to Anza-Borrego where we climbed rocks, hiked a little, explored the visitors center, and did a little bit of exploring of the Palm Canyon hike before it got too dark. We're hoping to head back in the next few weeks for sure, better prepared and earlier in the day. This week there are a ton of good shows but my formatting got a little screwed up again, so if you notice any glaring omissions, please let me know. Monday archives are after the jump.    

Friday, February 03, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, February 3-Sunday, February 5, 2017

I was looking through my listings earlier today and realized they were formatted super weird (long boring blog story that I'll spare you) so I wanted to repost the weekend. I just got ou of an interview with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional for SoundDiego and he was the nicest ever so I went from no plans tonight to going back to House of Blues for the show, where hopefully I get better photos than this older one from my point and shoot at Soda Bar a couple years back. I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend and taking advantage of the big dumb game to get out of town for a little daytrip. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 30-Thursday, February 3, 2017

I have to say, it has been a very challenging week. It's emotionally confusing, too, because the executive branch is systematically destroying everything with the full complicity of the legislative branch and it's just horrifying, but then we have to live our lives and it was actually a pretty great week. Darren and I did a nice rainy day hike at Mission Trails, I went to the Minor Threat night at the Office, on Thursday we drove out to Laguna and the snow was amazing and probably unlike I'll ever see again in this county for years, and Saturday Nova had her first derby exhibition and she killed it, scoring 29 points in her two turns as jammer and getting her team's MVP award, and then Darren and I got to see Hamilton Leithauser on Saturday night. So it was a lovely week on the homefront, horrifying on the national one. It's a new month this week, so Black Cat, El Dorado, Sycamore Den, and Tio Leo's haven't yet updated. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oppose the Demolition of the California Theatre!

It's no secret that I have a strong distaste for many in our local government of late. The same guys who think a tax-funded parking garage belongs in Balboa Park, the same people who basically offered Spanos a $1 lease for life on land most recently valuated at $180 million, and the same people who continually hire Ortiz to fix our roads and sewers (only for their streets to crack, sink, leak or otherwise fail, like clockwork, 2-3 years post construction). Needless to say, I don't have much faith in them doing right by the people and resources of this City. Maybe the Historic Resources Board will be our last hope, against City staff recommendations. This could be the last chance to stop the demolition of the California Theatre and the Caliente mural in one fell swoop.

More eloquent words from my friend, Jaye McCaskill, President of SOHO:

Please do whatever you can to support the preservation of San Diego's California Theater -- the city's only remaining grand theatre of the 1920s that has yet to be restored and brought back to life. Out-of-town millionaire developers are claiming "financial hardship" as their reason to demolish the theater, and are instead proposing to build a phony-baloney quasi-reconstruction of only some of the historic architectural elements (which we know from multiple past experiences is all talk and never comes close to looking like the original). To add insult to insult, once again the fix seems to be in at the City, with Historic Resources Staff supporting this horribly flawed development project. If you can make it to the Historic Resources Board hearing on Thursday morning, please let the members of the HRB board know that you expect them to adhere to higher ethical standards than City staff and to do whatever they can to protect this severely endangered historic resource. If you can't attend the meeting, there are other things you can still do. Please read below and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! (And also please note that the venue for the HRB meeting is not the usual place or at the usual time.)

You can read the full text of SOHO's e-mail here.

Most importantly, plan to attend the HRB meeting at 9:30am on Thursday, January 26, in the North Terrace Rooms, City Councourse, 202 C Street.

Please act now by contacting the HRB and other officials to oppose this unlawful demolition of a grand San Diego landmark. We also need you to attend this crucial HRB meeting. Your emails and your presence at the meeting matter! At the meeting, you also can either speak or cede time to SOHO.

Take Action Now. Write:

  • Historical Resources Board (

  • HRB Secretary Shannon Anthony (

  • Mayor Faulconer (

  • and your City Council member HERE.

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 23-Sunday, January 29, 2016

    I confess that I didn't drag my camera out much at all this past week, so this one is from the week before when we went in search of the Rancho Penasquitos waterfall. This was a very low key (somber) week, so besides working the Daniela Andrade show on Thursday (and an encounter with an asshole Vice cop) and the SoundDiego live show on Friday, I was very much a homebody this week. I didn't watch a single second of the inauguration, and while I was proud to see so many amazing people marching on Saturday, my late Friday left me zonked out for Saturday. It's a very southern California thing to freak out and stay in because of the weather, but seeing the streets of Talmadge and City Heights flood out the way they were on Friday, if I don't have to leave the house, sometimes I just won't. Maybe I'll pick up this week. Monday through Sunday archives are after the jump.