Monday, July 31, 2017

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

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

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

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

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

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

#Wired Party @ #ComicCon2017 Breakdancing Dance Off

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

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

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Get $5 Earlybird Tickets to Neon Summer @ Port Pavilion

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

Neon Summer with Goose ^ Mavrk
Broadway Pavilion Pier 
August 9

Come GETCHARGEDUP at our Neon Summer party August 9th. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday: Bar Pink Celebrates 10 Years

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

LiveWire 25th Anniversary Tickets On Sale Now - Updated Lineup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

California Center for the Arts Escondido 2017/2018 Season

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

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

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

Poway Onstage 2017/2018 Season

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

Announcing the Poway OnStage 2017/18

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Carlsbad Music Festival Lineup and Tickets

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

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


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

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


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

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

Many more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 07, 2017

Del Mar Summer Concert Series 2017

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

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

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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

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

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

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

Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA

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

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

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

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

Benefiting: San Diego Bicycle Coalition

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

San Diego Mountain Bike Association

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

About New Belgium Brewing

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

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

The Big Bay Boom.

Remember this?

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

Shelter Island
Harbor Island
North Embarcadero
Marina District
Coronado Ferry Landing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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