Monday, September 25, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, September 25-Sunday, October 1, 2017

I don't know about you, but I had a crazy busy week. I went to the Casbah with Pyles on Monday to catch The Heavy Guilt, on Tuesday I shot Glass Animals at Humphrey's while Darren and Nova canoed to the show. On Wednesday I spent the day catching up with tons of work to be ready for the rest of the week. On Thursday I got to shoot Fleet Foxes at the Observatory, then went to see Zola Jesus at the Casbah after, Friday I went to U2, Saturday our girls won their soccer game in the morning then Nova went to a slumber party while Darren and I went to see The xx at the Observatory and then Hundred Waters at the Casbah afterward, and Sunday I worked at the Irenic for Dan Croll. Needless to say it was a good week, but super exhausting, too. I'll try and catch up with some photo posts and whatnot, but in the meantime, archives are after the jump.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, September 18-Sunday, September, 24, 2017

It was a pretty great weekend for sure. On Friday night, I stayed close to home and went to the Ken Club for The Downs Family album release party. On Saturday, we coached our second soccer game and the Blue Dragons won! We got our first win which felt especially great because one of the reasons we decided to coach was because Nova's team was shutout every game last season. Winning isn't everything and all that, but always losing hurts a lot, so we felt a little vindication. After the game, the Juvenile Dollinquents roller derby team had a game versus Southwest (a team of LA and Arizona players) and though Nova is a rostered player, she's still the smallest and youngest on her team and doesn't get a lot of time on the track, but she pulled through in a few jams at the end and the girls held their lead and won. My cousin was down for the weekend, so we all went to my parents' house and just hung out for the night. On Sunday, we went to San Diego Zoo and finally got to check out the awesome new bridge from the treehouse to Elephant Odyssey, and also checked out Africa Rocks, which is open from the bottom with the enclosures open for the African penguins, the fossa, the lemurs, and the honey badger. It's pretty amazing and if you haven't been in awhile, you should definitely check it out. This week has a ton of great shows. Not sure what I'll be at, but The Heavy Guilt, Fleet Foxes, Zola Jesus, and The xx are all in my sights. I'll also be working at Swervedriver and Dan Croll. Plus soccer practices, family visits, and whatever wrenches get thrown at me this week. Archives are after the jump.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, September 15-Sunday, September 17, 2017

Some weeks just don't go according to plan. At the beginning of the week I had plans for Quicksand, Ottmar Liebert, and Manchester Orchestra. I went to none of these. Monday I was at home buried in work. On Tuesday I got invited to see Benny & Joon The Musical with Tim Pyles and I try to never pass on shows at the Globe when they're offered to me. On Wednesday, I was on my way to the Observatory and started feeling dizzy and nauseous and couldn't imagine pulling off a three band show so I had to call that one off, too. Then I thought I'd make up for my lack of music with a show on Thursday and we got a desperate call from my mom that my dad wasn't doing well and wanted all of the kids and grandkids to come over to visit, just in case it was time. Fortunately, we all made it (except my brother who is out to sea with the Navy) and even more fortunate, he made it through an is feeling much better today. So I'm getting ready to work the very insane and sold out Cigarettes After Sex show at The Irenic, and tomorrow is stacked with derby practice then coaching a soccer game then a derby bout, so I'm not sure what shows I'll be hitting if any, but I couldn't be more glad that the weekend is finally here. To everyone at KAABOO, have a great time. Maybe one day I'll make it up there. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

San Diego Symphony Releases Fall Season 2017-2018


Edo de Waart, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
WAGNER: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 2
R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
POULENC: Sonata for Oboe and Piano
SCHUBERT: Trio for Strings in B Flat Major, D. 471
FAURÉ: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15

SUN | OCT 15 | 2pm
Sameer Patel, conductor
Every story is better with music! Come dive into the wonder of Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventure-filled masterpiece Scheherazade and discover how a composer can conjure exotic worlds using just a few magical musical seeds.


Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin
BIZET: Carmen Suite No. 1
WYNTON MARSALIS: Violin Concerto

SAT | OCT 28
For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film Ratatouille in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score by composer Michael Giacchino is performed live by symphony orchestra.

2017-2018 CITY LIGHTS
FRI | NOV 3 | 8pm
The City Lights series returns in style with one of the most entertaining pop music voices of the last 50 years, Patti Austin! After bringing the house down at last season’s OPUS Gala opening at the Jacobs Music Center, Patti cruises back to our stage with another program of well-chosen soul, pop and jazz classics of the last several decades through today. You won’t want to miss this vital American artist who is well into an exciting career renaissance.

SAT | NOV 4 | 8pm (SPECIAL)
The Day of the Dead, an important touchstone of Mexican culture, is one of our most beloved regional celebrations. Mexican singing icon Eugenia León, first known for her victory for her country in an international singing competition just two days after the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake, has maintained a high profile ever since, collaborating with the likes of Lola Beltrán, Willie Colón, José José and Mercedes Sosa. She is our special guest for this day honoring family connection and remembrance.

Johannes Debus, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
RAMEAU: Selections from Les Indes Galantes
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major
FAURÉ: Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande

FRI NOV 17 | SAT NOV 18 | SUN NOV 19
Markus Stenz, conductor
HAYDN: Symphony No. 103: Drum Roll
MOZART: Requiem
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Colin Balzer, tenor
Adam Lau, bass

SAT | NOV 25 | 8pm
The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.

TUE | NOV 28 | 7:30pm – TSRI
Christopher O’Riley, piano
As the longtime host of NPR’s hugely popular From the Top series, Christopher O’Riley has stayed close to the freshest ideas and performances of today’s classical music world. His highly acclaimed recordings have featured works by everyone from Stravinsky and Piazzolla to Radiohead and Elliot Smith.

Monday, September 11, 2017

SDPD Crashes Through Tower Bar

On Saturday night, Tower Bar had a show including Whining Pussys, Idiot Bombs!, Ghost Town Gamblers, and Hyperactive Slackers. While mid-set and with Davey Quinn (aka Davey Tiltwheel) guesting on drums at approximately 1:20am, an SDPD cruiser was allegedly hit-and-run by a drunk driver who side-swiped the police car, launching it through the wall.

Davey posted to Facebook, "I keep feeling the impact on my back-- like an upright body slam," while Antonio Talamantes posted, "Didn't really sleep at all last night. It was a really close call. I keep thinking about the string of events that happened all week which ultimately put Davey in that location on stage at that time. But he's ok. We're all ok." Later, Davey posted that he did eventually go to a doctor for X-rays and evaluation and while in pain, he is okay.
(Images used are from Davey and Antonio's Facebook pages)

As most people know, a car famously crashed into the Tower Bar in 1964, killing a patron and injuring 7 others. Owners Mick Rossler and Dannielle Cobb were not present at the time of the crash but commented, "Bummer. Cuz we don't have enough going on right now.....Fu**!!," and in explainging the incident,"Someone sideswiped the cop. Pushed him to crash through the bar. Luckily nobody was hurt but our friend was playing drums with his back to that wall when it happened. Luckily he's ok. It's fucked!!"

Like most people in this music community, I love Davey and wish him the best and a speedy recovery. Obviously this could have been far worse and I don't know what we'd do without him around as much for contributions to the scene, but for his sense of humor, and his tech skills that has saved my ass a dozen times. Apparently there will be a gofundme set up to help him cover expenses and lost wages while he heals and recovers. I will post the link as soon as it is made available.

From the San Diego Union Tribune, April 26th, 1964

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, September 11-Thursday, September 14, 2017

It was a pretty intense week of news with Harvey in Houston, Irma off the Atlantic, and 45 continuing his Reign of Horror, but it was pretty great in San Diego. My weeks are occupied with soccer because our two hour practices take nearly four with the commute, setting up, hanging around waiting for all the girls to be picked up but it's been super fun. On Wednesday, Darren and I were able to escape to catch Springtime Carnivore at the Casbah, but I was beat on Thursday after soccer and didn't make it to see Kolars at Blonde. Friday we were running errands all over town to clear for Saturday with derby and our first soccer game (our girls lost 0-3 but played amazingly with only one sub). We had a nice afternoon at the beach after the game with my sister and nieces, and on Saturday night, we caught VÉRITÉ at Soda Bar and Vallis Alps at Space, and then had a nice afternoon on Sunday exploiting the Balboa Park drinking loophole with friends. This week is crazy busy, even without KAABOO in the equations. Monday is Quicksand at Belly Up, Tuesday is Ottmar Liebert at Music Box , Wednesday is Manchester Orchestra, Thursday is James Supercave, and Friday I'll be working at the Irenic for Cigarettes After Sex (and sadly missing Patton Oswalt at KAABOO), and Saturday is Against Me! Yikes. I'm not sure I'll make 'em all but I'm gonna try. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

91X Announces Wrex The Halls 2017

91X Presents
WREX The Halls 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Valley View Casino Center

The Lumineers
Vance Joy
The War on Drugs

Ticket and Pre-Sale Information
Pre-Sale: Wednesday, September 6 at 10am- Thursday September 7 at 10pm

General Onsale: Friday, September 8 at 11am

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, September 5-Sunday, September 10, 2017

Did I mention we cancelled our cable last week? I've never in my life not had cable so it's a bit of an adjustment for me, but I'm working through old series' on streaming services and looking for new ebooks from the library to read. This week has some really great shows. If you haven't heard Springtime Carnivore, check her music out and don't miss her show at the Casbah on Wednesday. Aside from that, we've got Minus The Bear, Kolars, Indie Jam and more. Archives are after the jump.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Things To Do in San Diego: Monday, September 4

It's hot and muggy and I'm miserable. Actually, not miserable because we have air conditioning in our living room and bedroom, but miserable because I have no motivation to leave the house for any reason. It was a pretty good week, I'm finding myself really looking forward to coaching soccer practices and having fun with the girls. Darren joined an adult indoor league which seems to make him pretty happy. I worked at San Cisco on Wednesday which was a super great show, Friday we went to SDSU to watch women's soccer play USD which was really fun (and free, besides a few bucks for parking), and on Saturday Nova had a birthday party at Waterfront Park while we had tickets to the Taco, Tequila and Beer Festival. The harbor was such a total cluster with the Festival of Sail at the Maritime Museum, US Sand Sculpting Challenge on the entire Broadway Pier, the TTB fest at Lane Field, and construction on nearly every block, we basically drove around, stopped at the Casbah to drop off my things for later, drove back to the birthday party, stayed until 5, then walked to TTB fest just to see The Silent Comedy (the tequila, taco, and beer portion of the event was over) while an Elvis cover act blared from the pier drowning the sound. When a DJ kicked into the mix at Carnitas Snack Shack (really? You couldn't wait for the live music to end?), it was time to go, I was cranky, sweaty, exhausted, and irritated that nothing seemed to work out as I envisioned. And not one drop of beer or tequila. Fortunately, Elliott did come through for me and sold merch at the Casbah because I probably would've clocked someone with my attitude. All that to say, it's still hot and muggy and I have no motivation, so I'm giving you Labor Day listings and will do the rest of the week when I get around to it.