Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Saturday June 23rd: Free Sherman Heights Music Festival

Sherman Heights Music Festival 
Saturday June 23, 2018
at Sherman Heights Community Center

Rick & Friends
Quiquiriqui Coyotas
The Humble Chicanos
The Cat Chasers 

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 19-Monday, June 25, 2018

I'm gonna be honest, the only real photos I shot last week were of Nova's soccer team in the Kickin' It Challenge, so I decided to use a pic of Iceage from the week before. It's not that I didn't get out...On Wednesday I went to see Olden Yolk and Mega Bog at Whistle Stop. I sold merch for Har Mar Superstar on Thursday and it was an amazing show, with the 15-piece marching band Mission Delirium opening and Har Mar playing Sam Cooke songs for an extended set. On Friday I went to Brownout at the Casbah and didn't bother with photos, and on Saturday after the tournament, we went to Oceanside to see one of Darren's college BFF's who was in town. It was a long and exhausting week, but we keep on rolling. This is Nova's final week before she heads to St. Louis for a month. There are tons of rad shows this week, too, but I'm awaiting some confirmations before I commit to a schedule. All the listings are after the jump.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 12-Monday, June 18, 2018

Well let's see how the last week went. Started Tuesday off by dropping my ballot off at the polling place and being pretty hopeful. I went to Iceage that night and made the mistake of checking my phone and though there were some wins, it was still an overall depressing midterm election. I just find it heartbreaking that people can't even be bothered to moderately pay attention to the world around them. It kinda left me in a stupor all week, and then my social media feed filling with talk of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain didn't really help lift my moods. But I trudged through the week with Nova's daily soccer practices, getting to see Speedy Ortiz on Wednesday and Sick of It All on Thursday. We also got to watch Darren's indoor soccer game which was pretty intense, and his adrenaline was pumping so much that he didn't realize he took a cleat to the ankle and was left hobbling around the rest of the weekend. On Friday, I got a late start on the night and ended up seeing Jake Najor and The Moment of Truth at the Rabbit Hole. Saturday was lowkey and we went to Josh Krimston's birthday but after we got home after 8, we opted to stay in for the remainder of the night, and Sunday I worked for Justin Townes Earle and closed the night down at Whistle Stop. This week should be a lot more chill and hopefully far less depressing. I'm hoping to catch Sunflower Bean at the Che, I'm working for Har Mar on Thursday, and then I'm pretty much checking out for the weekend because Nova's got a soccer tournament. It hurts that we're going to be so close to A Ship In The Woods but not actually get to check it out. Such is life. Full listings after the jump.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Saturday Free Music Panel: How To License Your Music presented by San Diego Music Foundation

The San Diego Music Foundation presents - San Diego Music Thing! While the full two-day conference has mostly been dissolved, the SDMF still wants to educate musicians about the business. This is a free music business panel about licensing your music for uses like TV, film, games, commercial advertisements and more.  Doors are at 1:30pm on Saturday, June 9th, at Cinematic Arts & Sounds. After the panel and event, stick around for an art and music event to celebrate the Rock n Roll poster art of SCROJO (most widely known for his amazing years of creating Belly Up posters). That events starts at 6:30 and costs $10. 

Things To Do in San Diego: Tuesday, June 5-Monday, June 11, 2018

Adulting can be so exhausting sometimes. Between the chaos of work because of the Ticketfly outage and running Nova around to soccer practices, and trying to sneak in a little fun here and there, too, I end up just trying to grab sleep when I can. Besides all the usual stuff, we got to see Nova's derby pal in Guys And Dolls at Lakeside Middle School, which was adorable), we spent some time at Silver Strand for the Soccer in the Sand Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, and I went to see Curtis Harding at the Casbah and stayed out way too late for Sunday morning soccer, but some swimming and boogie boarding in the ocean was the perfect remedy. This week I'm hoping to catch Speedy Ortiz, and maybe Sick of It All and James Supercave, Maps & Atlases, and Los Aterciopelados. I'm also dying to get up to Safari Park to see the new Australian Walkabout, but with one more soccer tournament coming up before Nova finishes school and leaves for her month in St Louis.  There are some amazing shows this week and we have a Warriors fan in the house, so we'll be watching the rest of the finals when we can, too. Today is election day. I hope everyone I know takes the time to vote.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, June 2-Monday, June 4, 2018

I thought I'd update the listings because they got kinda buried with all of my other posts and there's so much going on today. We will be spending the majority of the day at Silver Strand Beach for the Soccer In The Sand tournament, but if you're not out soccer momming, there are some rad things, like the record swap at Casbah, Jupiter's grand opening,  and Art arund Adams. I also want to shout out to Nova's derby squad, formerly Juvenile Dollinquents but now called the Spitfires. They're in Seattle this weekend defending their national title at Battle on the Bank. If you've ever wanted to watch derby, you can steam it live here.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Saturday: Art Around Adams

Saturday, June 2nd from 12 – 8pm
Where Craft, Live Music, Social and Commerce meet.

The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve, and so has our event. Come visit the many participating storefront businesses with galleries and stages curated just for the event.

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.” It’s FREE FUN for young and old.

To see full participants and schedules, go to their site here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ticketfly Hacked & Down For Service- New Temporary Casbah Links

While working on listings this week, I noticed the Casbah site being wonky. I could see the backend Casbah stuff, but our site and all ticket links were down. Then the site was back up for a heartbeat and then back down, and now nothing is accessible. This morning (around 4am), Ticketfly issued a statement that they believe they've been cyber attacked, so all Ticketly and related site are down. For us here in San Diego, that included Casbah, Soda Bar, and Brick By Brick, and if you go to comedy clubs, Mad House Comedy and maybe a few others that I can't recall off the the top of my head.

The Casbah is working with an alternate ticketing site to temporarily restore your ability to purchase advance tickets. For now you should know that the remainder of the shows currently booked through Monday will all have tickets available at the door for purchase. I believe the same to be true for Soda Bar, but I don't speak for them.

Those shows are:
WAND, C57Black6, Sumatraban @ Casbah

The Paladins, The Bedbreakers, The Tighten Ups @ Casbah (Tickets)

Vinyl Junkies Record Swap @ Casbah (11am-5pm)
Curtis Harding, Algiers @ Casbah (Tickets)
Alex Lahey, Whiskey Circle, Mittens @ Soda Bar

Josh Rouse, True Stories @ Casbah (Tickets)

The Lexicons, Nothing Special, Krook Tone Classics @ Casbah

What this could mean, and sadly we do not know the extent of the cyber attack or data breach, is that you might want to start to change passwords if, for example, your Ticketfly password was your 'universal password' and it links to any sensitive credit info, and keep an eye on your credit accounts for any suspicious use. It's extreme and hopefully doesn't come to that, but right now, we only know what TIcketfly is sharing publicly and to clients.

This Saturday- Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at the Casbah

This Saturday is another Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at the Casbah!
The DJ Lineup is extra-special and ALL FEMALE!!
Shop early for the best inventory!

All Female DJ Line-Up!

1am-Noon: Special Guest
Noon-1pm:  Brandy Bell (Strangers in A Fire)
1pm-2pm:  Carrie Gillespie Feller (Hexa)
2pm-3pm:  Chulita Vinyl Club
3pm-4pm:  Chulita Vinyl Club
4pm-5pm  Betty Bangs

Photos: King Tuff at the Casbah, May 3, 2018

This is just a quick little post. There's certainly nothing exceptional about these shots of King Tuff...I took them with my Samsung S7 mobile device, but the show was definitely exceptional, as is his latest record, The Other. We were at the second night of the Arctic Monkeys at the Observatory (of which I have no photographic evidence whatsoever because of the strict no photo policy) and we cut out at the encore to see Tuffy and get some Casbah cocktails running through our blood. It was a super fun night and you should definitely make a point to catch King Tuff whenever he returns.

Del Mar Racing Announces Summer Concert Series

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to go to the racetrack. My grandpa had trained and raced horses at Caliente long before I was born, and though he'd eventually lose all his horses, he never lost the love of the track. He was a farmer, always in his tan long-sleeve button down work shirt and work pants with a scruffy face of stubble and his hole-ridden straw work hat. That is, unless it was a day at the races, in which case he'd shave, slather on his Old Spice, a long sleeve button down dress shirt and dress pants, and his fancy boots and hat. It was joyful. Sometimes it would be the whole family at the races, sometimes just Tata, my dad, and me. I'd race with him to the paddock, because he always had to see the horses before they'd race, and he and my dad would teach me how to handicap.

Memories are sweet and I'll cherish them forever, but it's 2018, and I have to say that I'm only halfheartedly sharing this year's Del Mar Summer Concert Series. I'd be an asshole if I didn't share shows that are so popular to San Diegans, but I feel like horse-racing will go the way of bullfighting in the next generation. And I'm not a vegan by any stretch, so perhaps that makes me a big fat hypocrite, but I feel like if I'm going to post a link to the concerts, I should also post a couple links to the very real and ugly side to horse racing.

If you do choose to attend the summer concerts, they're free with the cost of track admission ($6) so long as you arrive before the final race. Shows are standing room only and 18+.

2018 Del Mar Summer Concert Series:  

7/20- Psychedelic Furs 
7/21- Iration
7/27- Steel Pulse
8/10- Aloe Blacc
8/11- Reggae Fest with Ziggy Marley
8/17- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
8/24- Tribal Seeds
8/31- Café Tacvba
9/2- Ice Cube

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, May 30-Friday, June 1, 2018

Let's start with the bummer. Ticketfly was down and it's the end of the month so I'm missing a ton of listings from Brick By Brick, Black Cat, Casbah, Soda Bar, El Dorado, FLUXX, Ken Club, and Sycamore Den. Other than that, you've got the SD Fair starting this weekend, Art Around Adams, and I even included the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival in case you want to check out our neighbors to the north this weekend.
As for catching up with me, I already told you I have been uploading pictures to my site like crazy, but I still have to go through and take out the duds and write them up, even minimally. Our week was pretty sweet, Nova had a couple sleepovers during the week and I got to shoot The Head and the Heart,  went to the Blondie tribute at Blonde, a fundraiser for Nova's derby, and caught the Posies. And I slept a ton, which I'm not upset about at all. Listings are back through Monday after the jump. I'll try to update anything missing, but you have to tell me in the comments.

Photos: Cigarettes After Sex at Observatory, April 30, 2018

Let's talk Cigarettes After Sex. This was another one that I was begging to shoot. I had seen them at The Hideout when there were fifty-something tickets sold, then I worked when they played The Irenic and I remember being so tired that I didn't stay for the whole show and certainly didn't try to bust out my camera. Then some strings were pulled to let me shoot at the Observatory and I realized the whole show was going to be shrouded with massive hazers and I'm thinking, "please, just let me get something, anything". Darren was able to come and we'd been listening to them so much it was a super nice date night and their music is certainly sexy-time music. But my biggest regret of the show was that after I was done shooting, I ran to West Coast to use the bathroom and grab more drinks, and completely missed their cover of REO Speedwagon "Keep On Loving You". Damnit. Fortunately, two days after the show, singer Greg Gonzalez had performed a session for SiriusXMU that included the song and it's such an amazing take on the song (which, I should admit, was a favorite when I'd listen to KyXy with my mom as a little girl). Anyway, the show was incredible, though I have to say was better that it was not on a weekend because the crowd was cool to be chill and quiet instead of the weekend warriors who might have ruined the whole thing had it been on a Friday or Saturday. They're also a band that I would love to see get enormous, but I'm also selfishly hoping a venue like the Observatory is as big as they'd play because they're not an arena or stadium type band. But I love them, and I did my best shooting, but with the whole band shrouded in darkness, it's a whole lotta Greg. More pics after the jump.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Photos: The War On Drugs at the Observatory, April 15, 2018

Nova was away for a lot of the weekend, so I spent several hours trying to catch up and upload photos from the past few weeks. Then I about had a full meltdown when I realized there were shows as far back as February that I never uploaded. So bear with me as there will be a ton of photo posts this week. By my count, there are about 35 shows I never posted.

So let's start here with The War On Drugs. The band played both weekends of Coachella and we stayed close to home for the most part that first weekend because we love watching the YouTube stream of the major stages. As we watched the band on our TV that Friday night, I was still trying every avenue available to me to get a photo pass but up to that point it was still a hard no. I don't know what strings were pulled but more than a few awesome people worked to my benefit, so that by Sunday evening, I got an approval and was one of just two photographers to shoot the show. Of course, that makes me all the bigger loser that I never posted these, but I'm trying not to be so insecure about my photography, because there are few things I love more than being behind a camera.

So here are some of the shots. I tried to whittle it down to a couple dozen but when you shoot upwards of 300 shots a band, I find I have lots of favorites. This show was amazing. I don't think I'd seen The War on Drugs since their Casbah show a few years back, and while sometimes I can get bored when a band just breaks into heavy noodling, there's so much going on on the stage and in the music that once I was done shooting, I found myself just kinda closing my eyes and getting lost in the music. More photos after the jump.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 22-Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It has been a helluva week. I got to have some big nostalgic moments, catching Nada Surf's 10 year Anniversary of Let Go, seeing Trashcan Sinatras perform Cake (from 1991!), Pedro the Lion, and getting to interview and see MGMT. We also went to Disneyland on Sunday...our first time as a family and my first time in maybe two decades. So it was quite a whirlwind and now I've got 1000+ new photos to sift through and share. But it's also been crazy because I have a 20 year old cat. She's doing mostly well, her mom lived to 22, and she still gets around on her own, but we've been having litter box issues. I suggested a visit to the vet and thankfully they confirmed an ear infection and a bacterial infection in her bladder. The good news is both are treatable, but until both clear, we are single-handedly keeping Nature's Miracle in business. We love her and all of our pets, but there are few things more frustrating then cleaning up pet messes. So there's some real life for ya. I did listings through Tuesday for this week only so that I don't lose my entire Memorial Day staring at my laptop. All listings are after the jump.

Monday, May 21, 2018

ALT94/9 Announces Indie Jam: September 8, 2018 at Oceanside Pier


Saturday, September 8th at Junior Seau Amphitheatre at Oceanside Pier
Presented by Subaru and Mission Fed

Dirty Heads
Bishop Briggs
Two Feet

Tickets: $30 GA | $55 VIP Admission
On sale now at www.alt949radio.com

Sponsors: Subaru, Mission Fed, KAABOO Del Mar, Tea of a Kind, Mira Costa College and ZICO Coconut Water.
$2 of every ticket goes to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation - Benefiting Surfrider San Diego Chapter.
Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation, supporting the efforts of non-profit organizations doing commendable work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts & education and social change.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Photos: Soccer Mommy & Madeline Kenney @ Soda Bar April 9, 2018

Whoops. Another set of photos I took and uploaded to post and found that they were still sitting in a draft. Life gets busy, what can I say? I first saw Soccer Mommy at Soda Bar in February when she opened for Phoebe Bridgers. I should actually say I heard her, but didn't see her, because the show was so packed. Just a couple months later, she had her own headlining slot. This woman is amazing, and I've been especially happy that she's been added to regular rotation on Sirius XMU which hopefully means big things for her. Madeline Kenney opened the night and she was pretty spectacular as well. It's been a really good year for women in music and it's been really inspiring following artists like Phoebe Bridgers or Angel Olsen or Soccer Mommy all the way up to Tune-Yards and St. Vincent and being able to share with Nova as she is learning music, learning her own tastes, and also constantly listening to the things we're listening to. As long as Cory and Tim keep bringing these types of shows in, I'll keep trying to make as many of them as I possibly can.

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 15-Monday, May 21, 2018

Rogue Wave at Belly Up

The amazing thing about being human is that we can carry multiple emotions and ideas that might seemingly contradict and yet don't. Personally, it was a great week, with shows like Rogue Wave at the Belly Up and Erika Wennerstrom at the Casbah on Tuesday or Built To Spill, Afghan Whigs, and Ed Harcourt at the Observatory on Wednesday. But inside I was also a whole messed up ball of emotions, because Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit had gone missing and his brother was sharing impassioned pleas about his distraught state and the urgency of finding him safely. By Thursday night, I was working at home late into the night and got a text from Colin Clyne in Edinburgh telling me the Scottish news was reporting a recovered body. I didn't sleep at all that night, and by Friday morning, memorials and tributes and obituaries were flooding my social media feeds. Meanwhile, I'm at home, baking cupcakes for a birthday party, excited for the weekend, while also feeling emotionally broken and horribly crushed. Luckily I was finally able to catch some sleep and by nighttime found myself shooting Hot Snakes and Le Butcherettes. My mood was still pretty somber however, so it wasn't until I went to the Casbah for Midnight Pine that I kinda felt myself again. On Saturday we had the birthday party and it was great, but zapped me of any energy for the remainder of the weekend, which was just fine...I didn't mind spending Mother's Day mostly catching up on sleep and work. By Monday I was looking forward to Nada Surf at Belly Up and still trying to grapple with the overwhelming sadness of Scott's death. We'd only met a few times, but I was such a fan and the music of Frightened Rabbit, like for many people, hit all the feels. The news cycle has already moved on, but it might be some time before I do. This week's full listings are after the jump.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Photos: Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet @ Queen Bee's, April 10, 2018

Seeing Frankie Cosmos and Ian Sweet at Queen Bee's was a particularly fun night. The show had originally been scheduled for Quartyard downtown, but their grand re-opening was pushed back and so this was moved to Queen Bee's in North Park. I love Alma, but she's busy using the venue for swing dances and Salsa Nights, and Bachata and Zumba classes, in between nights she's rented out for Quinceaneras and other big private events, so I have to admit I hadn't seen a live music show there in quite some time. The place looks great, with a high visible stage and great sight lines from anywhere in the room. The sound had a couple tech issues, but for the most part, the kinks were worked out and it was a rad night of female empowering music. And I guess I should clarify that's my word, not expressing the intent of the artists in any way, but on this particular night, because the show was so close to home, Darren and Nova and I walked to the show, so I always try to see music through her eyes and ears when we can catch a show together, and even as we passed her bedtime, she decided she was in it for the long haul and we stayed till almost the end of the show. These are bands definitely worth checking out if you're not already familiar.

Photos: Angel Olsen at Music Box, April 12, 2018

With this post, I'm over a month late with photos and in the meantime I've been to at least couple dozen more shows, so it's time to just post and move on. This particular night with Angel Olsen was incredibly lovely. Because the band had some black and white movie visuals projected behind them, lighting was pretty dark and dismal, but the music spoke for itself, and I'm always amazed when an artist can play deeply moving and heavy music and then have such light and easy banter between songs. I had been on a bit of a streak at Music Box, with LovelyTheBand, then Declan McKenna, and I appreciate that I'd been able to shoot there so much of late. As for Angel, there are few voices like hers in music today, and it was nice that after I shot I was allowed to sit in the owners box for a few songs. Not my personal best work, lighting was challenging, but below are pics of the show nonetheless.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Music Tastes Good 2018 Lineup Announced

Organizers have announced the full lineup of Music Tastes Good for 2018, taking place on September 29 & 30 at Marina Green Park in Long Beach. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup includes

New Order, Broken Social Scene (performing You Forgot It In People), Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer and Manuel The Band.

James Blalke, The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, The Church (performing Starfish), Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), The Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui and NO BS! Brass Band.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 8-Monday, May 14, 2018

It was a pretty insane week around these parts for sure. Nova turned 11 on Tuesday, so we had a little family get together at my parents' house. On Wednesday, I was able to go to the Arctic Monkeys show which had a strict no photo policy, so I wasn't going to take any chances, even though lots of other people did and Alex Turner seems to mug all over the stage intentionally. Dude is probably the sexiest guy in music today. After the show I went to see Lo Moon at the Casbah, who sounded great and had the best lighting the Casbah has seen in some time. On Thursday night, I scored another pair of tickets to Arctic Monkeys and Darren was able to join me for the show. Afterward we hit the Casbah for King Tuffy which was a ton of fun, and then I closed the night at the Ken Club though Darren had to call it. On Friday, I shot photos at the Observatory for The Fratellis and Blood Red Shoes but decided to call it a night after the show.

On Saturday, after Nova's derby and soccer, we attempted going to Old Town but so did everyone else in the world, so we turned the car around, parked at home, and instead went to Viva North Park and dinner at El Comal, before I had to get to the Observatory to shoot Matt Maeson and Bishop Briggs. After that, I headed to Casbah and got there in time for Sveth Ulvang and Wild Child, then closed the night at the Ken Club. On Sunday we rethought our plan to Old Town and this time took the Rapid 215 downtown to the trolley to Old Town. It was actually a pretty lovely day, and I don't really care about all the people who mock Cinco De Mayo as an American excuse to drink, the reality is that in this time and political climate, anything that celebrates Mexico and Mexican Culture--and trust me, the place was packed with us--is fine by me, and it kinda made me beam a little with pride to think of where my grandparents came from and what they went through to get here. Incidentally, the bus and trolley combined take over an hour to get someplace we can drive in less than 12 minutes, but it was a fun part of the adventure for us and we had no real time constraints.

Sunday and Monday were chill nights at home working and binge watching, but I'm looking forward to a ton of shows this week, including Rogue Wave, Frenship, and Nada Surf, and a bunch of shows I'm still holding out for like Built to Spill & Afghan Whigs, Hot Snakes, and Franz Ferdinand, not to mention finally throwing Nova a proper birthday party and maybe checking out the North Park Festival of the Arts, too. Listings for the week are after the jump.

Monday, May 07, 2018

91X Announces X-Fest 2018 with Beck & Death Cab For Cutie- August 11, 2018

X-FEST 2018
Saturday, August 11th
SDCCU Stadium Practice Field

Celebrating 35 years of 91X

10 bands on 2 stages – the true festival experience in the heart of San Diego!


$1 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Inspired By Music fund.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 1-Monday, May 7, 2018

I didn't really shoot at all last week, which feels weird, so I'm using a shot of Japanese Breakfast since they've now been announced as the support act for the upcoming Belle and Sebastian show at the Observatory on June 22. I did go out, and I shot The Distillers on Wednesday, but it was both dark and packed, so I ended up with better phone photos than actual camera ones. The rest of the week was me adjusting to a new sleep schedule and working a ton, so I ended up bailing on pretty much every other show over the weekend. We did spend some time on Friday at Nova's derby for their final hoorah after the City shut them down, and we went to ArtWalk for a few hours on Sunday. It's the beginning of the month so lots of missing calendars this week. I'll update Pour House, Boar Cross'n, El Dorado, and Sycamore Den if I get updates. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Green Flash Summer Concerts at Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego announced their 2018 Green Flash Concert Series season line-up a few weeks back...and I'm barely getting around to sharing it, but better late than never. You can get more info and buy tickets here. Their lineup and pitch is below.

Season Lineup:

Wednesday, May 16
Jumping Jack Flash
A Rolling Stones tribute band, Jumping Jack Flash faithfully re-creates the theatrics and power of the "Greatest Rock-n-Roll Band In The World" in its prime.

Wednesday, June 20
Steve Poltz
Playful singer-songwriter and San Diego legend Steve Poltz returns for a clever, creative, and fun-filled evening. Always quirky and unpredictable.

Wednesday, July 18
The FIXX are a rock and new wave band formed in London in 1979. The band's hits include "One Thing Leads to Another", "Saved by Zero", "Are We Ourselves?", and "Secret Separation."

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Wednesday, Sept. 26
Venice and Pine Mountain Logs
Once again Venice and Pine Mountain logs are closing out the Green Flash Summer Concert Series with their repertoire of high energy classic hits range from Led Zeppelin to the Jackson Five, Tom Petty, TLC, Aerosmith, Outkast and more.

All concerts are held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and are general admission and standing room only. Savory bites, craft beers and wine are available for purchase. Single tickets are on sale now for $33 for members, $38 for the general public. Walk up tickets are $44.

Season passes are also available for $145 for members, $160 for the general public. For the best view in the house, upstairs VIP Deck tickets are also available for $150 per person per show and include catered food and beverage. Admission includes the concert as well as entrance to all aquarium exhibits and free parking.

Green Flash Concerts are made possible by Rock Bottom, French Gourmet, Bank of America, Jackson Design and Remodeling, Korbel, MIB Transportation, Palomar Water, and Event-A-Vision. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Friday, April 27, 2018

This Saturday: In Your Neighborhood Block Party

Local music luminary Lou Niles has put together another In Your Neighborhood Block Party at the Pour House in Oceanside. It's totally free and all ages and is a great way for local music fans in North County and beyond to enjoy a Saturday of music and vendors. For more, check out the Facebook Event page.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 24-Monday, April 30, 2018

I have tons of photos I'm working my way through, but this one is of Peelander-Z crowdsurfing at the Casbah last week. It was a nutso week, and as memorable for as many shows as I got to attend as for how many I had to miss. Sometimes you can't do it all, and with so many simultaneous shows I had to sit a few out. I did get to go to an awesome EDSD event last Tuesday in South Park, on Wednesday went to see Alvvays and Frankie Rose at Music Box and The Bronx at the Casbah, Haim on Thursday at Observatory, Friday I worked at Japanese Breakfast at the Irenic then went to the Casbah for Brian Karscig and Dead Feather Moon, and then had a chill Saturday with a movie night sleepover with my nieces and a chill Sunday around the house, then watching my niece play soccer and a little hang at the cliffwalk of OB, and then catching Marian Hill at the Observatory on Monday night. All in all a great week, and much more balanced with my family and shows and getting actual sleep at actual human hours, so I'm just in general feeling better than I had been and I cannot complain about that one bit. Full week archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Photos: Declan McKenna & Chappell Roan @ Music Box, March 29, 2018

I'm catching up on life, so here's another show from March with Declan McKenna and Chappell Roan at Music Box. Darren and I went to this one and the line was around the block when we arrived, but we got in right as Chappell Roan started and you know how people throw around things like "the voice of an angel"? I've never really experienced that, but Chappell was charming and sweet and she had an amazing voice that silenced the often chatty room. You can catch her cover of the Cranberries after the jump. But of course we were there for Declan McKenna. He played at the Irenic a while back, so I thought I knew what to expect with his show and crowd, but in the time since that show, he's certainly grown as a performer and showman, was super glammed up, and the mostly-female crowd kinda lost their shit for anything he did or said. It was super fun, the music was great, and poor Darren survived the time while I was shooting and he was left alone looking like the older creepy man alone at the show. A note, they closed the photo section so the crowd could bump right up to the stage, so all my shots are from side stage or the back of the room.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrate 420: MC Flow Invites You To The Dispensary

I try to steer clear of 420 cliches, but my friend Abby, aka MC Flow, sent me this video last week and to be honest, I can't get the tune out of my head. She's got a new EP dropping today and will be appearing at the inaugural Bayked Festival going down this afternoon at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Flow's press release is after the jump. Click here for tickets and info to Bayked.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Photos: lovelytheband at Music Box, March 27, 2018

I've mentioned that the dumb little jack where my laptop charges hasn't been working, so I had a few days without any charge at all, and now even with two different and new power cables, I still need the whole thing opened up so that little jack isn't all wiggly. That said, I am super far behind in photo posts and with more and more photos just accumulating, I have to get up these pics of lovelytheband, who played the first 91X Inspired By Music show at Music Box on March 27. First, I have to say it was super fun because, as you probably know, Music Box is mostly a 21+ venue, and sometimes they will make a show 18+, but it is super rare for them to host all ages shows, so I let Darren off the hook and took Nova with me to the show.

All ages shows means a little bit tighter security, however, so when we got there the line was quite a line, but we made our way in, and she was able to get a nice little spot up front with a friend of mine and his kid who was about Nova's age. In fact, there were a lot of kids there, and especially lots of teen and tween girls. It was pretty great to watch the show through their lens, and the band engaged the fans, while addressing mental illness, depression, and self-esteem in a meaningful way. It was clear they were elated to be there, and the love was coming from the stage to the crowd and back again.

All in all, it was a super fun night and having the kiddo there made it that much cooler. We shot some video and tons more pics which you can find after the jump.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 17-Monday, April 23, 2018

Well I certainly had a good week. On Monday we caught Soccer Mommy and Madeline Kenney, then I went to Kevin Morby. On Tuesday, Darren, Nova and I decided to walk to Queen Bee's and caught Frankie Cosmos and Ian Sweet. On Thursday we got to see Angel Olsen and Priests, and watched tons of Couchella through the weekend. I worked at Murder City Devils on Saturday night and on Sunday after celebrating my sister's 40th, I got to shoot The War On Drugs, then went to Peelander-Z at the Casbah then Birdland at Blonde. Phew. I've got a ton of shows on the agenda this week, too, but not until I catch up on some serious sleep. I hope to get a ton of pics up this week, too, just gimme time. Full listing archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 10- Monday, April 16, 2018

I was in broken computer hell last week but I have at least temporarily solved the problem so I didn't get out for a whole lot of shooting. We had fun seeing Courtship, Coasts, and The Hunna at House of Blues, and Nova came back from Spring Break on Wednesday. That night I went to the Casbah to catch Elise Trouw open for Moonchild. On Thursday, we hung out at Ziggy's benefit at URBN. On Saturday, Nova had early derby and soccer and after getting torched in the sun, I got a nice long nap before working at the Irenic, picking her up from my mom's, then heading to the Casbah for Low Volts, Scott H Biram, and JD Wilkes and Legendary Shack Shakers. On Sunday, Nova had a derby game but had to get there early, so we snuck off to the Jameson Your Neighborhood Block Party at Maverick's before returning for her game. They killed and she only skated three jams, but got the best jammer award anyway. I'm looking forward to some amazing shows this week and hopefully will get some more pics than I've had the past couple weeks. Tuesday through Monday listings are after the jump.

Monday, April 09, 2018

A Ship In The Woods Music and Art Festival Announced In Escondido June 16-17

A new entry in the local music festival scene, A SHIP IN THE WOODS presents their inaugural Music and Art Festvial at Felicita County Park on June 16-17.

Built To Spill, No Age, Bill Callahan(SMOG), and Shabazz Palaces to Headline the Inaugural 2018 A SHIP IN THE WOODS Music & Art Festival at Felicita County Park in Escondido, California.

A SHIP IN THE WOODS is a 501c3 nonprofit.

Tickets are on sale now with Early Bird Weekend pricing until April 20 for just $80.

Get your tickets here, just don't stare at the website too long our you might have a seizure.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

91X Announces Beer X Festival on June 23rd at Waterfront Park

Today, 91X announced their 4th Annual Beer X event, taking place at Waterfront Park on June 23rd.

4th Annual
91X Presents BeerX
Saturday, June 23
At Waterfront Park In San Diego, CA

With Performances From Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Pepper, 
Fishbone, Ethan Tucker Band, Marujah

 Festival Features Extensive Craft Beer Selection
Highlighting Some Of Southern California’s Best Breweries
Over 150 craft beer offerings from the best breweries from So Cal and beyond!

21+ from 1PM-4PM with unlimited craft beer tastings until 4PM.
Pre-sale starts Wednesday, April 4 at 8am
Ends Thursday, April 5 at 10pm

General on sale Friday, April 6 at 10am
Password: 91X

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Outside Lands 2018 Lineup Announced

 This morning, Outside Lands dropped their 2018 lineup. The festival will take place on August 10-12, 2018, in Golden Gate park. To me, Outside Lands and Sasquatch! are always the most desirable lineups and at the most desirable time of year, so though traveling for festivals isn't in my budget or lifestyle these days, it's still fun to dream a little. There's a whole press release about the whole deal, so I'll post that after the jump with the full lineup. What you really need to know is that 3-Day general admission and VIP passes go on sale this Thursday, April 5 at 10am PT. Info and tickets can be found on the Outside Lands site here.

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 3-Monday, April 9, 2018

I am a chronic procrastinator. I'm not especially good at dealing with life and adulting and shit. I'd rather just let it all build up, give me some major panic attacks, then hide under the covers until I have to suck it up, bite the bullet, and do whatever it is I was putting off. In this immediate case, it was replacing my computer charger. They're such a pain in the ass and so specific to each model computer that you can get a really good deal on the web but not get it for weeks, or get it right away but blow way too much money on it. So I'm in limbo right now, I ordered one and don't know when it will come, but until then, my laptop is basically a paperweight and I can't retrieve any of my docs or photos or anything. Super annoying. Luckily, we still have a couple older functional ones around the house, so all is not lost, but I'm not gonna get around to posting pics of lovelytheband or Declan McKenna or any others I was stalled on. Apparently I'm not the only procrastinator, however, so this week's listings are missing Sycamore Den, El Dorado, Black Cat Bar, and a few others. Maybe I'll update as they trickle in. Tuesday through Monday archives are after the jump.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay Announces 2018 Full Season

On Sunday, Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay announced their 2018 concert season. I'll be busting out the canoe on a couple nights, but apparently housing in San Diego isn't the only thing outrageously priced in San Diego. I included the base ticket prices by show, but obviously you can check their full site for details on dinner or room packages. Shows that have already been on sale or sold out are in italics, the new announces are on sale Saturday, April 7th at 10am online or at the Humphrey's Box Office.

  • Tue, Apr 10 7:30 PM Chromeo, Phantoms (On sale. GA. Standing Only. $43.50)
  • Fri, Apr 13 7:30 PM Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (On sale. $59)
  • Sun, Apr 15 7:30 PM Fleet Foxes, Amen Dunes (On sale. $60)
  • Tue, Apr 17 7:00 PM Miguel, SiR, Nonchalant Savant (Sold Out. GA. Standing Only)
  • Thu, Apr 19 7:30 PM alt-J, Twin Shadow. (Sold Out. GA. Standing Only)
  • Sat, May 12 7:30 PM "Weird Al" Yankovic - The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, Emo Philips. (Sold Out)
  • Sun, May 13 7:00 PM An Acoustic Evening with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & Friends (On sale. $32.50)
  • Sun, Jun 03 8:00 PM The Monkees present The Mike & Micky Show (On sale. $65)
  • Mon, Jun 04 7:30 PM Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Joe Purdy ($70)
  • Thu, Jun 07 8:00 PM Michael Franti & Spearhead - Stay Human Tour, Victoria Canal & Dustin Thomas ($58.50)
  • Fri, Jun 15 7:30 PM Eric Burdon & The Animals, Edgar Winter Band ($59)
  • Fri, Jun 22 6:30 PM Dark Star Orchestra (GA. Standing Only. $35)
  • Sat, Jun 23 7:00 PM Trampled by Turtles, Deer Tick (On sale. GA. Standing Only. $45)
  • Mon, Jun 25 7:30 PM Violent Femmes, Blaise Garza, John Sparrow. ($45)
  • Fri, Jun 29 7:30 PM The Go-Go's ($66)
  • Tue, Jul 10 8:00 PM Straight No Chaser ($59)
  • Thu, Jul 12 7:00 PM Happy Together Tour 2018 ($59)
  • Sun, Jul 15 8:00 PM Pink Martini ($62)
  • Tue, Jul 17 7:30 PM Chris Isaak ($85)
  • Fri, Jul 20 7:30 PM Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ($40)
  • Mon, Jul 23 7:30 PM George Thorogood and The Destroyers Rock Party Tour 2018 ($58)
  • Tue, Jul 24 7:30 PM Supertramp's Roger Hodgson - Breakfast In America World Tour ($60)
  • Thu, Jul 26 8:00 PM Joe Bonamassa - The Guitar Event of the Year (On sale. $149)
  • Fri, Jul 27 8:00 PM Joe Bonamassa - The Guitar Event of the Year (On sale. $149)
  • Sun, Jul 29 7:30 PM Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour ($50)
  • Mon, Jul 30 7:30 PM The Decemberists, Whitney (On sale. $64)
  • Fri, Aug 03 8:00 PM Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons ($105)
  • Sun, Aug 05 7:30 PM The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo ($87.50)
  • Tue, Aug 07 7:30 PM Toto - 40 Trips Around The Sun (On sale. $67)
  • Wed, Aug 08 7:00 PM Hippiefest 2018 ($50)
  • Fri, Aug 10 7:30 PM Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss ($185)
  • Thu, Aug 16 7:00 PM Brandi Carlile ($66.50)
  • Thu, Aug 23 8:00 PM Rodriguez ($50)
  • Fri, Aug 24 8:00 PM The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute ($47)
  • Sun, Aug 26 7:30 PM George Benson ($79)
  • Mon, Aug 27 8:00 PM YES - 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman ($75)
  • Fri, Aug 31 6:30 PM Lost 80's Live ($67)
  • Fri, Sep 07 7:30 PM The Australian Pink Floyd Show - Time 2018 (On sale. $58)
  • Sat, Sep 08 8:00 PM Jake Shimabukuro ($50)
  • Sun, Sep 09 7:30 PM The Stylistics, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Eddie Holman ($55)
  • Tue, Sep 11 8:00 PM An Evening with Lyle Lovett & his Large Band ($65)
  • Wed, Sep 19 7:30 PM Kenny G ($55)
  • Fri, Sep 21 7:30 PM Air Supply ($63)
  • Wed, Sep 26 7:30 PM Boz Scaggs ($100)
  • Thu, Sep 27 8:00 PM Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band ($148)
  • Fri, Sep 28 7:30 PM A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour ($52)
  • Fri, Oct 05 7:30 PM America ($70)
  • Sat, Oct 06 7:30 PM The B-52s ($80)
  • Fri, Oct 12 8:00 PM Jesse Cook ($45)
  • Sat, Oct 20 7:30 PM Allen Stone, Nick Waterhouse. ($34.50)
  • Tue, Oct 30 7:30 PM Joan Baez - Fare Thee Well...Tour 2018 (Sold Out)

Team Ziggy: Fundraiser for Epilepsy

My brother-from-another-mother Kristian, his beautiful wife Carrie, and their little boys, Ziggy, Ozzy, and Jonze are once again raising money for Team Ziggy and their participation in Sharon's Ride.Run.Walk. To join in the fun, they're hosting a night at URBN Pizza in North Park on Thursday, April 5th from 4-7pm, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. We love this family so very deeply and whether you know them or not, no doubt this is a worthy cause and worth supporting. Besides, Kristian is pretty much the most awesome person ever and pretty much has the most amazing and beautiful network of friends, so it'll be a veritable who's who in San Diego.  If you can't make the event, you can donate directly to Team Ziggy right here. If you want to take it a step further, join the team and walk on April 15th at De Anza Cove.

From Carrie:
It's been a little over a year since our Zig was diagnosed with Partial Epilepsy (Dec. 2016) and over that year we have had our share of challenges, as well as breakthroughs when it comes to Ziggy’s epilepsy.  I’m happy to say that he’s doing really well!  I wish that I could say that we’ve found all the answers and solved the riddle that is Ziggy’s condition but that is just not the case.  We have only begun to scratch the surface of what is going on inside his 6 year old body and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t wonder if we’re doing all we can for him and have made the right choices for him.  This is the never ending battle of having a child with epilepsy.  You can’t trust anything will stay the same, that another seizure won’t happen when you least expect it or that these new behaviors are part of he epilepsy.  You just don’t know.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Photos: Flogging Molly, Jon Snodgrass, Scott H Biram @ The Observatory, March 14, 2018

I always mean to post photos the day after a show, but stuff comes up and then I feel like nobody really cares anymore anyway, but real people go out of their way to make it possible for me to be able to shoot, so eventually I acknowledge the photos deserve to see the light of day, even if they're spotty and hazy from my dirty camera. That said, I hadn't intended to go to the Flogging Molly show, and then I realized Jon Snodgrass was opening and though I knew it was sold out, I had to ask anyway, and so I got to be one of the lucky ones in the photo pit. I've been missing the openers at the Observatory a lot lately because they tend to come on at 8 and I always feel bad heading out before Nova's bedtime, but I made an exception for this one.

Scott H Biram opened the show and he's always great to see. He plays the Casbah a few times a year, so I feel like I see him often and I'm fully onboard with the scruffy punk guys doing the twangy outlaw country-tinged singer-songwriter thing. He'll be back at the Casbah on April 7th with JD Wilkes and The Legendary Shack Shakers, where he and Low Volts can have a duel of the best one man band.

Hopefully Jon Snodgrass comes back soon, too He was next onstage and I love his voice so much and he played a few of my favorite Drag The River tunes among his set and made some relatable dad-rock comments throughout the show, too. I've also included an embed (shot with my phone) when O came out to play with him. He has a long history in San Diego and with Cargo Records and gave a nice shout out to Larry Munroe and O and others.

Finally, Flogging Molly hit the stage. It's hard to say anyone is energetic after Gogol Bordello just the week before, but Flogging Molly is certainly up there when it comes to onstage energy. The last time I saw them was at Street Scene what seems like forever ago. I was on the 9th floor of the Clarion watching the street below and a thousand bros in a massive circle pit, and at no fault of the band, having that feeling that Street Scene was over, it had grown too big while downtown open spaces were diminishing. I wasn't wrong, but that's why seeing the band in the contained space of the Observatory felt both nostalgic and hopeful, that all good things come back around. I took hundreds of pictures but have trimmed it down after the jump.