Sunday, May 19, 2019

Photos: #PeakBloom at Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden at Balboa Park

I'm having a perfect lazy Sunday. I finished reading Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!, the latest book by Chelsea Handler, Darren is off working, Nova is hanging out with a soccer buddy, and I'm at home trying to stay off social media because I don't want any GoT spoilers or commentary until after we watch it tonight. I've got a ton of photos to post, some LA Daily episodes to catch up on, some posts have had on my brain for a minute, and I want to get a jump on listings because I'll be shooting Johnny Marr on Monday and I don't wanna be under pressure to get them done. So I guess I just filled up my day with a whole lot of time on my laptop, though I might also try to sneak off to the Zoo or something today, too. First, a million pictures of the #PeakBloom at the Inez Grant Memorial Rose Garden at Balboa Park that I shot on Friday.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 14-Monday, May 20, 2019

Last week was kinda rough. Friday was the one year anniversary of the death of Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit, and I guess it was consuming me more than I expected. But overall it ended up being a great week. On Tuesday I got to take Julie (you know her from The Office) to the Casbah for the sold out Phantom Planet show and then we closed the night at Whistle Stop. I need to make that happen more often. I also went to see Lady Lamb on Thursday at Soda Bar, and on Saturday, Nova and I went to North Park Festival of Arts and then she caught Robert Ellis with me at the Observatory until Darren grabbed her so I could shoot The Eels. On Sunday, my family got to reignite our Gator By The Bay Mother's Day tradition and then Darren and I had a quiet night watching Game of Thrones (and subsequently reading every review about the episode.) But to be honest, one of my new favorite things is to swing over to La Jolla Cove on Nova's soccer days. I can't tell you how many hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos I've taken of sea lions and sea birds, playing with settings and trying to make myself a better photographer while also just being in total peace among the amazing animals. So I thought post Mother's Day, I'd choose this photo, this double-crested cormorant waiting for her eggs to hatch. Huge shout out and thank you to Jon, who donated to @sddialedin via Venmo last week. So generous, and I was so humbled. Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Friday, May 10, 2019

North Park Festival of Arts 2019 Set Times

Not gonna lie. It took me way too long to track down these set times. I realize they're all listed out at, but why these can't be found in one organized place is beyond me. So I found three stages and thought I'd post the set times here to reference on Saturday. Find them after the jump. 

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 7-Monday, May 13, 2019

 I'm gonna keep it short this week. It takes me a ton of hours to compile these listings. Other situations have it automated, but that also means they're not up to date when things cancel and shit. And mostly I'm just trying to feel relevant when everything is telling me that I'm not. So ugh. I had a super awesome week. I got to go the Zoo twice, Sea World once, and still killed my shit as soccer mommy and taking that time at the Cove to play with my camera, because I always have a lot to learn. On top of that, I went to the Friday El Vez show, and worked Saturday and Sunday at the Irenic for Omar Apollo and Peter Bjorn and John, respectively. Sorry I was being cranky when I posted the listings before. This line of work is almost always awesome but every once in awhile you have to deal with shady people and you just have to smile about it.

Photos: Failure @ The Fonda Theatre

Failure reportedly had issues booking their current tour and ended up skipping SD this time around. Luckily our photographer Tim Fears was in Hollywood to capture the space rock legends' incredible performance in this set of photos.


more photos after the jump.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Photos: Taking Back Sunday + Frank Iero and the Future Violents

Here are photos from the 2nd night of Taking Back Sunday's recent shows at The Observatory along with openers, Frank Iero and the Future Violents.

Taking Back Sunday

Reclaim Cinco De Mayo

I saw this floating around Facebook today and thought it was worth a share. I definitely have a new appreciation for Cinco de Mayo at this phase of my life, merely in the fact that as I walked around Old Town with Nova I saw so many happy and beautiful families of all shades freely enjoying themselves and it made me feel deep down joy. But whatever you think of the the day, some cool things to keep in mind. 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Rosey's Read & Watch List: Gay Of Thrones | Special | Huge In France | Kim's Convenience | If Beale Street Could Talk

I started this list last immediately after my last read/watch post on 4/14, so I'm gonna post now because I waited, and now I have way too much to add now so I'm due for a fresh post. All after the jump.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 30-Monday, May 6, 2019

I'm always a cheerleader on why everyone should get out to shows, and then gas hits $5 a gallon and rideshare prices increase, Game of Thrones is on TV plus a ton of other stuff I need to read, watch, shoot, or write, and I have to carefully think about the shows I get out to. Last week I only hit Superorganism on Tuesday and worked at the Kiefer show on Saturday. The rest of the week was chill. I did some cleaning out of over 100 old drafts on this site, caught up with old work, caught up with lots of reading, and binged a decent share of TV. I was trying to get my sleep cycle back to normal which maybe finally clicked on Saturday, so we were up early and ran all over town doing the San Diego Book Crawl, then went to Nova's futsal, then a couple more book shops, a nice pre-birthday dinner for Nova, and then I worked at Soda Bar. Sunday we hit up EarthFair, hit our 7th stop of the book crawl, then had a little family birthday party for Nova with my fam. On Monday, my sister and I went to the Zoo for the final chance to see the pandas, and in the evening while Nova was at soccer, I went back to La Jolla Cove for the sea lions. The listings are taking longer and longer and quite a few venues haven't updated for May, but what I've got through Monday are after the jump.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Weekend Event Quicklinks: Artwalk | Adams Avenue Unplugged | San Diego Book Crawl | more...

There's a ton of stuff happening this weekend, so I thought I'd make a little post of quicklinks so you can find artist and event schedules with ease.

Saturday & Sunday 
Saturday Only
Sunday Only 

San Diego Zoo Bids Farewell to Panda Program | Last Chance Views Through April 29

San Diegans were shocked when the San Diego Zoo announced an end to the panda program. Most of us understood that this program was always meant to be temporary, but after 23 years, we kinda thought it would be forever. I remember when the pandas first came to San Diego in 1987 for a 100 day stint. I think I was in 6th grade and my mom bought me a bright red panda shirt that I wore until it wouldn't fit anymore--maybe the only time we've ever paid full price for a souvenir, ever.

When the pandas came back in 1996, I'd spend my lunch between classes at City College hanging out at the Zoo. I've been lucky to attend a couple behind the scenes and media events over the years and I'm heartbroken that they're not gonna be around anymore, particularly after the investment by the Zoo in the breeding program. Like many, I'm holding out hope that this isn't goodbye forever, just goodbye for now, and now that Bai Yun is ready to go into retirement, some new breedable pandas will make their way here and the program won't really be over. Pro-tip: The lines for pandas are going to be insane this weekend. If you don't want to wait in the lines but want a last glimpse, you can see the pandas from overhead while crossing the bridge from the treehouse to the elephants or just check out the panda cam.

I definitely went through some pangs of nostalgia digging through my old photos. Check out some more snaps after the jump and check out the Zoo's press release.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 23-Monday, April 29, 2019

I was trying to find a picture to post this week and realized I didn't shoot a single show this week. Actually, that's not entirely true...we did go to Kero Kero Bonito last Monday and Saturday I worked the Big Thief show and snapped a couple pics, but it was Nova's spring break so we were mostly running around whenever I wasn't chained to my laptop for work. We drove out to Anza-Borrego on Tuesday and hiked Palm Canyon and The Slot. During Nova's soccer on Wednesday, I went back to see the Sea Lions in La Jolla and later that night attempted to see Ages and Ages on Wednesday but were too late, so ended up at Death Cab for Karaoke instead. My Kero interview fell through on Thursday, so I skipped going to the second show and got hours of work done instead with a little break at Fiesta Island with the dog, who is still limping but begging for walks nonetheless. Same kinda went for Friday so on Saturday we could be up early for Nova's futsal, then her friends' Easter party, and then the amazing Big Thief show at the Irenic, and Sunday we just had a short late afternoon jaunt to the zoo. I love having family time, but it's exhausting trying to still keep up with work while trying to keep up with the fam. Low key week ahed because it's a massive weekend. Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Plaza De Panama Committee Dissolved: Jacobs Plan Is (Supposedly Officially) Dead!

This week, the committee tasked with raising money for the Jacobs Plaza de Panama Project officially dissolved. They blamed lack of support by Councilman Chris Ward for a revised 2 phase project--essentially "let us build a parking garage and ruin the bridge but we won't do any of the other things we promised to fix the park."

Kind of exactly what SDSU is now doing with the stadium site.

I think Jacobs realized this hot-button issue would stain the mayoral campaign of Todd Gloria, who was disappointingly a huge supporter of the project despite the massive outcry from his constituents. I imagine some new outrageous and unnecessary proposal will arise once Jacobs gets his guy in as mayor. Our council is spineless when it comes to standing up against money. I mean, they were going to allow NAMING RIGHTS. In the park! AYFKM? I wrote about all of this in February but here are some new stories confirming the dissolution of the fundraising committee.

And since these articles can't even try to act like they weren't all in favor of this gross project, let me remind you this plan would (1) build a parking structure (2) remove all parking from the inside of the park to be replaced with PAID parking in said structure (3) cut into the historic bridge (4) allow naming rights for ego-driven "philanthropists," among many other things. And don't get it twisted, the reason the City couldn't go over budget is because once they hit a certain amount of City contribution, it has to go to voters and they know the voters would overwhelmingly vote no.

Voice of San Diego doesn't even try to be unbiased, being that Jacobs is the single largest VOSD supporter: The Plaza de Panama Project Is Officially Dead 

Plaza De Panama Project Dead for Now (NBC)

Official Statement of the Plaza De Panama Committee

In other Balboa Park happened to the dragon?? The "Nikigatory" by Niki de Saint Phalle is gone from in front of the Mingei and all I could find was this old article from 2017 about the Mingei's desire to increase their curb appeal. I also found this old proposal from 2009 for The House of Charm, the building which houses the Mingei. If anyone knows the updated deal there, I'd love to know because I've now gone down a three-day rabbit hole of old Council meeting notes and subcommittee minutes which has made me sideline actual work that I should be doing.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: April 16-22, 2019

I was trying to figure out why I just couldn't for the life of me get out of bed on Monday. Eventually, I forced myself up to do listings and now realize that it was a crazy busy week and I'm maybe low-key sleep deprived. On Tuesday, I went to Cirque du Soleil's Volta in Del Mar, on Wednesday we went to see the sea lions of La Jolla, then to the Gulls game, then to see JS Ondara at Casbah and shut the night down at the Office. Friday night I went to the Seals Lacrosse game, and Ssaturday we went to Nova's futsal game, hiked around Chollas Park, went to the San Diego Sockers game, then went to the John Vanderslice show at Soda Bar and shut the night down at Pants Karaoke at the Tower Bar and Sunday was low-key celebrating with my family for my sister's birthday and of course, Game of Thrones (of which we watched twice). So throw in work and driving around for soccer and a regular adult life and obligations and I'm a little burnt. But I got these down and that's a good start. This week I'm planning on both KKB shows, working at Big Thief on Saturday, and hopefully making it to Ben Kweller on Monday. I might sprinkle in a couple more shows along the way, but it's Nova's spring break, so we're also trying to have some family fieldtrips if we can. Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
  • Iceage, Shame, PELADA @ Casbah
  • The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones @ Soda Bar
  • The Primaveras, Loosen the Noose, Crescent Suns @ Belly Up
  • Tiki Tuesday with Dethsurf and Alvino and the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds 
  • Dermot Kennedy @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • Hyukoh @ Music Box
  • Scott Worthington presents "Ground Bass" @ White Box Live Arts/Liberty Station
  • Karaoke @ Space
  • Sketch Party & Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Techno Tuesdays @ Blonde
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Highline Trail and The Miles @ Winston's (9:30 pm)
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Broadway SD presents CATS @ Civic Theatre
  • Familia Loteria! Hosted by Anahuac, Analy & DJ Viejo Lowbo @ Border X Brewing
  • PRE VIVA Anita O' Night Live @ Manhattan Bar
  • Something Like Seduction, Resinators @ 710 Beach Club
  • Charlie Arbelaez Presents: The Jazz & Cocktail Party @ Seven Grand
  • Karaoke Night @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Line Dance Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • DASH @ Salty Frog
  • You Don't Know Jack Trivia @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Gerry Hemingway & Samuel Blaser @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Of Feather and Bone, Anshelm, Slege, Diabology @ Tower Bar
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Think n Drink Trivia @ Winston's (5pm)
  • Night Shift with DJ Ramsey@ The Office
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House
  • Beer Pong @ U-31
  • Everything and Anything Jam  @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Sue Palmer, Michele Lundeen, and friends @ Tio Leo's
  • Live Jam Session @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Rockabilly and Swing @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live
  • Open Open Mic Night with Ash Foster @ El Dorado
Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
  • The Lil Smokies, Michigan Rattlers @ Casbah
  • Ages and Ages, The Harmaleighs @ Soda Bar
  • Belly Up Honky-Tonk ft. Joey Harris & the Mentals, Brawley and Ginger Cowgirl @ Belly Up
  • San Diego Gulls vs San Jose Barracuda Calder Cup Playoffs - Game 1 @ Pechanga Arena
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds 
  • Death Cab for Karaoke - Emo/Pop-Punk Karaoke @ The Office
  • Those Darn Gnomes, Spring Breeding, Bill Wesley, Ba Bete, Squirrel Spam, Edward Is My Middle Name @ SD Content Partners
  • Vaginals, Bernie and the Wolf, Of Ennui @ Bar Pink
  • Lizzie Whan Book Release Party with Judy Reeves, Julie Corrales, Sharon Elise, Robt O'Sullivan, Lizzie Whan @ Whistle Stop
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ House of Blues
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Wild Country Wednesday @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Moonsugar Tubulars Cowboygirls @ Space
  • ADULTING: Intro to Fitness @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Manwolves + Postcard Boy @ Che Cafe
  • Harlem Rhythm Noise || Clay Colton @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Broadway SD presents CATS @ Civic Theatre
  • PRE VIVA! Harlem River Noise @ Manhattan Bar
  • Boss Jazz w/Jason Hanna & Friends @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Kultura Wednesdays @ Border X Brewing
  • Til Tune (Open Mic - Hosted by Ash Foster) @ Til-Two Club
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • David Archuleta @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House
  • Club Kingston Presents: Maka, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • KSON Country DJ @ Renegade
  • Wednesday Trivia @ Rabbit Hole
  • Clifford Bell, Michael Lavine and Friends @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Patrick "Bluefrog" Ellis @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Oliver James, Koda, Fuzz Huzzi @ Navajo Live
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Free Trivia @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • Come Together @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Wutang Wednesday with Mister Hek @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
Thursday, April 18, 2019:
  • Kero Kero Bonito, Jaako Eino Kalevi @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Jon Snodgrass of Drag the River, Garrett Dale of Red City Radio, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Davey Tiltwheel, Jennie Cotterill & Stacey Dee of Bad Cop Bad Cop, Davey Tiltwheel @ Whistle Stop
  • Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash, Trevor McSpadden, Kimmi Bitter @ Soda Bar
  • Smino, EarthGang, Phoelix @ The Observatory
  • Playboi Carti @ SOMA
  • San Diego Gulls vs San Jose Barracuda Calder Cup Playoffs - Game 2 @ Pechanga Arena
  • Integrity, Toxic Holocaust, All Out War, Funeral Chic, Psywarfare @ Brick by Brick
  • Film Fan Movie Trivia @ Bar Pink (7pm)
  • Doc Hammer, Bosswitch, Mick’s Jaguar @ Bar Pink (9pm)
  • The Floozies, Band of Gringos @ Belly Up
  • Joe Guevara @ Grand Ol BBQ & Asado Flinn Springs (5-8pm)
  • Stefan Wendel @ Lux Art Institute
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds  
  • CloZee, Axel Thesleff, MEMBA @ Music Box
  • Broadway Boogie @ Queen Bee's 
  • Chocolate - Deepdark Afrotech & Techno @ Blonde
  • Convergence/Convergencia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Kelly McGarry Presents ElectroMagnetic Sonic Moonshine, Alice Insane (Tribute to Alice in Chains), A Perfect Tool (Tribute to A Perfect Circle & Tool),  Woke Up Dead (Tribute to Megadeath), DJ Professor CC@ House of Blues
  • Anita O'Night & the Mercury Trio, Tom Benzon & the Cool Shakes, Alvino & the Dwells @ Pour House  
  • Broadway SD presents CATS @ Civic Theatre
  • Diamond Dogs Boylesque @ The Merrow
  • Boomboxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • DJ Chuck aka “Big Country” @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Ryuichi & The Dicetones (Japan), The Grease (Japan), The Howlin' Roosters, Ruff Enuff @ Tower Bar
  • Song Writer Night, Hosted by Clay Colton @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Carol Curtis | RuPaul's Drag Race viewing in the Overlook Bar @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Comedy Night @ Midnight Jack
  • DJ Smash @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • DJ Ratty @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • OB Hip Hop Social #73 @ Winston's
  • Sound in Color @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Resinators @ Saddle Bar
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • Bill Caballero Latin Jam @ Border X Brewing
  • Electric Relaxation @ Manhattan Bar
  • Art, Power and the Radical Imagination, feat. Favianna Rodriguez @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Industry Jousting @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Thizzday with Mr Hek & Dmitri @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • The Spiritual Motels @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Thursday Night Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Acid Varsity 57 feat David Scott Stone l Perpetrator l MaxBetta @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • Cody Carter & Country Fried @ Renegade
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • House of Fitness @ Spin 

Friday, April 19, 2019:
  • Kirin J Callinan, Heavy Hawaii, Christian Club, Rinse & Repeat @ Soda Bar
  • Los Lobos, Althea Grace @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • The Interrupters, Culture Abuse, Skating Polly @ The Observatory (SOLD OUT)
  • Emo Nite at Casbah presented by Emo Nite LA @ Casbah
  • Dinettes, Funky Thigh Collectors, Wicked Echoes @ Ken Club
  • San Diego Seals vs Colorado Mammoth @ Pechanga Arena
  • F#$%ing In The Bushes with DJs Dan Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds 
  • We Are Your Friends Indie Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Broadway SD presents CATS @ Civic Theatre
  • Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour @ Civic Theatre
  • Beyond My Afterlife, Alternate Era, ALPHA, Sociocide, Alexander the Great feat. QuincyDavis @ Soma
  • Sounds Cool Collective @ Bar Pink (9pm)
  • Soul Set with DJs Old Man Johnson and Grimm @ Bar Pink (11pm)
  • Erika Davies @ Panama 66
  • Metalachi, Spice Pistols @ Music Box
  • Resilience, Informal Society @ Tower Bar
  • Pseudo Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Thee Allyrgic Reaction, The Pynnacles, The Loons @ Black Cat Bar
  • Clinton David @ Grand Ol BBQ & Asado Flinn Springs (5-8pm)
  • Yob, Monolord, Nebula Drag @ Brick By Brick (SOLD OUT)
  • Bastard Noise, Secret Fun Club, and Those Darn Gnomes, Happy Pill Trauma, Speculum @ The Bancroft
  • PSL Fundraiser: The Blank Minds, Creature Culture @ Che Cafe
  • Clean Cut Hippies, Greasy Wheels, Erick Taylor and the Vibes @ Lestat's
  • Grateful Shred @ Winston's
  • Rachel Horter @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Takilma @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Pacific Dub 2019 Spring Tour, The Good Tones, Seranation @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Sully & The Souljahs @ The Kraken
  • Boogieman Presents Rollin' Wit Tha Funk Vol.3 No.2 @ Space
  • Rumors - An 80’s New Wave Synthpop Dance Night @ Manhattan Bar
  • DMX - 20 Year Anniversary Tour - It's Dark and Hell is Hot @ House of Blues
  • Convergence/Convergencia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Rock En Espanol with Zenith @ Border X Brewing
  • Gaby Aparicio + La Buena Onda @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Zig Zags, Hell Fire, Mick's Jaguar @ Pour House
  • Gone Blonde @ Pour House (5pm)  
  • The Brain Ghosts, Swiss Rolls, Flower Animals, The Fogels @ The Merrow
  • Janice, Nathan & Tony @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Custard Pie @ Wildwood Crossing
  • After Hours w/DJs EdROC & Ayla Simone @ The Office 
  • Six String Outlaws @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Lao New Year Event @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Freeman @ U-31
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Matthew Frederick @ Sunshine Brooks Theatre
  • Howling Giant, Mortar, Vedic, Aunt Cynthias Cabin @ Salty Frog
  • JD Crawford Band @ Renegade
  • Full Strength Funk @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Sue Palmer @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Cold Craft, Side Hustle @ Navajo Live
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • Get Groovin Band, DJ Pocket @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • The Journeymen, DJ Pocket @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Now & Later with DJ Artistic @ El Dorado
  • Angelz @ Bang Bang
  • Night Howls and Dead Perennials @ Moose Lodge
  • Mirco Caruso with Fraud, Eskuche, Matt Egbert @ Spin
  • Crankdat @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Karma @ Parq
  • Digital Cocoon with Red Sonya @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, April 20, 2019:
  • 49th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration @ Chicano Park
  • Big Thief, Lomelda @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)
  • Bayked 2019 with Rick Ro$$, Gramatik, Brasstracks, Boostive @ Embarcadero Marina Park North
  • Night Beats, Cosmonauts, Wild Wild Wets @ Casbah 
  • Museum School Fundraiser - Pinback, El Ten Eleven, The Color Forty Nine, John Reis and Rob Crow @ Music Box
  • Imagery Machine's 2nd Annual 4/20 Smokeout: The Gooch Palms, Future Human, The Anodynes @ Soda Bar
  • Michael McDonald @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Fiends, 13 Wolves, Good Time Girl @ Ken Club
  • David Gleason Trio @ Grand Ol BBQ & Asado Flinn Springs (1-4pm)
  • Alvino & The Dwells @ Grand Ol BBQ & Asado Flinn Springs (5-8pm)
  • Broadway SD presents CATS @ Civic Theatre
  • Freedom Rider: An Art Blakey Centennial Celebration @ Symphony Hall
  • Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour @ Civic Theatre
  • Harpeth Rising @ Museum of Making Music 
  • The Danger Field Record Release with Fishing For Chips @ Bar Pink (8pmm)
  • Neon Beat @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds 
  • Joe Rogan 4:20 @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Erik Santos @ Oak Room at Viejas Casino 
  • 80s vs 90s with DJ Saul Q & Gabe Vega @ Whistle Stop
  • Division Final: San Diego Sockers @ Pechanga Arena
  • The JW Trio+2 @ Dizzy's
  • Ritual Veil, Kontravoid, Mannequin, The Passengers, DJ Deadmatter @ Space
  • Bump with Dazzla, Shige, and guests @ Blonde
  • Clinton Davis @ Panama 66
  • Conjunto Afro-son Album Release Party @ Queen Bee's
  • La Diabla @ Manhattan Bar
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (5pm)
  • Custard Pie @ Pour House (9pm)  
  • Vista Kicks, Fashion Jackson, Hate Drugs, Arms Akimbo, Derek Ted, The Aquadolls, Breakup Shoes, Sea Moya, The Jacks, Bad Kids@ Che Cafe
  • The Elements In Ballet0 Escondido Recreation Ballet Recital @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Convergence/Convergencia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Plot In You, Like Moths to Flames, Dayseeker, Limbs, Plus Guest @ SOMA
  • The Hiroshima Mockingbirds, The Touchies, The Havnauts @ Black Cat Bar
  • Julia Michaels, Corey Harper @ House of Blues
  • Seether @ The Events Center, Harrah's SoCal Resort SoCal 
  • Eric Michael Krop in "ABCs: A tribute to Adele, Barbra, Celine and more!" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Chinese Rocks, Shit Coffins, RAAG @ Tower Bar
  • Plane Without a Pilot @ Himmelberg's
  • Whiskey & Cheese @ Seven Grand
  • Gold Souls @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Midnight Nightmare, Mechanical Manson @ Bancroft Bar
  • Earth Day R&B Block Party @ Quartyard
  • Subspecies, Creature Culture, Suburban Park @ Lestat's
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Rachel Horter @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Underground Lounge @ Winston's (2pm) 
  • Little Life Crisis @ Winston's (5pm)
  • GrooveSession and Joe Marcinek Band Presented by "The Osprey Nest" @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Original Stylin' 420 @ Til-Two Club
  • Wacken Metal Battle San Diego—Round 2: Defixion, Gravespell, Monarch, Murder of Five, Sociocide, Theosis @ Brick By Brick
  • The Fallbrook Kid @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Dr. Sketchy's (Anti) Art School  @ The Merrow (3pm)
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & Heminguey @ The Office
  • Rosa’s Cantina @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Frankie T and the Triple B @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • United Country @ Renegade
  • Crawford vs Khan || DJ Nvious @ U-31
  • Sleepwalkers, Mercedes Moor, Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • The Verge, DJ Moniq @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Trevor McSpadden, DJ Moniq @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • BK Lounge with Billie Knight, Tone Capone, Dub-B @ El Dorado
  • Svdden Death @ Bassmnt
  • Lost Desert @ Bang Bang
  • Overdrive with Lucas Flamefly + Techniche @ Spin
  • I-90 @ Navajo Live 
  • AUF Presents: Umbrella Nights #3 w/ Michi @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
Sunday, April 21, 2019:
  • Mdou Moctar, Marisa Anderson @ Casbah
  • Brent Cowles, grampadrew @ Soda Bar
  • Fanclub, Battery Point, Bad Kids, Hug @ Space
  • Clinton Davis @ Sycamore Den
  • The Walter Brothers @ Panama 66
  • Broadway SD presents CATS @ Civic Theatre
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds 
  • Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour @ Civic Theatre
  • Mudd Fest 2019 ft. Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Tantric, Saving Abel @ House of Blues 
  • Folk Arts Rare Records @ Whistle Stop (4pm)
  • Nightmarathons, Corporate Citizen, Midnight Block @ Tower Bar
  • Jerry "Hotrod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues (10am & 1pm)
  • PG.99, Majority Rule, HIRS and portrayal of guilt @ Che Cafe
  • Rat Sabbath with DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Convergence/Convergencia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Kimba Light live @ Queen Bee's
  • Trevor McSpadden @ Grand Ol BBQ & Asado Flinn Springs (1-5pm)
  • Smokey Hoof @ Winston's (5pm)
  • The Playground Monday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • Spectrum - A Diverse Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Taryn Donath @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Anna Zinova and Pinkeye @ Pour House  
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Ufomammut, Belzebong, Deep Sea Thunder Beast @ Brick By Brick
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Deep Tech Residents @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday with DJ Non-Profit, Ras Hi-C, Miss Silka @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Yard Dog @ Navajo Live 
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Almost Famous Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Sunday Groove with The Professor and Juni Flo @ El Dorado

Monday, April 22, 2019:
  • Ben Kweller, Mainman, Modern Love Child @ Casbah 
  • Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Johnny Deadly Trio @ Soda Bar
  • The Playground Monday Night Dance Party @ The Merrow
  • Donny Finnell Jazz Band @ Bar Pink
  • Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour @ Civic Theatre
  • San Diego Strike Force vs Arizona Rattlers @ Pechanga Arena
  • Motown On Mondays @ The Office
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Blue Monday -Dark '80s Night with Aaron Wallace & DJ Camilla Robina @ Blonde
  • Jason Mann @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Andy and Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Palmer Anthony @ The Field Irish Pub
  • Strictly Acoustic @ Navajo Live
  • Nathan James @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Live Prize Trivia @ Pour House
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Trivia @ Bancroft Bar
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31

Friday, April 12, 2019

San Diego County Fair Announces Live Music Lineup

This week, San Diego County Fair announced the full San Diego County Fair concert lineup. This year's fair runs May 31-July 4 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June) Check out the full press release after the jump. 

Record Store Day: Saturday, April 13

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 9-Monday, April 15, 2019

These listings are PACKED and I didn't even include Couchella. Between Escalera Fest and Record Store Day activities this weekend, there's so much to look forward to. Last week, we laid low as much as we still with a cough, my dog with her sprained leg, and Darren with his cracked rib were kind of a pathetic bunch. Still, I had a big Wednesday with a little Fiesta Island action with Darren and Fi, and after shot Bad Suns at the Observatory, caught Low Cut Connie at Casbah, and had a little after-show fun at Blonde. Thursday was a big work day and chill family evening, where our only big adventure was walking to Vons instead of driving, and Friday we enjoyed the Multicultural Food Fest at Nova's school, and by night Darren and I went to see Girlpool, Hatchie (pictured above), and Kitten, and closed the night down at Ken Club. I worked at the NP Festival of Beers on Saturday, we tried out Sister Ray's for the first time (the burgers are amazing, but the chili-cheese fries are where it's at), and on Sunday we hung out with my parents to celebrate their 49th Anniversary. Monday is my day to compile all of these listings (which keep growing and growing) but we did adventure to the La Jolla Seals to gawk over all the sweet little pups while Nova was as soccer practice. This week's agenda is a little over-committed, so I might have to trim it, but right now it looks like I'll be going to Volta, the Gulls game, JS Ondara, The Messthetics, the Seals game, Nova's futsal game, John Vanderslice, and Kero Kero Bonito, plus we're still trying to circle back to the desert and the Zoo, which has extended hours through April 21st for Yaycation.  Listings for all this madness are after the jump.

This Week: La Escalera Fest Ocho

I had to kinda dig around to find the info for La Escalera Fest Ocho, which takes over several bars this weekend including The Office, Tower Bar, Bar Pink, Soda Bar, Spaec, and Moustache in Tijuana, so I thought I'd share the actual poster with all the time breakdowns. For tickets and more information, go here. I imagine any last minute cancellations or such will be posted on their Facebook page. And if you're going, please do yourself a favor and walk or catch a rideshare. We don't need a bunch of drunk punks on Jump bikes or Lime Scooters breaking skulls and getting DUIs.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

4.20 House Show: Band Argument | Pregnant | Glow! | Chorduroy

Though there are many events happening on 4/20, considering checking out the Band Argument/Pregnant/Glow!/Chorduroy house show.

Members of local band Chorduroy have recently renovated their living room to include a full stage for artists to perform on. After Chorduroy, Glow! takes the stage. Glow! are a relatively new band on the scene, but are making a name for themselves. They only have one song out, but it showcases the potential that they have for future endeavors. Their single, "If It Were Me", welds together Strokes-esque rock form laden with jazzy chords reminiscent of Steve Lacy. After Glow! comes Pregnant, an esteemed experimental rock group from Sacramento spearheaded by D'niel Trudeau. Their latest full length, Duct Tape, is an adventurous and cosmic record that reads as tonally interesting / dense as an Animal Collective or Ariel Pink record. Aaaand they're even better live! Finishing off the night is Band Argument, a local band on the rise who have set out to fuse DIY rock-aesthetics with trigger-happy MIDI carnage. For fans of Palm, Guerrilla Toss, Deerhoof... In between sets, DJ COLDPIZZA will be improvising self described "portal music" with analog instruments such as a 909 drum machine.

Event Page

All Ages
6:00 Doors
April 20, 2019
5209 Hewlett Dr, San Diego, CA 92115-1108, United States

*flyer not updated

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, April 2-Monday, April 8, 2019

The other day I read an article about a guy who intentionally wrote fake news and while fascinating and infuriating, the first sentence left me a little stunned.
Jestin Coler seems like your run-of-the-mill middle-aged guy.
The 42-year-old lives on a quiet street in a Los Angeles suburb with his wife and two kids.
Wait, back up. 42 is middle-aged? That's my age, and I definitely don't think of myself as middle-aged, nor do I feel that way. But I guess in a purely mathematical sense it's accurate. But lately I've been feeling younger than ever. We're hiking and walking a ton, checking out favorite spots and discovering new ones, and I've just been trying to lead a less vampire-y life. So last week we went out to Slot Canyon in Ocotillo Wells, except I went out to the Office afterward, and maybe it wore me down because then I was sick for the rest of the week. On top of that, my dog sprained her leg and Darren broke a rib at soccer, so we didn't really do much the rest of the week as we all convalesced, until I had to work at the Irenic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We did get out for a few hours on Saturday we did go to Balboa Park in the morning for Nova's first futsal game then back a couple hours later for a kiddo's birthday party.
This week I'll be downing the Airborne™, shooting Bad Suns at the Observatory, seeing Girlpool at the Casbah, and then hopefully back to healthy enough to get some sunshine.
Full listings through Monday are after the jump.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Rosey's Read and Watch List 3.29.2019

I start these little lists and stockpiles and then it's already two weeks later and the world has already moved on, so I'm posting even though some of it is already barely relevant anymore. Still, catch my read and watch list after the jump. I've got a couple more superbloom posts to get up, but in the meantime, here's a simple pic from just by the MTRP Visitor's Center.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wonderfront Is Coming To The Port of San Diego!!

Last week, many of us woke up to a surprise when we saw George Varga's U-T announcing a new festival in San Diego. You can read  his full article here but if you're like me and can't get past the paywall, here's the SoundDiego story about the same event with info on organizers, bookers, and venues.

In a nutshell, the event will take place November 22-24th, 2019 across numerous Waterfront venues and locations with aligned after-parties, including South and North Embarcadero Parks, 5th Avenue Landing, Ruocco Park, Broadway Pier, Seaport Village and more. Organizers are also boasting a 'something-for-everyone' lineup with at least 50 acts already booked. Ticket prices will start at $225 for weekend passes, with lineup announcements expected in April and tickets available sometime in May.

Check out their official site and sign-up for their newsletter here:

The full Wonderfront press release is after the jump:

Tragedy Cancels Sold Out Soda Bar Show With Her's

Tonight's sold out show at Soda Bar with Her's is cancelled.

It is being reported that the band, while travelling toward California from Arizona, were involved in a fatal car collision which left 4 people dead; Her's members Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading and their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson, as well as the driver of the Nissan pickup. Information about the collision can be found here. The band had performed at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix and were driving west through the night for their Wednesday night gig in Santa Ana at the Constellation Room. The collision happened just after 1am. The collision site was about an hour and 45 minutes into what would've been approximately a 5 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix, demonstrating the perils of exhaustion, impairment, and dangers of the road.

The band had just come off a successful run at South By Southwest and were showing great promise on their second US tour. As the news trickles out, no doubt the loss will have a ripple effect among the music community and fans. A statement from their label is below, as well as a performance from SXSW.

More on the story at NME, Billboard, Consequence of Sound and possibly the last photo taken of them here as well as lots of IG tributes and photos here. Even more links: Paste, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum

Update: Besides Her's members Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, the Minneapolis music community is reeling from this news. Tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson was a well known soundtech and TM in the Minneapolis area at venues like Icehouse, The Hook and Ladder, and First Avenue, and leaves behind a wife and two young sons. His friends and family have a GoFundMe page here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 26-Monday, April 1, 2019

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Another week and the poppies that haven't yet been trampled aren't gonna be around much longer. Still, it was a great week. I mentioned going to a Gorilla Birthday Party, and that afternoon, we went to the Japanese Friendship Garden for the Cherry Blossom Festival. On Wednesdays I have soccer duty, so I dropped Nova off and enjoyed Fiesta Island Dog Park with Ficus which is having a superbloom of its own.
On Thursday, I went to Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Frankie and the Witch Fingers at the Casbah which was a super fun show, then went to see Pkew Pkew Pkew at Tower Bar. On Friday, I took Nova and my nieces to the Seals Lacrosse game, (courtesy of the Krimston family), and on Saturday I went to the field shooting portion of my Mission Trails photography class. That night we went to see Mike Doughty at Soda Bar and then I ran around with Jake, but it seemed like a shit show everywhere we went. My Sunday and Monday were pretty much me trying to catch up with work and bingeing on my shows and I didn't get out of the house much, save for lunch at Yak & Yeti and picking up some holds at the library. This week I'm planning on going to Music Box on Thursday, then I'll be working at the Irenic on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We're hoping to get to Anza Borrego but we'll see if we can pull it off. Listings through Monday are after the game.

Monday, March 25, 2019

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Joanne The Gorilla Turned 5!

Another 'field trip' I treated myself to was at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park last Tuesday. I got an email that Joanne the gorilla had turned 5 years old and they were having a birthday party for her.

Joanne—named in honor of Joanne Warren, the first chairwoman of the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global—was born March 12, 2014 at the Safari Park’s Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital. Due to complications during mother Imani’s labor, she was born via a rare emergency C-section. Joanne spent 11 days in the hospital before being reunited with her mother and the other members of her gorilla troop. Since then, she’s made a full recovery and can be seen interacting with 2-year-old Leslie and 7-year-old Monroe on a daily basis.
Safari Park animal care staff said now that she is a juvenile, Joanne will have a new job to do. She must learn her new role and how she fits into the troop’s social dynamics.
“Each gorilla’s status in the troop is an important one, for a variety of reasons,” said Peggy Sexton, lead mammal keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Whereas infants can get away with anything, juveniles are held to a higher standard.” 

The gorillas were super active as they opened boxes and bags, tore down decorations, hunted for peanut butter treats and other snacks, and played with their ice cake full of fruits and vegetables. We usually do afternoons at Safari Park, but I have to say going in the mroning was pretty fun, even though we had to dodge a thousand strollers and school field trips. There are a ton of babies at the park right now if you haven't been in awhile, and over the weekend, Butterfly Jungle opened and runs through Sunday, May 12, so there are lots of reasons to renew your annual membership and get to the park.

La Jolla Seals Pupping Season In Full Swing

It's really easy for me to fall into habits of being a homebody, so I've been trying extra hard to give myself little field trips during the week or find fun things to do when I take Nova to soccer. Each year, I try to visit the La Jolla Seals at least a few times during pupping season, so I decided to hit the beach last week. The Seal Conservancy has counted over 50 new pups born this season, and their recent newsletter was a reminder that two permits are going to come up before the California Coastal Commission this year, one is to save the winter beach closure during pupping season (permit #6-14-0691 A1) and the other is to keep the viewing guideline rope up (permit #6-15-0223 A20) for the 7 non-pupping season months. Sadly, I also saw a deceased pup on the beach, which is a reminder that they're so fragile and why it is so important that we give these beautiful mammals the space and protection they need. A handful of pics are after the jump.

Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth to drop "In The Cut"

I was super excited to get a press release about super-talent and one of my BFFs, Jake Najor. The full release is after the jump, but the long story short is that "Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth's new LP In The Cut will be released on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats on March 29th via The Redwoods Music." You can pre-order it here. Additionally, you can see Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth at the record release party on Saturday, March 30th at Vinyl Junkies Record Shack at 3pm. Of course, that's a free event and all ages. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

KAABOO 2019 Lineup

KAABOO announced their 2019 lineup last Thursday and I'm barely getting around to posting it. What can I say? I've been busy.

KAABOO has sold out for the past couple years and the internet gets flooded with fake tickets, so if you wanna go, you should suck it up and buy your tickets sooner rather than later. KAABOO takes place September 13-15 at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Tickets are available at

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Photos: Metric at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, March 5, 2019

I'm a little embarrassed to say this, but since I had to recreate passwords for basically every account I have on the internet, I was looking at and realized I have 189 blog post drafts. That means over 189 posts that I started and never shared. Ugh. So you might notice a lot of posts being published of really old stuff from the archives that I never got around to sharing. After losing an entire drive at some point last year and losing my phone last week, I guess I'm just feeling more inclined to archive some things in a place where they won't be least for now.

So a few weeks I got to shoot Metric at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. It was kind of an ordeal because if you remember, it was raining that night. I had interviewed the band before when they opened for Imagine Dragons at Viejas, and I'd seen them at House of Blues and a couple other times in the past, and I love them so much. Lots of photos after the jump.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 19-Monday, March 25, 2019

I had such a different kinda week last week. After I stupidly lost my phone on Sunday I was in a bit of a funk- feeling like an idiot and being angry and embarrassed at the same time. So when Monday came around, I was happy to have the task of live-tweeting the Music Awards so I could focus my attention elsewhere. By Tuesday, my new phone arrived and I spent most of the day setting up all my apps and stuff. The rest of the week stayed pretty low key. On Wednesday, I took Nova to her school's talent show, on Thursday I took an awesome photography class at Mission Trails and went to Darren's soccer game, and Friday, we went to Flinn Springs County Park to hike around and explore with the dog on the hunt for Painted Ladies, which seem to be everywhere but impossible to photograph. On Saturday I sold merch for Rhett Miller at Soda Bar, and on Sunday, Nova and I ran around, still on our hunt for butterflies, and ended up walking around the pond at Hendrix Park in Scripps Ranch and then Lake Miramar. That night, Darren and I went to the Casbah to see Moon Hooch and had a blast, and on Monday we went to see the seals in La Jolla while Nova was at soccer. This week should be pretty chill, too, though I guess I've taken myself off restriction so you might catch me out and about. Full listings through Monday are after the jump.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Birch Aquarium Announces 2019 Green Flash Season Lineup

Earlier this week, Birch Aquarium announced their summer Green Flash concert lineup. I haven't been to a show there in a few years, but it is undoubtedly one of the most stunning places to see a show. They set up a stage literally on top of the outdoor tipepools as the crowd filters around the space overlooking the Pacific. Pro tip: the parking is not super close, so save your heels for a special occasion and dress like you'll be standing outside at a concert for at least a couple hours, plus hiking up or downhill, depending on how early you arrive. This year's lineup includes Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Wild Child, Pine Mountain Logs & Venice, The Mother Hips, and Venice. The full press release and ticket details are after the jump.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Photos: Sharon Van Etten at Observatory, 2.28.2019

I wrote about an old Sharon Van Etten experience at Habitat House for SoundDiego and then had the super pleasure of seeing her at the Observatory on February 28th. Life happens, so unfortunately I wasn't able to catch the opener and I really wanted Darren there, but he had a soccer game at the same time. So it was just me, flying solo, loving the show. At the beginning of the year, she dropped her first record since 2014, Remind Me Tomorrow, and mixed up a handful of new cuts with her old favorites. Additionally, she'll return to her role as Rachel on Netflix's The OA when the second season comes back on March 22nd. Lots of photos after the jump.  

San Diego Music Awards 2019: Winners

I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 San Diego Music Awards on Monday night. I also had the pleasure of live-tweeting the whole thing for SoundDiego, which in retrospect, maybe I should've done as a thread? At any rate, I didn't have a chance to post much of anything yesterday, but I promised I'd share this year's winners.

You can also find the list at the official site, but I decided to post them in the order they were announced instead. When you look at it from this perspective, it makes it interesting, because while many of the performers found themselves winning the award announced immediately after their performances, it wasn't the case with everyone. So, for example, Veronica May and Casey Hensley both performed and won their categories, but the rest of the performers did not--but they're still winners in our book!!

I didn't get to schmooze nearly as much as I would've liked as I was confined to my Chromebook the whole night, but the performances were pretty great, starting with Ariel Levine and closing with Planet B, and Veronica May, Shane Hall, Casey Hensley, Vokab Company, and the Redwoods Revue all getting stage time. Of course, the event sold out with the promise of a Jason Mraz performance, which was actually some Java Joe All-Stars who wrote a special tribute to Jave Joe Flammini, with lots of allusions to smoking weed in the parking lot behind Java Joe's and the years the venue was a staple in its various locations. It was definitely a fun night and the after party at the Casbah was raging, too, but this old lady was tuckered and had to call it an early night. Full winners below and list of original nominees are after the jump.

Winners (in order of presentation)

Best Indie/Alternative – Aviator Stash
Best New Artist – The Havnauts
Best Local Recording - The Havnauts- Go For It! 
Best Country or Americana – Blind Mountain Holler
Best Pop Album - Veronica May-Teaser
Best World Music Album – The Amalgamated– Premium Quality 
Best Jazz – Euphoria Brass Band
Best Blues Album - Whitney Shay- A Woman Rules The World
Best Singer/Songwriter – Evan Diamond
Best Rock Album – Electric Mud– Highway Refugees 
Best Country or Americana Album - Berkley Hart- While the Night is Still Young
Best World Music – B-Side Players
Best Blues – Casey Hensley
Best Jazz Album - Mattson 2- A Love Supreme

 Lifetime Achievement Award – “Java” Joe Flammini

Best Rock - Schizophonics
Best Indie/Alternative Album - The Frights- hypochondriac
Best Hip Hop/Rap – Parker Meridien
Best Live Performer - Schizophonics
Best Pop – Mittens
Best Hip Hop or Rap Album - Parker Meridien– Twenty First Street Sessions
Song of the Year - Hot Snakes– Six Wave Hold Down
Artist of the Year – Whitney Shay
Album of the Year –Hot Snakes– Jericho Sirens 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 11-Monday, March 18, 2019

I feel like a little bit of an overachiever, but over the weekend I realized I'd be spending Sunday between the Casbah for the comedy of Kate Berlant and the Music Box for Better Obliovion Community Center and then all evening on Monday at the San Diego Music Awards, so I spent my Saturday night watching Leaving Neverland and working on this week's listings. So today, you get them on Monday. You're welcome. Truthfully, I'm not really an overachiever...I still have a few shows worth of photos to post and such, but I'll get them up sooner or later. Last week was a good one...I caught Beirut on Monday, Metric on Tuesday, and worked for Mudhoney on Friday. Full listings from Monday to Monday are after the jump.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Rosey's Read & Watch List

Last weekend, we checked out the San Diego Bird Festival, presented by the Audobon. The wild parrots made an appearance and made me envious of the multiple-thousand dollar lenses being showcased just inside the exhibit hall. Here are some of the things I've been watching and reading the past ccouple weeks, after the jump.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, March 5-Monday, March 11, 2019

We had such a good week. As I mentioned, my favorite uncle was in town so we had a lot of nice family time and dinners out, and convinced him to stretch his stay through Friday, just to get a little more time with him. It was also Darren's birthday which, like most guys, he didn't really want to celebrate but there was still lots of cake. I love cake. I got to check out Sharon Van Etten on Thursday, and Darren and I went to Men I Trust on Friday. On Saturday, Nova and I ran around town, hit up the Audobon's Bird Festival in Marina Village, cruised around Fiesta Island then we were invited to see the San Diego Seals Lacrosse game at Pechanga Arena, which was a blast. Loud AF, but really fun. On Sunday, we took the dog back to Fiesta Island to take advantage of how awesome and green it is right now, then we worked at the Irenic for Waxahatchee which was a another great show to close the weekend, then saw Beirut at the Observatory. This week I'll be catching Metric at OAT, Mudhoney at the Casbah, and the SDMA's at the Casbah. I'll probably sprinkle a couple extra shows to fill out the week. Listings through Monday are after the jump. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, February 26-Monday, March 4, 2019

Man, it was so frustrating to get so much local snow at such low elevations and just not have the opportunity to go play in it. But it was a good week overall. My uncle drove from Indiana, so we've been getting some family time together. On Thursday, I went to SoundDiego Live to catch SeaBase and Alex Lilly, but cut out early because I didn't want to miss Houses, who kicked off their first tour in six years at Soda Bar. Totally worth it though still always sad to miss Kolars. On Friday, I got to shoot Kingsbury, Talos, and Aurora at the Observatory, then met up with Darren to go to the Casbah but only arrived for King Tuff's final song of the night. Some people wish headliners started earlier; I'm bummed when they go on before 11. On Saturday Nova had her end of the year soccer party so we laid low that night and Sunday was a TV and pajamas kind of day as we watched the Oscars. Nova's new soccer team has started practicing, so it looks like we'll get back into a more regular routine again. This week, I'm hoping to catch Sharon Van Etten, Men I Trust, Transfer, and I'll work at the Waxahatchee show. Then Monday, if I can stay on goal, I'll get to see Beirut at Observatory. Listings through Monday are after the jump. I'll try to update CRSSD if they breakdown their days without having to download their app.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Balboa Park Update: Plaza De Panama Jacobs' Plan is Dead!!

I've been working and compiling and digging through photos for this one for a week, so I'm obviously not reporting breaking news, but last week was a momentous week for San Diego. The Jacobs Plan ("Plaza de Panama Plan")--which included cutting into the Cabrillo Bridge and creating a bypass bridge to a to-be-constructed parking garage--was declared dead. Technically, there was a whole bunch of hemming and hawing that it's on hiatus, that fundraising has ceased, that the major donors had pulled out, that construction expenses exploded, that SOHO and other lawsuits were to blame. The way I see it, SOHO should take credit. Balboa Park Heritage Association and Balboa Park lovers like David Lundin should take credit. Everyone who attended Council meetings, planning meetings, took to social media, called their Councilmembers, wrote Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor at all the local rags against this horrific plan-- we should all be CELEBRATING and TAKING CREDIT

There were so many things wrong with the plan, not least of all adding a PAID PARKING GARAGE to Balboa Park. Did you think they'd leave all the remaining spots free? People cringe at the mention of Bob Filner, but he was fundamental in getting rid of the Museum of Art lot, throwing down some paint and bollards and patio furniture, and it changed the park for the better. But in addition to this Jacobs plan already manipulating our reps and the aforementioned reasons, it would've removed the Alcazar lot and which is critical for disabled parking and the archery range, dozens of 100 year old trees, and there was all kind of not-quite-as-published information like allowing sponsored naming rights throughout the park and the fact that the City limited their input to $49 million dollars in bonds because any more would require a City-wide vote. Anyway, all that is dead. What a relief. What isn't dead is that the park still has an estimated $80-$120 million in DEFERRED MAINTENANCE. Where's that generosity of Mr. Jacobs and the Plaza de Panama Committee for that??   

Anyway, this is all good news for all of us. If you love the park, consider volunteering or donating or even just following the actions of Balboa Park Heritage Association, who are trying to prevent proposals like this by setting goals like changing the City Charter to ban paid parking in the park FOREVER and get a chunk of TOT (so-called Hotel Taxes) dedicated to all the deferred maintenance. You can also support Save Our Heritage Organisation, whose preservationists were instrumental in saving this beloved gem.

Here are a few of the articles that ran last week:

Voice of San Diego: The Plaza de Panama Plan Is on Hiatus

KPBS: Bids To Remake The Plaza De Panama Are $20M Higher Than Expected

KPBS: Halt To Plaza De Panama Revamp Frees Up $10 Million For Balboa Park

U-T: Balboa Park's no-car project is a no-go

CityBeat: The Plaza de Panama revamp is dead. Let’s keep it dead.

More after the jump.

Photos: Aurora, Talos, and Kingsbury at The Observatory, 2.23.2019

With San Diego's music scene constantly thriving, there are hundreds of shows I have to miss every year, but I also get the privilege to go to so many--and as it has it, sometimes more than one on any given night--and sometimes I get to go to shows that weren't necessarily on my radar, but I get nudged or turned on to it by a friend and after the show realizing how bummed I would have been to have missed it. Such was the case on Friday night when I went to the Observatory to see Aurora, Talos, and Kingsbury. It was such a mesmerizing show from start to finish, so much so I couldn't be pulled away when it went past 11pm and I knew I'd be missing King Tuff at the Casbah (though we made it in time for 1-1/2 songs and plenty of after show bevvies.

Friday started with Kingsbury, a "synth-pop princess" from LA, whose powerful voice had me thinking about powerful '80s women like Terri Nunn of Berlin or more currently, the sisters of Haim. She's super rad and made a pretty strong impression for the crowd of people filtering in during her set.

I had listened to Talos' latest record one time through before this show, and I was excited they turned out to be a 5-piece because one could imagine the sound being more synthesized or made with fewer players and more pre-tracked sounds. Instead, we got the fury of a full band, though heavily cloaked in hazers and complete backlight.

Headlining the night was Norway's Aurora. She came out in a layered chiffon dress that bounced around and itself was part of the show as she athletically jumped and twirled and made use of the entire stage given to her, after awhile kicking off her shoes and even later, pulling off her socks so she could be completely free. Her voice is stunning when she sings and super sweet when she's graciously thanking the crowd or explaining the context of a song. You should definitely watch her KEXP session and if she ever comes back this way, make it a priority to catch her live.  I'm a bit out of practice with the Canon, but check out some more pics after the jump.