Friday, July 19, 2019

Photos: More Comic-Con Fun

Gonna keep it super short because I'm still at home and have so much still to explore, but my day 2 of Comic-Con started really late. Like, really, really late, because you know, some of us still have work to do and stuff. Darren and I aimed at stopping at Salud before Con, but it was, as expected, packed, so instead we went to Border X Brewing and stumbled upon an event for Latina Geeks while we ate tacos. We kept it brief and he dropped me at the Hilton where I went to the FX Fearless Forum preview night. It was a small crowd, so we took advantage of the hosted bar and the walk-through experience which meant we skipped a whole slew of other things. But it was fine, Pyles went on his way after and I just cruised the activations which were mostly closed before deciding to still try to get in to the Rave of Thrones, despite being 2 hours late for the meetup time.

The security at Omnia were super cool to me and despite their 'no bag' rule, ushered me in a back entrance where I was behind the DJ booth as Kristian "Hodor" Nairn was music selector. That was fun and exciting but I only lasted about an hour before I made my way to the Ken Club for their anniversary/ska night.

Tonight, I'll wander until I have to work at Balboa Theatre then who knows where the night might take me? Tons of photos after the jump.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Notes from Comic-Con Preview Night

I was just reading a listicle from Pacific-- Top 10 cheap eats at Comic-Con this week-- and not only did it make me hungry, but it made me realize I forgot a couple things on my Comic-Con page this year, namely, my little map of downtown with some of my personal favorite spots (which I just quickly updated so I can get back downtown.)

Preview wrap up after the jump.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Final Notes Before Comic-Con 2019

I'll continue to add events and information to this site as I get it, but this was a final blast directly from the source, Comic-Con International. It was a note for media, so I cut out some of that stuff, but here's some relevant info for everyone. I left the preferred social media hashtags because those because those become really useful for searching social media. 


Information regarding the SDCC programming schedule can be found here and a list of our Special Guests along with their bios can be found here

Exhibit Hall

Information regarding our Exhibitors, including booth numbers and a location map can be found here

Getting Here

Once again, we offer a shuttle service to the San Diego Convention Center from 63 different locations! To view a map that shows the routes and stops please visit

Harbor Drive Closures

Happening again this year, the San Diego Convention Center, the City of San Diego, and the Port of San Diego have created a pedestrian-only experience during Comic-Con 2019.

HARBOR DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC (including bikes, scooters and skateboards) between First Avenue and Park Boulevard during Comic-Con, with the exception of shuttle buses and emergency vehicles. Cars will be screened.

Harbor Drive Closure Hours:

Wednesday, July 17 - 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, July 18 - 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday, July 19 - 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, July 20 - 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 21 - 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
*Harbor Drive will reopen to traffic outside of the hours listed above.

Official Comic-Con App

Sponsored by NBC, the App is an important tool to help you stay updated. Plus you can manage your own personalized schedules and favorite exhibitors!

Social Media

Please remember us kindly with the following “official” hashtags and indicators:

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 16-Monday, July 22, 2019- Comic-Con Edition

Comic-Con 2018
As I mentioned last week, I went ahead and did these listings last week so that I'd have everything listed and ready to go for Comic-Con, but as you can see, it's hard to keep our regular club events separated from Comic-Con stuff, so they're all blended here, but I have a ton more information on the Comic-Con page, which includes all of the activations and multi-day additional events. You can get to that page on full screen or on mobiles with the little pull-down triangle under the header. I had a really good week but I'll save it for another post so I can get these bad boys listed and put out into the world. I will say that my Con feels a little empty without the Wired party, so if you've got any events I should work into my schedule, just say the word. I'll be going to Dylan Leblanc for sure on Wednesday, and I'm working at Balboa Theatre on Friday and Saturday night, but the rest of my days and evenings are wide open.
Full listings through Monday are after the jump.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Watch: The Black Key's Trailer for "MasterCourse" (A Funny Or Die Production)

This weekend was full of bad news and it just keeps going from bad to worse on a national level, so this mockumentary/Master Class parody with The Black Keys made me laugh and it's worth a share. Don't forget The Black Keys will be back in San Diego on November 17th at Pechanga Arena with Modest Mouse and Shannon & the Clams.

And while we're talking Funny or Die, check out the short web series, Under A Rock with Tig Notaro if you haven't already. I know I haven't done a proper read/watch post but it's really because I got sucked into the vapid world of The Hills and did a full 6 season rewatch to get to The Hills: New Beginnings. And I'm reading a book but I'm not in love with it, so I've just been kinda stuck reading a few pages at a time before my eyes fall shut. But I'll get back to it.

KAABOO Releases Daily Lineup

For information on lineup and tickets, go to

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

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

Are you bored of my animal pics yet? Because it's all I've really been shooting lately. It was a pretty good week. I worked at the Irenic on Wednesday and afterward, Darren and I went for Korean BBQ at Handoo on Convoy. He had to work on 4th of July, so I packed a bag, caught the bus, and made my way to the Zoo, which ended up being amazing. The majority of people left by 7 so I wandered for a couple hours, watched the 8:40 parade, then caught the Skyfari right as the Big Bay Boom started and did a little roundtrip ride before they closed. After fireworks, Darren dropped me off at the Casbah for High Tide Society and picked me up when he was done working and it was a super fun night. Friday was a low-key recovery day, and then Saturday and Sunday I sold merch for Earthless at the Casbah. This week I did this week's listings and next week's concurrently, socheck out my 2019 Comic-Con page. Enjoy PRIDE this week and be careful out there.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Sunday: Inaugural Lady Brain Festival at Heritage Ranch, Carlsbad

I'm so sorry...I meant to post this earlier in the week so you could all score your early bird tickets, but better late than never, right?

Date: Sunday, July 7
Time: 12-7pm
Location: Heritage Ranch - 450 Quail Gardens Drive - Encinitas, CA 92024
Family Friendly: Free admission for children 12 and younger.

The event will feature music from 20 womxn-fronted musical acts (all of which include at least one Lady Brain member).

Listen Local Radio’s Cathryn Beeks and festival co-organizer is excited to bring the community a “multi-stage nonstop music festival featuring a plethora of genres and styles, all coming together to celebrate sisterhood.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the door.


Lady Stage (Full Bands)
12:30pm - Voxy
1:30pm - Lindsay White
2:30pm - Corina Rose
3:30pm - Gaby Aparicio
4:30pm -The Banduvloons
5:30pm - Becca Jay Band
6:30pm - Tori Roze & the Hot Mess

Brain Stage (Songwriters in the Round)
1pm - Mary Bee and Cici Artemisia
2pm - Ren Daversa and Carissa Schroeder
3pm - Mayzie Jean and Naiomi
4pm - Rosy Dawn and Chris Avetta
5pm - Astra Kelly and Heather Marie
6pm - Jessica Lerner and Marie Haddad

Additional activities and entertainment will include poetry readings by Lizzie Wann, interactive art stations, special guest performers, local vendors, and a kids zone. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Lady Brain Presents founder and festival co-organizer Lindsay White shared her motivation behind the festival and the Lady Brain Collective in general. “Our members are all about taking action to create opportunities where they don’t normally exist. Since male-fronted acts routinely get the lion’s share of festival bookings, we brought forth a festival that challenges those norms while celebrating intersectional Lady Brain talent that is inclusive of a range of ages, cultures, sexualities, and music genres.”

Lady Brain Presents is the public iteration of Lady Brain Collective, a local collaborative whose vision is to reject the notion that womxn-identifying artists must compete or hoard information in order to succeed in their respective fields. Lady Brain Collective believes that women are excellent at building communities, celebrating creativity, sparking inspiration, and taking care of each other. Based on the foundation of service, members openly and willingly offer their unique skills, knowledge, ideas, and talents to their fellow sisters in order to develop creative and collaborative opportunities for each other, thereby transforming the definition of what it means to be a successful artist. Lady Brain Collective supports each other through community gatherings such as Lady Brain Fest, members-only meet-ups, shared resources and online support, member-generated press, and more. To find out more, please visit

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Things To Do in San Diego: Thursday, July 4th-Monday, July 8, 2019

I decided to repost this weekend's listings because there were a few updates and I didn't want them buried under all my archive photos. It's such a gorgeous day in San Diego though, so I'm gonna shut down the laptop and head out to enjoy our fair city. Be safe out there, don't drink and drive, and be really nice and grateful and generous to Uber and Lyft drivers like Darren who are out there to pick you up and get you safely to your destination while missing out on their holiday with family and friends to be at your service.

4th of July Fireworks and Events

I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling a little less than celebratory this Independence Day. Nova's out of town so there's not that sense of urgency to do anything, really. But I know there's lots of fun to be had and Darren will be out working all day, so I'm gonna make the best of it. If you haven't made plans, last year we just had a little BBQ at home and made a last minute decision to catch the SDMTS Rapid to Waterfront Park. NBC has a list of fireworks and I'm sure every other news outlet does, too, I just wasn't up for compiling my own list this year. I will note, however, that the Cabrillo Monument is sold out, so don't head there. If you want to take public transit, fares are BOGO today! Which really does me no good since I'll be adventuring solo, but in case you wanna make your own beer crawl or fireworks adventure, that is a good option. And let's all pour one out for the infamous 2012 Big Bay Bust. Ah, good times.

Big Bay Boom
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 9:00pm

San Diego Bay
San Diego's biggest 4th of July Fireworks show takes over the San Diego Bay with four barges at different points. There are great viewing areas all along the bay for this annual event! Parking is free and plentiful at SDCCU Stadium as well as at other park-and-ride lots throughout the system.

Due to the Holiday, MTS will be operating a Sunday schedule. However, to accommodate the many thousands of people heading to the Big Bay Boom fireworks, the Trolley will be adding significant service on all three lines!

Remember, it's a major holiday so the FRIENDS RIDE FREE promotion is in effect. A friend may ride free with a fare-paying customer on all MTS routes on July 4, 2019.

Prime viewing locations are near the following stations:

County Center / Little Italy
Santa Fe Depot
America Plaza
Seaport Village
Convention Center
Gaslamp Quarter

Photos: Kero Kero Bonito @ Casbah, April 15, 2019

It might seem that the Casbah is a super intimate place to see Kero Kero Bonito, but we actually were able to take Nova to see them at the House of Blues Voodoo Room a while back, so two sold out shows at the Casbah were amazing but they're already movin' on up with their fall date at the Belly Up on November 1st. You should definitely grab your tickets now. Their shows are fun, energetic, interactive, and a little bit silly, and in dark times, I'm totally okay with that. Pics after the jump.

Photos: John Vanderslice @ Soda Bar, April 13, 2019

Some more pics from the past. John Vanderslice played Soda Bar on April 13th and he's such a lovely human. He'd more or less quit music for a while but was able to see his way out of a rough time and get back on the road. I don't know how often he'll tour or when he'll be back again, but I certainly hope I can always carve out a night to see him when he does. Pics after the jump.

Photos: JS Ondara, Cat Clyde @ Casbah, April 10, 2019

I can't promise today will be an all day posting day because I'm considering buying a bus pass and just cruising around the City today with no real destination, but I do want to post some of my old drafts that were never shared. Below are photos of J.S. Ondara who played an amazing and to capacity show at the Casbah in April. It was sad to find out at that time he'd already announced a fall tour without a San Diego date, but maybe he'll surprise us and join the Wonderfront lineup or some other bigger event that we're just not yet aware of. If you have the chance to see him, you definitely should, though his voice is so haunting, you might need the Kleenex. Photos of J.S. Ondara and stunning opener Cat Clyde are after the jump.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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

Apologies for not having these all ready to go on Tuesday but it was a busy week enjoying Nova before she bailed, and then Monday was like the kick-off to Comic-con press, so my inbox was overflowing and I just couldn't muster the energy to get them done. I have also started my Comic-Con guide so while I'll be adding things up to and during the big week, I hope to at least publish some of the basics before the end of the week. Last week we did the late night at Safari Park on Tuesday, and on Wednesday I worked at Soda Bar for Sons of an Illustrious Father, who were supporting Priests. On Thursday we went to Nighttime Zoo, Friday we hung out with my parents and had a late dinner at Piacere Mio while Nova had a sleepover and we spent Saturday at Balboa Park, finishing that night at the Zoo, too. And then she left on Sunday and we slept and chilled and watched a movie and some men's soccer and I went to the David Gray concert. So here are the listings through Tuesday and I've literally been online for 11 hours straight so don't expect to hear much from me on Wednesday. After the jump.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, July 2

Look, I know that I publish listings every week and I try to set them for Tuesdays at 6am but I just wasn't feeling it yesterday. So I'm just posting tonight's listings and will have all the rest of them tomorrow at 6am. It's a pretty slow week because of the holiday anyway, so you're not really missing out. In the meantime, here's my phone photo from that epic Saturday night sunset, taken from the San Diego Zoo's Skyfari.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 25-Monday, July 1, 2019

I mentioned I played soccer last week and I rolled my ankle a little, so I spent the rest of the week hobbling around, but it was still a great week. I got to go to Lucinda Williams at the Belly Up on Tuesday and on Wednesday me, Darren and Nova went to the Local Natives & Middle Kids show at the Observatory. I also snuck in a couple days babysitting and made it to SANDAG's Orange Bikeway Community Open House and Hearing on Thursday. On Friday, we went to Sea World for the Entercom summer kickoff night and then pretty much laid low and ran errands and binge watched The Society and Trinkets the rest of the weekend and went to the Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin performance at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Nova leaves this week, so we'll be trying to get in as much as we can including some Safari Park and Zoo action, maybe a beach day, and anything else we can squeeze in, presuming my ankle stops swelling up to a grapefruit every time I spend a couple hours walking on it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019:
  • An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt (solo/seated show), David Luning @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT
  • Silent, Hexa, DJ Justin Pearson @ Casbah
  • 91X Loudspeaker's Tim Pyles Presents Michael McGraw & The Tin Rattlers, Semisweet, Julia Sage @ The Merrow
  • Jon Walker (ex-Panic! at the Disco) + Mark Rose (Spitalfield) @ Soda Bar
  • Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar @ Civic Theatre
  • Tiki Tuesday with The Garners @ Bar Pink
  • Aly & AJ, Armors, Jena Rose @ The Observatory
  • Rachel Aldous and the Road Home @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (6:30pm)
  • Whitney Shay & The Hustle @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Karaoke @ Space
  • Sketch Party & Videodrome @ Whistle Stop
  • Techno Tuesdays with Nocturne & Techit Easy @ Blonde
  • Metal Jam featuring Graveyard Witch and Mezzoa @ Winston's (6-8:30 pm)
  • Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin with Lunar Hand and Puerto @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Family Loteria @ Border X Brewing
  • Karaoke Night @ The Rabbit Hole
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Line Dance Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • James Spaite, Savs, and Julianna Zachariou @ Normal Heights United Methodist Church
  • Miss Rayon (pdx ), Contact, jinx, kan kan @ Che Cafe
  • Music Videos @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Night Shift with DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House
  • Beer Pong @ U-31
  • The Bayou Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Live Jam Session @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Flip Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live
  • Trivia By The Pier @ 710 Beach Club
  • Open Open Mic Night with Ash Foster @ El Dorado
Wednesday, June 26, 2019:
  • Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Mini Mansions, Alexandra Savior @ Casbah
  • Priests, Sons Of An Illustrious Father, Blood Ponies @ Soda Bar
  • Coheed & Cambria, Mastodon: The Unheavenly Skye Tour, Every Time I Die @ Park at the park, Petco Park  
  • Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Earl Sweatshirt, Thundercat @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Picture Party Presents: At The Park Where It All Began @ Park At the Park, Petco Park (4pm, Free) 
  • Best Teef In The Game Afterparty with Free Nationals & more @ Music Box
  • Death Cab for Karaoke @ The Office
  • Pop 2000 Tour with Lance Bass @ Corona Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Bowzer and Johnny Contardo @ Ballast Point Paddock Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Matchbox Twenty Too @ Coors Light Rock On Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Twilight Concerts - Devotion Dance Band @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (6:30pm)
  • Adapt's Summer Sounds Benefit ft. Stepping Feet, Ryan Hiller, Rhythm and Rude @ Belly Up
  • Lord Howler, Aether X @ Bar Pink
  • riff City Comedy Live with Jermaine Fowler (Sorry To Bother You), Marc Takemiya, Gavin Matts, Rosebut Baker, Tatiana Cwiklinski @ Whistle Stop
  • Hellmarch, Vomito Podrigo, Blood Angel @ The Merrow
  • Wild Country Wednesday @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Out in the Dark. All punk. All night. @ Space (No Cover)
  • San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard Release Party @ Park & Rec
  • Be Your Own Banana Theatre Co presents Bogman @ Lestat's
  • Boss Jazz with Jason Hanna & Friends @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Stephen El Rey @ Seven Grand
  • The Jazz Pockets @ Tio Leo's
  • KSON Country DJ @ Renegade
  • Alden Haala @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House
  • Club Kingston Presents: Babylon Rockers, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Wednesday Trivia @ Rabbit Hole
  • Janet Hammer & Nathan Fry @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • The Moneymen Band @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Becca Jay Band, Plunderbund @ Navajo Live
  • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Live Music @ Henry's Pub
  • Clapton Hook @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • NAW San Diego 10 Year Anniversary @ Bang Bang
  • Office Hours with The Professor @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club

Thursday, June 27, 2019:
  • Okkervil River, Christian Lee Hudson @ Casbah
  • Rooney - "Break The Wall" 20th Anniversary Tour @ Soda Bar
  • Tennessee Sons, Ted Marengos @ Bar Pink (9:30m)
  • Warish, Featherstone, Deathchant @ Belly Up
  • Kesha @ The Events Center, Harrah's SoCal Resort 
  • 91X Inspired By Music Series: Half*Alive, Inspired and The Sleep  @ Music Box
  • Battery Point, Good Time Girl, The Chonks (LA), Blankouts @ San Diego Content Partners 
  • Lindsey Stirling @ Corona Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Belly Up Blues and Americana Music Festival @ Coors Light Rock On Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Rickie Lee Jones @ Showcase Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Who's Bad @ Ballast Point Paddock Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Leikeli47 w/ Special Guests [Presented By The Travelers Club] @ The Irenic
  • Creeping Death, Fuming Mouth,  R.O.C., Languish @ Space
  • Deep Tech presents Harvard Bass @ Blonde
  • Killer Queen @ Balboa Theatre
  • Kelly McGarry presents Left on Everest, Strange Crew, Digital Bath (Deftones Tribute), WYO the Band, Radd Company (Tribute to Bad Company) @ House of Blues
  • Amina Figarova Sextet @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Film Fan Movie Trivia @ Bar Pink (7pm)
  • Twilight Concerts - Bump City Brass @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion (6:30pm)
  • Be Your Own Banana Theatre Co presents Bogman @ Lestat's
  • Art Disposal, The Tale, Bitter Kiddos @ The Merrow
  • Boomboxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Fish and The Seaweeds @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • DJ Chuck AKA Big Country @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Let's Talk about the Equality Act! | HRC San Diego Connect Event @ Park & Rec (5:30pm)
  • Immortal Synn @ Tower Bar
  • Mainsail, All Is Fair, The Pilots @ Himmelberg's
  • Karaoke with Greg @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Eliza Skinner @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Comedy Night @ Midnight Jack
  • DJ Bingo @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Anita Coats @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • VAMP @ Whistle Stop
  • Dj Dougie Frosh @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Eldorado Slim - An evening of Allman Brothers and Little Feat @ Winston's
  • Joe Guevara @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Dig Deeper with DJ Qure @ The Office
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Flats
  • Bill Caballero Latin Jam @ Border X Brewing
  • Viva La Vacay presents Night Beats, MDRN HSTRY, Sights and Sages @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Loosen Up with DJ Mane One @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Rebekkah Darling @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Thursday Night Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Amanda DeRosa Duo @ Rank & File, Sycuan Casino 
  • Fuego, Blazin b2b Ama + More @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • The Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Trevor McSpadden Band @ Renegade
  • Bringing Back Rock 'n' Roll @ 710 Beach Club
  • Global BPM Presents @ Henry's Pub

Friday, June 28, 2019:
  • Social Media Day San Diego 2019 @ Bahia Resort Hotel
  • The Schizophonics, Hammered Satin, Mittens, Alvino and the Dwells, Velvet Tinmine DJ's Don Bolles and Noah Wallace @ Casbah
  • Little Hurricane @ Coors Light Rock On Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • The Bones of J.R. Jones, Stephen El Rey @ Soda Bar
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tom Cusimano (of The Walcotts) @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Burritos, Fluid Foundation, Sensi Trails @ Belly Up
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott @ AMSD Concerts 
  • Boan, All Your Sisters, Panther Modern @ Whistle Stop
  • We Are Your Friends Indie Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Air Supply @ Corona Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Electronic Fridays @ Ballast Point Paddock Stage
  • Star Spangled Pops Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • New Crimes, The Gay Agenda, Artowar, Escorts @ Ken Club
  • themattsmithneujazztrio + Peter Sprague @ Dizzy's
  • Ross A.M. And Jehlad Present: Summer Splash with Natural Disaster, Alternate Era, Jehlad & Friends, Street Surfers, Demi Daygo, Kay $ @ Soma
  • Nat Diego 2019 @ Bread & Salt
  • DJ Dunekat and RT @ Bar Pink
  • Cardinal Moon @ Panama 66
  • Spider, Strychnine 99, Homeless Sexuals @ Pure Platinum
  • Ascended Dead Destroys SD @ Space
  • Death Eyes, Buildings (Minneapolis), Grids @ Tower Bar
  • Yachtley Crew, Journeymen (Tribute To Journey), Paging The 90s @ Music Box
  • UltraSound @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Rosa's Cantina & friends @ Black Cat Bar
  • Subspecies, Bluenotes, The Abstracts @ Lestat's
  • Live Blissed 1 Year Anniversary Party @ JuneShine
  • The Stand Back Blues Band @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Shakedown String Band @ Winston's
  • Canaan Cox @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Blueprint National, Triton Eye @ De Oro Mine Co
  • 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Friday Kickoff with Althea Rene & Selina Albright @ Hornblower Cruise
  • KGB presents Led Zepagain@ House of Blues
  • The Moneymen Band @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Hidden City Sounds: Banda Reyna Del Rio @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Rock En Espanol with Zenith @ Border X Brewing
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Seven Grand
  • Rock of Ages - 80's Tribute @ Park & Rec
  • My Mynd with Israel Maldonado @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Dark Alley Dogs, Se Vende @ Pour House  
  • Bumpasonic @ Pour House (5pm)
  • Paradise Drive, Lunar Garden, Bitter Kiddos, Benzin @ Bancroft Bar
  • Fistfights With Wolves, Belladon, Blazing Jane @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice, Nathan & Tony @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Urban Gypsys @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Factory with Adam Salter & Ayla Simone @ The Office 
  • Thee Swank Bastards @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6pm)
  • DJ Kidwonder@ U-31
  • Laurie Morvan Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Nuclear Tourism, Turtle Click, Art Disposal, Heavy Petting Zoo @ Salty Frog
  • Wildheart @ Renegade
  • Pinkeye, Coral Bells @ Himmelberg's
  • Full Strength Funk @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Roni Lee @ Navajo Live
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's  (6-9pm)
  • J Dean @ Rank & File, Sycuan Casino (4-8pm)
  • Kimba Light @ Rank & File, Sycuan Casino (9pm)
  • The Groove, DJ Ms Mo @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • David Owen, DJ Ms Mo @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • Supafly Friday with DJs Charlie Rock and KidRiz @ El Dorado
  • Cash Cash @ Omnia
  • DJ Vision @ FLUXX
  • DJ Direct @ Parq
  • Pineapple Presents: Butterfly Effect with YokoO, Lonely Boy & More @ Spin
  • TCHAMI + MATRODA @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • Silent Party @ 207, Hard Rock Hotel 
  • DJs & Dancing @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
Saturday, June 29, 2019:
  • Switchfoot Bro-Am & Concert with Switchfoot, Creature and the Woods  @ Moonlight Beach (Free, All Ages)
  • Charly Bliss - Young Enough Tour, Emily Reo @ Casbah 
  • Through The Roots, Bo Napoleon, Skyler Lutes, Roots Of A Rebellion @ The Observatory North Park
  • Ginger Root, Mamalarky, Shindigs @ Soda Bar
  • Pitbull @ Corona Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Magic 92.5 Summer Jam with War, Cameo, Brick, The Original Lakeside, The Mary Jane Girls, Cherelle, Tom Browne, Vaughn Mason and crew @ Pechanga Arena 
  • 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival with Boney James, West Coast Jam: Richard Elliot, Peter White & DW3, Kirk Whalum & Johnathan Butler, Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent, Tony Exum Jr. @ Embarcadero Marina Park North 
  • 2019 Jazz On Tap with Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Euphoria Brass Band, Gilbert Castellanos, Monette Marino World Jazz Ensemble, Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio, JazzKatz Orchestra @ Waterfront Park (2-10pm)
  • NPBC's 3rd Anniversary IPA Festival @ North Park Beer Company
  • Star Spangled Pops @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Dead Man's Party, Wag Halen @ Belly Up  
  • Sound Reasons, Allyrgic Reactions, Alvino and the Dwells, djgirlgroupgirl @ Bar Pink
  • Ivan Amodei- Secrets & Illusions @ Balboa Theatre
  • Brit Floyd @ Civic Theatre
  • Booty Bassment with DJs Dmitri and Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • People Who Could Fly @ Coors Light Rock On Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Matt Slocum Trio CD Release event @ Dizzy's
  • Puerto, Lung Butter, Midnight Track @ Ken Club
  • Grim Jim @ Seven Grand
  • Berkley Hart @ Pilgrim United Church Of Christ, Carlsbad
  • We Like To Party @ Space
  • Chocolate: A Night of Deepdark Afrotech and Techno @ Blonde
  • Walter Brothers @ Panama 66
  • The Winehouse Experience, Tori Roze And The Hot Mess @ Music Box
  • George Lopez @ Sycuan Casino (6pm & 9pm)
  • Off Broadway Theater Company's Queens Live In Concert @ Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch (Free, 7pm)
  • Oddball Reunion, Great Electric Quest, Death Boys @ Pour House  
  • Nathan James @ Pour House (5:30pm)
  • Body Rock Dance Competition @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dennis' Birthday Bash with Hiroshima Mockingbirds, Daytrip @ Black Cat Bar
  • Rip Carson @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado (5-8pm)
  • Sarah Petite @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado (1-4pm)
  • Gasolina Party @ House of Blues (FREE)
  • Patrick "Bluefrog" Ellis Duo @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Sophia Alone @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Park & Rec 
  • The Amalgamated, Marujah @ Tower Bar
  • Onoff @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Surf Punk @ Bancroft Bar
  • Sahara Grim, Kahlil Nash @ Lestat's
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Frequency1 @ Winston's (2pm)
  • The Olés, Ocean Natives, Rebel Shakedown, Strictly Skunk @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Sounds Like Summer: Thread The Lariat, Blameless, Lunar Hand, Art Disposal, The Undertaking, Mandala, Silent Vice, The Midnight Block, Bummer Dreams, DiVad @ Brick By Brick
  • The Fallbrook Kid @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Nights Like Thieves, Infinite Signal, Wanted Noise @ Himmelberg's
  • US Air Guitar @ The Merrow (8pm)
  • Strictly Business w/DJs Edroc & Heminguey @ The Office
  • Good Vibes @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Brolesque: A Male Revue @ Queen Bee's
  • Bulevar Descarga @ 710 Beach Club
  • Baja Bugs, NEKO! NEKO! NEKO! @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • JD Crawford Band @ Renegade
  • Nowhere Fast (Live Smiths Tribute), DJ Disorder @ Manhattan Bar
  • DJ Chris Cutz @ U-31
  • Groove Mercenaries @ Tio Leo's
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • The Reflectors @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • The Verge, DJ Miss Dust @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Republic of Music, DJ Miss Dust @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • 5th Saturday @ El Dorado
  • Soul Sacrifice @ Rank & File, Sycuan Casino (9pmm)
  • CitySide Music @ Rank & File, Sycuan Casino (4-8pm)
  • Red, White, & Booze Cruise | 4th of July Yacht Party @ Chere Amie Yacht
  • Wolfgang Garner @ Bassmnt
  • Electromagnetic, Angelshade, Big Tooth Comb @ Navajo Live 
  • DJ Five @ FLUXX
  • Junior Sanchez @ Bang Bang
  • Night Swim Pool Party x Eventvibe @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
  • Laidback Luke @ Parq 
  • Summer Celebration @ Kava Lounge
  • DJs & Dancing @ Henry's Pub
Sunday, June 30, 2019:
  • David Gray: Gold In A Brass Age Tour @ Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall 
  • Javier Escovedo, Hocus, Roger! @ Casbah
  • Tubulars, The Industry, Squeaky Buddha, CØMMN @ Soda Bar
  • The Garners @ Panama 66
  • Summer Festival - Gustavo Romero plays Beethoven Variations @ La Jolla Athenaeum 
  • Los Tigres Del Norte @ Corona Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Morgan Leigh Band @ Coors Light Rock On Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival with Eric Darius, Norman Brown, Sax To The Max: Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala, Paul Taylor, Monty Seward, Mariea Antoinette @ Embarcadero Marina Park North 
  • The Chairman and the Board: Rat Pack Tribute (seated show) ft. Graceband's Elvis @ Belly Up 
  • Olivia Neutron-John, Adios Mundo Cruel @ Whistle Stop
  • Spreckel's Organ Concerts @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Lizzi Trumbore Quintet @ Dizzy's
  • Rat Sabbath with DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Play Ball: A Symphonic Celebration of the Padres at 50 @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Rio Wiley, Love Angeles, Jinn & The Slow Kill @ Bancroft Bar
  • Body Rock Dance Competition @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • No Cover Entertainment @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Salsa Sundays @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • Swiss Rolls, Tomorrow Can Wait @ Salty Frog
  • Pleasure Chest - Electro Goth Night @ Blonde
  • George Lopez @ Sycuan Casino (5pm & 8pm)
  • Dirty Dragon Birthday Show @ Pour House  
  • Whit Aadland @ Pour House (1pm)
  • Trevor McSpadden @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Graham Gillot Band @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Pants Karaoke @ Til-Two Club
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's (All Ages)
  • Three Chord Justice @ Renegade
  • Reggae Sunday with Melapelus @ U-31
  • Uptown Top Ranking @ The Office
  • Virtual Image @ Navajo Live 
  • Rosy Dawn Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Trivia & Karaoke @ Henry's
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, July 1, 2019:
  • The Spits, The Widows, Therapy @ Casbah 
  • Creepy Creeps Creepxotica @ Bali Hai (7:30pm, Free)
  • Faun Fables, Bonfire Madigan @ Soda Bar
  • KC & The Sunshine Band @ Corona Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Queen Nation @ Coors Light Rock On Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Motown On Mondays @ The Office
  • Summer Organ Festival - Raul Prieto Ramirez @ Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Blue Monday -Dark '80s Night with Camina Robina & Aaron Wallace @ Blonde
  • Casey Hensley @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Siopao Presents Fitness, Supplement, The Heavy Twelves, Skinny Veny, Milky Wayne, Psychopop @ Space
  • Kickin' The Blues Potluck with The Moneymen @ Winston's (6pm)
  • Karaoke @ Salty Frog
  • Andy & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Strictly Acoustic @ Navajo Live
  • Electric Relaxation 90s Hip-Hop/Chill Beats & Board Games @ Whistle Stop
  • Salsa & Bachata Night @ Tio Leo's 
  • Line Dancing Lessons @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Trivia @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Game Night @ Henry's Pub
  • 31 Flavors @ U-31

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 18-Monday, June 24, 2019

I had a super low key week. Darren, Nova and I went to the Voodoo Room on Wednesday for Warbly Jets, Hembree, and Bloxx, we went to the Zoo on Friday, went to San Diego County Fair on Saturday where I was a judge at the Battle of the Bands, and spent the day with my parents on Sunday, but there were some shows at the Casbah like Fences, Operators, and Felice Brothers, that I really wanted to check out but stuff just came up. I also subbed in on Darren's new outdoor soccer team while he was Ubering a family to Los Angeles. The game was super fun, my first time playing in a game since college, but I kinda rolled my ankle a little, so I'll be icing and taking it easy, because their shortage of women means they'll probably ask me to sub again down the road. This week there are a ton of great shows, and I'm hoping to catch Lucinda, Local Natives, and Jenny and the Mexicats. And in a true fantasy world, I'd find invitations in my inbox to Rob Thomas, Alanis Morissette, and Paul McCartney. We'll also be going to ALT949's summer kickoff at Sea World, and probably yet another trip or two to the Zoo and Safari Week. As I've mentioned, Nova is out of school, so sometimes keeping her busy has me wiped at the end of the day, so we shall see what I actually make it to. Listings through Monday are after the jump.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

San Diego Summer: Family Outings, Summer Camps, & Things For Kids To Do

Nova has already finished 6th grade. Last Friday was her last day of school and we're in full how-to-occupy-her-time freak out. How are we going to keep her busy and prevent her from saying the forbidden word (B-O-R-E-D) when we still have to work around here? A couple years ago I did a post about Summer Camps because I was busy researching for her, but now that she's 12 (and spends a month in St. Louis during the peak of summer vacation), we tend to find fun stuff to do more readily, but I still thought I'd update this post for other parents out there who might be hunting for ways to keep the kids occupied. I'd love to hear your favorite spots or camps in the comments. And we'd love to be invited to your pools on a moments notice. Lists after the jump...

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Great News For Seals! California Coastal Commission Unanimously Approves Permit Extensions

Today the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to approve 10 year extensions on two permits which allow for the beach at Children's Pool to close beach access during pupping season (December-May) and for a guidance rope with signs about the Marine Mammal Protection Act during the remaining months of the year. I was there to join supporters like the Seal Conservancy and the Sierra Club. The meeting went from 9am until about 7pm, with numerous items on the agenda, though the La Jolla Seals, with the biggest group of supporters and opposition, was the last issue heard for the day. It was especially satisfying because a woman screamed in my face that if I supported the seals, I was against veterans, and I'm a traitor and I should leave the country. Uh, wow.  I didn't get to stay for the duration of the meeting, it was great to hear the process work. At the end of the night, it was pretty hopeful as Commission Chair Steve Padilla closed the night implying that monitoring was important, that enforcement is a challenge, and if harassment continues, the Commission might need to step in and do more, not less, to protect these beautiful animals.

Lots of older pics after the jump.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 11-Monday, June 17, 2019

Damn. I was totally watching the Tony Awards on Sunday and I got so sad that I don't have a connect with Broadway San Diego, because the upcoming season looks AMAZING but I'm just not in that income bracket. I did, however, make it to the Zoo, saw Toad The Wet Sprocket, went to the OAT for Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, and Jade Bird, went to the Casbah for Sebadoh, went to Nova's soccer tournament, checked out the grand opening of the new H Mart by Convoy, and took the dog to Fiesta Island. Nova's out of school and they're taking a small hiatus with soccer, so we'll be running around trying to keep active. I'll be working at The Babe Rainbow tomorrow, checking out the Advanced Placement tour at House of Blues, and probably checking out Operators on Friday. Listings through Monday are after the jump.   

Sunday, June 09, 2019

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Summer Safari Celebration in Effect

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (WAP to the natives) kicks off their summer celebrations. I'm posting the full press release for SDZ Safari Park after the jump, but the TL;dr is that the Safari Park will be open until 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays through September 1st, and starting this week, until 8pm on Mondays and Tuesdays through July 30th. On top of that, from June 16-September 2nd, the Zoo will be open until 8pm. If you don't have your annual pass, there's no better time to get it than now. Make sure you get at least the Keeper's Club level to get the free parking at Safari Park, otherwise you're throwing down $15 per visit. Also, pro-tip: if you're driving North on the 15, jump in the carpool lanes, exit at Del Lago, loop to the right through the mall (Beethoven) and you'll cut some time on the drive. Press release and adorbs animal photos after the jump. (All photos taken at the Safari Park from regular public viewing areas throughout the park over the past few years)

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, June 4-Monday, June 10, 2019

I had kind of a weird week. I had gone to that Lemonheads show a couple Saturdays ago and went out after and nothing was out of the ordinary. I went to a Memorial Day Party, and then on Memorial Day we went to Safari Park, and then late that night, my body just quit. I got super sick and still had to work and I was miserable. I couldn't sleep because I couldn't breathe at night, and I was downing fluids, allergy pills, CBD, cold medicine, hot tea, honey, and anything else that I thought might work. I even motivated to make my own homemade chicken soup. So I didn't do much of anything. I took Nova to soccer on Wednesday which meant I still got some fresh air at La Jolla Cove with my sea lions, but that was kinda it. I also slept. A lot. By Friday I was feeling much better and worked at The Irenic for the Gnash show, and Saturday Nova had a little soccer tournament, but I was still relatively reclusive. On Sunday morning, Nova and I decided to walk part of the Rock n Roll Marathon course and ended up walking to the Zoo, and Sunday I decided to do the listings so I could carve out my Monday for the Wonderfront announcement event. They had these amazing blackberry margaritas and I realized I hadn't had an adult beverage since The Lemonheads show 8 days prior. Woah. So I promise I will get back out. I can't remember the last time I went more than a week without a show (or a drink, let's be honest.) So this week I'm gonna get out a little more. I'm hoping to make at least one of the Toad shows, am working on a photo pass to FJM, and will probably check out Sebadoh. In the meantime, have you ever seen seagull chicks??? I hadn't until Monday, when Darren and I went to the Cove during Nova's soccer, so here's to the beach-bag-opening, Dorito-and-Cheeto-stealing gulls of the future. I worked my ass off to update the music venue page (still a dozen or more to add), so check it out, and full listings are after the jump.

91X Presents Sun Fiesta at Petco Park at the Park on August 2nd

In all my commitment to be downtown for the Wonderfront announcement on Monday, I completely forgot to post about 91X's exciting announcement (though, let's be honest, this would be a really great stage at Wonderfront) about Sun Fiesta, taking place on Friday, August 2nd at Petco's Park at The Park. Side funny, if you look up Park at the Park on the Petco Park website, it explains that "The Park at the Park is a park in the Park."  That is some special marketing right there.

Anyway, I love The Head and The Heart so you better believe I'm putting this one on my calendar. Tickets go on sale Friday. For all your info and ticketing, check out the event site here. Also, The Head and The Heart posted the presale password is FIESTA, so you don't have to wait until Friday to get tickets. GA tickets come in around $40, with a base price of $29.99 and about $11 in fees, per ticket. 

91X Sun Fiesta
Friday, August 2nd
Petco Park Park at the Park

Get ready for a day full of awesome music, amazing food, great drinks & much more!


Tickets go on-sale at 10am THIS FRIDAY, June 7th

Rosey's Read Watch List: Embryos Don't Have Hearts | Ramy | Dead To Me | Chelsea Handler

I'm gonna start this post with the most important thing that everybody should read: Embryos Don't Have Hearts. More reading and watching after the jump.

RIP M'bari - San Diego Zoo

Monday, June 03, 2019

Wonderfront Announces Lineup

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival is coming to San Diego's waterfront November 22-24, 2019. The festival is being billed as "a 7+ stage, 80+ band, 3-day music, culinary, and arts festival throughout downtown San Diego, spread across the various parks and piers along the Port of San Diego, from South Embarcadero up to Broadway Pier."

On Monday, they presented a sweet little media event and live-streamed the announcement, but we've got it in your hot little hands so you don't have to wait. Get info and tickets to the event here:

Apparently not all media respected the embargo. This wasn't supposed to be published until 3:30, but people chose to leak it anyway. The Wonderfront site appears to have crashed before the announcement event but appears to be back up and running now. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Photos: Superorganism & Simpson @ Music Box, April 23, 2019

After double weekends at Coachella, Superorganism popped into San Diego to play a show at the Music Box on April 23rd. Darren and I were happy to finally check them out live, though it was a whole lot different live than what my photos could possibly reflect. There were near constant animated videos projected behind the collective, while the stage lighting was mostly dark or monochromatic or flashing or spinning or sparkling or all of these things at the same time. Definitely not my best work, which is unfortunate because after a show like this, I make my own roadblocks and end up not posting photos for weeks or months. Anyway, it was a great show, their music is super quirky and chill and there were a ton of people on stage making the whole show an event. Pics after the jump.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Saturday, June 1: Art Around Adams- Free & All Ages!!

Saturday June 1 is Art Around Adams. This is a free and all ages event, except for the 21+ stages at the Ken Club, Rosie's, and The Ould Sod. It runs from Noon to 8pm. Keep in mind, Adams Avenue remains open to vehicular traffic during this event, so mind sidewalks and crosswalks, and use your common sense and look up from your phone every once in awhile.
For all the info you need to know, check out the official site here. For good measure, all the set times after the jump. 

World Sea Lion Day - May 30, 2019

I mentioned I've been sick this week, but to say I didn't do anything this week would be a lie. On Wednesday, I was well enough to take Nova to soccer, and I thought the fresh air and no contact with other people would serve me well, so  I went back to La Jolla Cove to shoot the sea lions. I came to find out that the next day, May 30th, was "World Sea Lion Day," though I can't seem to find all the calendars that let us know such things.

Obviously I've been posting a lot of these lately, but since I'll be flooding you with music photos the next week, I thought I'd post some of this week's shots to celebrate the day. Though not shown, I'd also like to draw attention to their neighbors in La Jolla, the California Harbor Seals, who still need our help to sign two petitions: one is to keep up Casa Beach closed during pupping season and the other is to keep the safe distance rope up year-round. The hearing is June 12-14. I also just kinda wanted to post since I'm taking a gajillion pics each week and not really sharing them and maybe to just post something that makes me smile after getting all ranty on my last post.

World Beach Games Bid Adios To San Diego

I'm pissed. I need to vent.

This week in the news, there were numerous stories about the ANOC World Beach Games pulling out of San Diego. If you were unaware, the short story is that San Diego was supposed to host the inaugural World Beach Games here in October, an event which had already been postponed from 2017. For shorthand, the event was literally known as "San Diego 2019," so, uh, so much for that branding. Whatcha gonna do now, ANOC?
My thoughts, after the jump. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

CRSSD Announces Fall 2019 Lineup

I was just looking at an old Hot Chip poster thinking they were due for another San Diego date. CRSSD Fest just announced their Fall 2019 lineup, taking place on September 29 & 30 at Waterfront Park. Tickets open Tuesday, June 11th at 11AM PT. Alumni on sale just before that at 10AM. Save this link.

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, May 29-Monday, June 3, 2019

They're showing The Lion King on ABC and according to Wikipedia, "The Lion King is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2019, which marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original film." And in light of the passing of M'bari at the Zoo, I thought I'd share this pic of the male at the Safari Park (I think his name is Ernest, but I can't be sure) who was having a good time showing off on Memorial Day. It was a super great weekend...Nova had her final futsal game, we got to see my niece's games, we got in a little mini hike at Mission Trails, I went to see The Lemonheads, hung out at Ken Club. On Sunday we went to Tim's annual Memorial Day BBQ, and on Monday spent most of the day at the Safari Park, but somewhere in the mix of all of that I got super sick, which hit me hard Monday night and will probably linger for at least a week, though I'm fighting with tons of fluids, OTC meds, tea, soup, emergen-C, and some CBD products from Pure Ratios which I'm now selling on the side. (use coupon code "sddialedin" on your orders!)  There are some rad shows this week, but for now, I'm Down for the count and not trying to get everyone else in my orbit sick around me. Full listings through Monday are after the jump.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, May 24-Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Memorial Day Weekend

Idles slaying the Belly Up on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

I decided that I'd do a weekend update of the listings because (a) I realized I had skipped a handful of venues for the weekend listings unintentionally (b) because there are sooo many updates of sell-outs and (c) because the week overall has been rad but Thursday was an entire wasted day of suck that I want to start fresh with the weekend. Quick rundown...I went to that amazing Johnny Marr show at House of Blues on Monday. On Tuesday, I went to see Idles and Fontaines DC at Belly Up, which was total insanity, and followed up with Geographer at Casbah, and on Wednesday I went to a lecture about ethics in wildlife photography which was more fascinating than it maybe sounds. Thursday was a shitshow day if you follow the Casbah Facebook page, so I spent a day that was supposed to be chill fully troubleshooting and trying to fix all of the events. When I got things back in order, we spent the evening with my nieces and then I went to Darren's soccer game and spent the night catching up on my trash TV. So yeah, a good week. A shit day. An awesome weekend ahead. Listings through Tuesday, as updated as I could make them, after the jump.

Update: Due to illness, the shows with THE WHITE BUFFALO scheduled for tonight (Friday May 24) and tomorrow night (Saturday May 25) have to be postponed until Monday September 2 and Tuesday September 3. 

Tickets for the May 24th show will be honored for the September 2nd show and tickets for the May 25th show will be honored for the September 3rd show.  If you cannot make the new show date work then refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Tonight the opening act, LA Edwards, will still perform one set at 9pm, and tomorrow night, he will be joined by Ron Blair & The Chris Torres Band, and Nancarrow.  All ticket holders for either White Buffalo show are welcome to join us free of charge for either (or both) of these shows

Thursday, May 23, 2019

PSA: California State Parks Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

It's Memorial Day Weekend and not only one of the biggest road trip weekends of the year, but San Diego is always a top destination for the holiday. California State Parks sent this helpful reminder for safety tips etc. that is definitely worth a read (after the jump). 
Palm Canyon at Anza Borrego Desert State Park 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, May 21-Tuesday, May 28, 2019

After last week's episode of Game of Thrones, I finally came to terms with the fact that the writers weren't going to satisfy fans with the ending, so I gave up on reading every fan theory or listening to every podcast about the final season and it freed up so much time! I've been trying to shoot a lot more these days, in fact, my camera just reset back to 0001 which means I completed another 9,999 photos. On Tuesday night, I went to see Carsie Blanton at the Casbah and she's really great if you haven't had the chance to check her out. On Wednesday, I shot Santigold at the House of Blues, and it was my first time there in ages. That was a fun night because she literally played all her hits and then some. On Friday I went to Rabbit Hole for Karen Barnett's birthday and The Havnauts were playing, and on Saturday I got to shoot Cowboy Junkies at the Observatory. Sunday was awesome and rainy and a perfect pajama day to get all of this week's listings done so I could chill on Monday and be ready to see Johnny Marr. The show was incredible and I'm so glad I went.

This week's listings go through Tuesday on account of Monday being Memorial Day. Full listings after the jump.

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.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Rosey's Read/Watch/Link List

I always think I post all the best things and events, but after doing my listings last week, consulting my 50+ sites and email and Facebook and such, I realized how many non-music things are always going on in town. I've been trying to include general sports stuff at Pechanga Arena, between The Seals, The Gulls, and The Fleet, but with all the film and movie stuff, museums and foundations and non-profits, it's just too much to pack into my listings.

Here are some calendars you should bookmark for special events:
San Diego Public Library
MTRP newsletter here
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
BikeSD events here

Back to my main point, which was that instead of really reading and watching a ton this week, I got out of the house--a lot--more than my usual, at least. Besides my usual spots and getting Nova to soccer and such, we did the San Diego Book Crawl, I went to see the Sea Lions of La Jolla a couple times, went to the San Diego Zoo twice, went to Sea World to use some free passes I had that were expiring, and then did mom shit like huge runs at Grocery Outlet and Costco. I like to include my dog in some of these adventures where she's allowed, but her leg is still jacked, so I ordered her something called a "hock brace" which, surprisingly, she seems to appreciate for the support. She licked it a little but seems to be cool putting weight on her leg again, which is the ultimate goal.

My watchlist hasn't changed much this week...I'm fully on board with all my Bravo shows--RHONY, RHOBH, WWHL (Watch What Happens Live to the uninitiated,) and the end of the season for Vanderpump Rules. And I hate to admit that I love Very Cavallari on E! and I don't hate to admit that I want to be BFF's with Busy Philipps and her Busy Tonight show, also on E! I wish I could say I'm watching anything requiring a brain, though maybe watching 'professional sports bettor' James Holzhauer on Jeopardy! has become appointment TV on the occasions that I can actually be home between 7:30 and 8pm.

It should also be noted that we chose to have only one TV in our house and me and Nova are on board when Darren wants to watch Golden State in playoffs. (I don't let on that I actually love watching basketball. Only I prefer it on mute with some other radio talk, podcast, or music playing instead of the annoying announcers and that ick of squeaking shoes nonstop.)

I didn't finish this post when I intended to so I'm gonna start a clean one.

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.