Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Wonderfront Adds Bands & Releases Lineup By Day

I worked through the night, and then when I was finally ready to go to bed, of course what I'd been waiting for finally came through and I'm glad I check my email one last time before getting some sleep. Today, Wonderfront added the final artists to the lineup as well as publishing the breakout of bands by day.

The new acts are: Guitar Legends 3 (featuring an all-star band of surprise guests) | Migos | J.I.D. | Jhay Cortez | Khea | Wild Belle | Gioli & Assia | Grandma | Jesse Baez | Banda Tierra Brava | Los Crecidos | Seis en Linea | Cydeways | Glades |  Brewfish |

Wonderfront Festival will take place November 22-24, 2019 at various locations along and around the waterfront area. Tickets and details are available here.

For your information, full press release after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 27-Tuesday, September 3, 2019

We thought Nova went through her first week of school unscathed, and then today it all kinda fell apart with a full on meltdown and I almost cried for her because, as we can all attest, middle school SUCKS. So for those of you whose kids had your first day today, all I can say is good luck. Last week I caught Generationals and Pure Bathing Culture at the Casbah and Snail Mail and Choir Boy at Music Box, hung out with the sea lions on Thursday, watched the SDSU women's game, watched Darren's soccer game, hung out with my parents, swam at Fiesta Island, binge watched some TV, dropped by Habitat House for their farewell party with Joel P West performing, and spent the scorcher of Sunday at the Safari Park. This week I'm looking forward to Bryan Ferry, The Bird and the Bee, and Throwing Muses among others. I've been promising more updates but have been having some tech issues, so hopefully I can fix that soon and get back in my groove. In the meantime, listings are through Tuesday to get you through Labor Day weekend. After the jump.

Monday, August 26, 2019

KAABOO Prices Jump Tomorrow

Tickets for KAABOO go up on Tuesday. All three days and all levels of VIP sold out last year. If you're interested in going, the best time to buy is now.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 20-Monday, August 26, 2019

Nova starts 7th grade today, so we spent the last week absorbing all the life out of summer that we possibly could, which meant some swimming with Ficus at Fiesta Island Dog Park/Beach, getting in some Zoo and Balboa Park time, and an awesome multi-modal Saturday where we took bikes/bus/trolley to Harborfest and Sunday doing a fun ride from Normal Heights through Balboa, down to check out the new 6th Avenue bike lanes, around the harbor, and back home on the Rapid, which is a funny story that I tweeted about here, and Monday was all work save for me taking Nova to soccer and running up to La Jolla to visit my sea lion pals. I also had some nighttime fun and got to see Devotchka on Wednesday, Orville Peck on Thursday, and Kyle Kinane on Sunday. This week we'll dive back into the ritual of middle school but hopefully get to see some shows like Generationals, Snail Mail, and a couple others on the radar. Full listings through Monday are after the jump.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Adams Avenue Street Fair Lineups Released

I told you I had a million things to catch up on, and I'm doing my best to catch up on old news. The Adams Avenue Business Association released the schedule a while ago, but we're still a month out so it's all good. The Adams Avenue Street Fair takes placec on September 21st & 22nd on Adams from 35th to 30th with a new stage added to the mix by Polite Provisions. 
Check out the whole lineup and schedule here.

Clear The Shelters TODAY!!

This Saturday is another Clear The Shelters event!

From NBC:
Are you looking to adopt a loving new forever friend? Whether you're looking for a dog, bunny, bird or cat, we're waiving fees at select shelters across the County to help every animal find their furr-ever home!
Check out the interactive map to find the shelter closest to you.

From The San Diego Humane Society:
San Diego Humane Society will be participating in Clear the Shelters Day on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The nationwide adoption drive is in partnership with NBC and Telemundo. There will be waived adoption fees for all animals at SDHS as well as other participating organizations. Last year, we adopted 431 animals into new homes in a single day — more than any other shelter in the country — and we’re looking to beat that record this year!

Friday, August 16, 2019

"San Diego Symphony Announces Bayside Performance Park" Opening in 2020

rendering from San Diego Symphony/Raindrop Marketing

Today the San Diego Symphony announced the Bayside Performance Park is set to open in 2020. I'm not a big fan of 'public-private partnerships' and giveaways of public land to private entities, but I haven't delved deep enough into this deal to really know how the thing came to take shape, how the land was given or sold or leased. As the current Bayside stage on Embarcadero Marina Park South is an eyesore and limits public access, it feels like the public just accepted it for so long that of course this is an improvement, but it still makes me feel icky, which is the general feeling I get whenever Jacobs' name is attached to anything. I hope I'm wrong and the promises made to the public come to fruition. So often we see 'public access' guaranteed and then funding is cut so, for example, public bathrooms end up locked during any meaningful hours when the public would actually need them. Let's just leave as being cautiously optimistic, though the way the Port is so eagerly giving away Embarcadero Marina Park North to future hotel development and the eventual razing of Seaport Village, I'm not sure I trust their stewardship in anything. Decide for yourself.

Full press release after the jump.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Seaport Sessions Kick Off This Thursday!

Growing up in Chula Vista, my mom cultivated a love for music in me from a very young age. I was never personally musically inclined, but we always went to free street fairs and concerts, whether or not we knew the bands playing. My earliest recollection of such events were the free Seaport Village concerts. They were by the (now defunct) Jolly Roger, and we'd go upstairs to their bar where they always had a free spread of hors d'oeuvres and on special days, my parents would order us virgin strawberry daiquiris (basically milkshakes, tbh) and then we'd go watch the band and the funny "old" (everyone is OLD when you're 5) people who would come to dance to the music. Well, now I'm OLD, and I'm glad to hear someone is activating the space again before the temporary renovations get underway and down the line when Seaport Village becomes unrecognizable. From what I've heard, these will at least run through December, so we'll keep you posted as more bands and talks get added to the calendar.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 13-Monday, August 19, 2019

I have a million things to catch up on this week, but it's so hard during the summer. Who wants to be sitting on a laptop for 12 hours a day when there's so much going on in? So last week I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Tim Booth and Jim Glennie of James, one of my all time favorite bands, for SoundDiego. I was a hot mess and it was emotional and I cried a lot and Tim cried a little and it was the most intense interview I've ever experienced. I don't know how they'll cut it up for NBC, but it should air in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, I worked the Weyes Blood show at the Irenic but got there earlier than I'd expected, so got to enjoy their full sound check. What a voice! And Davey, an old drummer I knew from Everest and Great Northern is touring as their drummer, so it was great to see him again. I don't honestly think I even left my house on Thursday, but I was saving up for the Friday and Saturday night Death Cab For Cutie shows. I took Nova on Friday and Darren was able to join us for the encore, and after I hit Casbah and Ken Club. On Saturday I took my sister and my pal Melanie was able to join us for the second half, and then my sis and i went to the Casbah which never happens so that was cool. Sunday was low key fam day and we went to swim at Fiesta Island with our dog and Monday we visited the sea lions of La Jolla while Nova was in soccer and then watched Darren's playoff soccer game. So yeah. It's a lot. This week should be tamer and I hope I get to update photos and stuff, because they're certainly piling up. Full listings for the week are after the jump.

Monday, August 12, 2019

ALT 94/9 Selling Early Bird Tickets to Not So Silent Night 2019


I'm not gonna get dragged into radio rivalries, but the same day that 91X released information for their December show formerly known as 91XMAS, Alt94/9 sent out a save the date for their Not So Silent Night.
It's gonna take place on Sunday, December 8th at Del Mar Arena and you can get tickets before they announce the lineup for $19.75 (because, wink, wink).

91X Announces December 5th Show With The 1975

91X Presents
Thursday, December 5th
Pechanga Arena San Diego

THE 1975

Friday, August 09, 2019

"The Zoo: San Diego" To Premiere on Animal Planet on 8.10.2019

If you are a regular on this site, you know that while I love music, my de-stress move is to go to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. During the summer or times with late hours, you can sometimes find me there 2 or 3 times a week. So when I was invited to go to a media party a couple weeks ago to catch a preview and celebrate the launch of The Zoo: San Diego on Animal Planet, of course I was ecstatic. The launch date is finally here, and you can see the 2 hour premiere this Saturday, August 10 on Animal Planet at 8pm. In subsequent weeks, the show will be one hour, at 9pm on Saturdays.

More after the jump:

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, August 6-Monday, August 12, 2019

It was a relatively low key week. We did the final Sundown Safari of the summer at Safari Park on Tuesday, and on Wednesday spent some time at Fiesta Islandd Dog Park. We got flipped off by some piece of shit driving the wrong way in his truck which was waving a massive confederate flag from the back. I guess three mass shootings in a week don't really shock me in hindsight. On Thursday, I worked for Alison Sudol at Soda Bar, on Friday we went to The Head and the Heart, and on Saturday, we spent the day getting roasted at Mission Bay for my niece's birthday, then I worked for AA Bondy that night and afterward caught the end of my high school reunion. I mostly worked the rest of the weekend, though I did get to catch some time with the La Jolla sea lions while Nova was in soccer. I'm jumping out of my skin excited to interview Tim Booth of James today for NBC, and I'm still trying to make DCFC happen later this week but otherwise no major plans as we wind down the final weeks of summer before Nova goes back to school. Listings through Monday are after the jump.