Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Formerly The Irenic, Being Demolished For Housing (Taken 10.16.21)

I heard that the Mission Gathering Church, home to The Irenic, was being demolished for another housing project. I'm not against housing and I'm not surprised that the property under the building is worth more than the building itself, but it is still sad to see it go. 

I was able to work dozens of shows at The Irenic. I worked the door, sometimes sold merch, and after the church decided to get rid of their single water fountain, was able to sell water to the often sold out all ages crowds. Frightened Rabbit played there. Japanese Breakfast. Snail Mail. Tennis. Ra Ra Riot. The Evens. Owl John. Bad Books. AJJ. Weyes Blood. Dodie. Rooney. Léon. Julien Baker. Pinegrove. Hinds. 

So many amazing shows. 

And don't get me wrong. There were some duds, too. There was this wildly popular band and the artists were such assholes on stage they would cuss out their fans, saying they're only in music for the chicks. It was satisfying to see their band fall apart and dropped with the whole Burger Records scandal a few years later. There were bands whose labels were sure they were the next big thing so they thought so, too, in front of their piddly undersold shows. That's the whole thing about live music in small venues. Sometimes you catch bands on the way up. Sometimes you catch them on their way out.  

The venue was also riddled with management problems. We just wanted the room with our staff and sometimes a church staff person would just make it a miserable experience. I got in a verbal fight with an outside security guard because we'd have an acoustic musician inside, and he'd be outside blaring YouTube videos on his phone, while he was supposed to be protecting the building and the people inside. That was unpleasant. There was a night we had to kick out a creep for not minding personal space of some underage girls and after he was kicked out, he returned to throw boulders at the doors. Sometimes we would watch activity at a drug house across the street, before it burned down and eventually was rebuilt by new owners. One time I stopped this ass from trying to run off with an entire box of a band's vinyl.

Still, I have so many fond memories there. Hours of soundchecks and doing some SoundDiego interviews and hanging out with the artists when they were cool enough to want to, and just chatting and going a little deeper with my Casbah coworkers in a quieter, alcohol-free setting. Nova saw her first concerts there. In fact, when Darren and I first started dating, he would bring her by for slow introductions so he wasn't immersing me in her life too fast. 

Today we drove by on our way from vaccines at CVS to do some grocery shopping at Vons, and even more of the building was demolished. The "sanctuary" is completely gone. Only part of the annex in the back is still standing, and soon that will be gone, too. It gave me some pangs of sadness. I hope the scumbag who called noise complaints on us at every show for the last year is satisfied and gets no sleep for the next 12 months or more of construction on that corner. 

But on to the next thing. All ages venues generally don't last more than a couple years. Soma is an anomaly for sure, but even they are in their third location and now working with LiveNation. All ages venues always have people with good intentions wanting to put on shows and provide safe spaces for kids, but they generally don't make enough money unless they are subsidized by the community or there are alcohol sales involved. Even Soma now has beer. I'm looking forward to seeing how shows go at Bridges, an all ages space in Clairemont Mesa, but it definitely won't have the convenience of walking 10 minutes from my house. Change is hard but it's the only real constant. 

For anyone wondering, I'm now 10 hours after my Pfizer booster and flu shot. My arm is tender, but I have no other discernable symptoms. I'm tired and crosseyed, but that's because it's 2:30 am and I've been doing these listings for close to 5 hours. Time to call it a night. As Tim Mays always says, onward and upward. 
Stay safe out there.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021:
  • Nation Of Language, Public Practice @ Casbah
  • Chris Isaak, Tom Cusimano @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Mrs. Henry, ThunderBeast, Moxi & Loon @ Music Box
  • Rod Wave: Soulfly Tour, Nocap, Rubi Rose, Omn Twee, DJ FIve Venoms @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Mother Road @ San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum
  • Sara Petite @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Fotocrime, Haunted Horses, Hexa @ Ken Club
  • Alexander 23, Max Leone @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Shutter Sisters @ The Old Globe
  • Silent Disco: DJ Mane One vs DJ Jefe, DJ Tramlife vs DJ L, Live Can Art @ Quartyard
  • Intermediate Latin, Kizomba & Argentine Tango by POSITIVE ENERGY DANCE CO.@ Queen Bee's 
  • The Jazz Pocket Swing @ Tio Leo's
  • Young Lions/Jam Session with Gilbert Castellanos @ Panama 66
  • Alejandro Godoy Enrich @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel 
  • Nate Bargatze: The Raincheck Tour @ Balboa Theatre
  • Open Mic with Whit @ Pour House
  • Blues Jam @ Navajo Live
  • Trivia @ Til-Two Club
Thursday, October 21, 2021:
  • Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, The Beaches @ Gallagher Square at Petco Park
  • Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, The Downs Family, All Monster Review, Wax Sultans @ Casbah
  • Stephen Day, Carly Bannister @ Soda Bar
  • A Day To Remember - The Re-Entry Tour, Asking Alexandria, Point North @ The Observatory
  • The Gravities, Kahlil Nash, One Hot Planet @ The Merrow
  • Twiddle @ Belly Up
  • Mago de Oz - Al Abordaje!! Tour 2021 @ House of Blues
  • Saint Luna, Sam Ritchie, Sex Martians, DJ Bigswig @ Ken Club
  • Lost Monarchs @ Pour House  
  • Joshua White Trio @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Ron Houston & The Berry Pickers at the Salvation Stage @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • BB & friends @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mother Road @ San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum
  • Shutter Sisters @ The Old Globe
  • Open Mic @ Aztec Brewery, Vista
  • Dear Amy @ Live and Up Close, Sycuan Casino
  • Lyrical Exchange Open Mic @ Queen Bee's
  • Open Mic with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Slappin' Hands w/ Ric Scales and DJ Root @ Til-Two Club
  • Emergency Exit @ Tio Leo's
Friday, October 22, 2021:
  • Kontravoid, Spike Hellis, O/X, DJ Jon Blaj @ Casbah
  • Levitation Room, Windows, Puerto @ Soda Bar
  • Starcrawler, Surfbort @ Brick By Brick
  • Erykah Badu @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU
  • Leftover Salmon @ Belly Up
  • Jamie Foxx: Act Like You Got Some Sense Book Tour @ The Magnolia
  • Zombie Surf Camp, The Preeteen Collective, Super Dope Ice Cream People @ Ken Club
  • Aviator Stash, Heaping Teaspoon @ Pour House  
  • Cradle of Filth: Lustmord and Tourgasm, Once Human @ The Observatory
  • Good Time Girl, Leavers, Bird Of Paradise @ Tower Bar
  • Israel Maldonado @ Rabbit Hole 
  • DR34MBRO5, Rosa Rossa, 10 19 and the Number Men @ Til-Two Club
  • CHICAGO The Musical @ The Rady Shell, Embarcadero Marina Park South 
  • San Diego Gulls Home Opener vs Stockton Heat @ Pechanga Arena
  • G & The Swinging Gypsies @ Panama 66
  • The Deep End Presents Mark Farina Chuck Love, Uri Leshner b2b Cris Herrera @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove’s Orange & Black Happy Hour @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Tv Broken 3rd Eye Open @ Winston's
  • Les Violens du Roy with Avi Avital @ The Baker-Baum Concert Hall, The Conrad
  • Shutter Sisters @ The Old Globe
  • The Wizard of Oz (Moonlight Youth Theatre) @ Moonlight Amphitheatre 
  • Mother Road @ San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum
  • Die Fledermaus presented by Pacific Lyric Association @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Rachel Horter @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Cassie B Project @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Monster Mash IV with Sands, Gingsy, The Fluorescents, Voodoosugarkiss, Cameron Provo, Kokopellis, Shock Therapy, Flowers for Jane, The Renters @ Queen Bee's
  • Hail The Sun - New Age Filth Tour 2021, Kurt Travis, Kaonashi, Body Thief @ House of Blues
  • Leonard Patton, Tasha Smith Godinez & Erdiz Maxhelaku @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Jerry 'Hotrod' DeMink at the Salvation Stage @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Mr Hek & Dimitri @ El Dorado 
  • The Green @ Harrah's
  • Rob Lamonica & Friends @ Aztec Brewery, Vista
  • Leather Swap Meat @ The Merrow (7pm)
  • Locker Room - Hell Raiser with DJ Eli @ The Merrow (8pm)
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Veranda, Westgate Hotel 
  • Dancing In The Dark feat. Chris Diaz & Jenny Voss (Hood Politics, Who Plays, Candy Flip, Final Haus Records), Maximo B2B Schmidt Happens, Don Rayon B2B Kyle Perez, Saximillian @ Spin
  • Fabulous Ultratones @ Tio Leo's
  • Crimson Coil @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Beck Brothers Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (8pm)
  • Tony Tonight Birthday: Machine Politik, Black Star Sinners, Freakshow, Big Tooth Comb @ Navajo Live 
  • Max Struthers Band @ Renegade
Saturday, October 23, 2021:
  • Emo Nite @ Casbah (Tickets at the Door)
  • Anderson East - Maybe We Never Die Tour, Bendigo Fletcher @ The Observatory North Park
  • Ruby Haunt, Valuemart @ Soda Bar
  • Candlebox, The Dead Deads @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Low Volts, Dani Bell @ Moose Lodge Oceanside
  • Phish @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • SoCal TacoFest with Flo Rida, The Cured (tribute to The Cure),  Arena (Duran Duran tribute), The B-Side Players, The Flusters, We The Commas @ Waterfront Park 
  • Peter and the Wolf, Conducted by Rafael Payare @ The Rady Shell, Embarcadero Marina Park South (11:30am)
  • Stephanie Blythe in Concert. Johnny Mercer: America's Lyricist @ Balboa Theatre
  • Closed For Wedding @ Panama 66
  • Emotional Oranges, Tkay Maidza, Unusual Demont @ Music Box
  • Sofia Niño de Rivera - Lo Volvería a Hacer @ The Magnolia
  • Bonneville 7 @ Pour House (4:30-7pm)  
  • DeadRise, Dead On The Wire, Death Boys @ Pour House
  • Mother Road @ San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum (2pm & 8pm)
  • Mystery Masquerade: Halloween Burlesque Show @ Queen Bee's
  • Shen Yun 2021 - China Before Communism @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido (2pm)
  • On The Move @ The Baker-Baum Concert Hall, The Conrad
  • Jeff Berkley and Banned @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Emo Night Brooklyn @ House of Blues
  • Little Jesus, Junior Mesa @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Shutter Sisters @ The Old Globe (2pm & 8pm)
  • The Wizard of Oz (Moonlight Youth Theatre) @ Moonlight Amphitheatre 
  • CHICAGO The Musical @ The Rady Shell, Embarcadero Marina Park South 
  • Ginger Roots, The Protectors, Blaze @ Winston's
  • Celebrating Fred Benedetti's 64th birthday @ Dizzy's
  • Tiki Thomas's Birthday - DJ Tiki Thomas and DJ Beatle @ Tower Bar
  • Paul Nowell Quartet (Paul Nowell, Ed Kornhauser, John Murray, Duncan Moore) @ The Jazz Lounge
  • Tomi Tom Show @ Aztec Brewery, Vista (6pm)
  • Coastal Groove @ Aztec Brewery, Vista (7:30pm)
  • Cassie B Project @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Rachel Horter @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Rock, Shimmy, and Shake presented by Glamourbomb Burlesque @ Til-Two Club
  • Exhumed, Creeping Death, Bewitcher, Enforced @ Brick By Brick
  • Pile Palace and Pink Mammoth Present: PINK PALACE, Tim Green @ Spin (10pm-4am)
  • Ascension with DJ Robin Roth, DJ Kaerie, DJ Cheshirine @ The Merrow
  • Holly Hofmann @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel 
  • Paging The 90s @ 710 Beach Club
  • Misty and the Mobeys @ Mr. Peabody's
  • Big City Hillbillies @ Renegade
  • BB & Company @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Zeptune, Kisstroyer @ Navajo Live 
  • Butts Ta Nuts @ El Dorado 
Sunday, October 24, 2021:
  • High-Functioning Flesh, Body of Light, La Pregunta? @ Casbah
  • Paul McDonald & Anna Rose, Sara Petite @ Soda Bar
  • Soda Bar Presents Weathers, Aaron Taos @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • San Diego Wine Festival @ Bernardo Winery
  • Uptown Rhythm Makers @ Panama 66
  • Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening: MMXXI Tour @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Marc Anthony: PA’LLA VOY TOUR @ Pechanga Arena
  • Low Volts with Dani Bell @ Fun Zone San Diego, Inside Warshaw Provisions (2209 30th Street, 4:20pm)
  • Damon Wayans: Just Sayin' with Mal Hall @ Belly Up (Seated Shows. 5pm & 8pm)
  • A Swingin' Affair: Music of John Coltane and Lee Morgan featuring Gilbert Castellanos @ The Rady Shell, Embarcadero Marina Park South 
  • Gustavo Romero Plays Friends Reunited: Bach, Haydn, Hummel, Liszt, Cras, Scott, Respighi, de Falla @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Valley Sons @ Winston's (4pm)
  • Bar1ne & Friends Present G Perico, Bar1ne, Ryan Anthony, Rossi Rock and Sebby OG, Sham Blak, KOVE @ Music Box 
  • Mother Road @ San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum
  • Shutter Sisters @ The Old Globe (2pm & 7pm)
  • The Wizard of Oz (Moonlight Youth Theatre) @ Moonlight Amphitheatre 
  • Die Fledermaus presented by Pacific Lyric Association @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Shen Yun 2021 - China Before Communism @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido (2pm)
  • Folk Arts Rare Records DJ Showcase w/ very special guests @ Til-Two Club
  • In Concert Variety Show @ The Merrow
  • History of Seances, Lecture bby Nicole Strickland @ Aztec Brewery, Vista (5-6pm)
  • Soul Sunday feat Yo Bee!, Apollo, Amon, Devv Lov @ Quartyard
  • Sleepy Pearls @ Pour House (3:30-6:30pm)
  • Wild Heart @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Live Music @ Sycamore Den (6-8pm)
  • 200 Stab Wounds, Infested, Corpsemaker, Scourge @ Brick By Brick
  • Karaoke "Jose Sinatra hosts O.B.-o-ke - San Diego's Best Karaoke" @ Winston's
  • Mark Lessman Jazz Jam @ Peabody's
  • Rob Thorsen @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel (Brunch 10:30am-1:30pm)
  • Josh Weinstein and friends @ Navajo Live 
  • Karaoke Night @ 710 Beach Club
Monday, October 25, 2021:
  • Allah Las, Uni Boys, Reverberation Radio DJs @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • FINNEAS: Optimist Tour 2021, marinelli @ The Observatory
  • Battle Bot feat EraNetik, Cros1, DJ Mane One, DJ Artistic and more @ Casbah 
  • Xoth, Vaelmyst, Conjureth @ Soda Bar
  • Surf Farmers, Jackstrong Band @ Navajo Live 
  • Blue Monday feat DJ Camilla Robina, DJ Heather Hardcore @ The Merrow
  • Monday Blues Jam @ Aztec Brewery, Vista
  • Monday Night Swing @ Queen Bee's 
  • Yrion Duo—Irina Bendetsky, piano & Ondrej Lewit, violin | Mini-Concert @ La Jolla Athenaeum (12pm)
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Monday Night SWING @ Queen Bee's
  • 4 Way Street @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Julio De La Huerta @ Veranda Bar, Westgate Hotel
  • Trivia Night w/Kyle @ Pour House 
  • Open Mic with Jay Cain @ Mr. Peabody's
  • Caliente Mondays Salsa y Bachata @ Tio Leo's
Tuesday, October 26, 2021:
  • Live Nation & Casbah Present Hamilton Leithauser, Kevin Morby, Jess Williamson @ The Observatory
  • Authentic Sellout, Marujah, Kitty Plague as Purrvana @ Casbah
    • Black Dice, Deaf Club, Secret Fun Club, INUS @ Soda Bar
    • Delta Rae, Raye Zaragoza @ Belly Up
    • Whitney Shay @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
    • Theo and the Zydeco Patrol @ Tio Leo's
    • Karaoke @ The Merrow
    • Jazz Botanika Jam @ Queen Bee's 
    • Reggae Tuesdaze Feat. @ The Holding Company
    • Shutter Sisters @ The Old Globe
    • Trivia Night @ 710 Beach Club
    • Karaoke @ Bancroft Bar
    • Terrible Tuesday All Vinyl DJ Night wtih DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House 
    • Karaoke @ Peabody's
    • Trivia Night @ Park & Rec
    • Karaoke with Christine @ Navajo Live 

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