<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - SoundDiego]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 30 Sep 2016 22:34:16 -0700Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:34:16 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Access Music Set to Close]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:41:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Acess+Hip+Hop+Store+Closing.jpg

Mark Onstad, owner of Access Music, is closing his record store. In 2001, he opened San Diego's flagship hip-hop shop selling vinyl, sponsoring events, holding in-stores, and offering local rap artists a storefront to sell their merchandise -- but he just can't afford it anymore.  

"It hasn't been making any money, it's been losing money actually, for years,” he says. And as the store's only full-time employee, the man-hours it takes to run Access haven't afforded Onstad the opportunity for much else. It's a losing effort, he says, that's "taking up too much of my time."  

He doesn't have a final date set but says the physical location will close its doors in "a month, to a month and a half.”

Onstad isn't planning on re-opening but he will maintain the website, at least temporarily: “It's not going away at the same time as the store."

There's a lot of inventory still on the shelves: CDs, books, T-shirts, etc. He wants to sell as much of it as possible and is offering a 10 percent discount on all the remaining stock. He may keep a few things, but the majority of what's left over will be available online.   

The soft-spoken Onstad seems eager to start a new chapter, but says one of the most rewarding aspects of running the store has been the relationships he's developed and "all the people I've met.”

While the store’s closing is a huge loss for the local hip-hop community, after 15 years, San Diego's been fortunate to have had it that long.

Access Music is located at 1537 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. 

J. Smith, aka 1019, is a San Diego native, rap fan and one half of the rap duo Parker & the Numberman. You can follow him on Instagram at 1019_the_numberman or on Twitter

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Access Music's Facebook page]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: Descendents]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:50:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Descendents+SOMA+9.22.16+37.jpg Milo goes to San Diego: Descendents stormed SOMA on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Widows and LAW opened the show.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend Unchained]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:10:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Alice+In+Chains+%2824+of+36%29.jpg

Friday, Oktoberfest events are in La Mesa and El Cajon; Rocky Votolato and Chris Staples take over the Casbah; Gringo Star, the Relationship (featuring Brian Bell of Weezer) and Polish are at Soda Bar; the Soul Rebels Sound System featuring Talib Kweli with Infinite Points (and Scarub) hit the Belly Up; Gone Baby Gone, the Etc., and the Heart Beat Trail are at the Black Cat; Disco Goth with Glass Spells, Soft Lions, Subtropics, Dancing Strangers and Dream Joints take over the Hideout; Red Not Chili Peppers, Blink 180-True and the Great Pumpkin are at Music Box; and Volar Records Anniversary Party, which serves as the Teach Me record release show (featuring members of the Sess, Beaters, Mrs. Magician) with Flat Worms (members of Thee Oh Sees, Kevin Morby) and Keepers, takes over the Whistle Stop. Dance options include LED Tramps Like Us at Valley View Casino Center; Flosstradamus and Shintaro Yasuda at Quartyard; Dazzla at El Dorado; Kill the Noise is at Bassmnt; and Lee Burridge at Bang Bang.

Start your Saturday with the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at the Casbah; or Pacific Beachfest. Plus, the Oktoberfest celebrations in La Mesa and El Cajon continue. Elsewhere, Phantogram and the Range are at the Observatory North Park; Steve Gunn, Nap Eyes and the Whiskey Circle take over Soda Bar; Vowws play at the Kava Lounge; El Ten Eleven and Mylets are at Music Box; the Molly Ringwalds hit House of Blues; and Moosh & Twist with Bryce Vine perform at the Casbah. Dance party options include CRSSD Festival at Waterfront Park; AC Slater at El Camino; Mike Delgado at Bar Pink; Ashley Wallbridge at Omnia; and Chus and Ceballos at Bang Bang.

Sunday CRSSD Festival continues at Waterfront Park; the Oktoberfest festivities are in La Mesa and El Cajon; Echo & the Bunnymen and Ester Drang play at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay; Alice in Chains and the New Regime perform at Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall; Ani DiFranco and Chastity Brown take over the Belly Up; KT Tunstall and Wilding hit House of Blues; Modern Baseball, Chris Farren, Walter Etc. and Jank are at the Irenic; Mandolin Orange and Leif Vollebeck play at the Casbah; and the Dirty Nil, Wing Dam and Beach Goons are at Soda Bar.

Have a good weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor.

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Rocky Votolato's Picture Show]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:54:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Rocky+Votolato+2.jpg

I have been looking forward to tonight for months. Maybe it's a little egoccetric to think this show was booked just for me, but that Rocky Votolato's show coincides with my birthday week is pretty awesome. He's celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his release, "Makers," at the Casbah and it has been years since he's toured with a full band, making this an extra special show and also meaning he won't be drowned out by the crowd imbibing on the album's namesake. Meanwhile around town, many are preparing for another CRSSD Fest, so big-name DJs will be all over town with pre-shows and after-parties. Flosstradamus, for example, are at Quartyard to kick off the weekend. At Blonde, Adam Green performs and screens a film, Gringo Star is at Soda Bar, and '90s R&B star Keith Sweat is at the California Center for the Arts Escondido. A special shout-out to local label Volar Records, who are also celebrating an anniversary tonight at Whistle Stop.

Friday, Sept. 30:

  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies in El Cajon (all ages, 1017 S. Mollison, El Cajon, 4-10 p.m., $10)
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest (4-10 p.m.)
  • Rocky Votolato: "Makers" 10 Year Anniversary Tour, Chris Staples & MY BIRTHDAY PARTY @ Casbah
  • Flosstradamus, Shintaro Yasuda @ Quartyard
  • Adam Green's "Aladdin" -- Film and Concert @ Blonde
  • LED Tramps Like Us feat. Flosstradamus, Botnek, Dombresky, HeRobust, San Holo and Sikdope@ Valley View Casino Center
  • Gringo Star, the Relationship (ft. Brian Bell of Weezer), Polish @ Soda Bar
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Blink 180-True, the Great Pumpkin @ Music Box
  • Nemr Abou Nassar @ Balboa Theatre
  • Dread Crew of Oddwood, Lexington Field @ The Merrow
  • Wang Dang Daddies, Chango Rey, the Browns @ Ken Club
  • Cool Party Bro feat Heminguey & Ikah Love @ The Office
  • Keith Sweat @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Atomic Groove Pink Girlz Nite Out @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • The Soul Rebels Sound System featuring Talib Kweli, Infinite Points (ft. Scarub) @ Belly Up
  • Gone Baby Gone, the Etc., the Heart Beat Trail @ Black Cat Bar
  • Disco Goth with Glass Spells, Soft Lions, Subtropics, Dancing Strangers, Dream Joints @ The Hideout
  • Volar Records Anniversary Party: Teach Me records release show (members of the Sess, Beaters, Mrs. Magician) with Flat Worms (members of Thee Oh Sees, Kevin Morby), Keepers @ Whistle Stop
  • Little Heroine, Adult Films, Cloud Dancer @ Lestat's
  • Groove International @ House of Blues
  • Hirie, Charbra, Annie Rettic @ LJ Athenaeum
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Badabing, We Might Be Wasted @ The Bancroft
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Irie G @ 710 Beach Club (5 p.m.)
  • Baby Gow (Brothers Gow Trio), Watcher Moon @ 710 Beach Club
  • Heated Exchange, John Jaylo @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Musica en la Plaza @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Intervarsity and LaFe, UCSD Present: Salsa Y Salsa @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Elijah Ocean @ Brick 15
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Bridgetown DIY Benefit Show @ Che Cafe
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Riistetyt, Diatribe, Systematic Abuse, Crime Desire @ Tower Bar
  • The Steepwater Band @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Desert Suns, Kook, Condor @ Til-Two Club
  • Dynamiq @ Fluxx
  • Lee Burridge @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Beatnik @ F6ix
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Purps 'n Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

<![CDATA[GALLERY: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:52:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/And+You+Will+Know+Us+By+the+Trail+of+Dead+9.22.16+%288%29.jpg ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead tore through Soda Bar on Sept. 22 -- playing their 2002 modern classic "Source Tags & Codes" album in its entirety.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Goes Blonde]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:57:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/CreatureAndTheWoodsJustin.jpeg

What's that saying? Blondes have more fun? On Oct. 20, you'll find out it's true. Because -- boy, oh, boy -- we've got another installment of our free live music party, SoundDiego LIVE, taking over the new kid on the block -- Mission Hills' Blonde Bar (formerly Bar Dynamite), with excellent music and even better libations!

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on Oct. 20 at Blonde!

When we previewed Blonde back before it opened in August, we had a feeling it would become something special -- and it hasn't let us down. It's the perfect spot for a show or a party, and that's just what we're bringing you on Oct. 20! Consider yourself officially invited!

Robin Roth will be our party emcee, Belching Beaver Brewery will be pouring it on as our craft-beer sponsor (btw, have you had their Peanut Butter Stout? It's soooo epic), and we've got some special musical guests booked, including the dynamic roots-rock headliners Creature and the Woods. Roth kinda loves 'em.

"The harmonies that Roger [Molina] and Justin [Rodriguez] create together are magical," Roth told us. "It all seems so effortless and natural. Going to one of their shows is like a journey unfolding before your very eyes. And there's always a surprise or two along the way."

Blonde partygoers will also be able to witness OB's wild and notoriously unpredictable AJ Froman.

"The psychedelic, prog-rock vibe of AJ Froman fits perfectly with headliners Creature and the Woods," Roth said. "Sarah [Norwood] has a strong vocal presence that oozes the '70s, and it almost feels as if you are transported back in time."

But hold the phone, there's more: Our alt-rock friends the Bulbs will be on the bill too, and Robin's pretty stoked about it: "This garage-rockin' band from TJ will get the party started -- make sure you're ready to dance and have some fun!"

Our shindig pops off at 7 p.m., so be sure to show up early for some Belching Beaver suds, and be prepared to have fun! Of course, a SoundDiego LIVE party wouldn't be complete without dishing out some happy hour freebies to folks that RSVP -- so get on it!

RSVP NOW for SoundDiego LIVE on Oct. 20 at Blonde!

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[A Phantogram Wakeup Call]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:30:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/196*120/Phantogram+By+Timothy+Saccenti.jpg

I have a confession to make: I don’t like Phantogram, and I’d like to talk about it.

Have you ever dismissed a band based solely on pre-conceived (re: baseless) judgements? While I don’t delight in the fact that I’m guilty of having glossed over some truly great talent over the years (Baroness, Frank Ocean, even Bowie to a certain extent), I’m not too proud to admit when I’m wrong. For whatever reason, I often have a knee-jerk reaction to music. It’s hard to get past my first impression. My tepid attention span and unwillingness to accept music for what it is rather than what I think it should be has soured me on artists that otherwise deserved, at face value, a fighting chance. Could that be a universal plague of modern music consumption? Or am I just too hard on music I’ve never heard before? Maybe both.

Either way: I’m working on it. My intervention of sorts (with myself) came recently -- ushered in while driving on an empty road in La Mesa during an uneventful Sunday night. In an atypical move, I had a local pop/rock radio station on the stereo. And in an instant, the sounds of “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” came into focus from the din of the car engine and the rumble of tires on asphalt. I’d heard the song before. How could I not? Phantogram has been in PR beast mode the last couple months, with the impending Oct. 7 release of their third studio album, fittingly titled “Three.” They’ve simply been everywhere.

But up until that exact moment while driving along, I’d given the electro-pop duo mere minutes of listening time before deciding to pass over their entire output. And now…well, now I was captivated. The song was, for all intents and purposes, heavy. An angsty darkness certainly surrounds it, not only in its examination of overbearing ennui but in its bludgeoning, snarling instrumentation. Beats blast and synths squelch away on a neck-snapping melody heaven sent for lead singer Sarah Barthel’s brooding vocals. “Nothing is fun / Not like before / You don’t get me high anymore / It used to take one / Now it takes four,” she sings and I could feel my own desensitized apathy (not only to music or bands that I have erroneously pre-judged -- but to news, people, politics, etc.) start to melt away.

We live in a time where so much feels (or is) wrong, and everyone has something (usually awful) to say about it -- and more and more, it feels like it’s all absolute nonsense. Just a gigantic wasteland of noise. But for what it’s worth, the song was a wakeup call of sorts. Not only did I have a newfound appreciation for a group that I had slagged off for no real reason, it had also roused in me a little bit of the wonder that sometimes gets lost while just trying to get from point A to point B during everyday life.

So, thank you for that, Phantogram -- you have a new fan. And I promise, as a music listener, I’ll try to do better. 

Phantogram perform at the Observatory North Park on Saturday, Oct. 1 with the Range opening. The show is all ages and is currently sold out. Doors are at 7 p.m.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: Cass McCombs]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:44:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Cass+McCombs+Casbah+09.jpg Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Cass McCombs took the Casbah to indie-folk/rock/psych school on Friday, Sept. 16.

Photo Credit: Philip DeFalco]]>
<![CDATA[Inglorious Heartless Bastards]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:08:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Heartless+Bastards+Viejas+Arena+2.25.15+%283%29.jpg

This week of great music just keeps on bringing the jams. Tonight, see the catchy indie-pop of Frankie Cosmos at the Irenic or see Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards and Peter Stakee of Alberta Cross at the Casbah. For the classics, the Four Tops and the Temptations appear at Humphreys, and Thievery Corporation play two back-to-back shows at Belly Up. For something extra special, Well Well Well make their local debut at Soda Bar and I promise they're locals you'll be hearing a lot about.

Thursday, Sept. 29:

  • Frankie Cosmos, IJI @ The Irenic
  • Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards), Peter Ericson Stakee (Alberta Cross) @ Casbah
  • The Four Tops, the Temptations @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Thievery Corporation @ Belly Up (8 and 10:45 p.m.)
  • Big Head Todd Blues Club feat. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks presents: The Songs of Willie Dixon @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Young Creatures, the Bad Vibes, Taken By Canadians, Electric Mud @ The Merrow
  • The Strokes Night with Nite Lapse & Velvet Club @ Blonde
  • Well Well Well, the Foreign Resort, PRGRM, Nite @ Soda Bar
  • Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Garden Echo @ Bar Pink
  • No Limits w/ DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • New Body presents Lower Tar, Monocromacy, Slums of the Future, Centurion Wield @ The Hideout
  • Natalie Tate, Shelbi Bennett of the Midnight Pine @ Sycamore Den
  • Fabio Frizzi (Horrible Imaginings Film Festival) @ Brick By Brick
  • Camille Bloom, Sister Speak @ Lestat's
  • Afraid of My Neighbor, Hot Mustard @ The Bancroft
  • Thursday Night Market feat. Birdy Bardot and Dani Bell & the Tarantist @ Quartyard
  • Heated Exchange, John Jaylo @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Francois Sims & Groove Squad @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Karaoke With Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Chug Boat @ Winston's
  • One Mo' Gin with Profile and Friends @ El Dorado
  • Deskarga Sub Tropical Bass, Viejo Lowbo, Las Sucias, Cumbia Machin @ Til-Two Club
  • Illenium @ Omnia
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • VAMP @ Whistle Stop
  • Sleeve, Hidhawk, Gothic Cholo, Mara, Wakuri @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Steex 76D @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Blink-182 and Beck Wreck the Halls]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:54:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blink182JustWillieT.jpg

It looks like San Diego has been very well behaved this year. What’s our reward? 91x’s Wrex the Halls brings Beck AND Blink-182 to Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11!

Beck headlines the Saturday show, which also features Band of Horses, Local Natives, Glass Animals and Bishop Briggs. Blink-182 will top the Sunday show, which includes Pierce the Veil, Jimmy Eat World and Kaleo. Insert jaw drop.

Pretty sure this is going to be the biggest Wrex the Halls to date, with Blink-182 coming off of a worldwide tour extravaganza after replacing Tom DeLonge with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Meanwhile, Beck’s new album is expected to drop in November, which is a mouthwatering prospect given the poppy, new sound he seems to be toying with after 2015’s controversial Grammy win for his last album.

Luckily, the Saturday show is entirely general admission, and tickets are currently going for only $49.50. The Sunday show, on the other hand, has a general admission or a reserved seating option, and those tickets range from $45 to $79. Pretty reasonable prices considering the caliber of the artists performing.

Pre-sale tickets go live Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. through 91x’s website. Sign up to get the very secret password. Tickets for the public go on sale Friday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m at the Valley View Casino Center box office, online and by phone at: (888) 929-7849.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He is currently on a national tour with the Lulls, and he makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: Just Willie T]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: Lost '80s Live]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:08:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Martha+Davis+9.9.16+3.jpg Lost '80s Live took us back to the glory days at Humphreys by the Bay on Sept. 9 -- with A Flock of Seagulls, Cutting Crew, Dramarama, Tommy Tutone, Wang Chung, Martha Davis & the Motels, Naked Eyes, and When In Rome.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Once Is the Loneliest Number]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:17:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP333172772189.jpg

It's my experience that April and September are the busiest touring months, but there are very few nights like tonight. The Casbah alone is responsible for six shows tonight! So here's your Wednesday rundown: At the Observatory, Oscar-winner Glen Hansard performs some of his vast catalog and hopefully all of those gems from "Once," while post-punk rockers Bear Hands return to town with a show at Music Box. It's gonna get loud at Soda Bar with Cymbals Eat Guitars, and the all-ages set can enjoy Chrome Sparks at the Irenic. On down the line, you can see Fruit Bats at Hideout, LA R&B act King at the Casbah, and Aaron "It's Been Awhile" Lewis plays at Humphreys. Those are some great choices to get you through the midweek hump.

Wednesday, Sept. 28:

  • Glen Hansard, Colm Mac Con Iomair @ The Observatory North Park
  • Bear Hands, Gothic Tropic @ Music Box
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars, Field Mouse, Wildhoney @ Soda Bar
  • Chrome Sparks, Roland Tings @ The Irenic
  • Fruit Bats, Heavy Hawaii @ The Hideout
  • King, Joey, Dosik @ Casbah
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rose Cousins @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Aaron Lewis, Travis Marvin @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Tiki Tuesday with DJ Marshall Islands @ Bar Pink
  • Cunninlynguists, Vokab Kompany, Psalm One, Sadistik @ House of Blues
  • Dance Klassique at Blonde feat. Guests: Susio & TBA @ Blonde Bar
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Open Oscillator @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston Presents: Maiz with DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Hotel Garuda @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Aaron Bowen, Jody Mulgrew @ Lestat's
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Kitty in a Casket, Just Another Monster, Cat Chasers @ Tower Bar
  • Bumpasonic @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Skull & Bones @ Kava Lounge
  • Gino & The Lone Gunmen @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Ride The Mule @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: Steve C Mitchell/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[The Master Touch of Mike Wofford]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:24:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mike-Wofford.jpg

The Plaza Bar at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego is frequently the only place to be for dedicated jazz fans on any given Friday night. That’s when trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos collaborates with an intimate, revolving cast of trio associates for a night of improvised exchange and deep listening.

It’s always special, but any time that piano legend Mike Wofford is involved, the potential for magic grows exponentially. Such was the case on Sept. 23, when Castellanos, Wofford and young double-bass phenomenon Mackenzie Leighton performed; all three embracing the jazz canon with daring expertise.

First up was Wynton Kelley’s “Blues by Five,” where Castellanos and Wofford enjoyed the protean pulse of Leighton for its inerrant groove component -- Wofford has a patient ingenuity that supports multiple choruses of joyfully hip discourse; while the trumpeter was all about the exquisite possibilities of mid-tempo swing.

A short piano intro into “Alone Together,” set the stage for some dramatically expressive half-valve smears and other bluesy accoutrement like the single held-tone over several modulations skillfully deployed from Castellanos, and it was enjoyable to witness Leighton carve out several potent and economical contributions to the mix. Meanwhile, back on Planet Groove, Wofford’s exultant soliloquy lifted each phrase and harmonic motif into real currency.

Leighton led off the round-robin of commentary on “Lullaby of the Leaves” with a full chorus of meaty Percy Heath-isms, which Wofford extrapolated into a polymath display of catholic harmonies and inter-connective ideas, while Castellanos, trumpet in one hand, flugelhorn in the other engaged in a rich call-and-response with himself that managed to quote different parts of “Laura,” on both instruments.

The trumpeter sat out on Wofford’s feature, the Sonny Clark masterpiece “Melody in C,” supported by Leighton’s pulse, which was buoyant enough to float a battleship. The pianist somehow connected portions of “Cheek to Cheek” with “Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” as if it were the most natural thing in the world, then tossed casually to the bassist, who managed to extend the Wofford mojo into his own solo.

The first set concluded in regal fashion, with an in-depth exploration on Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” full of intimate and resilient dialog, imbued perhaps, with a touch of star-crossed fealty.

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.

<![CDATA[GALLERY: Kraftwerk]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:41:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KraftwerkKelley10.jpg Kraftwerk worked in all kinds of dimensions during their 3-D performance at Balboa Theatre on Sept. 16.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Hello, Dolly!]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:13:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/451441062.jpg

I know that you probably love your Queen Bey or Madonna, but I think we all know who the original queen is. Ms. Dolly Parton is a legend among us -- besides being the most honored country musician of all time, her business savvy, humanitarian work, career as an actress, and author all make her one of the most amazing women in the entertainment industry of all time and tonight, she appears at Valley View Casino Center. Meanwhile, at the Observatory, indie duo Oh Wonder play, Sloan celebrate 20 years of "One Chord to Another" at the Casbah, and locals AJ Froman rock the Soda Bar.

Tuesday, Sept. 27:

  • An Evening with Dolly Parton @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Oh Wonder, Kevin Garrett @ The Observatory North Park
  • Sloan, Gateway Drugs @ Casbah
  • DJ Shadow @ House of Blues
  • Tiki Tuesday @ Bar Pink
  • Into the Night w/ Daniel T of Cosmic Kids, Saul Q & Buba @ Blonde Bar
  • AJ Froman, TV Icon, the Art Dealers @ Soda Bar
  • True Bass Presents: Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • Fistfights with Wolves, the Dapper Bandits, Latifahtron @ The Merrow
  • Highly Suspect, Dead Feather Moon @ Belly Up
  • Phi Beta Lamda Presents: Career Development Mixer @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Karaoke @ The Bancroft
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • Jonny Tarr Quartet, Natural Sounds Trio @ Winston's
  • Videodrome/Sketch Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • '50s/'60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Random Article - Tuesday Night Live! @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[From Mexico With Love]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:14:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/molotov-cuestionan-epn-trump.jpg

Just when we thought we could enjoy the first week of fall, we hit a week of record-breaking temperatures. Don't just sit around the house willing it to get cooler, head out on the town to some of the best local air conditioned venues we have. Squeeze play their second of two sold out nights at Belly Up and rock en espanol favorites Molotov are at the very cool Observatory, where the air conditioning vents from the floor. At the Office, it's time for another Under Cover, where your favorite locals play the best of Joy Division and New Order. Music Box has Jenny and the Mexicats, and Jessica Hernandez returns to Soda Bar. Keep cool this Monday night and enjoy some awesome live music while you're doing it.

Monday, Sept. 26:

  • Squeeze, Look Park @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Molotov @ Observatory North Park
  • Joy Division & New Order Under Cover @ The Office
  • Floodflower, Crowsquak, Preston Swirnoff, DJ Dmitri @ Casbah
  • Jenny and the Mexicats, Marujah @ Music Box
  • Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Tancred, Spero @ Soda Bar
  • Tori Roze & the Hot Mess @ Bar Pink
  • California Daze Showcase with Lord Knows I'm Drinking, Citrus, Drew Thams, David Francis @ Blonde
  • Bossfight, Punchcard, Hardly Human @ Tower Bar
  • Akrobatik, Pawz One, Oh When @ The Harp
  • Dick Stusso, Stephen El Rey, Davey Tiltwheel @ The Hideout
  • Slorig, Pregnant, Xavier Ramirez @ The Merrow
  • Flor, Trishes @ The Loft, UCSD
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Madball, Take Offense, World of Pain, Take 'Em Out, the Eulogy, Countime, Take Vengeance @ Brick by Brick
  • Beach Goons, Bread Pilot, Furnsss, Cool Dad, Stair Step Kids @ Che Cafe
  • SD Chargers' Joe Barksdale Jam Session @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • The Specials, the Far East @ House of Blues
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Corey and the Tribe @ Til Two Club
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: The Naked and Famous ]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:26:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/NakedAndFamous_005.jpg New Zealand's The Naked and Famous bared all at Observatory North Park on Sept. 22.

Photo Credit: Philip DeFalco]]>
<![CDATA[Beleaf in Fatherhood]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:12:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BeleafPressPhoto.jpg

Glen Henry, aka Beleaf Melanin, is a local rapper and stay at home dad who started his own web series, "Beleaf in Fatherhood," in 2015. The series is a nuanced take on parenting that feels as much like a family scrapbook as it does a reality sitcom.

In between break beats and toddler breakdowns, Henry shares his experience as a father of two in real time. He shoots videos with his iPhone twice a week and says the concepts come to him naturally. It's as easy as trying to put his sons to sleep for a nap -- if they cry or fuss, then boom, he has a new idea for a clip. Some shorts are premeditated -- like when he knew he wanted to do something about potty training -- but for the most part Melanin makes it up as he goes.

"It's a form of accountability," he says. The series is not only a record of his words, but it's also a history of his actions. There's an episode with Henry finishing off a honey-do list, covered in sawdust, laying down hardwood floors. By his own admission he's not a very handy guy, and he'd never done anything like that before. But he wanted to complete the project himself so he could pass the skill on to his sons: "I want my kids to look back and think, this was cool."

Henry started out with less than a hundred subscribers on his YouTube channel, but in the past year his audience has grown to over 11,000 followers. While that's a huge confidence booster, it's not his main goal.

"The point is we're here and trying our best," he says, hoping that through his missteps other parents discover that mistakes are a part of the process, and it all comes with the territory. 

For now, he still makes room for his music, but with the series growing as fast as it is he's not sure how long he can do both. He's not even sure he wants to.

"I don't wanna be rapping at 45," Henry says. Fair enough -- he seems most content as a father. And one less rapper won't matter much in the grand scheme of it all, but a parent who's present? That's a game changer.

J. Smith, aka 1019, is a San Diego native, rap fan and one half of the rap duo Parker & the Numberman. You can follow him on Instagram at 1019_the_numberman or on Twitter

Photo Credit: Yvette Henry]]>
<![CDATA[Sebadoh Gigante]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:36:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SebadohPressPhoto.jpeg

I'm not gonna lie ... It was a little bit toasty on Adams Avenue, but there was a nice breeze, great music and plenty of food and drinks to keep you from being parched. Head back today for amazing bands, including Sebadoh (OMG)! It's gonna be fun; just find yourself a wide brimmed hat or a parasol, and you'll be all set. The festival wraps at seven, so you can make it to Tegan & Sara if you were lucky enough to buy tickets in advance, or check out the stunning music of Delta Rae at Music Box. If you're up for an adventure, the Mekons are playing a special show at A Ship in the Woods, the not-so-secret artist enclave in Escondido, or catch Luke Sweeney at Soda Bar. For a bit of an industry jam, head to Whistle Stop where a bunch of your favorite locals will be performing Nick Cave jams. Hard to believe you can have all of this on a Sunday, but it's happening, so don't miss out on all of the fun.

Sunday, Sept. 25:

  • Adams Avenue Street Fair @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights (FREE, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Art & Craft Show @ Old Town San Diego (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • The Crookes, Zipper Club, the Filthy Violets @ Casbah
  • Tegan & Sara, Shura @ Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Delta Rae, Kristin Diable, Tolan Shaw @ Music Box
  • The Mekons @ A Ship in the Woods
  • Luke Sweeney, Ancient River, Ocelot, DJ Matt the Hoople @ Soda Bar
  • Tim Mudd, Podunk Nowhere @ Sycamore Den
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • O.A.R., the Hunts @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Nick Cave Covers feat. members of Lunar Maps, Hexa, Nylon Apts, Blood Ponies, Soft Lions, DJs Mario & Mitch @ Whistle Stop
  • Rap Nite Presents: 2pac 20th Anniversary with Greyboy, Dimitri, Tramlife @ Blonde
  • Electric Mud @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Adam's Avenue Street Fair with Raena Jade, Phili Villalobos, Courtney Preis, Jessica Bell, Andrew Barrack, Aaron Bowen @ Lestat's
  • Neutral Shirt (Goodbye!), Spirited Away @ Che Cafe
  • Adam's Avenue Street Fair @ Java Joe's
  • Uptown Top Ranking Inside the Office with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Color Til Monday, Sever the Century, Hyper Active Slackers, Wolves of Eden @ The Merrow
  • Matt Danger, Alex Kirk Amen @ The Bancroft
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • T. Fox @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Franks and Deans, the Fink Bombs @ Tower Bar
  • Country Night with Kin @ El Dorado
  • Colour @ Tio Leo's
  • Psilo @ Kava Lounge
  • Adina Howard, DJ Lace, Shotta Crew, Lanee Ross, James Vaughn Rampage @ Spin

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager forDoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter orcontact her directly.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Riot Act]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: Counting Crows & Rob Thomas]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:37:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/CountingCrowsOAT2.jpg Counting Crows and Rob Thomas brought the best of the '90s back to CalCoast Credit Union's Open Air Theatre at SDSU on Sept. 14.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Something out of Nothing]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:57:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/JoshuaWhiteDizzys.jpeg

Pianist Joshua White continued his monthly concert residency at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach on Sept. 17 with a trio performance involving Dean Hulett on contrabass and Los Angeles percussionist Dan Schnelle on drums.

The original idea for the promotion of this gig (which was booked many months in advance) was, “Joshua White plays all new compositions.” Yet, there did not appear to be a scrap of manuscript paper in sight, and no one brought a music stand -- a curious canard, perhaps.

That feeling of mystery intensified as the trio began their first selection. Schnelle literally kicked it off with several soft pulses from his bass drum, as Hulett responded with light pulls on the bow and White countered with unsettled tinkling. A sudden shift into countable time coincided with a singable theme that careened from lilting modality into brief bursts of Afro-Caribbean groove.

It was seamless, and it must have been the result of considerable preparation, despite the lack of a visible lead sheet (half of me argued). That conviction was unfounded. In a sense, White both delivered on his original promise of “all new compositions” while simultaneously overruling it in favor of fully embracing the possibilities inherent in the moment, trusting the deep listening capacities of his associates to create something out of nothing.

The second improvisation employed a simple vamp punctuated by the undulating martial cadences of Schnelle, who is rapidly becoming one of the finest and most creative drummers on the West Coast. The tune had an enigmatic feel, which allowed White the freedom of toggling from gospel fervor to pastel harmonies in the blink of an eye.

Schnelle began the third improvisation alone, using rhythms as a communicative device, as each individual drum seemed to comprise a thread in a beat-woven tapestry. White and Hulett entered together, both hammering a single note in shifting layers as the plot thickened into a dense polyrhythmic stew. Hulett’s unamplified bass had a sound woody enough to give you splinters, and as the tune morphed into a distinctly new theme, White’s brutal clusters and atonal velocity raised the stakes on the “controlled abandon” principal exponentially -- eventually ricocheting back to Hulett, who dug in with a supremely bluesy exposition that hung in the air.

A new improvisation brought out a serious groove, powered by Schnelle’s pinpoint ride cymbal pings and the relentless walk of Hulett, allowing White to bully the mounting waves of tension into a corner where they had to come out swinging.

It was an amazing night of music only made possible through the virtuosic listening abilities of the principals and a complete commitment to follow the music where it led.    

 Robert Bush is a freelance jazz writer who has been exploring the San Diego improvised music scene for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @robertbushjazz. Visit The World According to Rob.

Photo Credit: Brian Ross]]>
<![CDATA[No Laughing Matter]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:22:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ac2-71+722.jpg

Today is gonna be a long day. I'm excited but also exhausted just thinking about it. At Golden Hill Park, join the wacky bike parade and catch the Kolars (featuring Rob Kolar and his tap-dancing/drumming wife, Lauren, of He's My Brother, She's My Sister). Then, head over to Adams Avenue to catch dozens of your favorite local acts, including Subsurfer, the Bassics, the Little Richards, Manual Scan, Trouble in the Wind and more. After that, you have to choose to stay late for bands like Mrs. Magician and B-Side Players, or split to catch another show around town, like the final Bay Sessions at Loews Coronado Bay Resort with the Silent Comedy, Bloc Party at the Observatory or the return of the MacAnanys, who make an appearance at the Merrow. There's so much to do today, so pace yourself, stay hydrated, slather on that SPF and enjoy my favorite weekend in San Diego.

Saturday, Sept. 24:

  • Tour De Fat feat. Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Esme Patterson, the Kolars @ Golden Hill Park (FREE, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Adams Avenue Street Fair @ Adams Avenue, Normal Heights (FREE, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • Bay Sessions with the Silent Comedy @ Loews Coronado Bay Resort (FREE with RSVP)
  • Art&Craft Show @ Old Town San Diego (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Politifest @ SDSU
  • Food, Wine & Brew Festival @ San Diego Zoo
  • Band of Skulls, Mothers @ Belly Up
  • Bloc Party @ Observatory North Park
  • The MacAnanys (CD Release Party), the Nards @ The Merrow
  • Piebald, Limbeck, Facial @ Soda Bar
  • The Skatalites, Monkey @ Casbah
  • Crystal Bowersox, Eve Selis @ Poway Center for the Arts
  • A Tribe Called Red, DJ Artistic @ The Hideout
  • Revolt-Chix, Systematic Abuse, Sculpins @ Ken Club
  • The Weeks, Cold Fronts @ Blonde Bar 
  • Geezer's Pinkerton Tribute @ Bar Pink
  • Sergeant Pepper, Roots Covenant @ Music Box
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Unwind Yourself with DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.) 
  • Kelly McGarry Presents @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Eleanor Antin Presents "The Man Without a World" @ Bread & Salt
  • Nothing but Thieves, Civil Twilight, the Wrecks @ House of Blues
  • Lucky Beltran, Midnight Track, Guttersnipe Rebellion @ The Bancroft
  • Strictly Business with DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Geoffrey Keezer @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Kids in Heat, Michael Beach, Sumatraban, Meercaz @ Tower Bar
  • Monarch's Chrysalis Fall Fundraiser for Youtopia @ Winston's
  • Jade Helm, Santa Ana Knights, Ninja Night Race @ Til-Two Club
  • City Heights Hayride @ Black Cat Bar
  • Tengger Cavalry, Incite, Old Man Wizard @ Brick by Brick
  • Adam's Avenue Street Fair with Grayson, Mitchell Lujan, John Rankin, Savannah Philyaw, Red Weddings, Tony P, Home, Samer Bakri, Nathan Olesen, Travis Larson Band @ Lestat's
  • Adam's Avenue Street Fair @ Java Joe's
  • Lovebirds @ Grassroots Oasis
  • Sunburn feat. Miles Medina, Panic City, the Les @ Float, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Crew Love, Wolf + Lamb, Nick Monaco, Navid Izadi @ El Camino
  • Seconds Ago (CD Release), Throne of Tyranny, Words From Aztecs, End of Flesh, Voidlines, Lords & Wolves @ Soma
  • Felly @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The 131ers, Missing Sibling, Cameron Royce, Wasted Days @ Che Cafe
  • Spiritual Rez, Upfull Rising @ 710 Beach Club
  • Heated Exchange, Jon Jaylo @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ U-31
  • Los Fabulocos Sleepwalkers @ Tio Leo's
  • Y3K @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • J Espinosa @ Fluxx
  • Eric D-lux @ Omnia
  • Bailo, ATLiens @ Bassmnt
  • Black and Gold Ball @ Kava Lounge
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, Abjo, Julz @ El Dorado
  • Artifact, Divinity and Muted Noise Present Pitch Black feat. Halo Varga b2b Paulo, Alice, Killmor, RA.MOD @ Spin
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's
  • Caliber @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: Juliette Lewis]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:42:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*128/Juliette+Lewis+2Casbah+9.8.16.jpg Natural born stage klller, Juliette Lewis rocked the Casbah like few have done before on Thursday, Sept. 8. Andy Clockwise opened the show.

Photo Credit: Chuck Lapinsky]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego's Weekend Bloc Party]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:58:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Bloc+Party+Michel+Dussack+%2818%29.jpg

Kick off your Friday night with the San Diego Festival of Beers featuring Lady Dottie & the Diamonds at Broadway Pier Port Pavilion. Elsewhere, Sigur Ros take over Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall; Ash and Dear Boy are at Soda Bar; Alice Bag Band, the Loons and Madly play at the Casbah; Twin Peaks, White Reaper and Modern Vices are at the Irenic; Atmosphere with Brother Ali, Dem Atlas and Plain Ole Bill & Last Word take over the Observatory North Park; Peter Case band a Keith Morris memoir reading hits the Whistle Stop; and Goatwhore, Ruines Ov Abaddon and Orphic Eye are at the Merrow. Get your dance on with ‘80s vs. ‘90s at Bar Pink; Matt Lange at Bang Bang; Tiësto at Omnia; and Shamanic at Spin.

Start of your Saturday with Tour De Fat at Golden Hill Park and day one of the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Later that night, Bloc Party take over the Observatory North Park; Band of Skulls and Mothers are at the Belly Up; Nothing But Thieves, Civil Twilight and the Wrecks play at House of Blues; The MacAnany's (CD release party), the Nards and the Pinch Flats hit the Merrow; the Skatalites, Monkey and the Amalgamated are at the Casbah; Piebald, Limbeck and Facial are at Soda Bar; The Weeks and Cold Fronts play at Blonde Bar; A Tribe Called Red hits the Hideout; Geezer's “Pinkerton” tribute takes over Bar Pink; the Hellflowers, the Etc and Comfort in Chaos are at Mother’s Saloon; and Sergeant Pepper with Roots Covenant are at Music Box. Dance options include Club Sabbat at Numb3rs with yours truly, Booty Bassment at the Whistle Stop; and Eric D-lux at Omnia.

Sunday, the Adams Avenue Street Fair continues and the Mekons will be part of Ship in the Woods. Elsewhere, Tegan and Sara with Shura are at the Observatory North Park; The Crookes, Zipper Club and the Filthy Violets are at the Casbah; Delta Rae, Kristin Diable and Tolan Shaw play at Music Box; Luke Sweeney, Ancient River, Ocelot and DJ Matt the Hoople are at Soda Bar; and Nick Cave Covers featuring members of Lunar Maps, Hexa, Nylon Apartments, Blood Ponies, Soft Lions plus DJs Mario & Mitch hit the Whistle Stop.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor.

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[Ash Friday]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:40:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/ash3.jpg

The weekend is here and if you thought you were gonna lay low and just couch the whole time, think again. This is perhaps the busiest weekend of the year, with music for everyone. For starters, Icelandic indie-rockers Sigur Ros are playing at Symphony Hall and their last show was a spectacle of lights, music, and confetti. Meanwhile, Soda Bar hosts Irish alt-rockers Ash, who are currently celerating the 20 year anniversary of their debut record, "1977." At the Irenic, you can hear the garage rock of Chicago's Twin Peaks, or catch punk icon Alice Bag and her band at the Casbah. Soft rockers Air Supply return to Humphreys, Atmosphere plays a sold-out show at the Observatory, and music legend Peter Case performs at the Whistle Stop. Are you kidding me?! Rethink that whole staying in thing and catch some amazing music. You can thank me later.

Friday, Sept. 23:

  • San Diego Festival of Beers @ Broadway Pier Port Pavilion (6-10 p.m.)
  • Sigur Ros @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
  • Ash, Dear Boy @ Soda Bar
  • Twin Peaks, White Reaper, Modern Vices @ The Irenic
  • Alice Bag Band, the Loons, Madly @ Casbah
  • Air Supply, Sister Speak @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Atmosphere, Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)
  • Peter Case + Keith Morris Memoir Reading @ Whistle Stop
  • Goatwhore, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Orphic Eye @ The Merrow
  • Kellie Pickler @ Moonshine Beach 
  • '80s vs. '90s @ Bar Pink
  • La Septima Banda @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove Hello Fall @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • War, Karlos Paez Trio @ Belly Up
  • Late Night Special @ Blonde 
  • Midnight Block, 13 Wolves, Nathaniel Johnstone Band, the Rockin Ramblers @ Ken Club
  • Down Big, Dirty Pennies @ Black Cat Bar
  • Audiotopsy, Sight Unscene, Big Goat @ Brick By Brick
  • Rudy de Anda, Golden Drugs, Splaavender, the Bad Vibes @ The Hideout
  • M.E. Law (CD release) @ Java Joe's
  • Killing the Messenger, Behind the Fallen, Chrysalis, Mandala, Beyond My Afterlife @ SOMA
  • Yale Strom Quartet @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Fistfights with Wolves, Latifahtron, Strange Creature @ The Salty Frog
  • AfterHours in the Office w/ DJs Adam Salter & Kid Wonder @ The Office
  • Musica en la Plaza @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Heated Exchange & Jon Jaylo @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • CitySide, the Euphonics @ 710 Beach Club
  • Casey Turner @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Pokestomp @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Dennis Jones @ Tio Leo's
  • Precious, Common War, Hiding Place, Waves+Billows @ Che Cafe
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • SD City Soul Club presents Steady 45s, 2000 Tons of TNT @ Tower Bar
  • John Kadlecik of Furthur and Dark Star Orchestra @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Wyatt Blair, the Tic Tocs, Slowdraw the Hungry Eskimo, Anestesia @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Amen @ Fluxx
  • Klingande @ Bassmnt
  • Matt Lange @ Bang Bang
  • Tiësto @ Omnia
  • Tribe Out West presents Shamanic feat. Donald Thump, Levy, Mad Waves, Memo Rex, Sam Wild, Sayhi, Shuski & Lennon, Susio, Tripsy @ Spin
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Ready For The World @ Sycuan Casino
  • Beat Kitchen, OSTN, Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Caliber @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Fire Conclave, Seria Star @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

<![CDATA[GALLERY: The Kills and Autolux]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/The+Kills+Fatima+Kelley.jpg The Kills and Autolux joined forces for a one-two indie-rock punch at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[Music Tastes Good with Neighbors]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:33:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tg25.jpg

If Kaaboo’s sprawling expanse of all-too-pleasant music, gold-plated porta potties and a little pepper spray here and there wasn’t enough to quench your thirst for the joy, madness and frivolity of music festivals -- don’t worry, you’ve got another one coming up right around the corner to a neighborhood (kinda) near you: Long Beach dips its toe into the music fest waters this weekend (Sept. 23-25) with Music Tastes Good.

While I’m not normally one to wax poetic about our LBC brethren for SoundDiego (which, of course, generally sticks to local coverage) -- this one hits a little closer to home. The sole San Diego entry on the fest’s long lineup
(which includes Warpaint, the Specials, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Iron and Wine, and Squeeze among others) is our very own alt-rock champions, Neighbors to the North.

That’s right, NTTN -- who paraded through the San Diego music scene with their 2013 debut EP “Starfisher” and 2015 followup "All Southern View" -- is the only local act tapped for the downtown Long Beach music and food block party. How on earth did this happen? Inquiring minds want to know.

“A very dear friend of mine, Josh Fischel, is of one of the festival's organizers and curated the entire lineup,” frontman Sutton Papanikolas told me. “Our bands use to play together back in the day. He heard Neighbors to the North and loved it. He told me about the three-day festival he was creating in Long Beach, mentioned some the confirmed headliners and asked if we’d like to be a part of Music Tastes Good's first year.”

What's that adage? It’s all about who you know. Networking is the name of the game and if there’s anything the band does exceptionally well, it’s that. Neighbors to the North went from new-ish, affable guys on the scene just three years ago to playing nearly every stage in town and snagging three San Diego Music Award nominations along the way. When asked what his band will bring to the MTG table, Papanikolas touted their dedication to diversity and, in typical Sutton fashion, gave shout-outs to other local acts.

“Like many bands, I feel our music was born through such a vast mix of influences,” he explained. “The three of us all grew up here in San Diego, and on top of all the legendary bands we listened to growing up, we were also very influenced by the other bands playing around town when we formed, like the Burning of Rome, the Schizophonics and many others.”

What makes their Music Tastes Good inclusion even more amazing is the fact that for all intents and purposes, Neighbors to the North are barely a functioning band at this point. Papinakolas moved to Flagstaff, Arizona last December, which left drummer Danny Katz and bassist Paul Moffatt effectively in the lurch, looking around for new digs. Every few months, they reconvene for a one-off show here and there, but they’ve been understandably few and far between. When one guy lives in another state altogether, it can make band practices pretty scarce.

“Practice doesn't really happen for obvious reasons,” Papinokalos said. “Since I moved, we have booked a few shows in Long Beach, San Diego and Flagstaff. We have continued playing based on having made two awesome albums, building a following and having been friends for so many years. The three of us have all moved on to new projects, but we can easily come back together and kill the music we wrote together. I do not live very far away. We get a killer gig, and I can be there in a matter of hours to shlarp the gnar.”

I suppose Music Tastes Good falls into that “killer gig” category, eh? Ever the welcome optimist, Papanikolas has a lot to look forward to -- especially since Music Tastes Good has a "pret-tay, pret-tay, pret-tay good" lineup. Funnily enough, it’s not even the headliners he’s most thrilled about seeing.

“Selfishly, I am excited to see the Sound of Urchin the most. My old band, Shaggin' Wagon, played with them a few times back when they were touring out to the West on a regular basis in the early-2000s. We became rock & roll brothers in those years and I haven't seen them since. Gonna be a lot of hugs, rock and partying. Also pretty stoked for Warpaint, Twin Peaks and a bunch more.”

So if your whistle wasn’t whetted enough this past weekend in Del Mar, make your way up to Long Beach on Friday for a three-day vacation and round two of music festival kicks. After all, your neighborly rock representatives will be waiting.

“I am beyond excited for this,” Papanikolas gushed. “There really are no words.”

Neighbors to the North play the first-ever Music Tastes Good festival in downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 24. Go here for a full lineup and ticket information.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: John Audley]]>
<![CDATA[Milo Goes to SOMA]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:28:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/226*120/Descendents_MegaImage.jpg.600x375_q90.jpg

I warned you yesterday that this week was going to get crazy with awesome shows all over town and the evidence is right here. Nearly 40 years of rocking brings Descendents to SOMA. Theoretically, you could see three generations of fans rocking out to this one. Meanwhile, Squeeze play a sold-out show at Belly Up. Over at the Irenic, Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance -- who is labelmates with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons -- stops in and Trombone Shorty turns up the heat at Humphreys. The Naked and Famous return to the Observatory, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead gets freaky at Soda Bar and Federale play the Casbah. If that's not enough, Grupo Fantasma play Music Box and Tom Brousseau celebrates an album release at Java Joe's. Holy smokes. That's some tough choices but the reward is beautiful music no matter where you turn.
Thursday, Sept. 22:
  • Descendents, the Widows, Law @ SOMA
  • Squeeze, Look Park @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Foy Vance, Trevor Sensor @ The Irenic
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ Humphreys by the Bay
  • The Naked and Famous, the Chain Gang of 1974 @ The Observatory North Park
  • Federale, Bit Maps, Joileah Concepcion @ Casbah
  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Creepoid, Culture Abuse, DJ Velvet Touch @ Soda Bar
  • Grupo Fantasma, Buyepongo, DJ Chucuchu @ Music Box
  • Tom Brousseau (Album Release), Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Marujah, Amigo, Hocus @ The Merrow
  • The Redwoods Social @ Blonde 
  • Gone Baby Gone, Arkivist, Sultry Bonds @ Bar Pink
  • Lower Tap, Monochromacy, Slums of the Future, Centurion Wield @ The Hideout
  • King Taylor Project, Kevin Begin @ Sycamore Den
  • Oni, Daemos, Squirrelly Arts @ Brick By Brick
  • S Love, Jon-A, Drea @ Lestat's
  • The Dan Band @ House of Blues
  • Thirdstory, Lolo @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Mint Hole @ Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center
  • Obsidian, City of the Weak, Scarlet Canary, Sleepless Under the Earth @ The Bancroft
  • R:Tyme @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Trivi'oke With Shantih & KJ Goldilox @ Tower Bar
  • Dark Knights and Bright Lights @ The Loft, UCSD
  • No Limits w/ DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • OB Hip Hop Social feat. Abstract Rude, Myka 9, Mystik, Journeymen, Marv Ellis, Atlantis Rizing, Seancy@ Winston's
  • The Loosen Up with AIDA, DJ Mane, Kid Wonder @ El Dorado
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ Tin Roof
  • Night Skool @ Henry's Pub
  • Bag Of Tricks tour @ Kava Lounge
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Tio Leo's
  • Heather Nation @ Boar Cross'n
  • Liquid Courage Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

<![CDATA[GALLERY: Tedeschi Trucks Band]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:08:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tedeschi+Trucks+Band+9.3.16+Connie+Bolger+%2818%29.jpg Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their family blues affair to Copley Symphony Hall on Saturday, Sept. 3. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers opened the show.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[Bridges Over Troubled Waters]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:04:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Leon+Bridges.jpg

As this week moves on, the number of awesome shows just keeps increasing. I don't know how this week and next became the equivalent of Coachella week in the spring, but the sheer number of touring acts makes it nearly impossible to catch everyone you want to see. Tonight, Leon Bridges returns to San Diego with Miss Sharon Jones, and their sold-out show at Humphreys is sure to be amazing. This would be a good one for the canoe or a picnic outside of Humphreys if you didn't snag tickets. This summer's Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium wraps up tonight with a show by Olivia Lane, and Mick Fleetwood Blues Band is at the Belly Up. On a smaller scale, prolific YouTuber Futuristic plays an all-ages show at the Irenic, Def Jam-signed Bibi Bourelly -- who has co-written tracks for Rihanna and Nick Brewer among others -- goes out on the road in anticipation of her own debut later this year, and British duos Still Corners return to the Casbah.

Wednesday, Sept. 21:

  • Still Corners, Foxes In Fiction, Dani Bell & the Tarantist @ Casbah
  • BiBi Bourelly, PJ, Wondagurl @ Soda Bar
  • Futuristic, Beez, J. Rob the Chief, Shy Grey @ The Irenic
  • Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito @ Belly Up
  • Olivia Lane, Nancarrow @ Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Leon Bridges, Lianne La Havas @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Under Cover: Blink-182 (tribute) @ The Office
  • Dance Klassique feat. Memo Rex & CoCo @ Blonde
  • Owain, Garth Algar, Abyssal, Animals Revenge @ The Merrow
  • The Federal Empire, Lindsey Stirling @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
  • Fanny & the Atta boys, Lorraine Simpson, Paul Abner @ Til-Two Club
  • Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • White Label Analog @ 710 Beach Club
  • Pale Dian, Nylon Apartments, Underpass DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Kingston Presents: Jah Mex & West Coast Roots with Dread Daze, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • The Spill Canvas, the New Addiction @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Elessar Thiessen @ Lestat's
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • See Art @ The Hideout
  • Tropical Wednesday with DJ Mo Lyon @ U-31
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Stellita @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • WTF Wednesday @ El Dorado
  • Family Breakdown @ Kava Lounge
  • Louisiana Flood Benefit @ Tio Leo's
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Ride The Mule @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Ketel One]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: Ray LaMontagne]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:04:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/IMGP6283.jpg My Morning Jacket members joined Ray LaMontagne as his backing band during his tour stop at SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Sept. 13.

Photo Credit: Tim Fears]]>
<![CDATA[Benefit Brings Bayou to San Diego]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:13:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Euphoria-Brass-Band-7221.jpg

The 2005 humanitarian disaster that resulted from Hurricane Katrina will remain a dark national memory for the foreseeable future. This summer, Louisiana flirted with a nightmarish repeat when heavy rainfall caused catastrophic flooding that displaced thousands and killed 13 people.

To help provide relief for a region that can’t seem to catch a break, Gator by the Bay and the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego (BTSC) are throwing a benefit concert at Tio Leo’s Mexican restaurant (5302 Napa St.) on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Some of San Diego’s best -- Euphoria Brass Band and the Bayou Brothers -- will perform (in addition to many more generous local musicians), and all proceeds from the $10 admission fee will go toward the Louisiana Musicians’ Flood Relief Fund.

Gatory by the Bay and BTSC have already donated $1,500, and the concert will feature a silent auction to raise even more money for Louisiana musicians affected by the floods. (That being said, I’m not sure how you can stay quiet when one item up for auction is a private house concert by the Bayou Brothers.)

“With such a catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana, we wanted to do our part and put something special together to help support Louisiana musicians in need,” said Peter Oliver, Gator by the Bay producer. “For the past 25 years, we have been celebrating Louisiana music and culture. When a sudden tragedy hit the community, we knew we had to lend a hand.”

It sounds like Gator by the Bay, the largest Louisiana-themed music and food festival on this side of the bayou, and BTSC, a nonprofit organization that sponsors Cajun and zydeco dance events, are providing San Diego with both a noteworthy musical experience and also an opportunity to do some good.

With any luck, the only flooding Louisiana will see in the near future is a flooding of generosity.

To see the full lineup and make an online donation, visit the Gator by the Bay website.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He is currently on a national tour with the Lulls, and he makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[Upcoming Concerts]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:36:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452191806.jpg San Diego stages are getting some major surprises, including indie-pop darlings the 1975 at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Oct. 15.

Photo Credit: Getty Images and MTV Europe]]>
<![CDATA[Walking with Dinosaur Jr.]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:59:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Dino+Jr+Michel+Dussack+%281%29.jpg

If you've ever been to a massive stadium concert and seen stacks of amps dotted around the stage, chances are they were "dummy" stacks, hollow without speakers and totally non-functional. A band that rhymes with Buns n' Hoses had this effect at a recent show. But when you see Dinosaur Jr., you can be assured it's the real deal, and if you don't believe it, just wait for the music to start and you know that they never play under 11. Tonight's sold-out show at the Belly Up is in support of their latest, "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not," and it's gonna be super rad. If you didn't grab tickets, fret not, as there are still tickets to the Observatory to see Animal Collective, who released their first record since 2012 earlier this year, or IAMX, a founding member of Sneaker Pimps, playing at the Casbah.

Tuesday, Sept. 20:

  • Dinosaur Jr., Heron Oblivion @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Animal Collective, Eric Copeland @ The Observatory North Park
  • IAMX, Cellars @ Casbah
  • Tiki Tuesday with Alvino & the Dwells @ Bar Pink
  • Miss Sharon Jones Documentary & Pancreatic Cancer Benefit feat. DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (8 p.m.)
  • Xenia Rubinos, Bakkuda, Denim Robot @ Soda Bar
  • Astral Touch, Le Chateau, Grim Slippers @ The Merrow
  • Damn Son, Where'd You Find This? @ Blonde
  • Babewatch, Sister Crowley, Kids In Heat @ The Hideout
  • Karaoke with Cici @ The Bancroft
  • True Bass Presents : Ramsey #Trapped @ The Office
  • The Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Rad! Karaoke! @ U-31
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Open Mic Hosted by Gaby Aparicio @ Java Joe's
  • The Sweet Lillies @ Winston's
  • Strange Crew @ Tio Leo's
  • Videodrome @ Whistle Stop (10 p.m.)
  • Karaoke @ Riviera Supper Club
  • 50s/60s Dance Party @ Henry's Pub
  • Pleasure Presents: Tribe Night @ Kava Lounge
  • Triloc: Tuesday Night Live! @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: Michel Dussack]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: KAABOO Day Three Grand Finale]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:46:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/JackJohnson-3.jpg Jack Johnson, Cold War Kids and more made day three at KAABOO Del Mar the grandest of finales on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Photo Credit: Ryan Cowen]]>
<![CDATA[Lucky Luneaux]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:30:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/LuneauxPressPhoto.jpg On this week's Spotlight, Luneaux talk house parties, community building and how lucky they are to be able to practice in their friend's mansion.]]> <![CDATA[Red Hot Chili Peppers Coming to SD]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:01:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/166653971.jpg

Well, they won’t be giving them away, exactly, but tickets go on sale this week for the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour in support of their new album, “The Getaway.”

Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer last played in San Diego County in September 2015 at a fundraiser held at the Belly Up, when tickets were a red-hot $1,000 and benefitted youth performing arts education groups including Heartbeat Music Academy, San Diego Young Artists Music Academy and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which was co-founded by bassist Flea in 2001 and provides affordable or free lessons and instruments to its eight classrooms of students in an effort to facilitate music education. It’s not clear yet how much tickets will be for the 2017 shows.


The funk rockers will be getting their freak on at Valley View Casino Center on March 5, following the tour kickoff exactly two months prior in San Antonio, Texas. Fans taking in the tour will also get to see New Orleans icon Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, on all the dates. RHCP also made the Sports Arena home for one night back in September 2012.

A fan-club pre-sale will start on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT, with general public sales beginning Friday at the same time. Can’t get tickets for SD? There’s a show at Staples Center up in LA two nights later (fan presale for that one begins at noon PT on Tuesday. General sales for LA get going at noon PT on Friday).

Twenty-four dates were announced on Monday morning, with many others expected to follow.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Que Sera, Seratones]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:20:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SeratonesPressPhoto.jpeg

Does anyone still call Monday "industry night" -- a night for service industry folks who worked all weekend to really let loose? If so, tonight is quite a party night. At the Casbah, check out Seratones: "In their mix of soulful grease and punky grit, Seratones feel like a natural, rollicking complement to the Alabama Shakes," says Pitchfork. Quite the compliment from music's snarkiest site. Meanwhile, in North Park, What So Not bring Australian electronic music to the Observatory, while local pop-punk outfit Alive & Well play at Soda Bar. That's a pretty hot Monday if you need to get out of the house and party your ass off.

Monday, Sept. 19:

  • Seratones, Hiroshima Mockingbirds @ Casbah
  • What So Not, Tkay Maidza, Graves, Jarreau Vandal @ Observatory North Park
  • Alive & Well, the Montell Jordans, Hard to Hit, Color Til Monday @ Soda Bar
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • SD's Sexiest Bartender Semi-Final Talent Competition @ The Office
  • '80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick by Brick
  • SD Chargers' Joe Barksdale Jam Session @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Mic Check Mondays @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Double up Mondays @ 710 Beach Club

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: Chad Kamenshine]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: KAABOO Day Two Explodes]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:56:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AerosmithKAABOO2.jpg The amount of stardom on day two of KAABOO Del Mar is almost too much to contain in this photo recap that includes Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Lenny Kravitz and Third Eye Blind, along with locals the Verigolds.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego Set List: Sept. 18-24]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:45:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sia-GettyImages-542351182.jpg Live Nation helps us highlight the best upcoming shows -- there's Alice in Chains, Sia, Prophets of Rage and more!

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Are You Lonesome Tonight?]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:10:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/El+Vez+Press+Photo.jpg

If you've spent this weekend at KAABOO, you're probably elated to have seen all of the various artists, but there also must be some relief that day three is finally here. If you are heading to the track, don't miss Shakey Graves, Jason Isbell or the Avett Brothers. Meanwhile, there are other shows to be had without a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristband, such as the Thai-funk Texas three-piece known as Khruangbin playing at the Casbah, British singer/songwriter Jack Garratt at the House of Blues or a sold out show with YG at Observatory. For the ultimate chill Sunday, head to Loews Coronado Bay Resort on the strand for a free show with El Vez. He rocks, but the scenery, the sunset and the Bay vibes will get you in the right frame of mind for the beginning of a new week.

Sunday, Sept. 18:

  • DoSD Bay Sessions feat. El Vez for Prez with DJs Pat & Lety Beers @ Loews Coronado Resort
  • Highasakite, Dunekat, Small Culture @ Soda Bar
  • KAABOO feat. the Aggrolites, Emily Warren, the Main Squeeze, Jack Johnson, Rebelution, the Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Cypress Hill, Shakey Graves, Blues Traveler, G. Love & Special Sauce, Atlas Genius, Donavon Frankenreiter, ALO, American Aquarium, the Walcotts, Adam Topol @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • Khruangbin, Sugar Candy Mountain @ Casbah
  • Foodie, Skapeche Mode, Sound Lupus, Los Shadows @ Til-Two Club
  • YG with RJ, Kamaiyah, Sad Boy @ Observatory North Park
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Six String Society American Roots Music, Gregory Page, Buzz Campbell @ Belly Up
  • Tannahill Weavers @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Anthony Green, Mat Kerekes, Secret Space @ Quartyard
  • Jack Garratt, Brasstracks @ House of Blues
  • Uptown Top Ranking with Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Sunday Classics with Alyze Dreiling, Bert Turetzky @ Dizzy's
  • Deer County, Jonny Wagon @ Sycamore Den
  • Melissa Polinar, Justin Young @ Lestat's
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2 p.m.)
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Jason Brown @ Humphreys Backstage Live (10 a.m.)
  • J Brooklyn @ Humphreys Backstage Live (7 p.m.)
  • Lonestar @ Sycuan Casino
  • Burlesque Sunday Tease @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Live Bands @ Kava Lounge
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: TNT Studio]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: KAABOO Lights up on Day One]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:42:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Fall+Out+Boy+1.jpg The opening day of KAABOO Del Mar was straight fire, with Fall Out Boy, Grouplove and Echosmith bringing the heat on Friday, Sept. 16.

Photo Credit: Connie Bolger]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: SoundDiego LIVE Bangs Through U-31]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:42:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/StratMouseSDLIVE17.jpg SoundDiego LIVE was straight bumpin', with Bang Pow, Strat & Mouse and DJ Ayla Simone dropping bangers all night long on Sept. 16 at U-31 in North Park.

Photo Credit: Be Water Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Bob Log Blog]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:28:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bob+Log+III.jpg

Saturday should be a day of relaxation, but with this many shows it's impossible to just chill. KAABOO goes into its second day at the track, and by nightfall, there are plenty of options to keep you entertained. At Soda Bar, Eryn Allen Kane performs while Crystal Castles make your ears bleed (pleasurably) at the Observatory. This Wild Life have an all ages show at the Irenic, and helmet-donning Bob Log III returns to the Casbah. That's a lot of great music to pack a full punch. Maybe just save the relaxing for Sunday.

Saturday, Sept. 17:

  • Bob Log III, Deadbolt, Toothless George & His One Man Band @ Casbah
  • KAABOO feat. Bahari, the Shelters, Stokeswood, Nancarrow, Almost Monday, the Verigolds, AQUILE, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Capital Cities, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Steel Pulse, Collective Soul, Rooney, the Mowgli's, Matt Costa, the Knocks, the Struts, Colvin & Earle, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Record Company, Judah & the Lion @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • This Wild Life, Have Mercy, Crooked Teeth @ The Irenic
  • Crystal Castles @ Observatory North Park
  • Eryn Allen Kane, Mimi Zulu, Inspired and the Sleep @ Soda Bar
  • Dead on the Wire (Record Release), Slaughter Boys, Dead 77, Daggers @ Tower Bar
  • Tom Rush @ AMSD, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Neon Beat: the Best and Worst of the '80s @ Bar Pink
  • Through Being Cool: Emo Night @ Blonde
  • Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • BETAMAXX, Graceband @ Belly Up
  • Nena Anderson, Johnzo West @ The Pour House 
  • Slightly Phunky @ Music Box
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJs Gabe Vega and Saul @ Whistle Stop
  • Le Silence de la Rue @ Whistle Stop (5 p.m.)
  • Let's Face It, Making Incredible Time, The A-Bortz, Hardly Human! @ Ken Club
  • Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Saved by the '90s @ House of Blues
  • School of Rock @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Boogie Down feat. the Cookie Crew @ The Hideout
  • Trelic, Ghost Syndicate, 1001 @ The Bancroft
  • Strictly Business w/ DJs Edroc and KanyeAsada @ The Office
  • The Joshua White Trio @ Dizzy's
  • Peace in Terror, Born for War, Raw Dawg, Suntorn, Pissed Regardless, Petrichor @ Soma 
  • Strangely Strange @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • The Art Dealers, Neurotic Mirage, Mindsail @ Til-Two Club
  • Far out Freak out feat. Quali @ Black Cat Bar
  • Operation Domination Tour: Gus G & Angel Vivaldi, Dolan Brotherhood, Rammoth, Bred Dogs @ Brick by Brick
  • Urban Street Jam @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Michael Lewin @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Elise Trouw @ Lestat's
  • Kahlil Nash (CD Release) @ Java Joe's
  • Route 94 @ Bang Bang
  • Sorrower, Body Void, Godawfulnoise, Garth Algar, Beira, Owain @ Che Cafe
  • Sic Waiting, the Avenues, Pour Habit, Hard Fall Hearts, Old News @ The Merrow
  • Johnny Love, I-Abide, A La Lune @ 710 Beach Club
  • Detroit Underground @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Chachi @ Fluxx
  • Dirtyphonics @ Bassmnt
  • DJ Vice @ Omnia
  • Monarch/Youtopia @ Kava Lounge
  • Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bob Log III]]>
<![CDATA[GALLERY: 2016 Kaaboo VIP Preview]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:38:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KAABOO+Thursday+2016+AM+%284+of+78%29.jpg The massive Kaaboo Del Mar kicked off its 2016 incarnation with a special VIP preview night featuring Chris Isaak and Macy Gray on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[SoundDiego LIVE Weekend Kickoff]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:18:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Bang+Pow+Oysterfest+SoundDiego+LIVE.jpg

Friday, SoundDiego Live features Bang Pow, Strat & Mouse and DJ Ayla Simone at U-31 (the guest list is now closed (and the VIP happy hour), but entry is subject to capacity, so come on over!); Kaaboo takes over the Del Mar Racetrack; Kraftwerk hits the Balboa Theatre; Retox, Silent and Foreign Bodies are at Soda Bar; Cass McCombs and Big Search play at the Casbah; Carla Morrison is at the Observatory North Park; San Diego City Soul Club presents the Delerians, Unsteady and 2000 Tons of TNT at the Merrow; The Schizophonics and Bosswitch are at the Black Cat Bar; and the Bassics, the Green Machines and Marujah hit Winston's. Dance options include F---ing in the Bushes at the Whistle Stop; Tony Junior at Bassmnt; Scuba at Bang Bang; Markus Schulz at Omnia; and Mike Delgado at El Dorado.

Kaaboo continues at the Del Mar Racetrack; Crystal Castles with Guidance play at the Observatory North Park; Bob Log III, Deadbolt, and Toothless George and His One Man Band are at the Casbah; This Wild Life, Have Mercy and Crooked Teeth play at the Irenic; Dead On the Wire (Record Release), Slaughter Boys, Dead 77 and Daggers are at the Tower Bar; Eryn Allen Kane, Mimi Zulu and Inspired and the Sleep hit Soda Bar; Betamaxx and Graceband take over the Belly Up; School of Rock plays in the Voodoo Room at House of Blues, while Saved By the ‘90s heats up the main area of House of Blues. Get your dance on with Neon Beat at Bar Pink; Through Being Cool “Emo Night” at Blonde; ‘80s vs. ‘90s at the Whistle Stop; Route 94 at Bang Bang; DJ Vice at Omnia; and Adam Salter at El Dorado.

Sunday is day three of Kaaboo at the Del Mar Racetrack; Jack Garratt and Brasstracks are at House of Blues; the DoSD Bay Sessions featuring El Vez For Prez with DJs Pat & Lety Beers hits Loews Coronado Resort; Anthony Green, Mat Kerekes and Secret Space take over Quartyard; Khruangbin and Sugar Candy Mountain play at the Casbah; Six String Society American Roots Music with Gregory Page, Patric Petrie and more hit the Belly Up; and Highasakite and Small Culture are at Soda Bar.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Robin Roth promotes and spins all over town. Follow Robin on Twitter or submit your DJ listings here.

<![CDATA[Jerry Harrison Takes Us to the River]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:51:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/Take+Me+to+the+River+Jerry+Harrison.jpg

When the Sept. 16 screening of “Take Me to the River” -- the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the historical musical influence of Memphis and its musicians -- wraps at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, three of the main figures behind the film will step in front of the screen to discuss the film in a very special Q&A panel.

In a move sure to delight San Diego music fans, film director Martin Shore, famed soul singer/songwriter William Bell, and Talking Heads founding member (and one the film's executive producers) Jerry Harrison will be on hand to answer questions about the 2014 documentary.

As a thrilling follow-up the very next night (Sept. 17) at the museum, Bell, Harrison, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, the Royal Memphis Horns, and others will perform selections from the film's soundtrack as part of MOMM's annual "Play It Forward" fundraiser gala, which raises money for its community outreach and educational programs.

“Take Me to the River” takes viewers through the creative process of writing, recording and performing a brand new album with multiple generations of legendary R&B, soul and blues musicians as well as younger in-demand hip-hop artists -- all while documenting the societal, historical, and musical impacts the region and its players have had over the years on the landscape of music in general.

The roster of artists who collaborated on the film and its soundtrack is a testament to the importance and weight of the film’s story: Bell, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite, the North Mississippi All-Stars, Terrence Howard, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, Yo Gotti, Lil P-Nut, Snoop Dogg and Bobby “Blue” Bland are just some of the marquee artists involved.

While we’ll be front and center at Friday's screening/Q&A session and Saturday's show, SoundDiego was lucky enough to talk with Harrison over the phone about the film, his involvement, Talking Heads, and his immense body of work as a record producer.

Dustin Lothspeich: First thing's first: How did you become involved with “Take Me to the River”?

Jerry Harrison: Martin Shore who directed the film, we’ve been friends for a number of years, and I was over at his house and played him some mixes of “10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads” -- a Kenny Wayne Shepherd live album I had been working on -- and he was like, “Oh you make this sound so good,” and he goes, “Let me play something for you from this new project I’m working on.” So we listened to some of his mixes and I told him, “You’ve got some truly great performances,” and we proceeded to take the recordings and start mixing them and bring out how sparkly the music was. It really all started to come together when I flew out to Memphis and met everyone and did a session with William Bell, and got to know Boo Mitchell.

DL: What was it like being in the studio while you had these legendary musicians like Mavis Staples and William Bell coming through?

JH: It was really special. We went to Royal Studios and the drummer would hit a hi-hat and a snare, and it was like, “There’s that Al Green sound.” The first bands I played in, I am old enough that we were playing music before the British Invasion [laughs]. And in my early high school bands, we did Rufus Thomas and we did James Brown and we did songs that were coming from that Memphis sound. I had an awareness and a respect for it going back to even then. But the idea that I'd actually see the real people who were doing it, and just being in the studio with everyone, and seeing the genuine brilliance and purity of heart these musicians have, while knowing that many of them had fairly -- well not "fairly" -- very hard lives. We live in a time where there’s a lot of talk about healthcare, and you see the result of the lack of it.

DL: Along those lines, the film delves into the history of Memphis as well and how it intertwines with its musical legacy.

JH: Memphis in the ‘50s was considered one of the greatest places to raise children, but after the riots -- after the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination -- it became much more segregated, people were more fearful for their lives, companies wouldn’t move there, unless you’re a FedEx at the airport or something. But now there’s this resurgence of new musicians, and slowly and surely, it’s coming back. It’s kind of like a phoenix rising from the ashes -- it’s the rise of Memphis coming back. That trajectory is unlike any other documentary that I know of. 

DL: Since there’s quite a lot of ground to cover, was it difficult tying everything together?

JH: Well, we had 4,000 hours of footage; if you worked a 40-hour week, it would take you two years to watch all of it. A lot of time was spent just sorting through all of it ,and unfortunately cutting out things that were really good. We had to shorten it, get from here to there and make transitions. Of course, blending in the story of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was a very delicate thing -- this film is unlike every other documentary film that goes back and examines music we know and love. They all start with a purpose ("Wrecking Crew," "Muscle Shoals," etc.), and talk to a lot of people you know -- and then you realize that there are a lot of people responsible for that music that you didn’t know about. They have a lot of found footage and poignant conversations, and you hear the painful stories and some funny stories, and then you see a concert that is a watered-down version of what the film is about. With “Take Me To the River,” we do brand new sessions with youthful artists and these older Memphis musicians, so there’s a freshness to it. It’s a recording that you’re happy to listen to over and over again.

DL: Where does your work on “Take Me to the River” personally rank in your musical endeavors over the years?

JH: It ranks pretty highly. I think that one of the things this record does, is that it makes you smile; it gives you that feeling that records used to make you feel. I don’t see people jumping for joy at a new release of music, like they did when I was an up-and-coming musician. There’s something gone from it, there’s an isolation of people listening with earbuds and mp3s or streams, or Sirius radio -- all of it cuts out all the depth of the music because it has to be so heavily compressed. And then you listen to that while you’re distracted by other things. But seeing this film in a theater, surrounded by people, you can feel the laughter and the music.

DL: I have a confession to make: I had no idea you produced Live’s album “Throwing Copper.” That record was the soundtrack for an entire school year for me in sixth grade. When you’re working on a project, like “Take Me to the River” or “Throwing Copper,” do you always think it’s going to be successful or is it always a surprise when they are?

JH: I think what’s interesting about that is you try to believe so much in everything while you’re doing them, so you always feel like something like that can happen. A few years later, when I listened to “Throwing Copper,” I had a great feeling about it when we finished it. But for “The Distance to Here,” [Live’s 1999 album], we had too many songs. The album could have taken on a number of different shapes, and that was a real dilemma. If they ever put out “The Distance,” Live would’ve been back as big as ever. The video was never made, and it was never a single, and that was huge mistake. The same thing happened with the Talking Heads. Warner Brothers spent a lot of money promoting “Burning Down the House.” It was the first time they ever did that, and they put a lot of money into it but if they had managed to push “This Must Be the Place” after that -- which is a lot of people’s favorite Talking Heads song, I mean, it was the theme song to “Wall Street” -- if they had done that and continued to promote it, our record sales would have been four times as much. In other words, they were shortsighted. Basically, there’s a lot of ways for very good records not to happen.

DL: Any bit of advice for folks thinking about watching "Take Me to the River" but haven't done so yet?

JH: Everytime you watch it, you’ll learn something new. Oh, and it’s on Netflix now!

The Museum of Making Music (5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad) will screen “Take Me to the River" on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A panel. Tickets are available here. The 'Soul, Stax and Memphis Tracks: A Play It Forward Fundraiser' is Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

<![CDATA[U-31 Marks the SoundDiego LIVE Spot]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:19:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hh0039.jpg

Since we spent the summer having parties at Harrah's, it probably feels like a very long time since our last SoundDiego LIVE party, but we're back, and this time around we return to U-31 with our friends Bang Pow, DJ Ayla Simone and Strat & Mouse. It's going to be epic, so make sure you get on the guest list. Around town, Kaaboo kicks off at the track, Pine Mountain Logs are at Belly Up, and Cass McCombs rocks the Casbah.

Friday, Sept. 16:

  • SoundDiego LIVE: Bang Pow, Strat & Mouse, DJ Ayla Simone @ U-31 (the guest list is now closed (and access to the VIP happy hour), but entry is subject to capacity, so come on over!)
  • Cass McCombs Band, Big Search @ Casbah
  • Pine Mountain Logs @ Belly Up
  • Kaaboo feat. Gin Blossoms, Matoma, Dumpstaphunk, Orianthi, Steve Poltz, Powers, Lawrence Taylor, Future Thieves, Lex, Andrew Luce, the Kickback, the Dustbowl Revival, Leroy Sanchez, Shawn Jones, Steve Aoki, Grouplove, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Gavin DeGraw, Echosmith, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Sugar Ray, Shovels & Rope, DJ Snoopadelic @ Del Mar Racetrack
  • Carla Morrison @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Schizophonics, Bosswitch @ Black Cat Bar
  • Retox, Silent, Foreign Bodies @ Soda Bar
  • Kraftwerk @ Balboa Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • Carrie Underwood @ Valley View Casino Center
  • CalPhonics @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • Pope Virgins, Biriuk, Nein Lives, Batlords @ Ken Club
  • Nukem, Unicorn Death, Cave Bastard, Defixion @ Brick By Brick
  • F---ing in the Bushes with Dan Sant & Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • Musica en La Plaza @ California Center fot the Arts Escondido
  • Jeff Berkley, Peter Bolland @ Java Joe's
  • Josh Abbott Band, Carly Pearce, Eli V @ House of Blues
  • School of Rock @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • SD City Soul Club Presents: The Delirians, Unsteady, 2000 Tons of TNT @ The Merrow
  • Fifth Harmony, JoJo, Victoria Monet @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Jed Madela @ Sycuan Casino
  • Sweet Myths @ The Bancroft
  • Tim Yancey @ 710 Beach Club (5 p.m.)
  • The Moves Collective, Carlo's Bandana @ 710 Beach Club
  • Victoria Martino and James Lent celebrate the 175th birthday of Antonín Dvorák @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • After Hours in the Office w/DJEdROC & DJRamsey @ The Office
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Amigo, Dali's Llama, Supersonic Dragon Wagon @ Tower Bar
  • The Bassics, the Green Machines, Marujah @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • The Delta Bombers, the Sleepwalkers @ Til-Two Club
  • Fluid In Motion @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Rob Stone, Koko & Bayati @ Fluxx
  • Tony Junior @ Bassmnt
  • Scuba @ Bang Bang
  • Nifra @ Omnia
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Somatoast, BogTrotter, Soulacybin @ Spin Nightclub
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Progress @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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<![CDATA[GALLERY: Ashanti & Ja Rule]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:13:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ashanti25.jpg Always on time, Ja Rule and Ashanti brought the hits to the Observatory North Park on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Photo Credit: Fatima Kelley]]>
<![CDATA[The RJ Way]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:52:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RJ+J.png Red-hot LA rapper RJ talks to SoundDiego's J. Smith about his journey to the top before taking the stage at the Observatory North Park.]]>