SoundDiego LIVE is headed north on Thursday, to the leafy environs of the UCSD campus, where we'll be getting loud and pretty on the grounds of La Jolla Playhouse.
Yes, boys and girls, we finally found a way to back-door San Diego's provincial 10 p.m. outdoor music curfew -- Really, San Diego? What is this? Boston? -- by holding SoundDiego LIVE XV in the Forum Courtyard at the Playhouse, the local theater that spawned rock musicals like Tommy,Jersey Boys and Memphis. Go ahead, say it out loud -- we are: SoundDiego Playhouse.
We've got an unforgettable lineup dripping with San Diego Music Award nominee/winners. Kicking it in at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 will our free happy hour, complete with many, many craft brews from San Diego's own Stone Brewing Co. and, bonus: Food-truck treats (see, outdoors good -- we ain't talking just french fries, neither; Deborah Scott's Chop Soo-ey truck [be sure to bring cash for that one] and Corner Cupcakes are coming out) -- all accompanied by whoever wins the third edition of our digital battle of the bands Garage to Glory contest (starts Oct. 11).
Then we hit our swing, thanks to San Diego's premier jazz/country/pop chanteuse/Robot Girl, Miss Erika Davies, who, fresh off a nomination for Best Jazz Album at the SDMA's, will be bringing her great big voice and the boys in the band with her for an unforgettable set. Give her a listen here.
Standing in Erika's footsteps a short while later onstage will be German export/San Diego pop goddess Maren Parusel and her four-piece, who returned recently from a harrowing cross-country tour -- if you're wondering: Yes, they've replaced all their stolen equipment. If she and her song "Kiss You" sound familiar, that's because you've been hearing it this month almost every day on 91X, where this year's SDMA winner for Best Pop Album was selected as the iconic local station's Local Break of the month (listen to "Kiss You" on 91x's site).
Sure, your boogie shoes will be worn out by this point, but things are just starting to smoke, so now's a good time to let Endoxi kill you with alternative kindness. The North County band, which was recently nominated for a San Diego Music Award for the third year in a row, has toured extensively in 2011, and we were lucky enough to catch them at home doing laundry when we asked them to headline. Frontman Chris Wilson told us what you could expect at this rare free Endoxi show.
"I would say, certainly, an honest, high-energy, entertaining show that they have not seen in, maybe, their lives," Wilson said. "I'd say the greatest point about Endoxi is that every show is unpredictable and heartfelt, and people are just pulled in. I think that's our forte: our live performance."
Head over to Endoxi.com for an earful.
This month we're pleased to welcome as host Tim Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyle; he'll be the ringleader holding court in our musical big top.
Oh, and did we mention the swag? Yes, there'll be swag. So let's review: Free stuff, free music, more free stuff, some other free music and then, oh, yeah, more free stuff.
SoundDiego LIVE -- it's about the bands, but it's also about being free to local music fans.