Dirty Sweet shine on outdoor stages. Catch them free (with paid track admission) at the Del Mar Race Track.
I love the nightlife, and there's certainly no shortage of good shows to be enjoyed tonight, but today's bargain of the day can be found at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. With paid track admission, you get to witness the Pacific Classic, you can enjoy the craft microbrew festival (though there is an additional charge), and you can see three of San Diego's finest local bands shine at the Fm 94/9 Local Music Showcase. The weather appears to be cooling, so while you'll still need your sunscreen, you can enjoy the salty onshore breezes of Del Mar while checking out the Kabbs, the Howls and Dirty Sweet, who always perform their best when the sun is shining on an outdoor stage.
Feeding the Soul Foundation benefit for Free the Slaves, featuring Luc and the Lovingtons, Bushwalla @ Linksoul Lab, Oceanside (Tickets)
Gabe Vega, Erika Jessup and Dizzy Cat Entertainment present A la Carte, featuring LeSands, DJs Gabe Vega, Adam Salter, Art by Full Circle Tattoo, F--- Fame, and Tracy Ann Ball, Toy Show by the Rubber Rose @ Casbah
Archaeology (Portland), the Fling (Long Beach), the Midwinters, Longstay @ Tin Can
Pushin Rope, the Danglers @ Eleven (formerly Radio Room)
A Scribe Amidst the Lions, Incomplete Neighbor @ Ruby Room
Bill Cardinal @ Riviera Supper Club
The Bloodflowers, Chango Rey, A.M. with Thee Strychnine DJs, DJ Sinner @ Tower Bar
Sumatra, Aizen, Dive Bomber, Her Bed of Thorns, Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty tribute) @ Dreamstreet
Kevyn Lettau and Russell Ferrante @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine and Culinary Center)
The Nards @ Tiki House
George Duke Jazz Quartet @ Anthology (early show, 7:30 p.m.; late show 9:30 p.m.)
California Celts, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
Michael Feinstein: the Sinatra Project @ Summer Pops, Embarcadero Park
Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.