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Sounds Like San Diego: December 22

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    NEWSLETTERS

    I hope you're reading this early in the day, because Saturday's hot ticket is the El Vez Christmas Show at the Casbah. If you've ever been, you know this consummate performer brings his show fit for a stage in Las Vegas to the tiny Middletown venue, complete with feathered dancers, costume changes and full-on makeup and glam as he performs holiday classics as mashups with politically charged lyrics, like his classic take on Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto," converted to El Vez style with "En el Barrio." This is a great annual tradition, and at press time there are still a handful of tickets to be had, so get on it and spend Saturday night with El Vez.

    Saturday, Dec. 22:

    • El Vez, Schitzophonics, Zozo Fiasco @ Casbah 
    • Japandi, Cuckoo Chaos, Gothic Tropic @ Soda Bar
    • Grampadrew, Shawn Rohlf (7th Day Buskers) @ The Tin Can
    • Chad Taggart, Isaac Cheong, Jimmie Lunsford, Kornflower @ Lestat’s
    • The Loons, Sidewalk Scene, Operation Mindblow @ Bar Pink
    • Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, Jamie James @ Belly Up
    • Cubensis @ Winston’s
    • DJs Dimitri & Rob and DJ Claire @ Whistlestop
    • The Silver Spurs @ Tio Leo’s
    • The Junk Poets, Uniform Victor, the Natives @ The Tower Bar
    • Loose Nutts, Neveready, Cheef @ The Griffin
    • Raise the Guns, One Inch Punch, Moosejaw, Godhammered @ Ruby Room
    • Mercedes Moore Band @ Marble Room
    • British Invasion Christmas tributes to the Beatles, Elton John, Billy Idol and Elvis Costello @ House of Blues
    • DJ Chelu @ Gallagher’s
    • Drop Dead, Dames, Burlesque Revue @ Eleven
    • DJ Havok S, Dolla Dolla DJs @ El Dorado
    • Besos de Coco @ Dizzy’s
    • Blink 182, Sum-41, Rancid (sorta, but not really) @ Ché Café
    • ProgNoses, the Roast of Randall Vasquez, Bon Voyage! @ Brick By Brick
    • Deck the Halls, with the Anthology House Band @ Anthology
    • Arden Park Roots, with Natural Heights, the Originalites @ 710 Beach Club

    Rosemary Bystrak 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.