LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musicians Elton John (L) and Ed Sheeran perform onstage during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
It's Fat Tuesday and though we're a long way from New Orleans, the Gaslamp Mardi Gras has always been a spectacle or spectacular, depending on your perspective. While both are valid -- the event is huge and draws thousands of revelers as well as top musical acts -- it is also quite overwhelming if you're crowd-averse or not savvy enough to get where you want to be within the grounds before the parade starts. For those of you partying New Orleans style, have a great time.
For the rest of you, pretend this is just another day with San Diego's vibrant music scene. He may not have taken home a GRAMMY, but Ed Sheeran has come a long way since his first local appearance where he had a three-song opening set for Snow Patrol. This Tuesday he'll play the gorgeous Spreckels Theatre which will certainly highlight the singer/songwriter's talent. Balboa Theatre will do the same for veteran musician Suzanne Vega. Up at the Belly Up, catch the Howls, or get skanking with the Oceanside Sound System at the Casbah. Whatever your liking, have fun and be safe out there because the goodness will just keep on coming and you're not going to want to miss a thing.
Tuesday, Feb. 12:
Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks, Foy Vance @ Spreckels Theatre
Suzanne Vega @ Balboa Theatre
Gaslamp Mardi Gras 2013 featuring Ozomatli, Z-Trip, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Gaslamp Killer, Little Hurricane, Jesse Marco, Theo & the Zydeco Patrol, G*Roy+ Jimmy Beats, the Bayou Brothers, Digitalife, Mikey Beats @ The Gaslamp