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Seun Kuti performs on Tuesday at the World Beat Cultural Center.

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Lately it seems pretty rare to see a live show at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park, but back in the day it was one of the best places to catch an all-ages show. Don't get me wrong, they still have performances on occasion, but they largely go under the radar. On Tuesday, however, the center celebrates Fela Day with a performance by Seun Kuti, the son of the late musician and human-rights advocate. Seun has followed in his father's Afro-beat footsteps and will certainly deliver an intense performance. And speaking of all-ages shows, the House of Blues has rebranded the Fifth Avenue Sidestage as the Voodoo Room, and on Tuesday you can catch SomeKindaWonderful and Vaudeville Etiquette at a free show. If you haven't heard the hit "Reverse," you will soon, and you can say you saw them in a small venue before they hit it big. There's a remix of the hit in the Top 4 at Hypemachine, so if radio hasn't bitten yet, you can be sure they will soon.

Tuesday, June 17:

  • Fela Day, featuring Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Band @ World Beat Cultural Center
  • SomeKindaWonderful, Vaudeville Etiquette @ House of Blues Voodoo Room (free, all ages, 6:30 p.m.)
  • Gary Hankins, Eric Hankins, Gregory Michael Thielmann @ Sycamore Den
  • Steve Winwood, the Walcotts @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay (sold out)
  • Blind of SMC Records, Marlon D, Doc Roman, Bam Circa 86, DJ's Artistic, Tramlife, and WSteele @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents Sage Francis, B, Dolan @ Belly Up
  • High Rolling Loners (CD release), Mudgrass, Abe West @ Soda Bar -- watch our Spotlight interview
  • The Chocolate Revolution, Christine Sako @ The Merrow
  • Qualia, the Dead Blue, Witness @ Tin Can
  • Deadmau5 Listening Party, DJ Sets by Office Twins, Kanye Asada, Steve McQueen, R!os @ U-31
  • Tiki Tuesday, with Adrian Demain & Ms. Susannah Kurner @ Bar Pink
  • West of 5 @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Kinetix @ Winston's
  • The Swamp Critters @ Tio Leo's
  • #Tr@pped with DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • Rockabilly Tuesdays @ Henry's Pub
  • High Tech Tuesdays @ Kava Lounge
  • Soul Shakedown Tuesdays @ The Shakedown

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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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