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Believe the Propaganda

Christina McCord, courtesy Dead Oceans

The Donkeys perform a hometown show to release their new record, Born With Stripes.

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Downtown has never been much of a staple when it comes to music. There are a few large  theatres that have occasional shows, and in the past year or so, the Hard Rock Hotel has stepped up to provide monthly music nights, but outside of these and the occasional pop-up show, live, original music hasn't been part of the DNA of downtown. The Propagandist is a new bar on Fifth Avenue that hopes to bring a new character to downtown. The space has been open since last year, but they finally have things in proper order to celebrate with an official grand opening this Saturday night. The venue installed sound equipment identical to the Casbah to make sure it was done right, and the 280-capaciity basement room is casual, comfortable and feels completely different than anything in the bustling area. Though the Donkeys are from San Diego, they don't play in town very often, so this is a great chance to check out a new bar while enjoying one of San Diego's coolest bands.

Saturday, March 31:

  • Grand Opening Party featuring the Donkeys @ The Propagandist (835 Fifth Ave.)
  • Casbah presents Henry Rollins (spoken word) @ San Diego Womans Club
  • The Nervous Wreckords, Gram Rabbit, Maren Parusel, Low Volts @ Casbah
  • Super Diamond, INXSive @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • The Burning of Rome, Black Hondo, Archery for the Blind @ Soda Bar
  • Midnight Rivals, Shake Before Us @ Bar Pink
  • Silian Rail, Housewives, Nicely, Roswell That Ends Well @ Tin Can
  • Deadbolt, the Mission Creeps, Fink Bombs, Zombie Surf Camp @ Til Two Club
  • Santos, River City, Harpco, DJ AJ @ Eleven (3 p.m.)
  • Valentino Frankenstein, Coda Reactor, Residual Dreams, Samion & the Spades @ Eleven
  • The Black Rose Phantoms, the Saints and Sinners & the Frighteners @ The Shakedown
  • Dance Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Sabbat 14 year Anniversary @ The Flame
  • The Sickstring Outlaws @ Claire de Lune
  • Dave Humphries & Friends @ Rebecca’s Coffee (4 p.m.)
  • Heartsounds, Tony Sly, Versus the World, London’s Falling, the Getdown @ Ruby Room
  • Race Against Space, Someday Assassin @ Ken Club
  • Pool Party, featuring Joint Custody, DJ Who & DJ Daddy Krabs @ The Griffin
  • The Bloodflowers, Gone Baby Gone, Sleazy Listening DJs @ Tower Bar
  • Party Rock Saturdays, with Rekon, Office Twins, DJ Carlo @ U-31
  • Stranger, Tribe of Kings @ House of Blues (5th Avenue Sidestage)
  • Amplified Access presents Animal House @ House of Blues
  • LA Showcase @ Lestat's
  • The Gaffer, DJ Tomas Lendell, Dying to Wake, the Big Small, Hectors Revenge, "d," the Universal @ Brick By Brick
  • Red Headed Stranger (Willie Nelson tribute)@ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • Cubensis @ Winston's (9 p.m.)
  • Benedictum, Back 2 Black (AC/DC tribute), Arrogant Bastards @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Contortionist, Burdens Arise, the Suicide Chords, Thirty 30, Blow Me Down, S.I.G.M.A Project @ Soma
  • Kiss the Concrete presents Metal, Mustache, featuring Destruction of a King, Killing the Messenger, Cold Blooded Theory, Arbors, A Void Within, Alyssa Is Red, Terra Firma, Echoes, The I in Self @ Epicentre
  • Bobby Sanchez Combo @ Tio Leo’s Napa
  • Piano Man John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz @ Templar’s Hall Old Poway Park
  • The Monsters @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (5-7p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9 p.m.)
  • Kingsland @ Flying Elephant
  • Candyrat Guitar Night, with Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson, Craig D'Andrea and Matthew Santos @ Anthology (7:30 p.m.)
  • Jade Element @ Anthology (9:30 p.m.)
  • Forever Plaid @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • The Fab Lushes, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • OC vs SD @ El Dorado
  • Brodinski @ Voyeur
  • West Coast Entertainment presents Glasses Malone @ Spin
  • Showstopper, with Sid Vicious and Rico DeLargo @ Fluxx

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.

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