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Sounds Like San Diego: May 12

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I feel like the goodness in this city just never ends. I look at today's events and really am amazed at how we truly have something for everyone. As I mentioned Friday, one of my favorite annual events is back. Now in its 11th year, Gator By the Bay has been one of the best growing festivals in the county. The music is infectious; whether traditional zydeco, cajun, blues or swing, it is hard not to get into the groove. One of the best things about Gator is the diversity of the audience, with everyone there to have a good time (and kids under 17 free with a paying adult), and it has become my family's Mother's Day tradition. The food also deserves a mention, with the famous crawfish boil, po boys and various delights like alligator tenders, this is a rare time to taste Louisiana's best, all in one spot in San Diego. Once the festival ends, there are great night options, including Devo at Humphreys, the Donkeys at Soda Bar, JD Samson & Men at Bar Pink, and AB & the Sea at Tin Can.  

Saturday, May 12:

  • Gator By the Bay @ Spanish Landing/Cancer Survivors Park (Harbor Drive across from airport)
  • Devo @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • The Donkeys, Rafter, Mohammed Quing @ Soda Bar
  • The Jezabels , Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Casbah (sold out)
  • Casbah presents Delta Spirit, Waters, Tijuana Panthers @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Casbah presents JD Samson & Men, DJ Mikey Face @ Bar Pink
  • AB & the Sea, Tomy & the High Pilots, Yellow Red Sparks, Podunk Nowhere @ Tin Can
  • The Beat Kitchen, featuring Kid Riz, Charlie Rock, Question, Freddie Joachim @ Til Two Club
  • The New Kinetics, Subsurfer, the Thingz @ Eleven
  • BoDeans, Jenn Grinels @ Anthology (7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.)
  • Punk Rock Record Swap @ The Shakedown (2-8 p.m.)
  • The Cry, Diamond Lies, Telephone Lovers @ The Shakedown
  • Upright Citizens Brigade: The Birthday Boys @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Booty Bassment, with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Dragon Lounge & Elev8, featuring Stephen Jacobs, Nico Luminous, Arkon, Squama, Stiletto, Miss Brisk, Genevieve, urBn:LgNd @ Kava Lounge
  • Negura Bunget, Eclipse of Eternal, the Way of Purity, Din Brad, Ruines ov Abaddon @ Ruby Room
  • Vicente Fernandez @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Bad Acid Trip, Actuary, Jesus Christ vs. the World, Squirrelly Arts @ The Griffin
  • Paul Cannon Band, the Yes Team, the County Fair @ Belly Up (2:15 p.m.)
  • Sleazy Listening DJs @ Tower Bar
  • Party Rock Saturdays, with Beatknockers, Havok S, Saul Q @ U- 31
  • Goodnight Texas, Josh Damigo, Kelly McFarling @ Lestat's
  • Kanvaz (L.A.), Fuzz-Huzzi, Her Bed of Thorns, the Fairfield Fats Band, Faul Line, Kyle Reynolds (O.C.), Willie Aimes Pre-Party @ Brick By Brick
  • AfroMassive, the Fire Eaters @ Winston's
  • Back 2 Black (AC/DC tribute), BlackOut (Scorpions tribute) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Super Groupie (CD release), Jack Red, Money Max, Viva Apollo, Revive and Revolt @ Soma
  • The MFA Acting Class of 2013 presents Maggie Bofill’s Drawn and Quartered @ Che Café (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)
  • The Air I Breathe, My Ticket Home, Hands Like Houses, Palisades, Forever Ends Now, Shores, In Faith Unfocused @ Epicentre
  • Grand Reopening of Club Sabbat @ The Flame
  • Dannicus Live @ The Grand, El Cajon
  • Psychic Vacuum @ The Tiki House
  • David Patrone @ Marble Room
  • First Friday Gomango Kids Concert @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (2-4 p.m.)
  • Y3K @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9:30 p.m.)
  • Blasting Idiots @ Flying Elephant
  • Dead Man’s Party, Dirty Bird & the Horn Starz, Slower @ 4th & B
  • Mikit Tamu King Milibas (Romancing the Past) @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Los Sindicate, Dj Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • The Last Call @ Biggs Harley Davidson (San Marcos, 12-3pm)
  • The Plastic Revolution @ Gordon Biersch
  • Safety Orange @ RT’s Longboard Grill
  • Mercedes Moore Band @ The Regal (La Mesa)
  • Gabe Vega, Adam Salter, Chamberlien @ El Dorado
  • DallasK @ Voyeur
  • Taurus Party @ Spin
  • Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Rising Star @ Tio Leo’s (Napa St.)

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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