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    NEWSLETTERS

    Rosemary Bystrak
    Ms Lauryn Hill performing at the North Park Theatre on Monday.

    I've been going to shows since I was a kid and have been actively participating in various roles -- as a merch seller, blogger, photographer, publicist, manager, booker -- for nearly a decade, so I'm going to give some show-going advice. If you have tickets to the sold-out Ms Lauryn Hill show on Thursday, you should be prepared. There is a separate line for will call and entry into the theatre, be prepared for lines: They have to check IDs, scan tickets and search bags, so plan accordingly. It really isn't necessary to line up for the show hours beforehand, because the theatre never oversells -- you have plenty of room to roam. On Monday night, the headliner was expected to take the stage by 9:45 p.m. initially, and after soundcheck, it was moved to 10:15. The set actually started at 11. I understand this is your night on the town, but don't be the lady going home after 3 songs because your feet hurt in the stilletos you opted to wear. Dress comfortably and prepare to spend a long night with Ms Lauryn Hill, who performed for more than 90 minutes. On the other hand, you have Noah Gunderson at the Belly Up as an option. He's an amazing performer, and at his recent Soda Bar performance, you could literally hear a pin drop during his set, though. sadly. that was not the case for his openers. This is quiet music to absorb. In a room with 600 fans and alcohol flowing, it will be hard to replicate that vibe, but as a lover of the quiet room, think of kindergarten. If the teacher's mouth was moving, yours shouldn't be, and the same applies to a singer/songwriter show. If you have to chat with your friends, use your whisper voices, or enjoy your beverages on the lovely outdoor patio out back. Music should be enjoyed enthusiastically, and I'm all for a good time, but you pay to hear a given performer, not the people next to you, so extend the same courtesy to your neighbors and everyone can leave the experience delighted and anxious for the next great show. 

    Thursday, Nov. 20:

    • Casbah and Belly Up present Ms. Lauryn Hill, Daniel Bambataa Marley @ North Park Theatre (sold out)
    • Noah Gunderson, the Wild Reeds @ Belly Up
    • Jesse Lamonaca & the Dime Novels, Grampadrew & the Gut Strings @ Casbah
    • Gayle Skidmore, Orion Walsh @ Java Joe's
    • The Feds @ Brick By Brick
    • The One and Onlys @ 98 Bottles
    • Stephen Rey & the Sextette @ Sycamore Den
    • ArtPower! Presents Jeffrey Zeigler @ The Loft
    • Adrian Liu @ La Jolla Athenaeum
    • Ashley Norton, Brad Perry @ Lestat's
    • Jerrod Nieman @ House of Blues
    • The Flavr Blue, Cross My Heart Hope to Die @ The Merrow
    • Dom Kennedy @ SOMA
    • Cosmic Gate @ Bassmnt
    • DJ Nvious @ U-31
    • Ben Wanicur Trio @ Croce's Park West
    • The Sully Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
    • Petty Things, Shady Francos, the Electric Healing Sound @ Tower Bar
    • The Fremonts @ Tio Leo's
    • Congo Sanchez, Big Wave Couch Surfer @ Winston's
    • Futuristic Polar Bears @ Fluxx
    • Astro Jump, Kill Quanti DJs @ Whistle Stop
    • King Schascha & the Irusalem Band, DJ Reefah, TRC Soundsystem @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
    • Rap Contest @ Boar Cross'n
    • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

    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.