Maroon 5 take over Viejas Arena at San Diego State.
There's never a dull night in San Diego, and tonight, there's something for everyone. From the indie rock of David Bazan to the mainstream pop of Maroon 5 to the yacht-rock stylings of Christopher Cross, plus all the fantastic local options, you might even want to attempt two or three shows tonight.
Bazan has found a way to sustain his career by doing small tour jaunts by himself, playing shows in living rooms offered up by fans, and then alternating those tours with full band tours where he can fully rock out. His lyrics are always poignant, and he's a pleasure to watch because he connects so well with all of his fans. Maroon 5 is very well known, but from what I'm hearing, Bruno Mars is the standout artist on this tour, so if you're heading to SDSU for the show, get there early for the openers. I have a feeling I'll be traversing the city more than once tonight.
Saturday, Oct. 16:
David Bazan (with full band), Wye Oak, Nothingful (Atari Lounge) @ Casbah
Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, One Republic @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
Christopher Cross @ Moonlight Amphitheatre (1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista)
Cave Punk Records Superduper Showcase, featuring the Heartaches, Pure Country Gold, the Widows, Rats Eyes, Spider Fever @ Til Two Club
Little Hurricane, River City, Milktooth, Longstay @ Tin Can
The Invalids, Madison Bloodbath, The Maxies, Sunnyside @ Soda Bar
Tan Sister Radio, Pilots, Inspire Into Sleep, the Color of Glass @ Che Cafe
Rezurex, Knock Em Stiff @ The Shakedown
Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back: Tribute to Frank Sinatra @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Old Devil, The F--- Lordz, Throatcloser, Concussion, Imballanced @ O'Connell's
Pink Party, featuring Soul in the Machine @ House of Blues
Allison Lonsdale @ Lestat's (6-8 p.m.)
John Hull, Meg and Brian, Trevor Davis @ Lestat's
Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, Pathology, Dissolution, Aenea, Beheading the King @ Brick By Brick
The Hip Replacements @ Winston's (4-7 p.m.)
Audiodub, Inhale, Circus Junkies @ 710 Beach Club
Endless Hallway, Children of Nova, Meseta, Fires in France, One I Red, the Elephant Project @ Soma
The Ghost Inside, First Blood, A Loss For Words, Deez Nuts, Hundredth, Vanguard, Colossal @ Epicentre
Southern Storm @ Dreamstreet (7-9 p.m.)
Black Sancho, the Even Keel, Fab, MZ Chief, Problumz, Nutty Buddies, Out of Hell Records @ Dreamstreet
Rockola @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9:30 p.m.)
Iza Moon Dance Collective @ Portugalia
Shoreline Rootz @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
Devin the Dude, Black Resume @ 4th & B
Irma Thomas @Anthology (early show, 7:30 p.m.; late show, 9:30 p.m.)
Cash'd Out @ Gallagher's
Latin Jazz Barbeque, featuring Trece de la Suerte @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine and Culinary Center)
Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.