Stimy returns to San Diego...and it took a flyer hanging in a dive bar bathroom to tell me so.
I was running around on Thursday night, hopping from a dinner to a show to another show and closing the night at Livewire. I have to admit that I don't frequent Livewire like I used to. Because of this music lifestyle that I've stumbled into, if I'm not at a show or a concert, I don't really just hang out in a bar to hear a DJ or a jukebox. Sometimes, however, the universe makes things happen and it was last call. I decided to make one last trip to the bathroom, and the flyer on the wall jumped out at me: "The Stimy Show." Now I can't say I ever knew Stimy personally; when his bands dominated the San Diego music scene, I was a lot younger and just tried to see any of his bands when I could. The music of SubSociety, however, ended up on most of my high school mix tapes, and I followed Inch and Congress of the Cow, too. As far as I know, Stimy lives in Colorado these days but makes a pilgrimage back to San Diego annually, and this is the magic weekend to hear him perform his old school music.
Personally I'm torn, because I'd planned on a night at the Rumble at Bar Pink to see some of the bands in the film Echotone, which follows Austin, Texas, bands as they struggle to "make it" in the music world while also delving into the political problems that arise when urban developments move into trendy neighborhoods where lone music venues once stood alone, challenging the very existence of the bands and people who made the neighborhood trendy in the first place. There will be a screening of the film as well as a performance by two of the bands featured in the documentary.
I also planned on checking out New Yorkers Phantogram, who have mastered the dark yet danceable electro-pop that is all the rage. Many bands try, but few succeed like Phantogram, and I've come to be friends with Sarah and Josh as they've returned to San Diego several times in the past couple years.
So pick one. Or pick all of them. Or pick none of them and go see SDMA winner Josh Damigo at Lestat's or Holy Rolling Empire at the new Til Two Club (formerly the Beauty Bar), or if you must, go see Jack Johnson. Whatever you choose, there are more than 30 compelling reasons not to stay home tonight.
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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. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.