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March to the Beat

Tim Pyles of FM 94/9 and the Local Pyles shares his concert picks for March




    Each month I try and highlight some of my favorite shows, so this is a far-from-complete list of what is happening around town -- just some of my favorites. Some you would expect, some maybe you wouldn't, I like to surprise people. These days the choices are endless and it can even get a bit overwhelming, so take a deep breath, get in your car and drive to any one of our fine music venues or concert halls, like these below:

    • March 4:  Marcus Foster @ Casbah

    Fans of the Twilight saga may recognize this artist, although I hear he doesn't perform the song people want to hear.

    • March 6:  The Stone Foxes @ Casbah

    Rock & roll!, Loud, hard, fast and dirty!

    • March 7:  Johnny Gill @ Sycuan Live & Up Close

    New Jack Swinger and later member of New Edition.

    • March 7:  Flogging Molly @ House of Blues

    Celtic punk band on their 9th Annual Green 17 Tour!

    • March 8:  Why? @ The Irenic

    Alternative, indie and hip-hop all rolled into one.

    • March 8:  Stephen Lynch @ House of Blues

    Musician and comedian who is pretty darn funny.

    • March 9:  Bad Religion and Against Me! @ SOMA

    Punk rockers who believe in what they say!

    • March 9:  Cradle of Filth @ House of Blues

    UK black metal so don't be scared.

    • March 9:  Darwin Deez @ Casbah

    Indie alternative artist with interesting hair..

    • March 9:  El Vez Punk Rock Revue @ Casbah

    The Mi Punk Rock Revue with local rockers the Schitzophonics backing up the one and only Mexican Elvis.

    • March 9:  Soft White Sixties and Nervous Wreckords @ The Griffin

    A fun night of rock & roll will be had.

    Scottish alt-rock band with a touch of folk.

    • March 13:  Alicia Keys @ Valley View Casino Center

    This girl is on fire!

    • March 17:  Greensky Bluegrass @ Porter's Pub (UCSD)

    Bluegrass band from Kalamazoo, Mich. Enough said.

    • March 17:  Shamrock Festival with the Young Dubliners and more @ Gaslamp Quarter

    Gaslamp Quarter St. Patrick's Day party.

    • March 18:  Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius @ House of Blues

    Two alt-rockers that own the radio airwaves right now.

    • March 19:  Matt Costa @ Casbah

    Singer/songwriter on Brushfire Records.

    Welsh alternative rock band that also owns the radio airwaves right now.

    • March 21:  Boy King and Deadly Birds sponsored by 619 Vodka @ Maryjane's Underground inside Hard Rock Hotel

    RSVP here.

    • March 21:  Christopher Owens formerly of Girls @ The Irenic

    Dissolved his old band Girls and is now just himself.

    The Gambler!

    • March 21:  Schematic and Asker @ The Griffin

    Indie pop rock bands share the bill.

    Pop folk country artist who once dated Sandra Bullock.

    • March 22 & 23:  Kenny G @ Copley Symphony Hall

    The King of Smooth Jazz!

    • March 22-23:  Pennywise and Anti-Flag @ House of Blues

    Pennywise returns with all original members celebrating 25 years as a band.

    • March 23-24:  The Black Lips @ Casbah

    Garage Punk rockers play two nights at the Casbah and it will be beer-soaked.

    Folk rock legend.  Folk yeah!

    • March 25:  Anthrax and Exodus @ House of Blues

    The Metal Alliance Tour with the thrash metal kings.

    • March 26:  Jeff Mangum @ Spreckels Theater

    Neutral Milk Hotel frontman returns from the shadows.

    • March 28:  SoundDiego LIVE sponsored by Jack Daniels with Family Wagon and Crash & The Burns @ El Dorado

    RSVP here.

    • March 28:  Tiger Army @ House of Blues

    Psychobilly rock band.

    • March 28:  Daedelus @ Casbah

    DJ and Producer on the Ninja Tune label.

    • March 28:  Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ The Griffin

    Rock, soul and blues band from NYC.

    • March 28:  Brandy @ Sycuan Live & Up Close

    Actress and R&B singer.

    • March 29:  Caveman @ Casbah

    Melodies that are pretty from this indie pop outfit.

    • March 29:  MURS @ Porter's Pub (UCSD)

    Hip-hopper and former member of Living Legends.

    25th anniversary tour to celebrate the release of the album that broke the band, VIVID.

    • March 29:  Tech N9ne @ House of Blues

    Rap and hip-hop.

    • March 30-31: The Airborne Toxic Event @ House of Blues

    Alternative indie rock band that is featured on the radio quite frequently these days.

    • March 30:  Veronica Falls @ Casbah

    Indie Pop Rock band from the U.K.

    • March 30:  Ryan Leslie @ Porter's Pub (UCSD)

    R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop artist.

    Post-punk rock band from Denmark that will pummel your ears.

    That 's all she wrote, or all I wrote anyway. It's just a synopsis, a tiny snapshot of what is going on. I kid about a few of the listings, since I doubt you will see me at Kenny G, but I might go see Gordon Lightfoot, so we will see. Recently somebody came up and introduced themselves to me at a show all because I put that request out on the airwaves and it made my night. So with that being said, I want to throw that out to any readers of this: I would love to meet you, so please come up and say hello if you see me at a show. Good night and good rocking!

    Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music who hosts The Local 94/9 via FM94/9 every Sunday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House Of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here