<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/the-scene/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:03:17 -0700Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:03:17 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[What About Bill? Murray Playing North County Show]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:50:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/b0f6823b44644565831caea4e38d32c2.jpg

Forget that Dos Equis guy -- everybody knows Bill Murray is the most interesting man alive, which explains why the film and TV star is releasing his first album of music, which will be supported by a summer/fall tour, including a stop scheduled for North County.

Murray's got a tour date -- one of 13 the website Consequence of Sound posted Monday -- pegged for Dec. 1 in Escondido at the California Center for the Arts, where he will perform with the German-born cellist Jan Vogler. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 18, but if fans become a member of the arts center now, they can take advantage of member sales.

Not long ago, the zany star of "Ghostbusters" and "Saturday Night Live" revealed plans to release his first album of music, "New Worlds," in September. Then, on Sunday night in Germany at the Dresden Music Festival, Murray performed, treating the crowd to a Van Morrison cover as well as music from the upcoming project, the website reported.

The website also reported that "New Worlds" will serve up Murray reading pieces from giants of the American literary pantheon, including Mark Twain and Walt Whitman backed by classical musicians, as well as contributing vocals to classics like "It Ain't Necessarily So," by George Gershwin.

It's not Murray's first foray into things musical, of course. Longtime fans will recall several musical performances by Murray, including the unforgettable "Star Wars" theme delivered on SNL back in the '70s.

The tour kicks off on July 20 in with other performances scheduled for Chicago and New York, as well as more California shows in Palo Alto, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Arcata.

Why Escondido? It seems an odd choice, but one needs to remember the comedian was reportedly seen in that city's Kit Carson Park late one night last July, possibly after taking in the All-Star Game at Petco Park.

<![CDATA[Welcome Back to the Jungle]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:18:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81636686-gunsroses.jpg

Guns n' Roses -- who performed at Qualcomm Stadium just last August -- announced on Friday that they would be making an encore appearance in San Diego this fall. 

The Gunners will transform San Diego into Paradise City on Nov. 28 at the Valley View Casino Center. The Not in My Lifetime Tour (a title that refers to a joke Axl once made about the band ever getting back together) kicked off in Detroit on June 23 of last year and ran through stadium after stadium for two months before stopping in San Diego at our Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 22, 2016.

The last time the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees played San Diego prior to that show was way back in September 1992 at a little spot called Jack Murphy Stadium -- you now know it as Qualcomm Stadium. Oh, and their tour co-headliners for that gig? None other than Metallica, who will be playing Petco Park on Aug. 6. 

Tickets for this November's Not in This Lifetime Tour local stop will be available to the general public go on Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. However, Citi Card members will get first crack at the tickets beginning on July 24 at 10 am. ATT priority presale ticket access begins on July 26, also at 10 a.m. Ticket will cost anywhere from $75 to $225. More information can be found here.

The band reunited last year prompted by weekend headlining gigs at Coachella, then toured extensively to critical acclaim, performing mostly punctual sets. Not busy enough, singer Axl Rose also hit the road as a replacement frontman for AC/DC, whose guitarist Angus Young joined GNR onstage at Coachella. AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson had pulled out of the tour after a medical warning that further concerts could permanently impair his hearing. 

Friday's announcement of additional dates comes exactly three decades after the release of "Appetite for Destruction," which has sold an unbelievable 30 million copies, according to the band. The international tour will take Guns n' Roses across the U.S. as well as making stops in Canada. San Diego fans who miss out on tickets for the Sports Arena appearance could also possibly see the band the following night at an additional stop in Los Angeles at the Forum that was also added to the tour on Friday. Seats for that show go on sale to the general public at LiveNation.com on Aug. 4.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Holiday Lights 2012]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:28:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Parade-of--Lights-1217.jpg Have you seen some good holiday lights in San Diego? Send your photos to isee@nbcsandiego.com to be featured in our slideshow! Keep watching for some of the best light displays in America's Finest City.

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<![CDATA[It's a Beautiful Day: U2 Announce SD Show]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:02:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/u2-spain.jpg

Bono and the boys may have skipped over San Diego in Round 1 of their US tour, but they made good with a Tuesday morning announcement.

U2, hailed by some as the best live band in the world, will bring the Joshua Tree Tour to Qualcomm Stadium on Sept. 22. It's a return ticket for the band, who played the site, then known as Jack Murphy Stadium, way back in 1997.

Fans in Southern California traveled to the Rose Bowl last month to see the band celebrate the 30th anniversary of the "Joshua Tree" album, but hopes for a local show rapidly faded till U2 announced the tour extension, which will also take the band to Detroit, St. Louis and four other US cities prior to heading south to Mexico and South America.

Now, San Diego fans can expect to hear that album in its entirety, plus many other iconic songs from the Irish hit factory, all delivered from an enormous, eyepopping stage show. 

Amazingly, tickets will start at just $35, with general admission floor tickets at $70. U2.com subscribers (it costs $$$ to become a subscriber, BTW) will be able to buy tickets from 10 a.m on Thursday, June 8, through 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, with purchasers limited to 4 tickets. Once seats go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 12, at 10 a.m., fans can snatch up a maximum of six at a time.

<![CDATA[Holiday Events in San Diego]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:00:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seaworld-Christmas-Lights.jpg There's plenty of yuletide festivities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Del Mar Racetrack Announces 2017 Summer Concert Series]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 10:40:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Tribal+Seeds+Kaaboo+2015+Day+2+%285%29.jpg

The Del Mar Racetrack announced its 2017 summer concert series lineup on Tuesday morning -- and it's even better than last year.

The scenic track situated where the turf meets the surf will be hosting some of music's most iconic and in-demand artists on the planet come the long-awaited summer months. It all kicks off July 21 with the award-winning reggae/rock group Tribal Seeds -- who hail from right here in San Diego! Next up -- and always a sell-out scenario -- the rock & roll stalwarts of the Violent Femmes will be performing on July 28.

August and September hold even more in store as summer hits full swing. The glam rockers Eagles of Death Metal play Aug. 4, while country music star Billy Currington plays Aug. 5. The next week, Aug. 11 boasts a "special guest" to be named at a later date (who could it be!?!), Aug. 12 features rapper/actor extraordinaire Ludacris; Steel Pulse get the positive vibes flowing on Aug. 18; Lord Huron tap into a more atmospheric indie-folk scene on Aug. 25; and the previously announced hometown heroes Slightly Stoopid hit the stage on Aug. 26.

The track closes out the lineup with a huge finale: The Americana jam band the Revivalists are sure to get the sing-alongs going on Sept. 1, and EDM superstar DJ/producer Steve Aoki returns to man the decks -- and deliver the cake -- on Sept. 3.

All concerts take place after the last races of the day and are always free for patrons of the track. Otherwise, tickets are $20 if fans get there after the last race has occurred. For more information, please visit DMTC.com.

The 2017 Del Mar Racetrack Summer Concert Series:

  • July 21: Tribal Seeds
  • July 28: Violent Femmes
  • Aug. 4: Eagles of Death Metal
  • Aug. 5: Billy Currington
  • Aug. 11: Special guest
  • Aug. 12: Ludacris
  • Aug. 18: Steel Pulse
  • Aug. 25: Lord Huron
  • Aug. 26: Slightly Stoopid
  • Sept. 1: The Revivalists
  • Sept. 3: Steve Aoki

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<![CDATA[Coachella 2018 Ticket Sales Announced]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 12:56:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_17107209060809.jpg

Coachella Announces 2018 Ticket Sales
You might have just got the desert dust cleaned out of your car, but the folks at Coachella have no plans on letting you rest.
Festival organizer said on Wednesday that next year’s weekends are scheduled for April 13-15 and April 20-22, and advance ticket sales will begin Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m. PDT. 
Ticketholder hopefuls will be able to utilize the payment plan option during this purchase period, and can get more info now about camping, and other options by clicking here. Alternatively, hotel-travel-package and shuttle information is available here.
So, who’s playing? Well, almost all that is guesswork at this stage, but there’s a very good chance that Beyonce, who was slated to headline Saturday’s but was sidelined by maternity leave, will be onstage at Coachella 2018. Festivalgoers in 2017 were able to catch main-stage headliners Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar.

Sure, you just got the desert dust cleaned out of your car, but the folks at Coachella have no plans on letting you rest.

Festival organizer said on Wednesday that next year’s weekends are scheduled for April 13-15 and April 20-22, and advance ticket sales will begin Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. PDT. Ticketholder hopefuls will be able to utilize the payment plan option during this purchase period and can get more info now about camping and other options by clicking here. Alternatively, hotel-travel-package and shuttle information is available here.

So, who’s playing? Well, almost all that's guesswork at this point, but there’s a very good chance that Beyonce, who was slated to headline Saturdays this year but was sidelined by maternity leave, will be onstage at Coachella 2018. Festivalgoers in 2017 were able to catch main-stage headliners Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar, and dozens of other acts.

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Humphrey's Makes Splash With 2017 Lineup]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/060410SherylCrow01.jpg

The San Diego Music Awards might have left Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay this year, but some of the best shows of the year have not.

Coming up in April, Humphrey's hosts everyone from Los Angeles indie-pop phenom Banks, to yacht-rock grand-daddies Steely Dan to the classic folk-rock legend David Crosby.

Now, I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up on your Netflix music documentaries like I have, but 2012's "Searching for Sugar Man" profiles the unexpected South African popularity of Detroit-based singer/songwriter Rodriguez, despite him being virtually unknown in America.  He's playing Humphrey's just the day before Melissa Etheridge  at the end of May.

June brings a little something different as Ziggy Marley and King Crimson offer bright spots on the calendar for the month, and Humphrey's follows them up with the Temptations and the Four Tops in July.

Head spinning yet? Good, because Huey Lewis & the News, America, Indigo Girls, the Beach Boys and City and Colour all round out late summer and fall.

And these are all just the shows you didn't already know about. Remember that Father John Misty and Willie Nelson’s shows at Humphrey's are also coming up quickly.

For tickets and an even more exhaustive lineup, click here.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[Del Mar Concerts Back on Track With Slightly Stoopid]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 08:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/Slightly-Stoopid-Sleep-Train+%2814%29.jpg

Listen up, Stoopid-heads: Your favorite reggae/funk/rock band is hittin’ the track this summer!

The OB band, which has become quite the worldwide sensation, is scheduled to play the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 26. as part of the 2017 summer concert series. Stoopid got their start in the mid-’90s and are now basically a San Diego institution -- the eight-piece group routinely packs the biggest venues in town (and elsewhere) and has been a non-stop touring machine for years. 

Slightly Stoopid infamously signed to Skunk Records (when the guys were still in high school) by label founder and Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell (who also appeared on their debut album). Since then, it’s been a meteoric rise -- 2015 saw the release of their eighth studio album, “Meanwhile … Back at the Lab,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. To see them perform at the racetrack for all their hometown fans is just too good to pass up, so head to DMTC.com for info and tickets.

More good news: an announcement of the Del Mar Racetrack’s full season is coming Tuesday, we're told. Last year, of course, the track featured everyone from the Cold War Kids to Chromeo and 311.

Admission to all shows at the track is free with a ticket to the races. Otherwise, concert entry is $20 if you arrive after the last race. We recommend saving some energy for Aug. 26 -- there ain’t nothin’ quite like a Slightly Stoopid party.

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<![CDATA[New Del Mar Concert Venue Passes Major Hurdle]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:29:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del-Mar-exterior.jpg

The repurposing of an off-track betting facility into a mixed-use building that would also house a nearly 1,900-seat concert venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a step closer to reality after unanimous approval by the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors.

The board members cast their votes Tuesday for moving ahead with the plan after hearing from a Solana Beach councilwoman and the mayor of Del Mar, Terry Sinnott. San Diego County residents also signed up to speak about their opposition to the project, some addressing concerns about traffic and security, among other issues associated with the building that's now know as the Surfside Race Place.

"The improvements proposed for the project are all internal and primarily consist of renovating the existing space inside by partitioning or dividing the areas to provide adequate space for a concert venue and a history of beer exhibit," according to a report prepared by Dustin Fuller, a supervising environmental planner with the district.

Fuller's report also stated that sound-deadening work would be done on the building to prevent noise from escaping from Surfside.

The board will now seek private funding to finance the project, which is estimated will cost in the range of $13 million.

"In this step, we can search for funding and present the idea to the government agencies involved with the fairgrounds," fairgrounds representative Shawn Feist told NBC 7.

<![CDATA[Day 2: Coachella Goes Gaga on Weeknd 1]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:00:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coachella-werk-gaga.jpg Saturday at the desert festival included appearances by Lady Gaga, the Weeknd and dozens of others.

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[Festivalgoers Flock to Indio for Coachella Weekend Two]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:39:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-671335776.jpg Over a hundred thousand festivalgoers headed to Indio, California for the second weekend of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Photo Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella]]>
<![CDATA[It's Lit: Coachella Fashion From Weekend One]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:30:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-668964152.jpg The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicked off Friday as thousands assembled in the desert heat for an action-packed weekend.

Although the festival is known for music, food and art, it has also become a gathering for fashion aficionados. Check out some of the best looks from weekend one.]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella 2017 Kicks Off Weekend One ]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:04:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-668717308.jpg As tens of thousands of fans make their way into Indio, the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival’s first weekend is set to kick off with Radiohead on the main stage.

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<![CDATA[Radio Personality Chris Cantore Returns to Airwaves]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:37:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/DSC_02231.jpg

an Diego music-radio fans got some good news on Monday when longtime radio personality Chris Cantore got behind the mic at the Mighty 1090 AM sports talk station.
“Wow, wow, wow,” said Cantore at the top of the show. “Dang … here we are, something else indeed, ladies and gentlemen,” the host added, referencing the strains of his Arcade Fire opener, “Wake Up.”
The Broadcast Company of America announced the news on Monday afternoon, and from 6-9 p.m., Cantore was on the air, filling a slot that until recently was occupied by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“At this stage of my broadcasting career, nothing excites me more than making the jump to talk radio, and to have that opportunity at a beast of a station like the Mighty 1090,” Cantore said on the station’s web site,” Cantore said. “Well, I’m beyond grateful. The antithesis of a human sports encyclopedia, I’m just a fan of all San Diego sports and teams -- including action sports -- and hope to bring something different to the airwaves.”
Cantore, who helped launch SoundDiego -- is seen an an unorthodox choice by many, having spent much of his career at the indie/alt-rock 91x (where he started 20 years ago this week, he said during Monday’s show), the now-defunct triple-A KPRI and FM 949, where he hosted the morning show with fellow rock-jock Steven Woods until the pair departed that station in January. 
According to the Mighty1090.com, Cantore’s show will mix lifestyle entertainment – Cantore at one point helmed the UT’s Night and Day special section – and discussions covering surfing, skiing, boarding and other action sports. 

San Diego music-radio fans got some good news on Monday when longtime radio personality Chris Cantore got behind the mic at the Mighty 1090 AM sports talk station.

"Wow, wow, wow," said Cantore at the top of the show. "Dang … here we are, something else, indeed, ladies and gentlemen," the newly minted host added, referencing the strains of his Arcade Fire opener, "Wake Up."

The Broadcast Company of America announced the news on Monday afternoon, and from 6-9 p.m. that evening, Cantore was on the air, filling a slot that until recently was occupied by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"At this stage of my broadcasting career, nothing excites me more than making the jump to talk radio, and to have that opportunity at a beast of a station like the Mighty 1090," Cantore said on a post on the station's website. "Well, I'm beyond grateful. The antithesis of a human sports encyclopedia, I'm just a fan of all San Diego sports and teams -- including action sports -- and hope to bring something different to the airwaves."

Cantore, who helped launch SoundDiego nearly eight years ago, is seen as an an unorthodox choice by many, having spent much of his career at the indie/alt-rock 91x (where he started 20 years ago this week, he said during Monday's show), the now-defunct triple-A KPRI and FM 949 -- where he hosted the morning show with fellow rock-jock Steven Woods until the pair left that station in January, and which began broadcasting San Diego Padres regular season games on Monday.

According to the Mighty1090.com, Cantore's show will mix lifestyle entertainment -- Cantore at one point helmed the UT's Night and Day special section -- and discussions covering surfing, skiing, boarding and other action sports. 

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<![CDATA[Coachella Makes More Lineup Changes]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:18:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coachella-blurb-generic.gif

Sure, Beyonce was replaced with Lady Gaga at the festival in the desert, but Coachella has made a few more changes to the lineup as well.

Some of the most notable additions are the veteran Long Beach punks of T.S.O.L., booty-rap artist D.R.A.M. and the UK grime rapper Skepta, while some less-known artists also got the nod, including Columbian Latin Grammy winners Diamante Eléctrico and Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis of Israel, who are one of the biggest artists of Mizrahi music.

A slew of indie garage-punk artists were tapped for the bill as well: Tall Juan, the Paranoyds, Surf Curse, Downtown Boys, Slow Hollows, Thee Commonsand Las Ligas Menores, many of which will likely be playing in the smoldering heat of the early afternoon.

Making room for some of the additions are a few acts no longer making their way to the desert, such as the iconic Nigerian performer King Sunny Ade, English singer/songwriter Declan Mckenna, and Moss Kena (most known for their dreamy remix of Kendrick Lamar's "These Walls"). 



  • D.R.A.M
  • Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis
  • Surfbort
  • Diamante Electrico
  • Tall Juan
  • The Paranoyds
  • Shannon & the Clams



  • Surf Curse
  • Downtown Boys
  • Slow Hollows
  • Thee Commons
  • Las Ligas Menores
  • Quitapenas


  • Declan McKenna



  • T.S.O.L
  • Skepta


  • King Sunny Ade

Musician, people-pleaser, lover, fighter and writer Matthew Craig Burke has been spewing musical words of wisdom since never. He lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, beer and Beck Hansen. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[Kaaboo Drops 2017 Lineup]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:49:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Red+Hot+Chilli+Peppers+Play.jpg

The annual Del Mar festival dropped its 2017 lineup on Thursday, and it features some huge names.

Headlining this year's three-day bash will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Muse.

Also along for the ride are Weezer, Jane's Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Jason Derulo, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Brown, Andy Grammer, Garbage and dozens of other artists new and old, spanning all genres from rap to EDM to classic rock.

This is the third iteration of the festival, which kicked off in 2015 and has featured iconic music acts like Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg and the Killers the last few years.

This year's festival will take place from Sept. 15-17 and takes place again on the grounds of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and fairgrounds. It's expected to draw over 100,000 people over the weekend.

Early birds were able to get cheaper tickets, but on Thursday, prices swelled to $259 (plus fees) for a three-day pass, with VIP packages available for steeper prices, of course.

Some acts with local ties made it on the bill again this year, including the SD-based reggae rockers of Pepper, as well as the San Diego Music Award-winning dirty-blues duo Little Hurricane and Trouble in the Wind, who won an SDMA themselves on Tuesday and will headline our FREE SoundDiego LIVE event on March 30 at Music Box (get on the list here while you still can).

The full Kaaboo 2017 lineup: 

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Pink
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Muse
  • Weezer
  • Jane's Addiction
  • David Guetta
  • Ice Cube
  • Jason Derulo
  • Logic
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Jackson Browne
  • Andy Grammer
  • Kesha
  • Live
  • X Ambassadors
  • Garbage
  • Milky Chance
  • T-Pain
  • Michael McDonald
  • The Wallflowers
  • DJ Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal)
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Pepper
  • Timeflies
  • Pete Yorn
  • The Magpie Salute
  • Smash Mouth
  • The Knocks
  • Dave Mason
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • LANY
  • Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Lost Kings
  • Le Youth
  • The Him
  • The Tubes, featuring Fee Waybill
  • Trevor Hall
  • Fishbone
  • The Motet
  • The Shadowboxers
  • Little Hurricane
  • Sam Sparro
  • Kap Slap
  • Martin Jensen
  • Led Zeppelin 2
  • Emily Warren
  • Lawrence
  • The Stone Foxes
  • One Drop
  • SteevieWild
  • Darenots
  • The Last Internationale
  • Ages and Ages
  • Moonsville Collective
  • Armors
  • Luna Aura
  • Jared & The Mill
  • Ethan Tucker Solo Acoustic
  • The Steppin Stones
  • Tristen
  • Cordovas
  • Lost Beach
  • Mamafesta
  • Josh Arbour
  • Zeal Levin
  • Kira Lingman
  • Trouble in the Wind
  • Barenaked Ladies (Amplify VIP only)
  • The Dan Band (Amplify VIP only)

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<![CDATA[Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie Concert Rescheduled]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:55:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/248*120/tlmd_mariah_carey_sonrida_620.jpg

While fans will be disappointed to learn that Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey won't be playing Viejas Arena on May 8, they'll be glad to hear a show is on the books in San Diego for the summer.

Live Nation announced the news on Thursday afternoon, letting fans know that Richie is still recovering from treatment to his knee and that the concert will go on as planned on July 27. Ticketholders who can't make that date can get refunds at their point of purchase, officials said. 

"When you have been performing as long as I have, it takes a toll on your body," Richie said in the statement released Thursday. "Unfortunately, my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100 percent ready to start the tour next month. I don't want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to be back onstage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again."

The last time Richie rolled through town was in 2014. For Carey, it’s been even longer, so we’re due for some Mariah love.

Tickets to the general public went on sale on Dec. 17 at LiveNation.com -- and some were still available on Thursday.

While Richie and Carey haven’t collaborated on any hit songs to date, Carey did cover Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love" with Luther Vandross, which generated quite a bit of success in the '90s.

Richie first rose to prominence in the '60s and '70s with the soul funk superstars of the Commodores, but he went on to an illustrious solo career replete with chart-topping hits and Grammy awards. Meanwhile, Carey blossomed in the '90s as she earned more No. 1 singles in the United States than any other solo artist and five -- count it, FIVE -- Grammys.

While the two come from different generations of soul and R&B, their combined success is sure to bring San Diego an unforgettable night this summer.

<![CDATA[Ed Sheeran Announces U.S. Tour, SD Stop ]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:46:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Ed+Sheeran+93.3+Summer+Kickoff+%285%29.jpg

Everybody's favorite ginger, Ed Sheeran, whose single "Shape of You" has rocketed to the top of the charts and garnered over 400 million streams since January, announced on Wednesday that his summer/fall tour would include a stop in San Diego.

The pop-smashing star is riding high on his recent release of "Divide" (the formal title is the division symbol) and revealed that a tour of the same name would make nearly 45 stops around North America, including a Valley View Casino Center date on Aug. 6.

Ticket sales for the general public begin on March 17 at AXS.com, while Information about ticket prices is not available at this time. Sheeran's San Diego show won't be his first local appearance, of course: In fact, among other appearances, he headlined Valley View Casino Center back in 2015 as well, took part in Energy 93.3's Summer Kickoff Concert the year before, and even treated fans to an intimate Balboa Theatre show on Fat Tuesday back in 2013.

"Shape of You" is the British natives' biggest hit to-date, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and still sitting there six weeks later. Luckily for NBC, the Grammy-winning performer -- whose first major brush with fame came when he shared a mic with Taylor Swift on "Everything Has Changed," off her "Red" album -- made an appearance Wednesday morning in Rockefeller Plaza outside the "Today Show" studios to coincide with the tour announcement.

Aug. 6 will be a memorable night for music in San Diego -- drivers headed into San Diego to see Sheeran will have to compete with Metallica fans, who will be headed to the Petco Park the same night.

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<![CDATA[Coachella Music Festival Begins Friday]]> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:06:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coachellaGettyImages-470287344.jpg

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins its two-weekend run Friday, with tens of thousands expected to stream into Indio for the annual desert spectacle.

LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses and Calvin Harris top a lineup of hundreds of musicians set to perform over the weekend at the Empire Polo Grounds.

LCD Soundsystem and Guns N' Roses will headline Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, on the heels of recent reunion announcements. The festival marks LCD Soundsystem's first concert since 2011 and is also part of Guns N' Roses' "Not in This Lifetime" tour, which has brought three of the band's original members together for the first time since the '90s.

In addition to music, the festival will feature the works of an array of international artists, expected to match the lavish and gigantic installations of years past.

Artists will include Cuban-born Alexandre Arrechea, who will present a giant sculpture representing global warming and the threat of rising sea levels, Argentina-based R&R studio with a "selfie sculpture," and recurring
acts like Do Lab and Phillip K. Smith III, who has dazzled past Coachella
crowds with his monolithic, mirrored, LED-laden structures.

Local restaurants, bars, and a who's who of renowned chefs will supply the food.

Roads are expected to be as packed as the polo grounds, and festival-goers and residents alike have been warned of traffic expected to clog local roads and freeways. Caltrans recently warned motorists to avoid Interstate 10 if at all possible, particularly at the close of the weekend's festivities Sunday night, and seek detours on other local highways such as state Route 62 and 74.

The Indio Police Department will be offering traffic information through the weekend via Nixle.com. Callers who text COACHELLA to 888777 can receive
traffic updates on their cell phones, as well as information regarding weather
and safety.

Day parking will be available surrounding the venue off of Avenue 49, Avenue 52 and Madison Street. Car camping will also be allowed in designated areas off of Avenue 50, Avenue 51, and Madison Street. A taxi and Uber drop-off
zone will be located at the corner of Avenue 49 and Monroe Street. A parent
drop-off and pick-up zone will be at the corner of Avenue 52 and Madison

Along with the usual heat, wind is expected to impact the festival, so attendees might want to invest in a bandanna and sunglasses. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for several areas. including the Coachella Valley. The warning, which says gusts up to 70 mph are possible, is set to last through Saturday morning. Dust and sand are expected to affect visibility, a warning typically leveled at motorists, but one which could affect festival-goers through the first couple days of the event.

Tickets priced at $399 sold out months ago, though a number of additional tickets have been made available for local residents only. Passes are available at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office on April 20 and April 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Coachella only figures to get bigger in upcoming years thanks a recent Indio City Council vote, unanimously approving the expansion of the festival's
attendance cap from 99,000 to 125,000.

<![CDATA[Touching Moments Amid Firestorm]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:27:50 -0700 several wildfires left a path of destruction and devastation throughout the county. However, as this happened dozens of touching stories came to light.]]> several wildfires left a path of destruction and devastation throughout the county. However, as this happened dozens of touching stories came to light.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cocos+Fire+San+Marcos+taken+from+corner+of+Iron+Horse+Dr+and+Mendocino+-+photo+credit+Edgar+Herrera.jpg As San Diegans dealt with the loss and devastation caused by a string of major wildfires, there was an outpouring of touching stories that reminded us of the good that comes out of tragedy.

Photo Credit: Edgar Herrera]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Race Track, The Oscars Flub and Emma Stone, What's the Connection?]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:28:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Joe_Harper_Academy_Awards_1200x675_886872643655.jpg

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Joe Harper attended The Academy Awards. While there, Harper "photo-bombed" actress Emma Stone and witnessed the Best Picture controversy.  Harper recapped the wild night with NBC 7's Todd Strain.

<![CDATA[What Do You Love About San Diego?]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:37:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Love_SD_1200x675_877277251548.jpg

With it being Valentine's Day, there's lots of love everywhere, and there's lots to love in San Diego.   NBC 7's Todd Strain hit the streets to find out what do you love about San Diego?

<![CDATA[The Human Side of Anthony's Closing]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:10:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TRS_pkg_Anthony_s_Fish_Last_Day_1200x675_866958403652.jpg After 52 years at its Embarcadero location, Anthony's Fish Grotto is closing. Today, January 31st is the last day of business before the restaurant loses its lease. To see the human side of this business decision, Anthony's CEO Craig Ghio took NBC 7's Todd Strain into the kitchen with many longtime employees.]]> <![CDATA[Sneak Peek: Legoland's Plans for New Castle Hotel]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Legoland-Castle-Hotel-Ceremony-0118.jpg

Legoland California Resort has broken ground on a new castle themed hotel in Carlsbad.

The Legoland Castle Hotel, targeted to open in the spring of 2018, will be the first of its kind in North America.

“We have one in Germany, we’re building one in England, but there’s nothing like this is North America,” said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of Legoland.

The Legoland Castle Hotel will have three different room themes: Princess, Wizard and Knight. There will be 250 total rooms, including 20 suites completely immersing guests into a castle experience.

For hotel guests, think role play and a hotel stay uniting.

“There will be dress up, activities, big jousting events every day. So coming to the hotel will feel like an event, something is about to happen, everyday there will be a big event,” said Ronchetti.

In planning for the hotel, Ronchetti said Legoland did a lot of research and the castle theme came through very strong among children and adults, “It’s an evergreen theme, everyone gets it.”

The Legoland Castle Hotel is expected to create hundreds of jobs and bring millions of dollars into the Carlsbad economy.

“Not only are there jobs coming to Carlsbad for this hotel, but that has a ripple effect into this community," Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said. "Not only are people coming here, they are coming to local restaurants, beaches and Carlsbad Village."

Legoland opened in Carlsbad in 1999. The first Legoland Hotel followed in 2013.  The Legoland Castle Hotel is just the latest in what park officials say is a growth pattern.

“Every single year for the next ten years we have a development planned.  So every year something new will arrive. That’s been our formula for last 15 or so years and it’s worked really well for us,” said Ronchetti.

Photo Credit: Todd Strain
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<![CDATA[Chris Pratt at MCAS Miramar for Movie Night]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:55:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/todd_Chris_Pratt_MCAS_Miramar_1200x675_831491651505.jpg Hollywood star Chris Pratt visited with military members and their families at MCAS Miramar before a special screening of his new movie Passengers. Pratt co-stars in the movie with Jennifer Lawrence. NBC 7's Todd Strain was on the red carpet with Pratt and has more.]]> <![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Opens to Huge Crowds and Rave Reviews]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:46:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Dunkin_Donuts_opens_Tuesday_1200x675_826318915680.jpg Dunkin' Donuts on East Plaza Blvd. in National City held its grand opening Tuesday, December 6th. The opening attracted many people and produced a long drive-thru line. NBC 7's Todd Strain has the story on day one of San Diego's newest donut place.]]> <![CDATA[Where There's Smoke, There's Turkey!]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:38:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Smoked_Turkey_PKG_1200x675_815509571629.jpg How do you cook your Thanksgiving Turkey? Bake, Roast, Deep Fry? How about smoking your turkey! San Diego Chef Joe Jones is smoking turkeys this week at Wrigley's Market in National City. NBC 7's Todd Strain has the story on the smoked turkey.]]> <![CDATA[Day of the Dead, Alive and Well in San Diego]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:35:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dia_de_los_muertos_Todd_PKG_1200x675_797636163949.jpg Dia de los Muertos festivities will take place November 1st and 2nd in Old Town San Diego. With close to ten thousand attendees, this is San Diego premiere Day of the Dead event. NBC 7's Todd Strain has more on what to expect.]]> <![CDATA[Costumes by the Thousands]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 22:58:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gypsy+treasure+costume+shop.PNG Gypsy Treasure, a costume shop in La Mesa, has been in business for 40 years. Gypsy Treasure is busy year-round, but especially during Halloween. A key reason for the stores success is costumes, lot's of costumes.. but how many costumes does the store have? NBC 7's Todd Strain has the answer.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Go Inside San Diego's Haunted Hotel]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:06:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Haunted-House-generic-San-Diego.jpg WARNING THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego has been scaring people for 24 years. It's consistently ranked among the nations best haunted houses. Each Halloween season it draws thousands and thousands of people inside its spooky doors. NBC 7's Todd Strain was brave enough to go inside and come out alive. Here's a tour and an inside look at the legendary Haunted Hotel.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Halloween Costumes in San Diego]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:21:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hot_Halloween_Costumes_in_SD_Todd_1200x675_788560963687.jpg What's hot this Halloween? What's not hot? The Halloween costume craze is here. Think Trump and Clinton, Clowns and Crowns, and more. NBC 7's Todd Strain takes a look at which costumes are popular in San Diego this October.]]> <![CDATA[East Village Hosts Padres Opening Day Block Party]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:14:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Padres+Opening+Day+2014+Block+Party+%285%29.JPG

The opening of the San Diego Padres season is more than just a game; it's an all-day block party.

Downtown San Diego's East Village is hosting its sixth annual Opening Day Block Party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 4, ahead of the Padres Home Opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The free community event will close J Street between 6th and 10th to allow fans to watch live entertainment, taste local craft beers, dine at food trucks and nearby restaurants as well as participate in various activities throughout the party.

When going to the event, party-goers can utilize the Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) increased services and mobile ticketing as well as the Coaster’s North County game day specials.

However, there are even more options.

For those braving the traffic, there are several paid parking lots surrounding the event that range in price from $10 to $30 for parking. San Diego’s Free Ride also allows people already in downtown to receive a ride by texting (619) 821-0520.

Skipping a car altogether is possible by taking advantage of San Diego's Deco Bikes. There are also bike racks for personal bikes on streets near the event.

More detailed information about transportation to the event can be found here.

Play ball.

<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Add Irish Flavor]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 04:40:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stpattysfoodtoday-food-al-roker-150313-04.jpg

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw an Irish-themed party full of traditional foods and drinks. 

Simple and authentic flavors are the way to go, experts say, but adding some modern spin will keep your guests asking for more. Take a look at these food and drink recipes that will help you add flavor to your St. Patrick's Day festivities:

Chef Matt Murphy shows "Today" show's Al Roker how to whip up an easy meal of corned beef and cabbage. He also suggests serving a classic Irish dessert, Gur cake, which is a tasty, fig-based pastry. 

A hearty stew is another great choice for a dinner party. Chef Conrad Gallagher shows Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to prepare a lamb variation that combines authentic taste with modern flavors, like butternut squash and pearl onions. Gallagher says it goes perfectly with a flavorful Irish stout bread.

Martha Stewart suggests switching out the typical celebratory green beer or Guinness for this scotch and whiskey-based Irish cocktail. Combining the liquors with lemon and bitters, Stewart gives you a simple Celtic mix cocktail that's full of flavors. 

The more dessert the better! Stewart shows how to make a simple yet authentic recipe for buttery Irish Oatmeal cookies. 

On celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel DrinksTube, you can can find the perfect recipe to wind down your party. Coffee expert Mike Cooper shows how to make a warm cup of traditional Irish coffee. 

Photo Credit: Samantha Okazaki/TODAY
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<![CDATA[Video: Rolling Stones Play Surprise Show]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 08:41:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/Stones.jpg Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles of One Direction and other celebs were on hand Wednesday to see the Rolling Stones, who are slated to play Petco Park, on Sunday, play an intimate show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Video courtesy of the Rolling Stones.

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF Productions]]>
<![CDATA[Top Chefs to Offer Fine Dining for Great Cause]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:34:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gourmet-Food-Generic_0925.jpg

Fine food and a great cause are on the menu for an annual culinary event featuring some of San Diego’s top chefs.

Teaming up to create a foodie’s dream event is Meet the Chefs and non-profit Casa de Amparo where top chefs from across San Diego prepare some of the best dishes the city has to offer.

In total, 19 of San Diego’s top chefs from 18 restaurants are going to donate their time and food for the event, which will happen on Sunday May 4 from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego.

For 18 years Meet the Chefs has transformed to become one of San Diego’s top culinary events.

Along with fine wine and food, organizers say guests at Meet the Chefs are doing their part to support Casa de Amparo’s mission to be a safe haven for abused and neglected children, teens, and young adults.

Casa de Amparo, which translates to home of protection, serves over 850 children, teens, and young adults each year at its locations in Oceanside and San Marcos, according to staff. Along with that, the non-profit helps as many as 675 families with its programs.

“I’ve been part of Casa de Amparo’s spectacular cause and the startup of Meet the Chefs since its inception in 1996,” said Pamplemousse Grille Chef and Owner Jeffrey Strauss. “To see the event’s growth and development with the support of committed staff, donors, and businesses for nearly two decades is nothing short of a miracle.”

For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets, check this website.

<![CDATA[FAA: Ferris Wheel May Be Hazard to Air Traffic]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:06:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FERRIS+WHEEL+RENDER+0107.jpg

The giant Ferris wheel proposed along the Embarcadero could be a hazard to flights in and out of San Diego, a new report by the Federal Aviation Administration has found.

In a memo to San Diego County Regional Airport Authority released Friday, the FAA shared its initial findings of the Discovery Point Ferris Wheel project.

As proposed, the 443-foot waterfront feature "would exceed obstruction standards and/or would have an adverse physical or electromagnetic interference effect upon navigable airspace or air navigation facilities," according to the report.

But a proposed structure that was 277 feet or under would be something the agency could approve, the FAA said. A higher structure may be possible but would need further study, the agency added.

There are several proposals being discussed that could lead to a giant Ferris wheel located in the parking lot just south of the Midway Museum.

One, pitched by real estate developers Charles Black and David Malmuth, would take riders 450 feet above the city to see panoramic views of San Diego. Next to the Ferris wheel would be a 30,000 square foot pavilion showcasing San Diego’s history.

Malmuth said the FAA report was expected and is just part of the process.

"You have to have a lot of persistence. You need to be flexible. But you also need to firmly believe in the worth of your project," he told NBC 7.

Another concept, developed by Bussink Design and Chance American Wheels, includes a ride standing 250 feet tall with the ability to hold more than 430 people on board.

A third developer, Allegis Development, currently represents the Orlando Eye scheduled to open in April 2015.

The Port of San Diego will meet with the three developers on Feb. 10.

Malmuth said his firm was going to hold off on any chances to their initial proposal until after they present to the board.

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<![CDATA[The Future Eye of San Diego? ]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:05:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FERRIS+WHEEL+RENDER+0107.jpg

London has one. Orlando is getting one.

San Diego could be next on the list for a city with a giant Ferris wheel.

Three developers will be meeting with the San Diego Unified Port District in the next few weeks to pitch their ideas and renderings for a giant Ferris wheel in the parking lot just south of the USS Midway Museum.

The Port of San Diego says they weren’t asking for ideas. Instead, people started to randomly send in submissions over the past year all with a common trend: a giant Ferris wheel. The Port decided they would look into it and look into the ideas.

One of the proposals comes from two real estate developers, Charles Black and David Malmuth. Their concept is a giant Ferris wheel that takes people 450 feet above the city to see panoramic views of San Diego. Next to the Ferris wheel will be a 30,000 square foot pavilion showcasing San Diego’s history.

“I believe San Diego’s waterfront can be one of the truly great waterfronts in the world but we aren’t there," said David Malmuth, developer for Ferris wheel concept. "In order to achieve that, we need to take action, big bold initiatives. Not just talk, not just plans but actions."

Another Ferris wheel concept being presented to the Port of San Diego was developed by Bussink Design and Chance American Wheels. It will stand 250 feet tall with the ability to hold more than 430 people on board. The gondolas will have sound systems with MP3 players to listen to music along the ride.

The third developer is from Allegis Development. They are the same group representing the current construction of the Orlando Eye scheduled to open in April of this year.

The Port of San Diego will meet with these three developers on February 10th. The Board will listen to the proposals and then decide whether they are interested in the concept or not.

David Malmuth, one of the developers, believes if the Port does agree to a Ferris wheel we could see it along the Embarcadero by 2020.

<![CDATA[Volunteers Build Homes for Service Members in Lakeside]]> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 11:09:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/H4H-Lakeside.jpg

Dozens of volunteers with local non-profit group San Diego Habitat for Humanity gathered on Saturday to build homes for disabled veterans and their families in Lakeside.

Volunteers of SDHFH's Building for the Brave program took part in building four town homes from the ground up in the 12000 block of Lakeshore Drive.

SDHFH organizers said Building for the Brave aims to provide housing for wounded warriors who want to own a home but are unable to do so.

All four of the Lakeside town homes will be given to families who are able to demonstrate a need for improved housing due to undesirable living conditions and their financial situation.

The project has been in the works since March 2013 when ground was first broken.

Construction on Saturday began at around 8 a.m. with donated tools and more than 30 volunteers were expected to be on-site throughout the day.

Each of the units are 1,500 square feet, as well as handicap accessible.

The Building for the Brave initiative was made possible with sponsorship from Bank of America, The Home Depot Foundation, TD Ameritrade, SAIC, and Cox Communications, among others.

Families will be able to start moving into the homes around the end of May, when the project is scheduled to be completed.

As part of the program, the families will be asked that they participate in homeowner education workshops, be active members of the homeowner’s association, and complete between 250 and 500 hours of what organizers called “sweat equity.”

Since 1988, the San Diego-Tijuana Habit for Humanity, later shortened to SDHFH, has helped to build nearly 200 homes for people in need throughout San Diego and across the border in Mexico.

<![CDATA[$4M Home Raffled Off for $150]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:53:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ronaldhouse11.jpg

A nearly 8,000-square-foot , $4 million home is being raffled off for a $150 ticket next month as part of a local charity event.

For the past ten years the Dream House Raffle has been giving away multi-million dollar homes located in pricey zip codes across the county.

As a grand prize this year, someone will win a 7,685 square foot home that sits atop 0.65 acres in Rancho Santa Fe.

The five bedroom home was built in 2002 and features 5.5 bathrooms, a pool, spa, and a theater that sits nine people.

Proceeds from tickets bought in the raffle will go toward the Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides services to families with critically ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals.

Tickets for the raffle are available online. The grand prize raffle will take place on May 17.

Ticket information and additional photos can be found at sdraffle.com.

<![CDATA[Actor Gary Sinise Celebrates Troops with SD Festival]]> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:58:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/0911-sinise.jpg

Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinise’s connection to the military didn't stop with his scene-stealing role as Lieutenant Dan in "Forrest Gump.”

Helping wounded service members – like the double amputee he played in 1994 critically acclaimed film – has become a lifelong passion for Sinise, even as his career turned to other projects like “CSI: NY.”

His efforts have often turned toward San Diego, as they did Saturday at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

There, the Gary Sinise Foundation hosted the day-long “Invincible Spirit Festival.”

The goal: To honor and celebrate wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as their families and medical caregivers.

Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band grabbed their instruments and played their hearts out alongside a barbecue cookout by British celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, known as his turn on Food Network shows “Dinner: Impossible,” “Restaurant: Impossible” and more.

Families were also treated to a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, face painting and giveaways.

Sinise's band has eclectic tastes, covering hits from Stevie Wonder to Adele, the Zac Brown Band and more. The more unlikely the songs, the more entertaining the performance as members hope to boost morale on military bases both in the states and overseas.

For his active involvement with wounded troops and the USO, Sinise has often earned the nickname “The New Bob Hope.”

His foundation’s work encompasses programs for service members, veterans, first responders and families.

<![CDATA[Send Your Pic: Chargers Faithful]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chargers-fans-091415_4.jpg Win or Lose, they're blue and gold. Bolts fans show their support for the SD Chargers. Send your pictures to isee@nbcsandiego.com.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[SDSU Student Crowned Miss California 2014]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:00:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/misscalisdsukunze.jpg

A San Diego State University student has been crowned the new Miss California USA.

Beverly Hills resident, 20-year-old Cassandra Kunze, was crowned last night in Long Beach.

Kunze previously served as Miss Teen San Diego County and Miss Teenage California in 2012.

Along with attending SDSU, Kunze is a 2011 graduate of Grossmont High School and has worked as a ballet instructor in the past, according to her LinkedIn profile. 

(Video via PROJECT13MAGAZINE on Youtube)

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<![CDATA[Holiday Events Ring in the Season Across SD]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:04:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/December+Nights+Resized.jpeg

Holiday cheer is in full swing across San Diego, as several events celebrated the season on Saturday.

Thousands were expected to gather in Balboa Park beginning at 11 a.m. for the second day of December Nights. The annual San Diego tradition, once known as Christmas on the Prado, kicked off Friday and will last through midnight Saturday.

View our 2013 December Nights guide

Around 300 third graders spent the day with local law enforcement during the annual Shop with a Cop event. This year the kids were treated to a private show at SeaWorld San Diego and then went on $100 shopping spree with officers at a nearby Target store.

Also on Saturday, locals got the chance to travel with Santa Claus and his elves in the North County for the eighth annual Coaster Holiday Express, a 90-minute train ride from Oceanside to Sorrento Valley. The event, put on by the North County Transit District, began at 10 a.m. and ended around 12:30 p.m.

A few parades were also scheduled for the day.

At 10 a.m., the North Park Toyland Festival and Parade kicked off along University Avenue. At around 5 p.m. the 34th annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade and the Encinitas Holiday Parade were scheduled to take place.

The Little Italy Association held its annual tree lighting and Christmas Village along W. Date Street, between India and State streets, at around 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, also at 4 p.m., Marine Band San Diego was set to perform a free holiday concert for the public at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Loma Portal.

In Lakeside, the 15th annual Spirit of Christmas was scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. on Maine Avenue, between Woodside and Laurel, in Lakeside’s downtown area. A tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, vendors, food, music, and more were planned for the free community event which lasts until 9 p.m.

Locals who didn't head out today are in luck as a few holiday events are planned for Sunday as well.

Families that have children with special needs are encouraged to visit Fashion Valley Mall and take a photo with Santa during the mall's Caring Santa event. The special photo sessions will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in Center Court which will be transformed to better support the children’s sensory, physical and other developmental needs.

You might score the ultimate one-of-a-kind gift at Holiday Hit List at Liberty Station where local crafters will be selling their unique creations. The shopping event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2875 Dewey Rd.

At around 2 p.m. the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Festival will be held at the La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St.

Finally, snow is going to fall in Eastlake for Magic Snow at the Village Walk shopping center. The snowing will take place at both 6 and 7 p.m. at 878 Eastlake Pkwy.

Did we miss your holiday event? Let us know in the comments!

<![CDATA[Men Accused of Stealing Paul Walker Crash Wreckage Plead Not Guilty]]> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Paul+Walker+1.jpg

Two men accused of stealing the roof panel from a badly wrecked red Porsche GT in which actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.

Jameson Brooks Witty and Anthony Edward Janow  each face one felony count of grand theft of personal property, and two misdemeanor counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities arrested Witty on Dec. 5 at his home in Los Angeles and held on $20,000 bail. Janow, a friend of Witty, surrendered to Los Angeles authorities about one week later.

Massive Crowds Gather at Unofficial Walker, Rodas Memorial

Witnesses told investigators that a vehicle was following the tow truck transporting the wrecked Porsche. When the tow truck was at a stoplight, someone got out of the vehicle, grabbed a part from the wrecked Porsche and then drove away.

The tow truck driver reported the theft, authorities said.

Private Funeral Held for Paul Walker

Authorities identified Witty and Janow as suspects and later served a search warrant at a home in Canyon Country and found a red T-top roof panel from the Porsche, sheriff's officials said. What led investigators to the two men was not released by authorities.

Walker and Rodas were killed when a Porsche that Rodas was driving slammed into a light pole and tree and then caught fire. The crashed happened while Walker and Rodas had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser and toy drive at Rodas' custom car shop in Valencia.

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<![CDATA[Vavi Mud Run Returns]]> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:36:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mudrun.jpg Runners of all sorts participated in VAVi's Del Mar Mud Run 2013 over the weekend. Check out a clip of the fun, mud-filled event here.]]> <![CDATA[Could George Clooney Film in Coronado?]]> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:55:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coronado-Bridge-0318.jpg Multiple entertainment websites are reporting George Clooney is very interested in a storyline that happened in Coronado.]]> <![CDATA[Ugly Sweater Run: Mustaches, Mistletoe Highly Recommended]]> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:31:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ugly+sweater+fun+run+1130.jpg

A fun run that requires participants to “don they now their ugliest apparel” swept through San Diego Saturday.

The Ugly Sweater Run invited runners, walkers, kids and pets to the world’s ugliest 5k at Liberty Station’s NTC Park.

A “What to Wear” list was followed to the letter as runners suited up in flannel long johns, mustaches, knitted caps, mistletoe and of course, the most dreaded of holiday clothing.

Every mile, hot chocolate aid stations replenished the participants’ depleting electrolytes, and those who were 21 and up were welcomed across the finish line with two free beers or hard ciders.

The Ugly Sweater Run has horrified fashion police across the nation for three years now, but today’s jaunt was the first time it has come to San Diego. Runs were also held simultaneously Saturday in Boston, the Twin Cities and Dallas.

While they raised awareness about terrible holiday clothing, organizers supported a true cause by encouraging runners to donate a gift to Toys For Tots.

Photo Credit: The Ugly Sweater Run Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Comic-Con: The Enduring Appeal of Peanuts]]> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:01:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Peanuts+gang.jpg

Superman, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Some of these things are not like the others.

Navigating the crowds of Comic-Con en route to the "Snoopy: A Retrospective" panel Friday afternoon, I pass Wolverines, assorted Doctor Whos, zombies, scantily-clad warrior princesses rubbing shoulders with Disney princesses, and even a President Obama look-a-like replete with secret service detail.

The juxtaposition of the Peanuts Gang among the super-beings celebrated so grandly in San Diego this weekend is at first jarring. Created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950, Peanuts focuses on a group of children who hail from Minnesota and struggle with everyday issues of anxiety, friendship and pitching a perfect game.

Hardly the stuff of superhero legend.

But when you look at the enduring love and success the franchise continues to enjoy, perhaps Charlie Brown and the gang are the ones most deserving of the "super" descriptor.

"I personally don't know of any character property where the characters so fully inhabit their issues. They are so honest about anxiety or insecurity," Paige Braddock, executive vice president and creative director of the Peanuts brand, says. "It's very nice to see the vulnerability of the characters. They are not perfect, know-it-all smart-alecks."

What they are is just like us. And audiences can't seem to get enough of their funny, touching and what sometimes appears old-fashioned antics.

Over 45 million people read a Peanuts comic strip everyday. In 2012, "A Charlie Brown Christmas Special" was the highest ranked special among adults 18-49. That same year Peanuts had more than 475 million social media impressions. One in five Hallmark cards sold is a Peanuts card. Snoopy has almost two million Facebook fans, 140,000 Twitter followers and 75,000 Instagram followers. Even Woodstock has 38,000 Twitter followers without the benefit of being able to converse in speech.

When Schulz passed away in 2000, many fans fretted it would mark the end for Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy. With the aid of Schulz's family and a group of dedicated artists and business people, the franchise has not only survived but continues to go from strength to strength.

At the core of this success? An emotional attachment for audiences that dates back to their childhood and a method of storytelling that has translated seamlessly from newsprint to the technological platforms that inhabit the modern world.

According to Peanuts managing director Leigh Anne Brodsky, it's the simple wit and wisdom of the property that draws you in, and the lucid way it is displayed. "It's bite sized media," she proclaims proudly. "The four panels really tell a story in a quick, concise and pithy way with great art, great dialogue and it works really well on social media."

For Tweeny Kau, 36, of Santa Monica CA., attending the Snoopy panel at Comic-Con was something she was most looking forward to during the four-day event. "I just liked [Snoopy] because he was a dog and he was cute and he was funny," says Kau, whose first recollection of the beagle was at around four years of age. "Now I get the humor more."

The continuity of the franchise also appeals to Kau.

While other stalwarts of the funny pages such as Archie have added modern-day characters and placed their protagonists in 21st century situations, Peanuts maintains an unchanging cast of characters struggling with everyday, timeless issues.

So popular is the franchise right now that Braddock and her team oversee between 2,000 and 4,000 product submissions a month. Some requiring more scrutiny than others to ensure the Peanuts legacy remains true to Schulz's vision.

"We do a lot of trend t-shirt licenses for example, but we also have a new game in development," Braddock explains. "So game development is one submission but is a very intense project that will go on for months. We try to pay really close attention to the projects that have heavier content: games or books or APPs."

How about Thanksgiving Day Balloons and movies?

Beginning in 1968, Snoopy has made more appearances in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade than any other character. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of his debut and the 40th anniversary of the accompanying holiday special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," a brand new balloon design will make its debut on November 28.

Braddock's team worked on the concept sketches for the design, which incorporates a flying Snoopy along with his best feathered friend Woodstock.

Add to that the recently announced return to the big screen of the gang in 2015, a year that will mark the 65th anniversary of Peanuts debut and the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas Special." 

Shulz's son Craig is currently writing the screenplay and Steve Martino ("Ice Age: Continental Drift") is directing, though it's still too early to reveal whether or not the iconic Vince Guaraldi piano-jazz score will be incorporated.

"It's a big emotional tie in," Braddock acknowledges of the score. "People have a real emotional connection to that music. And the voices, we've always used children to provide the voices - there are certain things that people really associate with Peanuts."

So recognisable are certain of the franchise's hallmarks, that the music and Charlie Brown's signature sad-sack walk were even featured in the cult comedy series "Arrested Development."

There's also new monthly comic books, anthology publications and even a Vine campaign created by celebrated viral artist Khoa Phan (see below).

"I don't want to say we modernized it, but we're definitely using modern technology to enhance the content that we had and getting it on different platforms where kids could get to it," Braddock explains of the approach to keeping Peanuts fresh.

And as many comic book franchises lean toward the dark and violent, keeping brands such as Peanuts kid- and adult-friendly remains a priority.

"We don't want to lose kids, we don't want to miss a generation of kids with Peanuts because if you read the stories when you are ten, like most of us did, the stories resonate in a different way," Braddock says. "Snoopy is a dog who doesn't know he is a dog. So for kids, he may appear powerless but he can be powerful through his imagination."


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<![CDATA[Comic-Con 2013 Survival Guide]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 06:18:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/148245104.jpg

If you’re planning on attending Comic-Con 2013, you’ll probably need nerves of steel to tolerate the over 100,000 people trying to all get into the same panels, get the same autographs, buy the same collectors items and see celebrities as you.

And if you know that going in, you’ll no doubt have a blast.

But one thing you need to know right now is this: preparation is the key to enjoying this event. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll enjoy it. The Comic-Con staff has put a lot of time and effort for you to enjoy the show, but you’ll have to do your part by making sure you’re ready.

So here are some quick tips for you to have the best time possible.

The biggest tip I have for you is this: Dress in layers. You’re going to be going into several temperatures. Freezing (if you make it into Hall H), Cold (if you’re up before dawn waiting in the lines to get into Hall H or Ballroom 20), Warm (When the sun comes up and it’s not quite entry time) Hot, if you’re unlucky not to make into Hall H on the first go-round and have to wait in line for people to leave so you can get in. And stuffy, especially in Ballroom 20 where the circulation isn’t always the best.

Next, your shoes are important. Those strappy sandals may look cute with your costume but if you’re going to be standing for hours, it may not be the best choice. Neither are those flip flops because you’ll be walking a LOT and hopefully going from panel to panel. Plus, your feet WILL be stepped on while you’re walking the convention floor, so it’s best to stick with sneakers, flats or any other covered shoe you deem comfortable.

Third: pack snacks. It’s no secret that the food at the convention center is pricey. And it you’re going to be sitting in Hall H from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. you may want to eat. Fruit, granola bars or any other snack that doesn’t smell is a great choice. You’ll be sitting beside some folks who will assault your senses with body odor and nachos, no need for you to contribute.

Water, water, water. I cannot tell you the number of people who have that glassy-eyed look because they are dehydrated. Buy water at the grocery store (there’s one a few blocks from the convention center) and pack it in your bag.

Plan ahead. Realistically you cannot be in two places at the same time. So look at the schedule and make decision about where you want to be when. And allow yourself time to walk to that place and be able to stand in line to get in. If you’re going to attempt to go into Hall H, be prepared to sacrifice sleep because each year the line to get in starts earlier and earlier. Last year, some people were in line DAYS ahead to get into a panel. If you’re anywhere around the convention center, you’ll probably get in, but if you’re in Seaport Village where lines stretched to last year, you can forget it.

Rest. Comic-Con is four days of nonstop panels, parties, costumes and fun. But to enjoy it all, you need to get a full eight hours of sleep. Decide on a bed time and stick to it. You don’t want to snooze off during a crucial moment.

Use social media. If you can’t make it to a panel, someone is probably Tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking or Vining about it. Let that help you enjoy the panels you can’t make it to.

Don’t forget your chargers. With social media now a huge part of this event, you’re going to go through power pretty quickly and there are very few unspoken chargers in the rooms, so you may want to make sure you’re fully charged and turn off any unneeded applications including Bluetooth and location services which drain batteries pretty quickly.

Go off the beaten path. Everybody will try to get into Hall H for the film panels, or Ballroom 20 for the TV stuff and some B-list movies. And the Convention floor will be super crowded on Preview Night and Saturday. So look at that schedule for other things you might enjoy that may not be as crowded or hard to get into.

Make friends with the people you’re standing in line with. People are fascinating and have fascinating stories to tell when you have hours to stand in a line. I made four new friends whom I’ve kept in touch with for the past year. And at some point, you’ll need a bathroom break and those people are usually kind enough to hold your seat or watch your stuff.

Finally, breathe. It can be overwhelming, but with the right choices, you’ll be able to look back at an experience to remember. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Lionsgate]]>