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Something to Rob Crow About



    Despite having fallen on hard times in recent years, the Ché Café remains one of San Diego's most beloved venues. Located on the UCSD campus, the cooperative has served as a vibrant, offbeat space for live music and art shows since 1980. A series of unfortunate events and financial hardships have threatened to extinguish the Ché Café for good, but a recent fundraiser show gave the space a much-needed stay of execution.

    That's good news for all local music fans, but especially those who haven't reached drinking age. The Ché Café is one of San Diego's only all-ages venues, providing whippersnappers with a rare means to scratch their rock & roll itch. With five bands lined up to play, the show scheduled for Feb. 24 should leave plenty of underage ears ringing.

    Hometown hero Rob Crow -- of Pinback, Three Mile Pilot, and roughly 1,000 other bands -- will headline the show with his Devo/Misfits mash-up act the Devfits. Other artists include Joey Harris, the nFormals (whose penchant for lower-case either signifies an anti-capitalist sentiment or a broken shift-key), Lua and Meraki.

    The ragtag lineup will make for just the type of off-kilter show that the Ché Café excels at, so don't miss it. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 7:30pm.

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    Chris Maroulakos is a writer and managing editor for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.