On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, take a field trip to 1827 Fifth Ave. in Banker's Hill, where 18 of San Diego's best one or two member musical projects take over Helmuth Projects for 1/2 Fest: A Benefit Show for LGBTQ Youth Services.
Hosted by Spooky Cigarette's Jakob McWhinney-led music collective Field Trips, the all-ages mini-festival runs 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on both days and features the Blank Tapes, Dream Joints (Mike Turi of Wild Wild Wets), Gloomsday, Vakoum, Island Boy and the Dabbers (a recent feature on SoundDiego TV's Spotlight segment).
"San Diego has a whole bunch of extremely talented and forward thinking musicians who go at it alone, or with a partner, and it seemed like a rad way to highlight them. The show started because I really wanted to book Island Boy in San Diego. He's one of my favorite songwriters from the area, and I built the rest of the show around his involvement," McWhinney told SoundDiego over Facebook.
Check out Field Trips' July Local San Diego Playlist below.
Visuals for the event -- which, by the way, takes place inside of an art gallery -- will be provided by Brittany Bueno and Mauro Donate, and the proceeds from tickets sales will go to benefit the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
"We're donating to The Center, particularly their youth services like their new Sunburst Youth Housing Project," McWhinney explained.
Pre-sale tickets are available for $10 each day or $15 for both days here. Sure, you can get them at the door, but they're going to be a little more expensive at $12 a pop for each day.
But hey, you're still technically getting into a festival for the price of one show AND you're helping out in a really important way, so does a couple extra bucks really matter?
Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. 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.