I was talking to a friend about music and he said about Australia, "It must be something in the water." I don't know if the land down under just has an elevated music culture, or if it just makes sense statistically that bands that reach American ears are so curated that they're simply amazing -- but whatever the case may be, we have been really lucky to get so many great Aussies to pass through our fair city. Tonight, the Casbah welcomes Alex Lahey for the first time, and she's been called an artist to watch by more than a couple music tastemakers (read the SoundDiego interview with her here). Meanwhile, Jonny Lang returns to the Belly Up, cellist Ben Sollee returns to Soda Bar, and Sacramento's post-hardcore rock band Dance Gavin Dance play the Observatory.
Wednesday, Dec. 6:
- Alex Lahey, Dude York @ Casbah - Jonny Lang, Zane Carney @ Belly Up - Ben Sollee & the Kentucky Native, Emily Scott Robinson @ Soda Bar - ACP Holiday Party with Sprung Monkey, Hazmatt @ Music Box - Dance Gavin Dance @ The Observatory - One, Two, Threee w/DJ EdROC @ The Office - Videodrome @ Whistle Stop - Aaron Gillespie, Onward, Etc, Jesse Gawlik, Mason Betsch @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues - Dru Hill, Jesse Gawlik, Mason Betsch @ House of Blues - Shocking Pink with DJ's Old Man Johnson & Wendy @ Bar Pink - Tidings of Jazz & Joy @ Sycuan Casino - Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66 - Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez and special guests @ Blonde - Open Mic Night @ Pour House (Oceanside) - Dulaney & Co, Fashion Jackson @ The Holding Company 1502 - Club Kingston Presents: Kingston, Psydecar, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's - Steve Grand in "All-American Boy" @ Martini's Above Fourth - Firehouse Swing @ Queen Bee's - Karaoke @ The Bancroft - DJ Freeman @ U-31 - Open Mic with feat. artists Trans-Conduit @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.) - Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphreys Backstage Live - ChillsNThrills @ Kava Lounge - Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.