Sounds Like San Diego: April 20

If you didn't get tickets to Big Thief's sold-out show at the Irenic, do up Chicano Park

AKC_160907_08939 Big Thief Press Photo
Photo by Ali Kate Cherkis
It's a beautiful weekend in San Diego, so hop on a bike, transit or rideshare, and hang out for the 49th annual Chicano Park Day Celebration. Over the years, the celebration has certainly grown and expanded to not only celebrate the heritage of the park itself, but of the contributions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to our region. There are tons of vendors, food and free entertainment for the entire family. After you've spent your day in the sun, get ready for some great shows. Not surprisingly, Big Thief is sold out at the Irenic. The Saddle Creek band from Brooklyn made a huge mark on indie rock with "Mythological Beauty," and it's pretty exciting that they'll be kicking off their tour here in San Diego. Around town, legend Michael McDonald plays a sold out show at the Belly Up, Night Beats get down at Casbah and Imagery Machine host their 420 smokeout at Soda Bar.
Saturday, April 20:
  • 49th annual Chicano Park Day Celebration featuring Ballet Folklorico CalifAztlan, Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN, La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlan, Mujeres en Resistencia, DJ Rambo One, Quinteto Caballero, Chocolate Revolution, Tall Can, Ruby Clouds, Karina Frost & the Banduvloons, Almas Fronterizas, Quetzalcoatl Band, DJ Viejo Lowbo, Pancho Villa's Skull, Santana para Ti @ Chicano Park
  • Big Thief, Lomelda @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Bayked 2019 with Rick Ro$$, Gramatik, Brasstracks, Boostive @ Embarcadero Marina Park North
  • Night Beats, Cosmonauts, Wild Wild Wets @ Casbah 
  • Museum School Fundraiser: Pinback, El Ten Eleven, the Color Forty Nine, John Reis, Rob Crow @ Music Box
  • Imagery Machine's Second Annual 420 Smokeout: the Gooch Palms, Future Human, the Anodynes @ Soda Bar
  • Michael McDonald @ Belly Up (sold out)
  • Fiends, 13 Wolves, Good Time Girl @ Ken Club
  • Broadway SD presents 'Cats' @ Civic Theatre
  • Freedom Rider: an Art Blakey Centennial Celebration @ Symphony Hall
  • Ali Wong: the Milk and Money Tour @ Civic Theatre
  • Harpeth Rising @ Museum of Making Music 
  • The Danger Field Record Release with Fishing for Chips @ Bar Pink (8 p.m.)
  • Neon Beat @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.)
  • Cirque du Soleil Volta @ The Grand Chapiteau, Del Mar Fairgrounds 
  • Joe Rogan 4:20 @ Viejas Arena, SDSU
  • Erik Santos @ Oak Room at Viejas Casino 
  • '80s vs. '90s with DJ Saul Q & Gabe Vega @ Whistle Stop
  • Division Final: San Diego Sockers @ Pechanga Arena
  • The JW Trio+2 @ Dizzy's
  • Ritual Veil, Kontravoid, Mannequin, the Passengers, DJ Deadmatter @ Space
  • Bump with Dazzla, Shige @ Blonde
  • Clinton Davis @ Panama 66
  • Conjunto Afro-son Album Release Party @ Queen Bee's
  • La Diabla @ Manhattan Bar
  • California Rangers @ Pour House (5 p.m.)
  • Custard Pie @ Pour House (9 p.m.)  
  • Vista Kicks, Fashion Jackson, Hate Drugs, Arms Akimbo, Derek Ted, the Aquadolls, Breakup Shoes, Sea Moya, the Jacks, Bad Kids @ Che Cafe
  • The Elements in Ballet: Escondido Recreation Ballet Recital @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Convergence/Convergencia @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • The Plot in You, Like Moths to Flames, Dayseeker, Limbs @ SOMA
  • The Hiroshima Mockingbirds, the Touchies, the Havnauts @ Black Cat Bar
  • Julia Michaels, Corey Harper @ House of Blues
  • Seether @ The Events Center, Harrah's SoCal Resort SoCal 
  • Eric Michael Krop in ABCs: a tribute to Adele, Barbra Celine and More!" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Chinese Rocks, Shit Coffins, Raag @ Tower Bar
  • Plane Without a Pilot @ Himmelberg's
  • Whiskey & Cheese @ Seven Grand
  • Gold Souls @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Midnight Nightmare, Mechanical Manson @ Bancroft Bar
  • Earth Day R&B Block Party @ Quartyard
  • Subspecies, Creature Culture, Suburban Park @ Lestat's
  • Chris Shrader @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Rachel Horter @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Underground Lounge @ Winston's (2 p.m.) 
  • Little Life Crisis @ Winston's (5 p.m.)
  • GrooveSession and Joe Marcinek Band presented by The Osprey Nest @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Original Stylin' 420 @ Til-Two Club
  • Wacken Metal Battle San Diego -- Round 2: Defixion, Gravespell, Monarch, Murder of Five, Sociocide, Theosis @ Brick by Brick
  • The Fallbrook Kid @ Wildwood Crossing
  • Dr. Sketchy's (Anti) Art School @ The Merrow (3 p.m.)
  • Strictly Business with DJs Edroc & Heminguey @ The Office
  • Rosa’s Cantina @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • Frankie T & the Triple B @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • United Country @ Renegade
  • Crawford vs. Khan, DJ Nvious @ U-31
  • Sleepwalkers, Mercedes Moor, Sue Palmer @ Tio Leo's
  • Tradewinds @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • The Verge, DJ Moniq @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Trevor McSpadden, DJ Moniq @ Lobby Bar, Viejas Casino
  • BK Lounge with Billie Knight, Tone Capone, Dub-B @ El Dorado
  • Svdden Death @ Bassmnt
  • Lost Desert @ Bang Bang
  • Overdrive with Lucas Flamefly, Techniche @ Spin
  • I-90 @ Navajo Live 
  • AUF Presents: Umbrella Nights No. 3 with Michi @ Kava Lounge
  • Rockstar Saturdays @ Henry's

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.

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