Sounds Like San Diego: Feb. 28

It's been a few years since Sharon Van Etten's been to San Diego -- and Thursday might be your only chance to see her for a while

I've definitely told this story before, but it's been awhile since the last time I've shared -- it was the last time Sharon Van Etten was in town, and it's been at least a few years since that happened. Sharon was playing this living room show at Habitat House in Golden Hill. The crowd was super excited, but super hushed, with people scattered across the hardwood floors on pillows and blankets and yoga mats, or squished among the few couches in the room. If you're familiar with Sharon Van Etten, it goes without saying that she delivered a stunning performance.

But then this teen girl arrived inebriated, and being a low-key, no security, all-ages house show, nobody really stopped her from coming in. She made her way to the front of the room, between the audience and the piano, and started doing that spinning dance thing you see at Grateful Dead shows. Whispers rose among the crowd, who grew annoyed -- but who's to stop her? Finally, Sharon gently addressed her, telling her that she's distracting not only the crowd but her own performance, and kindly asked her to take a seat or take a hike. I'm not sure if that girl, now a woman all these years later, remembers that night, but I for one, will never forget it.

Don't miss Sharon Van Etten at the Observatory North Park. Her latest record is amazing, and she doesn't come around very often -- and chances are, the new mom won't be back anytime soon. 

Thursday, Feb. 28:

  • Sharon Van Etten, Nilüfer Yanya @ The Observatory North Park
  • Bob Mould, Exasperation @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Thea, Ned and the Dirt @ Bar Pink (9 p.m.)
  • The Wood Brothers, Carsie Blanton @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Silent, Warsaw, OhCult @ Blonde
  • Auz Fontaine, Well Well Well, Bruin, Mariel @ Soda Bar
  • Queer Club Night with Kelman Duran, Sasha Marie + more @ Space 
  • Somos Chicanas: Gina Chavez, Karina Frost & the Banduvloons @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Fresh Sound: Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio @ White Box Live Arts 
  • Mushroomhead, Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow, Ventana, Worldwide Panic, Shawshank Redeemed @ Brick By Brick
  • Blues Traveler @ House of Blues
  • Bryce Vine, Travis Thompson @ SOMA
  • Electric Elms, Bad Vibes, the Jankeys @ Pour House  
  • DJ Dougie Frosh @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Miss Erika Davies @ Panama 66
  • Boomboxx Thursdays @ U-31
  • Michael Head "Moneymen" @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Sometimes Julie @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Branden & James in "The Broadway Covers Project" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Shane Secor, Bradley Palermo, Blind Mountain Holler @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • The Colour Coast @ Park & Rec
  • Ocean Beach Hip-Hop Social with Main Flow @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJ Myson King @ The Office
  • Bill Caballero Latin Jam @ Border X Brewing
  • The Loosen Up with DJ Mane One @ El Dorado
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Liz Grace & the Swing Things @ Tio Leo's
  • Electric Mud and friends @ 710 Beach Club
  • CRSSD After Dark presents: Justin Jay @ Spin Nightclub
  • SwuM & TVBOO, Neanderthal, Domoniqxe, Ka$Tro, Zuma b2b Lydon, Mayko, Kroe @ Music Box
  • Freshcobar and Lavelle Dupree @ Oxford Social Club, Pendry Hotel
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub

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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