Sounds Like San Diego: May 2

Steel Pulse, Freddie Gibbs, Flaural and more top your Thursday night concert action

We're inching closer to the weekend, but if you just can't wait, you've got some cool stuff to check out tonight. Of course, reggae legends Steel Pulse are long sold-out at the Belly Up, but other shows are ready for you. Evan Diamond walked away with the 2019 San Diego Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter, and tonight you can see her live at the Casbah, or head to Soda Bar for Denver psych-rockers Flaural. If you're up for some punk intensity, PunchCard leads a killer lineup at Tower Bar or get into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo a little early with Cumbia Machin at Manhattan Bar in Chula Vista. Looking down the lineup, there's no shortage of events, and lots of them are no or low cover, so you can always check out live music even when you're on a budget.

Thursday, May 2:

  • Steel Pulse, Nattali Rize @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Freddie Gibbs, Kasper Karleen, Salaam Nation @ SOMA
  • Evan Diamond, Almost Monday, Tigros @ Casbah
  • Flaural @ Soda Bar
  • PunchCard, Midnight Block, Roman Watchdogs, Batlords @ Tower Bar
  • Dan Dimonte Trio @ Bar Pink (10 p.m.) 
  • Cumbia Machin, La Fiebre, Ana Brown @ Manhattan Bar
  • Steve O'Connor with his trio @ Dizzy's
  • Hante, Box & the Twins, Milliken Chamber, DJs Disorder + Fn1 @ Space
  • Hype Beatz 2019 @ Blonde
  • San Diego New Music: In The Land of Forgotten Dreams @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • Roots of Creation, the Originators @ House of Blues
  • Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, Robb Banks @ Voodoo Room, House of 
  • Chango's Psychotic Garage, Nowhereland, the Oxen @ Pour House  
  • DJ Chuck @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Nu Moods: Live Jazz Jam w/ Lexi Pullido, Louis Valenzuela, Justin Grinnell, Julien Cantelm @ Quartyard
  • BJ Jezbara & the Bad Mother Folkers @ Himmelberg's
  • The 69 Eyes, MXMS, the Nocturnal Affair, New Skeletal Faces @ Brick by Brick
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Monti @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • College Night: Hip Hop vs. Reggaeton @ Jolt'n Joe's La Mesa
  • DJ Ratty: The Ratty Show @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Band of Gringos, Find Indigo, DJ Green T @ Winston's
  • Taste the Breaks @ Til-Two Club
  • No Limits with DJ Qure @ The Office
  • Bill Caballero Latin Jam @ Border X Brewing
  • Jerry Jacobs @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Ethixx @ Kava Lounge
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Tommy Price & the Stilettos @ Tio Leo's
  • Wildheart @ Renegade
  • Undone @ Omnia

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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