Sounds Like San Diego: Oct. 17

The Growlers, System of a Down, St. Lucia and more make this 'hump day' extraordinary

Fatima Kelley

The first time I ever saw the Growlers, I thought frontman Brooks Nielsen was so arrogant in his onstage persona that I was kind of turned off. I don't know the guy personally, but I suspect way back then, he was well aware of his influence and it has grown the Growlers to not just a band, but a movement and a culture of its own. The arrogance is, I imagine, the thing that makes him so beloved in this scene he's created. Tonight, you can witness it in person when the group plays an all-ages show at SOMA (read the 2014 SoundDiego interview with the Growlers here). It's a full night of great music, however, so don't overlook System of a Down and At the Drive-In at Valley View Casino Center, St. Lucia at the Observatory North Park, or the Joy Formidable at the Casbah. If you're looking for an awesome night of locals, San Diego musicians have been rehearsing hard for a night of Queen covers at the Office and you can be sure it's going to be one of the best "Under Cover" events yet.

Wednesday, Oct. 17:

  • The Growlers, Kirin J Callinan @ SOMA
  • System of a Down, At the Drive-In, Skeletonwitch @ Valley View Casino Center
  • St. Lucia, the Night Game @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Joy Formidable, Tancred @ Casbah
  • Thievery Corporation, Z-Trip @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Under Cover: Queen @ The Office
  • Hey! Ho! Let’s go! Ramones Tribute @ Bar Pink
  • Good Time Girl, Kan-Kan, Con*Tact @ Whistle Stop
  • U.S. Girls, Heavy Hawaii @ Soda Bar
  • Firebug, Amigo, Brother Joe's Venom @ The Merrow
  • Pigment Project @ Space
  • Stick to Your Guns, Emmure, Wage War, Sanction @ House of Blues
  • Privatized Air, Hocus, CYKA, Cameron Beamer @ Ken Club
  • OrchidxMantis, Plexus, Mammal @ Tower Bar
  • Paul Gregg @ Sycamore Den 
  • Jazz with Leonard Patton, Mack Leighton, Zo Shah @ Tio Leo's
  • Gilbert Castellanos' Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House
  • CoLoSo Collection of Lone SoulJahs, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Robert Allen Shepherd @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Enter the Blue Sky, Keep the Change @ Navajo Live
  • Open Mic @ Midnight Jack
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Len Rainey @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesdays with Mister Hek @ El Dorado
  • 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.


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