Sounds Like San Diego: Jan. 4

The first weekend of 2019 is here and it's a doozy for live music

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Tim Fears

Woot! The first weekend of 2019 is here and it's a doozy. The amazing Hot Snakes -- who's record last year was one of 2018's best -- return to the Casbah for a sold-out show as part of the club's 30th anniversary celebration (read the SoundDiego interview with owner Tim Mays here). Meanwhile, everyone who forgot how much they loved Queen has seen them bounce back in pop culture because of the recent hit film "Bohemian Rhapsody," so it should come as no surprise that tonight's tribute act, Queen Nation, is sold out at the Belly Up. Around town, Elektric Voodoo headline Soda Bar, Ken Club hosts a free show with Hardly Human, and the Amandas drop into Whistle Stop to get the year started right.

Friday, Jan. 4:

  • Hot Snakes, Retox @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Queen Nation, Erotic City @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Elektric Voodoo, Rally Club @ Soda Bar
  • Hardly Human, Cadaver Pudding, Punchcard @ Ken Club (FREE)
  • The Amandas @ Whistle Stop
  • Travesura, Freckles, Bruin @ Black Cat Bar
  • Insane Clown Posse's Violent J and Esham, Sylint, Izzy Projectz, Fattboy @ Brick By Brick
  • Shindigs, BluNites, the Monsoon, ShameFace, Bad Kids, Wizærd @ SOMA
  • First Friday Hip-Hop Night with DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink
  • Trio Gadjo, Claudia Gomez @ Panama 66
  • The Aura & Ovation, the Fogels, Dab @ The Merrow
  • Scotty Alexander @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Fashion Jackson, Buddha Trixie, Jara, Precious Kid, Lefties, Air-Go @ The Che Cafe
  • Kyle Sorrell Band @ De Oro Mine Co
  • The Dan Band @ House of Blues
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Resinators @ Mr. Peabody's (Encinitas)
  • Rock En Espanol with Zenith @ Border X Brewing
  • Paper Foxes, New Me, Downers @ 207, Hard Rock Hotel
  • Black Sky Nectar, Shakedown String Band @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • The Night Howls @ Pour House  
  • JC Express, Happy Ron Hill @ Lestat's 
  • Wise Monkey Orchestra, Modern Day Moonshine @ Winston's
  • We Are Yr Friends Indie Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Saxophonist Julian Roel & his 4tet @ Dizzy's
  • Chel Kwame Badu, Mike Holmes, Young Fla$h @ Queen Bee's
  • HotMom, Soaked in Disillusion, Holdfast, Mudd @ Bancroft Bar
  • Janice, Nathan & Tony @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Nite Moves with DJs Beatnick & Ayla Simone @ The Office
  • Rituals: Darkwave, Coldwave, Industrial @ Space
  • All-Vinyl Happy Hour w/Monsieur Turbeau @ The Office (6 p.m.)
  • Bump City Brass @ Tio Leo's
  • The Reflectors @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Funk’s Most Wanted @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Nemesis @ Navajo Live (9 p.m.)
  • Elbow Room @ Kava Lounge
  • Electric Mud, Casual Yak, Mango Habanero, Wet @ Music Box
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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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