Sounds Like San Diego: May 23

Hang tough with thousands of other NKOTB fans at Viejas Arena Thursday

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I missed the whole boy-band thing, but I remember being in junior high and so many of my friends were obsessed with New Kids on the Block. They bought all the merch, the shirts, the sheets, the bags and argued about who loved them most or which one they loved the most. So tonight's NKOTB show is probably gonna be full of women my age still swooning, though I bet it's going to be even more fun for the ladies than when they were kids. I did, however, go through a Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany thing, and I was Team Tiffany all the way. I probably still have her cassette somewhere at my parents' house. Along with Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature, this show will be some extreme '90s fun at Viejas Arena and you nostalgic types are probably all about it. Around town, punk band the Exploited play House of Blues, the Bright Light Social Hour keep an indie vibe at Soda Bar, and Ocean Alley play a sold-out show at the Casbah.

Thursday, May 23:

  • New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Naughty by Nature @ Viejas Arena
  • Ocean Alley, the Morning Yells @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • The Bright Light Social Hour, Swimm, King Shelter @ Soda Bar
  • The Exploited, D.I., Total Chaos @ House of Blues
  • Vinyl Williams, Klauss Johann Grobe @ Whistle Stop 
  • Rat City Riot, Sniper 66, High Society, Dog Company @ Ken Club 
  • El Gran Festival de Musica Cubana @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Crime in Stereo, Elder Brother, City Ghost @ Space
  • DJ Dunekat @ Bar Pink (9pm)
  • Rock for Dreams ft. the Dark Alley Dogs, Static on the Stereo, Punkture @ Belly Up
  • Disco Goth with Magic Wands, Twin Ritual @ Blonde
  • Reverie Noise, Strange Ages, the Lucy Ring @ The Merrow
  • Steph Johnson Trio @ Panama 66
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" Demink @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Cadillac Wreckers @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Drowns, Squarecrow, the Petty Saints, MIT @ Tower Bar
  • Downtown Boys, Con·tact, Spirited Away, Telaraña @ The Ché Café
  • Nick Lanari (of Mainsail) @ Himmelberg's
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • Dablin Souls, Cali the Dreamer, Nicholas Gray + Sogii Johnson, the HalFreKan, ID the Poet, Locness Cypher @ Winston's
  • Dave Gleason @ Grand Ole BBQ & Asado
  • Dig Deeper with DJ Qure @ The Office
  • Bill Caballero Latin Jam @ Border X Brewing
  • Glow Party with Megan Ruger @ Moonshine Beach 
  • The Loosen Up with DJ Mane One @ El Dorado
  • Digital Bath, Anesthesia, Woke Up Dead, Radd Company @ Music Box
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • The Rockin' Aces @ Tio Leo's
  • Wildheart @ Renegade

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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