Sounds Like San Diego: Aug. 21

The weekend is finally here, although if you've been following along, it's been a pretty amazing week in music. Friday is Night II of Morrissey at the Observatory, and based on reviews from last night, it is definitely a hot ticket. Meanwhile, the Casbah has a special show with Vieux Farka Toure, son of Grammy winner Ali Farka Toure and known for his amazing guitar work. At the Ken Club, locals AJ Froman are blowing minds, and Soda Bar has a fun night with our good friends Tropical Popsicle. LeAnn Rimes is in town at Summer Pops, Big Mountain are at Belly Up, and Pepper are at the races.

Friday, Aug. 21:

  • Vieux Farka Toure, Steph Johnson @ Casbah
  • Morrissey @ Observatory North Park (sold out)
  • Tropicle Popsicle, Lowlands, Vowws, Angels Dust, DJs Craig Oliver & Richie Lauridsen @ Soda Bar
  • Turn It Loose @ Bar Pink
  • Leann Rimes @ San Diego Symphony Summer Pops, Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Pepper @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
  • Atomic Groove Summer Groove Series #7 @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Big Mountain, the Devastators, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Distorted Awareness, From Chaos and Heaven, Johns Last Ghost @ Che Cafe
  • Shai Halud, Lions Lions, Mandala @ SOMA
  • Night Owls Member's Choice @ La Jolla Athenaeum
  • AJ Froman, Butler, the Wind Playing Tricks @ Ken Club
  • Sean Danielsen (of Smile Empty Soul), Permacrush @ Brick By Brick
  • Fantasy ('90s R&B) @ The Hideout
  • Phili Villalobos @ Lestat's
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Arch Enemy, Born of Osiris, and More! @ House of Blues (1 p.m.)
  • Groove International: Sound The Groove @ House of Blues Voodoo Room
  • Jazz Jam with Herb Martin & Friends, the Society Boys @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido (free, 7 p.m.)
  • Pink Boombox Burlesque Presents: The Family Jewels @ The Merrow
  • Fearless Leader (Washington), Minor Plains (Washington) @ The Bancroft
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Teagan Taylor @ Croce's Park West
  • Juice Box, Little Dove @ The Balboa
  • Trade Winds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • DJ Little Fists @ Tower Bar
  • Subdvsn, Ana Sia @ Winston's
  • Colour Vision @ Bang Bang
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • Reflectors, New Dogs Old Tricks @ Tio Leo's
  • F---ing int the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • E-Man, Create Purpose Fashion Show @ Fluxx
  • Tritonal, Cash Cash @ Omnia
  • Lookas @ Bassmnt
  • Eric D-lux and DJ Five @ Parq
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Legends of Metal, DJ LYA @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Thompson Square @ Sycuan
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Cody Canada & the Departed, the Shifty Eyed Dogs, the High Rolling Loners @ 710 Beach Club (5-8 p.m.)
  • Way Cool Jr. @ 710 Beach Club (9 p.m.)

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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