Sounds Like San Diego: August 26

Hot Chip delivers the beat to your Friday night live-music adventures

I am really looking forward to this weekend and there is no short supply of awesome music to keep you entertained. First of all, Hot Chip returns to the Observatory, after appearing there for their first time almost exactly a year ago. The band is so lively and know how to fill the stage as well as making the crowd move their feet. At the Belly Up, the DJ master Z-Trip will certainly have the crowd moving in their flip-flops as well. And of course, Chula Vista will be jam packed with the return of Dave Matthews Band, who have been making the annual trek out there for about as long the venue has existed. Around town, Hills Like Elephants play their final show at the Whistle Stop (read the SoundDiego interview with the band), Cumbia Machin is at the Merrow, and Pepper is this week's performer after the races. 

Friday, Aug. 26:

  • Hot Chip, Marcus Marr @ The Observatory North Park
  • Sea Base, Creature and the Woods, Creature Canyon @ Casbah
  • Z-Trip, Teeko (live) @ Belly Up
  • Dave Matthews Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Hills Like Elephants, Botanica Chango @ Whistle Stop
  • Late Night Special @ Blonde
  • Carlsbad Music Festival @ Various Locations (read our Carlsbad Music Festival preview here
  • Cumbia Machin, Sonidero Travesura, Angel Peralta Project, DJ Vieja Lowbo @ The Merrow
  • Pepper @ Del Mar Racetrack Summer Concert Series
  • Tower of Power with special guest Average White Band @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
  • Blood Sweat and Tears ft. Bo Bice @ Sycuan Casino 
  • Late Night Special @ Blonde 
  • The New Addiction, Misc Ailments, One I Red, Nothing Sacred @ Soda Bar
  • Bujwah presents Gonjasufi, the Kleenrz, Skrapez @ Til-Two Club
  • '80s & '90s @ Bar Pink 
  • Jet West (CD Release), Krooked Treez, Broken Stems, Casey Turner @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove 8th Annual Back to School Special @ Belly Up (happy hour, 5 p.m.)
  • Unsteady, Downs Family, the Lexicons, San Diego city Soul Club DJs @ Ken Club
  • The Gargoyles, the Phantoms, the Bum Deals @ Black Cat Bar
  • Hirie, Gonzo @ Winston's
  • San Diego Magazine Best of Party @ Liberty Station
  • Subdvsn Presents Mark Starr/Dirtybird and Hotfire/Nightbass @ Spin 
  • Dan Frechette @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Sempra Sol, the Crash Recovery, Lads Holiday, End Thought, Samer Bakri, Dragon Dragon Jazz Jam Sessions @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Longriver, Travis Champ, Dusty Santamaria @ Lestat's
  • Lee Coulter, Evan Bethany @ Java Joe's
  • Groove International @ House of Blues
  • BJ Jezbera, Drecat @ The Bancroft
  • Bernadette Peters @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Zen Robbi, Na'an Stop, Mango Habanero @ 710 Beach Club
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Mo Animo @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Fremonts CD Release Party @ Tio Leo's
  • Shawshank Redeemed, Voidlines, Set Your Anchor, Mandala Lords & Wolves @ Che Cafe
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Rixe, Ausencia, Age of Collapse, Crime Desire, Slaughter Boys @ Tower Bar
  • OB Comedy @ Winston's (6 p.m.)
  • Kicks @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • DJ Jam @ Fluxx
  • Beat Kitchen with QSTN, Charlie Rock @ El Dorado
  • Infected Mushroom @ Bassmnt
  • Louisahhh @ Bang Bang
  • Dash Berlin @ Omnia
  • Tiffany Jane, The Kicks @ 98 Bottles
  • Progress: Deep progressive techno @ Kava Lounge
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Groupo Fuerza De Tijuana @ Ramona Mainstage

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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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