Sounds Like San Diego: Aug. 28

The "Lego Movie" told us that "Everything is awesome," but San Diego's punk scene has always known that. For the last eight years, AwesomeFest has pulled together the latest and greatest in garage rock, punk and more. Independent of the trappings of traditional events, this one uses existing bars without the hassle of seeking sponsors and all the usual shenanigans that "selling out" can bring. Instead, you either buy a writstband or you don't get in. Super simple. Patrons bounce back and forth between Soda Bar and the Hideout, and exorbitant amounts of alcohol are consumed while bands from all over the country rock out and strut their stuff. Thursday's the pre-party, and I suggest you grab a weekend wristband if you haven't already

Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben @ Casbah
  • AwesomeFest Pre-Fest party, with Too Many Daves, TV Microwave, Behind the Wagon, DFMK, Okerlands, Warm Soda, the Wolf, Bat Lords, Homeless Sexuals, Macho Macho, Shallow Cuts @ Soda Bar
  • Awesomefest Pre-Fest party, with the Natives, Swift Beats, Moonshine @ The Hideout
  • Men Without Hats, Betamaxx, DJ Steve West @ Belly Up
  • Candelaria, Cumbia Machin, Viento Callejero @ Kava Lounge
  • Work Drugs, Swim Team, Idyll Wild, DJ Set by Kanye Asada @ U-31
  • The North @ Dizzy's
  • Soda Bar presents Drop Dead, Full of Hell, Noisem, Bumbklaat, Crime Desire @ Che Cafe
  • The Citrus Band, Splavender @ Sycamore Den
  • Tijuana No, Pastilla, el Sonido Callejero @ House of Blues
  • La Jolla Music Society Summerfest @ Athenaeum (12:30 p.m., free)
  • Pleasure @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJs Diana Death and Heather Hardcore @ Tower Bar
  • Brothers Gow, Shaky Feeling @ Winston's
  • Hewhocannotbenamed @ The Shakedown
  • Snoop Dogg @ Fluxx
  • Nathan James @ Tio Leo's
  • Vamp @ Whistle Stop
  • SoCal Vibes, DJ Reefah @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • The Pictographs @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and The North Park Theatre, 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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