Sounds Like San Diego: December 11

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Rosemary Bystrak

Local radio station FM 94/9 has assembled a stellar package of bands for tonight's Holiday Hootenanny at UCSD's RIMAC Arena. The Black Keys, who seem to love San Diego and have really shined since their latest, Brothers, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, and Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 2011 Grammys. They'll be joined by Against Me!, the Temper Trap, Sleigh Bells and Tokyo Police Club, all of whom had great releases and tours in 2010. If you're having a hard time forking $40 over for a show, you can support a SoundDiego favorite, Josh Damigo, as he celebrates his birthday at Lestat's.

Saturday, Dec. 11:

  • FM 94/9 Holiday Hootenanny, featuring the Black Keys, Against Me!, the Temper Trap, Sleigh Bells, Tokyo Police Club; with  the Styletones in the beer pavillion @ Rimac Arena
  • Josh Damigo Birthday Show, featuring Josh Damigo, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Old Tiger, Rob Deez, Generik @ Lestat's
  • Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Dave and Deke Combo @ Casbah
  • Sisu, Kevin Greenspan, Nicole Kidman, Ancient Krux, DJ set by Jules/Bambi/Sandy (Dum Dum Girls) @ Tin Can
  • Milk Crates, featuring DJs Mikey Face and Angie @ Bar Pink
  • SeenSD presents Depressed Buttons (DJ set, members of the Faint) @ Horton Plaza Events Center (RSVP required, 12-4 a.m.)
  • Joey Harris and the Mentals, Ghost Town Deputies, Harpco @ Eleven
  • Booty Bassment, featuring Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • Tori Roze and the Hot Mess (CD release) @ Ruby Room
  • Uniform Victor @ Ken Club
  • GFYSanDiego Release Party, featuring Pretty Too Bad, Roxy Jones, Primitive Noyes, DJ Meth Combz @ Soda Bar
  • As the Sun Sets Fire, Caresa with Parker Edison, Scribe Sayar, Six Nineteen @ Brick By Brick
  • Electric Waste Band, Help I'm Alive @ Winston's
  • Full Blown Stone, Fayuka, Sunny Rude, the Wiley One @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Higher, Flight to Athena, the Tyler Beach Project, Munson Keef, Just Like Scarlett, Gates @ Soma
  • Green Light @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths (5:30- 8 p.m.)
  • Lady Dottie and the Diamonds @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths (9 p.m.)
  • Keep-a-Breast/Breast Cancer Research Foundation present Add the Color, So Far Gone, Hundred Caliber @ Epicentre
  • Winter Dubstep and Electro Dance Party @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Christopher Dale and Friends Ugly Sweater/Toys 4 Tots show, featuring Podunk Nowhere, JD Boucharde, the Christopher Dale Trio, @ Handlery Hotel
  • Psychotropico, Razner @ Dreamstreet
  • San Diego's Great Guitars, with Mundell Lowe, Jaime Valle and Bob Boss @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine and Culinary Center)
  • Hunt and Gather Holiday Party, featuring Mark E Quark, Jon Doss, Blackass, Dr. Indulgent @ 4496 Park Blvd #G
  • First Friday Gomango Kids Concert @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (2-4 p.m.)
  • Rockola @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9-11p.m.)
  • Noches Rockeras, featuring Leyva and Dead 67's, the Pennant, Sunrop Electric @ 4th & B
  • Tinseltown, A Holiday Concert ... Hollywood Style presented by San Diego Gay Men's Chorus @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • USO and Harley Christmas Festival @ Kearny Mesa Harley- Davidson
  • Taryn Donath @ The Marble Room
  • Three Cord Justice, Evangenitals, DJ Chelu @ Gallaher's
  • Neon Dragon Lounge 2 Year Anniversary Pt. II @ Kava Lounge
  • Safety Orange @ El Cajon Grand
  • Club Sabbat featuring DJ Scott Sevak, Robin Roth @ The Flame
  • One Year Anniversary, featuring Ikah Love @ El Camino Little Italy
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Vin de Syrah
  • Homegrown Hemp Holidays Festival, featuring Bredren and Levi Wize @ World Beat Cultural Center
  • Zed's Dead and Bubble Gum Sci Fi @ El Dorado
  • Mowgli, Bareback DJs, ///Bones @ Voyeur
  • Club '80s @ Kadan
  • Bear Spin, featuring Paulo and Shane Stiel @ Spin
  • Battle of the Bands @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Irish Christmas @ Balboa Theatre
  • Art: Rare Properties by Shane Anderson @ The Periscope Project for Art + Architecture (6-10 p.m., 15th Street between J & K streets)
  • Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, featuring Jahja Ling (conductor), Janice Chandler Eteme, Susan Platts, San Diego Master Chorale @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Carols By Candlelight, featuring Phil Vassar, Josh Gracin, Juice Newton, Buck Howdy, Danielle Tucker, Collin Raye @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at or submit your music listings.

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