Sounds Like San Diego: Dec. 18

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Sean McMullen

It's the last weekend before Christmas, and all your favorite venues are festively adorned with lights and decorations that should warm the soul of even the staunchest Scrooge. There are also a ton of really great shows, including El Vez's Christmas Extravaganza at the Casbah and Wayne "the Train" Hancock at Soda Bar for some real outlaw country. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony get down at the Observatory, and there's a pretty stellar songwriter showcase at Java Joe's. I'm not saying Jason Mraz will be there, but he dropped in last weekend, so hopefully he'll pop in again on Friday. For a real throwback, Rick Springfield plays a stripped-down acoustic set at House of Blues.

Friday, Dec. 18:

  • El Vez, Creepxotica, Baja Bugs, DJ Claire @ Casbah
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Nat-Z @ The Observatory North Park
  • Wayne "the Train" Hancock, Ypsitucky, Fanny & the Atta Boys @ Soda Bar
  • Martine & the Big Nativity Scene @ Bar Pink
  • Saba, Evan Bethany @ The Balboa
  • Through the Roots, Maoli, Bad Neighborz @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Flashback Holiday Party with BetaMaxx and GraceBand @ Belly Up
  • Crooked, Raymond the Sparrow, Hezekiah Bussey @ Black Cat
  • Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot's Holiday Groove @ Dizzy's
  • The Routine @ The Rabbit Hole
  • F---ing in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Sarah Aili Band, Eric Erdman @ Lestat's
  • Songwriter Showcase, with Berkley Hart, Veronica May, Nathan Welden, Robin Henkel, M.E law, Bobo Czarnowski, and a surprise guest or two @ Java Joe's
  • Rick Springfield, Dauzat St. Marie @ House of Blues
  • Accept That You Have Suffered, Parade of Horribles, Big Goat, Snail Fight @ The Merrow
  • PunchCard, Just in Case, Roman Watchdogs, Midnight Track @ The Bancroft
  • The Snykes, the Bash Dogs, False Puppet, Essex Class, Pumphouse, Opt Out @ SOMA
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Teagan Taylor @ Croce's Park West
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphreys Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • DJ Crooked @ Omnia
  • The Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Elijah Ford, Trouble in the Wind, Billy Sunday @ Til-Two Club
  • Styles & Complete @ Fluxx
  • Shaun Frank, Erick Diaz @ Bang Bang
  • DJ E-Rock @ Parq
  • Seria Star @ Kava Lounge
  • The Village Squares @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Matrixxman, Halo Varga, John Kabern, Louiv @ Spin
  • Coastal Frequency & Slower @ 710 Beach Club
  • Machine Head @ Ramona Mainstage

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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