Sounds Like San Diego: January 1-2

The new year is kicking off rather quietly, with few options for live music compared to a typical weekend, but that doesn't mean you still can't get your fix. You might want to head up to the Belly Up for reggae legend Pato Banton, check out some under-the-radar bands over at Tin Can or enjoy a mellow evening with San Diego mainstay Gregory Page as he takes the stage named after him at Lestat's.

If you're not into karaoke, salsa or open mic, you can spend your Sunday evening enjoying the blues at Soda Bar. Several other venues are either closed or not booking live music this weekend, so plan accordingly and brace yourself for the new year of new music coming your way.

Saturday, Jan. 1:

  • Pato Banton with Now Generation, featuring Kelly Love Jones, Cootdog from Mystic Roots Band, I-Levi from Rising Son, April "Harmony" Waller, Professor Einstein and Empress Akua @ Belly Up
  • Bobby Pena and the Stowaways, the Heart Beat Trail, the Cetaceans @ Tin Can
  • Cozy Corners @ Eleven
  • May*Star's Fashion Whore (Black Swan Ballet Theme), featuring DJs Mustache, David Afterlife, Do It Digital @ Ruby Room
  • BrokenBeat Night @ Kadan
  • Andy Clockwise and guests @ Soda Bar
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • Anthology House Band Motown Revue @ Anthology (early show, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Radio Latina Salsa Party @ Anthology (late show, 9:30 p.m.)
  • Ascension, featuring Robin Roth & Tom King @ Kava Lounge -- check out Robin's weekend dance picks
  • DJ Mac Luv @ Fluxx
  • Salute to Vienna New Year 2011 @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, Jan. 2:

  • Todd Day Wait and the Golden Hills Blues Band, solo sets by Residents of 23rd St. @ Soda Bar
  • Salsa Sunday with Orquesta Primo @ Belly Up
  • Cactus Jacks and Friends @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Open Mic Rap @ Kadan
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Common Ground (Funk remixes, reggae edits, hip-hop mashups), featuring Danny Massure and friends @ The Office
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnson @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • SoloVox @ Kava Lounge

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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