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Sounds Like San Diego: June 20

Beloved hometown troubadour Steve Poltz plays the Birch Aquarium Wednesday

Steve Poltz by Connie Bolger
Connie Bolger

It recently occurred to me that I've been friends with Steve Poltz for 25 years. That is a very, very long time to know someone, and still he continues to surprise and entertain old and new fans alike with every performance. Tonight, he returns to San Diego with a show at Birch Aquarium for the Green Flash Concert Series and it's a super beautiful place to see a sunset concert if you've got the scratch. At the Casbah, indie-electro artist Men I Trust performs, Janelle Monae is back with a show at SDSU's Open Air Theatre, and Donavon Frankenreiter is back at the Belly Up.

For the old-school hardcore kids (who aren't kids anymore), Shelter perform at Soda Bar. The only time I was fortunate enough to see this band was sometime in the mid-'90s, and the straight-edge hardcore scene was pretty massive. Shelter showed up with a school bus full of fellow Hare Krishnas who danced in with small bongos, bells, tambourines and other noisemakers -- and filled the Che Cafe to introduce the band onstage. It was incredibly moving and powerful and while I don't know what a Shelter show in 2018 looks like, I'd imagine it won't be soon forgotten.

Wednesday, June 20:

  • Steve Poltz @ Birch Aquarium (Green Flash Concert Series)
  • Men I Trust, Anemone @ Casbah
  • Janelle Monae, St. Beauty, Dirty Computer @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
  • Cheat Codes @ Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair
  • Shelter, Give, Soul Power, Distant Beds @ Soda Bar
  • Donavon Frankenreiter, Mikey Pauker @ Belly Up
  • Le Chateau, BNBC Live! @ Whistle Stop
  • Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones Tribute Band @ Bar Pink
  • Eric Paslay @ The Observatory North Park
  • Escalera Sessions @ Bar Sin Nombre
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
  • Sleepspent @ Clutch Bar 
  • Instant Crush with Nastea & Camilla Robina @ The Office
  • San Diego Live with the Farmers @ Tio Leo's
  • Fresh Veggies Brass Band, Adeumazel @ The Merrow
  • Gilbert Castellanos' Young Lions Series & Jazz Jam @ Panama 66
  • Dance Klassique with Joe Pea, Ryan Bauer, Gomez @ Blonde  
  • The Love Messengers, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Kodasounds, Blacksky Nectar @ Navajo Live
  • Bayou Brothers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday with DJs Mr Hek & Cros1 @ El Dorado
  • Open Mic Night @ Pour House
  • Open Mic/Open Jam @ 710 Beach Club
  • Open Mic @ Midnight Jack
  • Open Mic with Jefferson Jay @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)

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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