Sounds Like San Diego: May 8

Friday night is just about as musically diverse as San Diego can get. From the real kickoff to Gator By the Bay and its lovely zydeco and blues music to Sleep Train Amphitheatre hosting the Channel 933 Summer Kick Off with today's biggest pop stars and a whole lot in between, you should be able to find something you love. The incredible Monophonics perform at Winson's, while Prayers get all cholo goth at Brick By Brick. The Euphoria Brass Band does dixie at Seven Grand, and locals Bit Maps and Kalashnikov My Wife keep it indie at the Balboa. Bar Pink goes Irish punk with the Down's Family, The Observatory North Park brings us classic country with Dwight Yoakam, and you can see what happens when metal covers cross with mariachi with Metalachi at the Casbah. There aren't really any bad choices tonight, but you do have to choose, so make your Friday night count.

Friday, May 8:

  • Gator By the Bay @ Spanish Landing
  • Channel 933 Summer Kick Off, featuring Pitbull, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Meghan Trainor, Prince Royce, Fifth Harmony, Echosmith @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Metalachi, Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects @ Casbah
  • Trace Adkins @ Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • Belly Up & Casbah present Dwight Yoakam, Sam Outlaw @ Observatory North Park
  • The Downs Family @ Bar Pink
  • Bit Maps, Kalashnikov My Wife @ The Balboa
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Seven Grand
  • A-Trak @ Parq
  • Lisa Sanders @ Java Joe's
  • SomeKindaWonderful @ The Loft
  • D.O.A., Channel 3, Oddball, Creeps AD @ Soda Bar
  • Prayers, Sound Lupus, Causers @ Brick By Brick
  • Monophonics, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble @ Winston's
  • Rat City Riot, DJ Stack-Aly @ Whistle Stop
  • One Drop, Tunnel Vision, Kainga @ Belly Up
  • Diatribe, Rom Baro, Dhatura, Mala Salud @ Tower Bar
  • Lecherous Gaze, Hydromedusa, Wild Honey, Moonshine, DJ Mikey Ratt @ Til Two Club
  • Atomic Groove Girlz @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's Park West
  • Sly Disciple, MaZhe, Mani Dollaz, Coastal @ Epicentre
  • Nervo @ Omnia
  • Mixed Reactions @ Fluxx
  • For the Win, Cut Your Losses, Scarlett Avenue, the Rebound @ House of Blues
  • Joshua Tree, Karma Police @ House of Blues
  • The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5 p.m.)
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • US Air Guitar Regional Qualifier @ The Merrow
  • Eric Sardinas & Big Motor, Mother Grundy @ Ramona MainStage
  • Way Cool Jr. @ 710 Beach Club
  • Boris the Blade Abiotic, Alterbeast, Lord of War, Beheading the King, Treaded @ SOMA
  • Rodney Atkins @ Sycuan
  • The Wild $ide Band @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Mustard @ Bassmnt
  • Manik @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Kurty @ Rich's
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

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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