What to Do Besides Kaaboo

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Kaaboo is here, and while hordes of people are going to enjoy the fun, some of us will just have to suck up the FOMO feeling while we find other ways to enjoy live music. Personally, I'll be sad to miss Little Hurricane's return home and Trouble in the Wind on a big stage, but I'll be enjoying the sold-out Cigarettes After Sex show at the Irenic, then perhaps I'll head to Casbah for the genre-defying Hanni El Khatib or maybe some outlaw country with Scott H Biram at Soda Bar. There are plenty of other great options, too, like Black Uhuru at Belly Up, Il Divo at Humphrey's, or The Winehouse Experience at Music Box to celebrate what would've been her 34th birthday. And for a special shout-out, The Down's Family has been a staple of the local scene since the 90s and tonight they celebrate an album release at the Ken Club.

Friday, September 15:

  • Kaaboo: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, David Guetta, Kesha, X Ambassadors, Michael McDonald, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal), the Magpie Salute, Smash Mouth, Dave Mason, Le Youth, the Motet, Little Hurricane, Kap Slap, Martin Jensen, Lawrence, Last Internationale, Luna Aura, Ethan Tucker, Tristen, Trouble in the Wind @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Fairgrounds
  • Cigarettes After Sex @ The Irenic (sold out)
  • Hanni El Khatib, Easy, Pinky Pinky @ Casbah
  • Scott H. Biram, Creature & the Woods, Hard Fall Hearts @ Soda Bar
  • Black Uhuru, featuring Duckie Simpson and Andrew Bees, Layne Tadesse @ Belly Up
  • Il Divo @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
  • Down's Family (album release), the Amandas, Nick Bone & The Big Scene @ Ken Club
  • The Winehouse Experience, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters @ Music Box
  • Christopher Hollyday Quintet, featuring Curtis Taylor @ Dizzy's
  • Fayuca, Mouse Powell, Jackson Price, Irieality @ House of Blues
  • DJs FN1 and Vaughn Avakian @ Space
  • F---ing in the Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Prince vs. Michael Jackson Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Dayshell, Icarus the Owl, Belle Noire, Our Second Home, In the Night @ SOMA
  • Class Project, with DJ Grimm and Old Man Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Euphoria Brass Band @ Panama 66
  • CalPhonics @ Belly Up (5 p.m.)
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's
  • Dirty Pennies, Sending Signals @ Black Cat Bar
  • Perturbator, Dance With the Dead, Author & Punisher @ Brick By Brick
  • Harakiri, Condor & Jaybird @ Lestat's
  • Jerry "Hot Rod" DeMink @ House of Blues (free)
  • Highway Starr @ Moonshine Beach 
  • Martin McDaniel @ Moonshine Flats 
  • Marauak, Raggabond @ De Oro Mine Co.
  • Weezerton, DJ Ofier @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Breakthru Entertainment @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Musica en La Plaza: Region Quertana @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Tzimani, Sociocide, Solar Haze, Call of the Wild @ The Merrow
  • Jet West, Split Finger, Hazmatt @ 710 Beach Club
  • Janice & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • DJs EdRoc and Ramsey @ The Office 
  • Trojan Skinhead Reggae Meets Hometown Oldies @ Til-Two Club
  • Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Robot (Re)pair, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Chagrin @ Tower Bar
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live  
  • Rebecca Jade, Ken Turner and David Owen @ Viejas Casino 
  • JX3 @ Navajo Live
  • Trampa @ Bassmnt 
  • DJs Artistic and Tramlife @ El Dorado
  • Botnek @ Bang Bang
  • Felix Cartal @ Omnia
  • Deejay Al @ Fluxx
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Digital Cocoon @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • Waze & Odyssey, Secondcity & Option4 @ Spin
  • PopVinyl, DJ Diamond @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 

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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