Sounds Like San Diego: September 29

Rocky Votolato heads to the Casbah with a full band -- and that's just the beginning of Friday's live music

I have been looking forward to tonight for months. Maybe it's a little egoccetric to think this show was booked just for me, but that Rocky Votolato's show coincides with my birthday week is pretty awesome. He's celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his release, "Makers," at the Casbah and it has been years since he's toured with a full band, making this an extra special show and also meaning he won't be drowned out by the crowd imbibing on the album's namesake. Meanwhile around town, many are preparing for another CRSSD Fest, so big-name DJs will be all over town with pre-shows and after-parties. Flosstradamus, for example, are at Quartyard to kick off the weekend. At Blonde, Adam Green performs and screens a film, Gringo Star is at Soda Bar, and '90s R&B star Keith Sweat is at the California Center for the Arts Escondido. A special shout-out to local label Volar Records, who are also celebrating an anniversary tonight at Whistle Stop.

Friday, Sept. 30:

  • Oktoberfest @ German American Societies in El Cajon (all ages, 1017 S. Mollison, El Cajon, 4-10 p.m., $10)
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest (4-10 p.m.)
  • Rocky Votolato: "Makers" 10 Year Anniversary Tour, Chris Staples & MY BIRTHDAY PARTY @ Casbah
  • Flosstradamus, Shintaro Yasuda @ Quartyard
  • Adam Green's "Aladdin" -- Film and Concert @ Blonde
  • LED Tramps Like Us feat. Flosstradamus, Botnek, Dombresky, HeRobust, San Holo and Sikdope@ Valley View Casino Center
  • Gringo Star, the Relationship (ft. Brian Bell of Weezer), Polish @ Soda Bar
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Blink 180-True, the Great Pumpkin @ Music Box
  • Nemr Abou Nassar @ Balboa Theatre
  • Dread Crew of Oddwood, Lexington Field @ The Merrow
  • Wang Dang Daddies, Chango Rey, the Browns @ Ken Club
  • Cool Party Bro feat Heminguey & Ikah Love @ The Office
  • Keith Sweat @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Atomic Groove Pink Girlz Nite Out @ Belly Up (happy hour 5 p.m.)
  • The Soul Rebels Sound System featuring Talib Kweli, Infinite Points (ft. Scarub) @ Belly Up
  • Gone Baby Gone, the Etc., the Heart Beat Trail @ Black Cat Bar
  • Disco Goth with Glass Spells, Soft Lions, Subtropics, Dancing Strangers, Dream Joints @ The Hideout
  • Volar Records Anniversary Party: Teach Me records release show (members of the Sess, Beaters, Mrs. Magician) with Flat Worms (members of Thee Oh Sees, Kevin Morby), Keepers @ Whistle Stop
  • Little Heroine, Adult Films, Cloud Dancer @ Lestat's
  • Groove International @ House of Blues
  • Hirie, Charbra, Annie Rettic @ LJ Athenaeum
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Badabing, We Might Be Wasted @ The Bancroft
  • Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Irie G @ 710 Beach Club (5 p.m.)
  • Baby Gow (Brothers Gow Trio), Watcher Moon @ 710 Beach Club
  • Heated Exchange, John Jaylo @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Musica en la Plaza @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Intervarsity and LaFe, UCSD Present: Salsa Y Salsa @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Elijah Ocean @ Brick 15
  • The Siers Brothers @ Tio Leo's
  • Bridgetown DIY Benefit Show @ Che Cafe
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Live (9 p.m.)
  • Riistetyt, Diatribe, Systematic Abuse, Crime Desire @ Tower Bar
  • The Steepwater Band @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Dazzla @ El Dorado
  • Desert Suns, Kook, Condor @ Til-Two Club
  • Dynamiq @ Fluxx
  • Lee Burridge @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Beatnik @ F6ix
  • Goodtimes @ Henry's Pub
  • Purps 'n Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah, the content manager for DoSD, 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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