Sounds Like San Diego: July 30

The Drums headline the Observatory North Park Tuesday -- and that's just the tip of the concert iceberg

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I think that the first time I saw the Drums was at the Loft at UCSD, and if you know anything about their shows, you can only imagine how big that performance felt on that little stage in that intimate room. But they never hold back, which is why tonight's show at the Observatory North Park should be extra special after at least a couple years of passing over San Diego. If you have tickets, be sure to get there early for Chai, a spunky Japanese girl group who command the stage replete with props and sing-alongs and group shouts in which you are expected to participate. Meanwhile, it's no surprise that Gipsy Kings have sold out their Humphreys show, but you still have choices with the aforementioned Observatory show, the return of DJ Artistic's Hip-Hop Battle Bot at the Casbah, or local shows with Full Blast Fun Boy at Soda Bar or Tim Pyles' local night at the Merrow. For true classic-rock aficionados, Ron Blair of the Heartbreakers makes a special appearance at Winston's. 

Tuesday, July 30:

  • The Drums, Chai @ The Observatory North Park
  • DJ Artistic's Hip-Hop Battle Bot @ Casbah
  • Gipsy Kings ft. Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo, Simi @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (SOLD OUT)
  • Full Blast Fun Boy, Slay Dean, Rich Boy Junkie, Underground Lounge @ Soda Bar
  • Tim Pyles presents City Windows, the Miles, the Jonny Tarr Quintet @ The Merrow
  • Ron Blair (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), the Chris Torres Band @ Winston's (9:30 p.m.)
  • Adams Gone Funky @ Rosie O'Grady's (read our feature here)
  • Tiki Tuesday presents DJ Girlgroupgirl @ Bar Pink
  • The War Toys, DZR, Presser @ The Che Cafe
  • The Bayou Brothers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Charlie Arbelaez presents: The Jazz & Cocktail Party @ Seven Grand
  • Metal Jam @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Robin Henkel @ Crossroads, House of Blues (FREE)
  • Edgar Degas: Works on Paper @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Family Loteria with Anahuac, Analy, DJ Viejo Lowbo @ Border X Brewing
  • Reggae Tuesday with Carlos Culture @ The Holding Company 
  • The Breakthrough Revue 2019 @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Night Shift with DJ Ramsey @ The Office
  • DJ Lexicon Devil @ Pour House
  • The Works Jam @ Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room
  • The Sea Monks @ Tio Leo's
  • Live Jam Session @ Wildwood Crossing
  • About Face, Phunky Matters @ 710 Beach Club
  • Open Open Mic Night with Ash Foster @ El Dorado

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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