Sounds Like San Diego: December 4

It's the holiday season, and most local radio stations have their own concert celebration to welcome listeners to a sampling of the music styles programmed on the individual stations. This year, KPRI gets the award for the most eclectic mix of music, representing their Then and Now programming with a concert in one of San Diego's concert gems, the Spreckels Theatre, with the Doobie Brothers, Shawn Mullins and Crystal Bowersox (read Chris Cantore's blog). I remember looking through my parents' records in college (while deciding which ones I would swipe) and listening to the Doobies. and not really getting it. Now that I'm older and have more diverse tastes, I'm glad that those records are in my possession. The band has survived decades, and with an all-new record under their belts, my mom and I can share the music experience together.

If that's not your flavor, you can check out San Diego's Earthless, who have been on tour for so long that their overdue hometown performance is one of just a couple this year, or head up to Bar Pink for some fresh talents (Mississippi Man, Rumspringa and a SoundDiego favorite, the Howls). I have to say, while our focus here at SoundDiego is music, I'm a little sad I'll be missing my comedy crush, Louis CK, over at the Balboa Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 4:

  • KPRI Holiday Soiree feat. The Doobie Brothers, Shawn Mullins, Crystal Bowersox @ Spreckels Theatre (read Chris Cantore's blog)
  • Mississippi Man, Rumspringa, the Howls @ Bar Pink
  • Earthless, 400 Blows, Rats Eyes, Widows, DJ Mikey the Rat @ Casbah
  • Ascension, featuring Robin Roth, Tom King @ Kava Lounge
  • Wu-Tang Clan: The Reunion Tour, featuring Methodman, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa with Vok Merger, Mr. Dubie, Substance Abuse, Black Resume, DJ Righteous, G. Smeezy the 16 Bar Bully @ 4th & B
  • Comedy: Louis CK @ Balboa Theatre (8 & 10:30 p.m.)
  • Windigo International presents the 8th Annual Turtleneck & Sweater Party, featuring Metro @ Belly Up
  • Jay Smart, Kelsea Little and Michael Reed @ Mueller College (4603 Park Blvd., University Heights)
  • The Dabbers, the Hitchhikers, Spare Parts For Broken Hearts @ Eleven
  • Electric Healing Sound, the Mantles, Devon Williams, Twin Lion @ Tin Can
  • Lucy Schwartz, Julian Velard, Derek Evans @ Yoga One
  • Screamin Yeehaws, S.F.T. @ The Shakedown
  • One Nation Under a Groove, with DJs Atari and Bart Blackstone @ Whistle Stop
  • May*Star's Fashion Whore 5 Year Anniversary @ Ruby Room (attire: ugly Christmas sweaters/'70s ski suits)
  • Bangladesh, Bleeds, Space Town Savior, Free Mace @ Soda Bar
  • Third World, Mighty Diamonds @ Sound Wave
  • Mike Pinto, Stranger, the B Foundation, High Tide, Hi Roots @ House of Blues
  • Frank Giampaolo, Lovers Drugs, Tony Scalzo @ Lestat's
  • Calabrese, Stellar Corpses, Zombie Cartel @ Brick By Brick
  • Dazed and Confused @ Winston's
  • Boom Snap EP release @ 710 Beach Club
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls, Lexington Field, the Mayors of Sexytown, Ottly Mercer, the Risky Businessmen @ Soma
  • Robin Henkel/Allen Singer, the Baja Blues Boys @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • Ramshackle @ El Cajon Grand
  • Lions Tigers Bears, the Cost of Salvation, Run Lola Run, Dawn Defeo, Eyes Like the Sea, Above Me @ Epicentre
  • Add The Color, Plane Without a Pilot, Dive Bomber, Vacscene, Privatized Air @ Dreamstreet
  • Charles McPherson Quintet @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Lady Dottie and the Diamonds @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Summer Mechner @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (5-7p.m.)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9 p.m.)
  • Still Time, DJ Chelu @ Gallaher's
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Boys & Girls, featuring Rchrd Oh, Saul Q, Adam Salter @ El Dorado
  • Style of Eye, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
  • John Joseph + Big Chris @ Spin
  • Inferno/PINK Party 2 Year Anniversary, featuring Garrison Bailey and the Groove Kitties, DJ Muse @ The Flame
  • Website Launch Party, featuring DJ Cobra @ Fluxx
  • Broken Beat @ Kadan
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Waterfront

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at or submit your music listings.

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