Sounds Like San Diego: July 12

The city goes into overdrive in honor of Pride weekend with tons of music options, including Dessa at the Casbah

San Diego is kicking into overdrive for Pride Weekend. There are tons of events associated with Pride, including options in the live-music scene. Many of us are really excited for the return of Dessa, who's part of the Doomtree Collective. This artist returns to the Casbah with Open Mike Eagle and locals Okapi Sun to kick off the dance party. Over at the Whistlestop, our good friend Robin Roth celebrates six years of Pussy Galore, while Soda Bar hosts the Heavy Guilt. I've heard great things about Metalachi, a band that takes metal songs and adds a mariachi twist to them; they're performing at Brick By Brick. My winner for the night just might be at the Void, because I grew quite fond of Incan Abraham at Sunset Sessions a few years back. That's a lot to take in, but let's just say that you should get out on Friday because just about anywhere you go is guaranteed to be a worthwhile party. 

Friday, July 12:

  • #SDPride: The Spirit of Stonewall Rally & Flag Raising featuring keynote by George Takei @ Hillcrest Pride Flag (University & Normal, 6 p.m.)
  • #SDPride: Pride of Hillcrest Block Party featuring Jessica Sutta (University & Richmond)
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  • #SDPride: Bill Hardt presents SD Pride Celebration @ Spin
  • #SDPride: Bearracuda @ Merrow (formerly Ruby Room)
  • Dessa, Open Mike Eagle, Okapi Sun @ Casbah
  • Club Pussy Galore sixth-anniversary  party, with Duping the Public, Never Come Down (formerly Hargo) and DJs Robin Roth & Terryn S. @ Whistlestop
  • Metalachl, Allison Chains, Jester's Fate @ Brick By Brick
  • The Heavy Guilt, Trouble in the Wind, Dirty Sirens @ Soda Bar
  • Cuckoo Chaos, Incan Abraham, Ed Ghost Tucker @ the Void
  • Switchfoot Bro-Am Auction Night Soiree, featuring Switchfoot @ Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa (6 p.m.)
  • Lauren Ruggles presents Ladylike, A House for Lions, Rob Bondurant @ Bar Pink
  • Coda Reactor, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Stalins of Sound, Bat Lords @ Tower Bar
  • Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, the Bugs, Kingons, Dead Shakes, Kids in Heat @ Ken Club
  • Anamanaguchi, with Kitty Pryde @ Porter's Pub
  • B-Side Players, Sonidero Travesura, Beto Perez @ The Griffin
  • Tactical Ffever, B-Wreck, Gateway Hugs @ Tin Can Ale House
  • CHON, Proud Moon, Otis @ Ché Café
  • Israel Maldonado-Acoustic Happy Hour (5 p.m.), Simpkin Project, Revival, River Bottom Rockers, Simmer Down (9:30 p.m.) @ 710 Beach Club
  • Atomic Groove "Get Happy" Happy Hour (5:30 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • The Protomen, the Megas, Daikaiju @ Soma
  • Tainted Lovem with DJ Man Cat (9 p.m.) @ Belly Up
  • Plastic City, the Hampton Beats, the Nobles, Vignette, ShyFox @ Epicentre
  • Arcade, with DJ Brett Bodley @ Fluxx
  • Funks Most Wanted, DJ RM @ Gallagher's
  • Joey & the Mentals @ Ould Sod
  • Groove International presents Lights @ House of Blues
  • Random Radio @ Bahia Bell (loads at Bahia Resort Hotel)
  • Magic 92.5 presents Foreverland: A Tribute to Michael Jackson, with DJ LV @ House of Blues (Salvation Alley Voodoo Stage)
  • Y3K (7 p.m.), Viva Santana (9 p.m.) @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Tolan Shaw (CD release), Jeff Berkley @ Lestat's
  • Moonwalker @ Sycuan
  • The Jones Revival @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Pocket @ U31
  • PartyQuake @ V Lounge
  • Rising Star @ Dreamcatcher
  • Psydecar, Agua Dulce @ Winston's
  • Etana from Jamaica Live in Concert @ WorldBeat Center

Rosemary Bystrak 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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