Chicago bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards takes the stage at AcousticMusicSanDiego (4650 Mansfield Street, Normal Heights) tonight. The 94-year-old guitarist, a contemporary and consort of blues luminaries Pinetop Perkins and Robert Johnson, will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Grammy on January 30. For students of the blues, Honeyboy’s 1997 autobiography The World Don’t Owe Me Nothin’ will tell you all you need to know about this fringe cat, who’s got tracks up on his Space page for the uninitiated. Check his scratch-your-soul take of “Sweet Home Chicago” for a taste.... O.B. rock stop Winstons welcomes Ivan Neville’s (son of Aaron) freaky fun Dumpstaphunk. The N’awlins quintet is out to tout last year’s Listen Hear.... SoCal acoustic rocker Jackie Greene checks in at Belly Up tonight behind his new EP The Grateful, which at this typing is available as a free download at jackiegreene.com. The 29-year-old folkie troubadour will split the bill with North Carolina rootsicana band Truth and Salvage Co.... And SanDago country-punk sextet Behind the Wagon rolls into Ruby Room with barroom rockers Nautical Disaster.
Bar Pink books psych-folk Canuck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs session man Imaad Wasif Friday night. Wasif jumped from Kill Rock Stars to Tee Pee Records last year for his heady rocker The Voidist. (Imagine Jeff Buckley singing concept rock.) Like-minded locals the Vision of a Dying World will set the North Park stage.... Brooklyn dream-pop duo Asobi Seksu will play an acoustic show at the Loft at UCSD. For an idea of what’s in store, check the takes from their last platter, Acoustic at Olympic Studios, which includes unplugged plays of their choicest cuts.... Staples Singers sister Mavis Staples has the early-bird show at Anthology Friday night and then gives it up to fellow Chicagoan Otis Taylor. (Learn more on that deep-blues player from this week’s Dave Good “Of Note.”) Can’t make the early show, not to worry, as Mavis’ll be back in the house for two shows on Saturday night to share the best of her 60-year R&B career.... Alabama roots crooner A.A. Bondy headlines sets at Casbah behind the new numbers on When the Devil’s Loose. He’ll be joined by New York folkie Willy Mason and local odd-pop songsmiths Paddle Boat.... Else: House of Blues has Chi-town jam band Umphrey’s McGee...Soma stages local metalheads Seconds from Disaster and a CD-release set from Murder on the Dancefloor...and Soda Bar sets up local premier pop-rock quintet Get Back Loretta with PAPA and Weatherbox.... Up north, blues and gospel Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ visits Belly Up...while alt-rockers Reason 2 Rebel pimp their new Aboveground Records release Imaginary Foe at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, with heavy hitters LeperKhanz, I-45, and the Mother’s Anger.
It’s that time of year for our erstwhile rockers to return and reconvene for the Casbah’s anniversary month (21 this year). This week it’ll be that Half Man Half Pie band Creedle and their trippy take on jazz-infused post-rock. Check Stampone’s “Blurt” on front man Devin E. Levins (né Goldberg) for the where-are-they-now scoop on the singer-guitarist. These are some eclectic sets as punk-rock supergroup Rats Eyes and the proggy Upsilon Acrux fill the bill Saturday night. P.S. There’re early sets by Portland folk-rock quintet the Builders and the Butchers and Golden Hill minimalists Little White Teeth kicking it off at 5p, if you want to make a whole night of it.... Miss the door in Middletown, pump it up to Normal Heights hot spot Soda Bar for shoegaze guru and former Swervedriver-er Adam Franklin, with our own pop-rocking Roxy Jones and indie experimentalists Tape Deck Mountain.... College kids get Castanets at UCSD’s campus collective Ché Café. Ray Raposa’s SD transplant band (Portland now, I believe) released this year their well-received and arguably best set yet Texas Rose, the Thaw, and the Beasts on Asthmatic Kitty. Tiger Saw, Alps of New South Wales, and Kenseth Thibideau (Sleeping People) will set the stage.... At the other end of the Ted Williams, out at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, it’ll be Booker T. and not the M.G.s. The roots-rock legend’s going to play a soulful solo set for your aural and nostalgic pleasure. Afterward, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend an elbow bend at Patrick’s Irish Pub on Poway Road. Haven’t been up there in forever. (Hi, y’all!) Looks like Tommy Price & the Stilettos will bring the country-swing to the bar, so dust yer boots.
Set to get to Sunday night, music fan, is Austin prog-punk maniacs White Denim at Casbah. These guys mine the deep cuts off your big brother’s ‘60s and ‘70s stuff (Zappa, Love, Doors), shifting signatures and gears at a whiplash clip and then dragging the whole show through a mud bog of psychedelic blues. Their latest, last year’s Fits, was succinctly described as “a party record for thinking people.” Suggest you find someone like that to take to the show. Easy-listening indie trio and fellow Austinites Brazos will split the bill.... Utter mentionables: raspy roots-rock icon Kris Kristofferson will grace the stage at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido...Bar Pink stages cirque du rock band Silent Comedy with L.A. indie-poppers Mississippi Man...and a coupla big bands will play the Ché, as Texas nonet (that means nine peeps, class) Mount Righteous and SanDago septet Red Pony Clock reeeaaallly fill a bill at the campus club.
Casbah’s Anti-Monday team pads up for Hockey, as the Portland four-piece brings the electronic rock off of their new do Mind Chaos to the bah. Sounds like the Strokes jacked on a steady diet of sugar cereals; i.e., pretty good. That NYC electro-pop band Asa Ransom sets the stage. Didn’t they just play here?
Haven’t been to a Tiki Tuesday at Bar Pink in a while. Former Bones Brigade skate rat and notoriously Cheap Lei Adrian Demain’s got the stage for your slack-key drinkin’ pleasure.... Urban Solace or the Linkery for dins?
“The king of the surf guitar” Dick Dale washes up at Belly Up hump night. Local psych-folkies the Heavy Guilt will open that show.... In-town? It’s your six-dollar burger or polite punx Christmas Island, the Beaters, and Heavy Hawaii at Casbah. That’s good note-per-nickel value right there, indie kids...or catch the late-night jazz jams of the Gilbert Castellanos Quartet at Bar Pink...around the bend from them it’ll be Latin groovers Agua Dulce at U-31...and a couple blocks away, acoustic-rock acts Longstay and the Howls hit Beauty Bar.
— Barnaby Monk