Blurt: San Diego Music News

Julia Hülsmann Trio plays the Athenaeum

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, June 23–28

Tuesday 23 LA vocalist Julie Kelly stars at Jazz Live (Saville Theatre, 14th & City) the Jazz88 concert series, with Tom Ranier on piano, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums at 8:00 ...

Surprise! Three Rugburns reunions next week

Shows in North Park and Normal Heights

“Yes, we decided we wanted to play a show because [bassist] John Castro was gonna be in town from NYC,” Rugburns ringleader Steve Poltz revealed to the Reader about the band’s surprise reunion next Tuesday, ...

The ebb and flow of Surfer Blood

Indie rockers return from major-label land, drop 1000 Palms

After playing together for a year, indie-rock act Surfer Blood released their debut, Astro Coast, in early 2010. More touring and festival appearances followed before the band signed to Warner Bros. and released the follow-up, ...

Locals going global

San Diego joins the worldwide Make Music Day at Balboa Park

On Sunday, June 21, as part of the Balboa Park Centennial, San Diego will join some 700 cities around the globe in a one-day event called Make Music Day. First launched in France in 1982, ...

Lennon's heavy hand

Local players share the experience of playing the lost-and-now-found John Lennon acoustic

“John McCaw has been bringing his old Gibson to my Tuesday night Potluck Players guitar group since 2009,” says Sanctuary Music and Art Studio honcho Marc Intravaia of the guitar that has since been confirmed ...

Love's 'hose

North County band the Gift Machine share memories of Kurt and Courtney

Dave Matthies, the singer/guitarist for the psych-tinged indie band the Gift Machine decided he needed a cyclops monster and colorful swirls coming out of the mountains for the music video for their song “Telemetric Mayhem.” ...

Open a Juice Box at the Merrow

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 16–21

Tuesday 16 Juice Box with Matt Smith on drums, Ed Kornhauser on keys, Kevin Jones on bass, and Louis Valenzuela on guitar hit it at the Merrow (1271 University Avenue) at 9 p.m. Free…. The ...

Sinatra suits singer — and so does the suit

British performer Richard Shelton celebrates Ol' Blue Eyes at the Grant Grill

Richard Shelton has a very good reason to keep in shape: he owns a tuxedo once worn by Frank Sinatra — and it fits him perfectly without any alterations. “We’re the same height and weight,” ...

The shows must go on

An injured Mark Dresser plays through of New York dates

Local bassist Mark Dresser has just returned from New York, where he performed two concerts per night, six nights in a row at the Stone (an East Village performance venue dedicated to experimental music). It ...

Out at the Fair

Nick and Mel bring their satirical song stylings to the Del Mar Fair this year

While the Bruce Jenner story leaves many confused, Nick & Mel, a music and comedy duo, try to demystify transgenderism by breaking it down into song. “Our music is unapologetic acerbic androgyny,” says Nick Walker, ...

Cabo or bust

Annual music caravan through Baja turns philanthropic

This is how Jonathan Savage’s email begins: “It isn’t often I ask for help with my extra-curricular activities, but I’m in need of a little extra financial push to kick off a fundraising campaign for ...

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