Blurt: San Diego Music News

Ure legacy

If Midge Ure were a fictional character in a movie about musicians, his real-life career would seem nothing short of impossible. Most performers would give their right arm to have one successful group, but Ure’s ...

Observatory North Park

O.C. interest purchases North Park Theatre

The story of the Observatory’s arrival as one of Orange County’s top music venues started when a computer systems installer named Jon Reiser decided he had grown out of the 300-capacity Detroit Bar, a club ...

Big Jon puts his harp where his mouth is

Local bluesman to host a harmonica blowout

Big Jon Atkinson is putting his blues where his harp is. This Southern boy, a recent San Diego transplant, is getting together with a few of his friends to throw a blues party on Saturday, ...

Julian Lage lights up the Loft at UCSD

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, January 5-11

Monday 5 Get the jazz week rolling with a free noontime concert featuring the Rob Thorsen Trio with Bobby Cressey on piano and Fernando Gomez on drums at the Lyceum Theater Horton Plaza (79 Broadway ...

Most popular music stories of 2014

1) Mainstream U In the midst of Ché Café’s struggle with UCSD, the university informed Porter’s Pub, which has hosted all-ages concerts since 1993, that its lease will also not be renewed. 2) Anthology to ...

There’s gonna be a resolution

New year, new resolutions. Whereas “normal humans” resolve to accomplish goals such as losing weight, swearing less, and cutting back on alcohol, musicians come from a different mindset. They’re “cut from a different cloth,” as ...

Uber for bands

When Andy Altman came home from Coachella this year, he had a revelation. “I’d been relying on Uber a lot,” he said. “At the same time, my dad mentioned, ‘If I wanted to hire a ...

Phaser finger

In December, Timothy Joseph took over as host of the Local 94/9, a radio show on FM94/9 that features local bands. This, following long-time show host Tim Pyles’s move to the Loudspeaker, also a locals-only ...

Two new stages

A new venture called Quartyard will take over two-thirds of a downtown city block and present live concerts May through October. Attendees will be served by a full-bar, beer gardens, and food trucks. Quartyard is ...

Jazzing in the New Year

...and other jazz happenings in and around San Diego December 31–January 4

Wednesday 31 Celebrate New Years Eve with Gilbert Castellanos and the Park West Ensemble at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. In addition to the music, a three-course dinner ...

All you want for Christmas

Wages are stagnant, album sales miserable, and download revenues a joke. In this harsh, wintry economic climate, musicians are more dependent than ever on Santa Claus to deliver the goods. Circa 2014, it seems as ...

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