Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
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The Neat was an early 1980s North County new wave band featuring Dan Brewer on guitar and backup vocals, Neil Bergen on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, and Marcus Discartin on drums and backup vocals, later joined by Nugirl bassist Anthony Downey.
"During my time with the Neat, I was able to negotiate a weekly gig in Tijuana, Mexico at a club called Mike's Bar," Downey told the Reader. "Every Wednesday night was college night in Tijuana and we would pack the club full every week and were paid very well by the club owner, who I personally knew."
Their music appeared on the 1984 91X Local Heroes album, and the band performed on local TV shows like Pacific Videos and Club 33. After the band split, Downey went on to build a recording studio in his garage in the early 1990s, before working as an accounts executive and billing agent for Chula Vista medical billing company United International Health Net.