Jay Allen Sanford 10 a.m., May 17
Reverend Horton Heat
Jim Heath and his psychobilly trio Reverend Horton Heat clearly love San Diego, usually playing at least once or twice a year at various venues around town, most often HOB or the Belly Up. For only the second time, they’ll take the Observatory North Park stage on January 28 for a heady triple bill that includes Voodoo Glow Skulls and Big Sandy & his Flyrite Boys. Though it’s been four years since their last studio album, Heath’s band has a back-catalog spanning over three decades, with their genre-crossing live sets offering up a little something for just about everybody: country, surf, big-band jazz, Appalachian folk, blues, swing, and even a bit of punk.
Those who caught them earlier this year at House of Blues may have noted that longtime drummer Scott Churilla was no longer with the group. According to a recent announcement, Heath and Jimbo Wallace have tapped Arjuna “RJ” Contreras (Eleven Hundred Strings) as their permanent third member. Riverside ska-core band Voodoo Glow Skulls also averages a couple of local dates each year, most recently at the Casbah and the Space Bar, but this will be their first Observatory set. Ditto for Big Sandy, and the all-ages event only costs 5 bucks in advance (they’ll ding you for 20 at the door).
- When: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 8 p.m.
- Cost: $5 - $20