Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., Sept. 20
When cult rock star Todd Rundgren isn’t dying streaks into his hair and backing up Ringo Starr on tour, he sometimes makes short side trips with his Unpredictable Evening showcases, which he brought to town last September at the Music Box. Another night of requiems, requests, and deep cuts from throughout his career (including possibly his ‘60s group the Nazz or even his brief tenure standing in for Ric Ocasek in the Cars) is promised for the Belly Up on November 14, where his website indicates he’ll be backed by recently reunited Utopia bandmates Prairie Prince (on a break from the Tubes), Kasim Sulton, and Jesse Gress.
However, sticking to songs he’s already known for would hardly be unpredictable, so among the other oddities known to make his hit list are offbeat covers like Cheap Trick’s “Hello There,” Tony Bennett’s “Are You Havin’ Any Fun,” “Fire” (the Crazy World of Arthur Brown), “Muskrat Love” (the Captain and Tennille), and even “Endless Prairie” by Lorne Greene. Last year’s San Diego setlist included Rebecca Black’s pop anthem “Friday” and a tribute to San Diego’s own Strawberry Alarm Clock with “Incense and Peppermints.” Maybe this year, we’ll be treated to something by locals like Tom Waits, Jewel, or Blink 182? Maybe Frank Zappa?
- Age limit: 21+
- When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8 p.m.
- Cost: $57 | Get tickets