Oceanside, San Diego County’s third largest city, has seen a boom in the opening of music venues. Three breweries — Midnight Jack, Black Plague, and Legacy — now host bands on a regular basis.
2550 Jason Court, Oceanside
Co-founder Jason Hoffart says Black Plague mixes indoor skate demonstrations with shows by bands such as Wish and the Well, Johnny Deadly Trio, and Dusty and the Love Notes. “For a while it seemed like the music scene was only happening down south,” says Carlos Bautista, cofounder of Vista-based Roog Records, which recently presented a four-band showcase at Black Plague. “Now we’re trying to make it happen up here.”
2017 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside
After making acoustic enhancements to the interior of its 80-year-old building on Coast Highway, the management of the Moose Lodge has just committed to hosting original and cover bands such as Shocks of Mighty, Tower 7, and the Orbitrons every Friday night.
Two blocks away in South Oceanside, Tom Yearsley of the Paladins occasionally hosts concerts at his Thunderbird Studios, located in the former North County Times building. Locals such as Taken by Canadians and the Tighten Ups have both played shows there that were recorded for release as live albums.
1301 Market Street, East Village
Meanwhile, in East Village, ground was broken November 1st on the new Quartyard party mecca that will occupy 11,000 square feet of undeveloped property bounded by Market and 13th streets. “We have a three-year lease,” says general manager Justin Navalle. The first Quartyard, on a larger plot bounded by Market and G streets, closed in June to accommodate a new high-rise.
“We’ll have a full alcohol bar plus 25 [beer] taps,” says Navalle. The first show may be as soon as January 18. He would not disclose any headliners but said, like the last Quartyard, there would be band headliners as well as big-name EDM DJs. “We can do ten shows a month,” says Navalle about Quartyard’s legal party limit. He says the new footprint will allow 1000 guests; compare to 1500 for the former Quartyard site.