- Friday, July 6, 2018, 8 p.m.
2501 Kettner Boulevard,
$15 - $18
The Donkeys will play a two-night record release party at the Casbah on July 6 and 7 for their album Sun Damaged Youth, produced by Jason Quever, who worked on their debut full-length and covered parts that previously would have been played by departed co-founder Jessie Gulati. “His style of guitar is so much different than what we usually record,” says guitarist-bassist Tim Denardo. “There’s not going to be as many big, jammy guitar solos which, to me, makes this record stand apart.” A single for “Cool Kids” is streaming online.
Well Well Well drops two EPs, Poptimism and Ships, on July 13, promoted with a new video for "Day After Day" that takes viewers through the eyes of a vintage View-Master toy. Later this month, they're teaming up with Bruin for their Choose Your Own Disaster Tour, creating an illustrated 25-page fanzine specifically for every stop on the tour, highlighting local artists in each market. The San Diego date with Little Hurricane happens July 28 at Karl Strauss Brewing Company.
Also on July 13, reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid release their ninth studio album, Everyday Life, Everyday People, featuring guests Ali Campbell (UB40), G. Love, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Don Carlos, Yellowman, Sly Dunbar (Sly and Robbie), and more. Their next local date is September 1 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (performing shortly after the last race of the day), and they're also prepping for the Closer to the Sun music festival, which runs November 30 through December 4 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Their personally curated bill is slated to include UB40, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Thievery Corporation, and G. Love & Special Sauce, along with locals Pepper and Hirie.
Don’t Get to Know Me, a posthumous release from the late Jeffrey Joe Morin (who passed away last summer), debuts July 17 at the Vision Center for Spiritual Living, with performances from the Euphoria Brass Band, Rob Thorsen, Josh Hermsmeier, Sky Ladd, Steph Johnson, Lindsay White, Veronica May, Cathryn Beeks, Gregory Page, Larry Grano, Tori Roze, and others. Morin was unable to complete production of the album before he passed away last summer, but financial contributions from local musicians and supporters have made its release possible.
The fifth studio album by jazz pianist Danny Green, One Day It Will, premiers July 19 at Old Town Community Theater, where he’ll be accompanied by bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm. “All of the songs on this album were initially written for the trio and the strings parts were subsequently added,” says Green. “The process for arranging each song began with my thinking about where the strings should take the lead melody, where they should play background lines or harmonies, and what else I could do to make the strings essential to the arrangement.”
- Friday, October 19, 2018, 8 p.m.
5302 Napa Street,
A release party for Blue Largo’s CD Before the Devil Steals Your Soul happens July 21 at Tio Leo’s. “Nathan James, who co-produced the album with me, and sang and played guitar on several songs, is expected as a special guest,” says guitarist Eric Lieberman. “There won’t be a cover charge, and a Mexican Buffet will be provided for all who attend…we hope that, with a deal like this, everyone who attends will be motivated to buy the CD.”
Fresh off their San Diego Music Award for artist of the year, Trouble in the Wind’s full-length Hammer On debuts July 28 at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre in Oceanside. “This will be the very first time the songs from Hammer On will be shared live with the public, the band has been holding these songs back from the live shows,” says singer-guitarist Robby Gira. Recorded live at local Rarefied Studios and engineered by Dave Mathies (the Gift Machine), advance singles for “Lone Starman” and “Touching Down” are streaming online.