San Diego music scene news

Concert banned in the U.S.

Dresden musicians will play Tear Down This Wall — Pink Floyd, Santana — on T. J. side of fence

A German music project known for its quirky politically-themed concerts wanted to hold a free Tear Down This Wall performance simultaneously on both sides of the border fence between Imperial Beach and Tijuana this Saturday, ...

Where karaoke is a dirty word and rap is “crap”

Sometimes "Piano Man" is all they want

Scott Skinner — the Godfather There’s an iron man caressing the ivories over on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, and if you miss his act this weekend, don’t worry; he may still be playing there 40 years ...

Veronica May's sweetest 30 seconds

"It’s dirty and trashy and condescending."

"I’m a big fat lesbian,” says singer/songwriter Veronica May, never one to dance around any topic. “I’m the youngest child of the oldest children, there are seven of us. I was the youngest for a ...

Reader writer backup dancer for Vanilla Ice at Waterfront Park

The emoticons and selfies

“Last Nite! #SquadGoals #TacoFest2017 #VanillaIce” were a part of HipHopTrooper‘s descriptors which garnered him 1,231 likes on Instagram. The photo was of him in red Star Wars-esque gear, and his cosplaying-squad dressed as two ninja ...

Tijuana orders cancellation of concert by Miguel Comando at Las Pulgas nightclub

Singer of narcocorridos threatened by message on corpse.

Tijuana authorities abruptly ordered the cancellation of a concert by Miguel Comando, a singer of narcocorridos, that had been scheduled for the night of April 28 at the Las Pulgas nightclub on Avenida Revolución. Narcocorridos ...

You rock, San Diego

Where it’s at: daytime discotheques, peace and quiet, etc

Make no mistake about it, San Diego is home to its share of top talents in pop, rock, jazz, and blues. The Reader’s music crew cast its net to find out why these music makers ...

My absolute favorite place to hang out

What Bonnie Wright is all about

New-music concert promoter Bonnie Wright sees many positive changes in the local scene. “It’s expanding in ways that I like,” says Wright. “The Symphony, the Opera, and the La Jolla Music Society are all doing ...

Seemed sketchy

Jeff Trageser's show routine

Jeff Trageser is the Open Oscillator electronic open-mic host and bassist of indie act Takahashi. Local band? “Lucy’s Fur Coat.” Live band? “The Incredible Moses Leroy and the Softlights.” Local album? “In A Safe Place ...

The only place I like to rehearse

Steve Poltz could have gone anywhere to make Folksinger — he chose San Diego

“I love the Belly Up. That’s kind of a home for me. We got our start there, opening for Buddy Blue.” When Steve Poltz says “we,” he is speaking to his breakout band the Rugburns. ...

Community vibe

Lou Niles hopes to see clubs go back to all kinds of music, like Haight Ashbury in the ’60s and ’70s, and L.A. in the ’80s.

Few locals have more music biz experience than Lou Niles. As the host of 91X’s all local Loudspeaker show when San Diego was considered the next Seattle (1988–1996), Niles was the first to play Jewel, ...

Smells like pot and anxiety

Matt Molarius's home studio is second only to Audio Design

Transfer’s Matt Molarius is a current player and ringleader for the Redwoods collective of bands. What’s your favorite local band? “Is this a trick question? All of the bands on our label.” What’s your favorite ...

Build the soccer stadium

Q&A with Dawn Mitschele

Dawn Mitschele is a local singer/songwriter who splits time between going it solo and the Cardinal Moon. What’s your favorite local band? “Redwoods bands and Oh Spirit.” What’s your favorite local venue? “Music Box.” Do ...

The loud family

Charles McPherson — the nation’s preeminent bebop alto saxophonist

Charles McPherson says Dizzy’s when asked about a favorite local venue. “Through the years, I have self-promoted my own gigs there.” Approaching 78, McPherson is considered the nation’s preeminent bebop alto saxophonist. He lives in ...

Full-on guitar-driven

Joey Harris is inspired by his 14-year-old son.

“The Kraken is a wonderful, sweaty, worn-out, smelly, old-school surf bar just north of Solana Beach.” Guitarist Joey Harris grew up in Coronado. One of his first bands was called Fingers. They started that band ...

A style of music I wasn’t aware of

Glen Galloway has a fiery gospel record in the works

Glen Galloway of Singing Serpent Studios has been playing with Sumatraban and Error Massage in the absence of Octagrape mate Jason Begin (the Donkeys), who relocated to New Mexico. Tyler Ward of Octagrape and Glen ...

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