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Gator By the Bay, Augustana, Joel Rafael, We the Commas, Helena Holleran

Video:Festivals and fun in downtown, Carlsbad, Little Italy, and La JollaThe annual Gator By the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival features four days of live music with over 100 musical acts and performances on …

May 9, 2024
Ryan Hiller, Lady Dottie, The Swedish Models, Smokin Bowles Band, Whiskey & Burlap

Video:Star Wars Party and more in Pacific Beach, Mira Mesa, Ocean Beach, Jacumba, La MesaBorn in Salt Lake City, Utah, singer-songwriter Ryan Hiller was still a teen when his band Real Eyes won opening slots …

May 2, 2024
A 70-mile walk on San Diego beaches and other ways we'd spend our summer vacation

A walk on the (whole) beachA San Diego summer, with all the time in the world, brings up one challenge I’ve tried before and failed to complete: walking our entire 70-mile stretch of Pacific Ocean …

May 1, 2024
Swive, Sue Palmer, P.O.D., Free Arbor Day Concert, San Diego Music Awards

Video:Live music in Little Italy, Mission Valley, Bankers Hill, Downtown, and Shelter IslandSwive is an alt-rock band specializing in harmony-filled female and male vocals, founded in 2021 by members who’ve played with Lighting Starts Fire, …

April 25, 2024
Ed Kornhauser, Peter Sprague, Stepping Feet, The Thieves About, Benches

Video:The Music of Carole King and more in La Jolla, Carlsbad, & Little Italy.San Diego-based pianist Ed Kornhauser holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University. His debut album The …

April 18, 2024
Tim Flannery, Pete “Pops” Escovedo, Roger Clyne, Orion Song, Jeff Berkley

Video:LIVE FIVE: Tim Flannery, Pete “Pops” Escovedo, Roger Clyne, Orion Song, Jeff BerkleyThis edition of Acoustic Evenings at the Athenaeum features former Padres star Tim Flannery. By late 2014, he had officially retired from his …

April 11, 2024
Kristi Krause, Billy Galewood, Headphone, The Highwayman Show, Israel Maldonado

Video:LIVE FIVE: Kristi Krause, Billy Galewood, Headphone, The Highwayman Show, Israel MaldonadoSan Diego native Kristi Krause is a singer-songwriter who performs regularly all over town as part of the Acoustic Spot lineup of nightclub talent. …

April 4, 2024
Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, Terry Matsuoka, Aquile, Blaise Guld, Back to the Garden

Video:LIVE FIVE: Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, Terry Matsuoka, Aquile, Blaise Guld, Back to the GardenAss Pocket Whiskey Fellas was formed in 2011 by members of the Fairfield Fats Band, Superkeltic, Enuf, and the Clairemonsters. The …

March 28, 2024
San Diego Reader 2024 Music & Arts Issue

Some musicians see forming a tribute group as a way to get into the music industry. Copping someone else’s successful act may seem their only chance at earning a bit of applause, adulation, and — …

March 27, 2024
Croome Brothers Trio, Jack Tempchin, Ricky, Swami & the Bed Of Nails, Kahlil Nash

Video:LIVE FIVE: Croome Brothers Trio, Jack Tempchin, Ricky, Swami & the Bed Of Nails, Kahlil NashThe Croome Brothers Trio features three members from local Americana band Daring Greatly; brothers Patrick Croome and Liam Croome, alongside …

March 21, 2024
Gilbert Castellanos, Buddha Trixie, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Shane Hall, Brian Jones Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival

Video:LIVE FIVE: Gilbert Castellanos, Buddha Trixie, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Shane Hall, Brian JonesBorn in Guadalajara, Mexico, trumpet whiz Gilbert Castellanos first earned local cred with the Charles McPherson quintet. He attended Berklee College of …

March 14, 2024
Joanna Gerolaga, Kai Kalama, The Drug Hunt, Mike Myrdal, Lauren Leigh

Video:LIVE FIVE: Joanna Gerolaga, Kai Kalama, The Drug Hunt, Mike Myrdal, Lauren LeighJoanna Gerolaga is a solo performer whose covers of island vibe R&B and pop classics feel right at home on the Mission beach …

March 7, 2024
Sitting On Stacy, Matte Blvck, Zack Oakley, Hexa, Jakobs Castle

Video:LIVE FIVE: Sitting On Stacy, Matte Blvck, Zack Oakley, Hexa, Jakobs CastleSka-flavored alt rockers Sitting on Stacy won the 2018 Kaaboo Discovery competition, as well as opening for the Jonas Brothers in Chula Vista circa …

February 29, 2024
Headphone, Irving Flores, Hullabaloo, Songwriter Sanctuary, George Harrison Birthday Celebration

Video:LIVE FIVE: Headphone, Irving Flores, Hullabaloo, Songwriter Sanctuary, George Harrison Birthday“Our music blends our interests in everything from classical and jazz to electronic and independent rock,” according to Headphone, “while the lyrics look at the …

February 22, 2024
Baby Bushka, Peachy San Diego, Unwritten Law, Poltz Anniversary, Mraz Kaleidoscope

Video:LIVE FIVE: Baby Bushka, Peachy San Diego, Unwritten Law, Poltz Anniversary, Mraz KaleidoscopeTribute bands tend to pay homage to long-gone acts, rather than still-extant groups who might compete for ticket sales, but British singer-songwriter Kate …

February 15, 2024
Mojo Nixon Comix & Stories - Mojo's autobiographical cartoon

In more bad news for 2024, Mojo Nixon has passed away. Nixon was born Neill Kirby McMillan, Jr., on August 2, 1957 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A part of the psychobilly movement, he was …

February 9, 2024
Odessa Kane, Albert Lee, Geezer, Lisa Sanders, Los Saints

Video:LIVE FIVE: Odessa Kane, Albert Lee, Geezer, Lisa Sanders, Los SaintsBorn in Tijuana and raised in Paradise Hills, half-Filipino, half-Mexican Frankie Quiñones, aka Odessa Kane, first earned local notice with Gonjasufi and Orko Eloheim in …

February 8, 2024
Aquile, B-Side Players, Creature Canyon, The Grinnells, Dead Man’s Party

Video:LIVE FIVE: Aquile, B-Side Players, Creature Canyon, The Grinnells, Dead Man’s PartySan Diego native Aquile, who grew up in Wyoming before returning to California, was 22 when he earned national attention in 2012 as a …

February 1, 2024
Rocket From the Crypt, Amerikan Bear, Steam Powered Giraffe, Three Mile Pilot, Manganista

Video:LIVE FIVE: Rocket From the Crypt, Amerikan Bear, Steam Powered Giraffe, Three Mile Pilot, ManganistaThe Casbah’s month-long 35th anniversary celebration presents a reunion of one of San Diego’s best known groups from the city’s 1990s …

January 25, 2024
Travel Agents, Coral Bells, Pinback, aMiniature & No Knife, and Jazz at the Athenaeum

Video:LIVE FIVE: Travel Agents, Coral Bells, Pinback, aMiniature & No Knife, and Jazz at the AthenaeumFounded in Solana Beach circa 1987 and largely influenced by the psychedelic sounds of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, …

January 18, 2024
Daring Greatly, Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver, Cowboy Jack Johnson, Beat Farmers, Jamie Shadowlight

Video:LIVE FIVE: Daring Greatly, Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver, Cowboy Jack Johnson, Beat Farmers, Jamie ShadowlightDaring Greatly relocated from Calgary, AB Canada to San Diego in 2015. Nominated Best Rock Artist at the 2022 San …

January 11, 2024
El Ten Eleven, Starcrawler, Pacific Records Fest, Auz Fontaine, Back to the Garden

Video:LIVE FIVE: The Schizophonics, Transfer, Barefoot Hockey Goalie, Almost Monday, Allison Adams TuckerThe Casbah celebrates its 35th year with several showcase concerts this month, including <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/el-ten-eleven/">El Ten Eleven</a>, a mostly instrumental duo featuring two …

January 4, 2024
The Schizophonics, Transfer, Barefoot Hockey Goalie, Almost Monday, Allison Adams Tucker

Founded in 2009, <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/schizophonics/">the Schizophonics</a> plays fuzzy, psychedelic rock. Singer-guitarist Pat Beers fronts the band with his wife Lety Mora (the Rosalyns), who attended high school with him in Arizona. The little Italy bill …

December 28, 2023
Well Well Well, Nicey Nice World, Sue Palmer, Moans, and the El Vez Mex-Mas Show

Psychedelic-folk-synthpop band <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/well-well-well/">Well Well Well</a> was founded by guitarist Seton Edgerton and drummer Dan Nichols, both from the group Barbarian, which had opened for Arctic Monkeys and toured with Bat for Lashes. With a …

December 21, 2023
Meidai, Buddha Trixie, TV Girl, Cattle Decapitation, Ziggy Shuffledust

Michael May -- aka <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/meidai/">Meidai</a> -- is a hip-hop MC who launched his label Off Da Wall MusiQ in 2006. “My hip-hop alias Meidai, pronounced Mayday, means ‘a very strong individual’ in Greek,” he says. …

December 14, 2023
Pierce the Veil, Alvino & the Dwells, Common Sense, Frequency Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Headphone

<a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/pierce-veil/">Pierce the Veil</a> was founded by singer-guitarist Vic Fuentes and his drummer brother Mike, both former Mission Bay High School students. They released a new album earlier this year, The Jaws of Life, along …

December 7, 2023
Son of Kane, Lady Dottie, Mikan Zlatkovich, Johnny Deadly Trio, Just In Case

2022 San Diego Music Awards Best New Artist nominee <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/son-of-kane/">Son of Kane</a> is fronted by Evan Yearsley, who spent a decade playing drums behind his mom, the late local blues hero Candye Kane. Having …

November 30, 2023
Pleasure Pill, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Mercedes Moore, Chest Fever, Punk Riffs & Mosh Pits

Influenced by Britpop music and mod fashion, <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/pleasure-pill/">Pleasure Pill</a> features frontman Jonah Paz (JINX!) and his brother Ethan Paz (rhythm guitar), whose father Oscar Paz played with Kill Holiday in the 1990s and Hingada …

November 23, 2023
Safety Orange, Midnight Track, Danny Green Trio, Iration, Band of Gringos

<a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/safety-orange/">Safety Orange</a> was founded in 1996 by singer-bassist Sol Turpin, of Sublime tribute band 40 OZ to Freedom. Their last single “Get Outta My Way” came with a sleeve illustrated by Dead & Company …

November 16, 2023
Marie Haddad acoustic anniversary, The Drabs LP celebration, Gregory Page Fall Fest, Amanda Cogan album release, and Corporate Citizen charity gig

The fifteenth anniversary celebration for the <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2023/nov/10/acoustic-evenings-with-jefferson-ja-b13aa556/?et=314192/">Acoustic Evenings at the Athenaeum</a> series is headlined by <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/marie-haddad/">Marie Haddad</a>, who first earned local notice with the San Diego Beat Organization, which was nominated as Best …

November 9, 2023
Manganista, SM Familia, Deap Vally, San Diego Hall of Fame Induction, and Berkley Hart 25th Anniversary

<a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/manganista/">Manganista</a> makes rock music with an island vibe. They have a new EP called Hillbilly Bomb Shelter that they’ll be showcasing in Ocean Beach. The all-ages bill includes Proctor Valley Monsters (named after a Bigfoot-type …

November 2, 2023
Halloween parties with The Frights, Embers, Rocket From the Crypt, Creepy Creeps, and Chloe Lou Liddell

Surf-punkers <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/frights/">the Frights</a> were still teens when they formed the band around 2012. Their major label debut was produced by FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper (SWMRS, Dune Rats), mixed by Rob Kinelski (Ed Sheeran, Billie …

October 26, 2023
South Bay gated community may not be safest place to avoid danger

The Chula Vista kidnapping of Eddy Tostado by Arellano cartelAt 3:39 a.m. on January 7, 2007, Columbia Street was almost deserted. Little Italy had been plagued with car burglaries — “It got where you couldn’t …

October 22, 2023
Acoustic Evenings at the Atheneum, Splitrock Festival in Fallbrook, Project Sellout around Lemon Grove, Los Shadows in City Heights, Audio Perdisco at OB jam

Host <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/jefferson-jay">Jefferson Jay</a> will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Atheneum’s Acoustic Evenings series by recognizing its history of leadership by women with a series of concerts driven by local women performers. The October …

October 19, 2023
Whitney Shay, Nickel Creek, Mark Fisher, Earl Thomas, and Brian Jones Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival

Blues singer <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/whitney-shay/">Whitney Shay’s</a> bands have included Shay & the Hustle, the Whitney Shay Quartet, the JazzKatz Orchestra, and the blues/R&B group The Shakedowns. Her album Stand Up earned a three-and-a-half-star review in Downbeat magazine …

October 12, 2023
Listen Local 20 Year Celebration, Miniaturized album release, Helsott headline set, Deaf Club does South Park, Aviator Stash rocks Solana Beach

Longtime Listen Local promoter <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/cathryn-beeks-ordeal">Cathryn Beeks</a> will gather around two dozen of the acts that have graced her concert and radio showcases over the past 20 years for a two-day outdoor musical celebration in …

October 5, 2023
Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, Adams Avenue Street Fair, Sitting On Stacy, Whiskey & Burlap, Tim Flannery

Developed as a celebration of female strength and empowerment, the <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2023/sep/22/nissan-super-girl-surf-pro/?et=313975/">Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro</a> platform has grown into a series of four festivals centered around providing social, athletic, cultural, educational, business, and entertainment …

September 21, 2023
Long-lost Mojo Nixon footage found by local film archivists

"Ever since I was a little bitty boy, a race car had to be my toy. Got a club card at the age of eleven. Now I'm in racing heaven."  Local Reelin' in the Years has …

September 15, 2023
Heavy Hawaii awarded, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble videotaped, Benches renamed, Jonathan Karrant collected, DJ Pnutz released

<a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/heavy-hawaii/">Heavy Hawaii</a> was formed in 2009 by guitarist Matt Bahamas (née Barajas), who formerly played in Fantastic Magic with future Wavves frontman Nathan Williams. Nominated Best New Artist at the 2010 San Diego Music …

September 14, 2023
A week of Nancarrow, Gregory Page, Charles McPherson, Marujah, and Mike Pinto

Country rock band <a href="http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/nancarrow/">Nancarrow</a> is fronted by Graham Nancarrow, whose father was a well-known local newscaster/ecologist, the late Loren Nancarrow. Graham formed a punk band while at La Costa Canyon High, Misled Citizen, and …

September 7, 2023
Rebecca Jade’s winning streak, Anthony Cullins’ blues guitar, Daring Greatly’s blood harmony, Manual Scan’s scooter celebration, Astra Kelly’s album release

Rebecca Jade (Siren’s Crush) was the singer for Super Magnetic when that band won the 2010 Ultimate Music Challenge at Viejas Casino. She released her debut album the following year. Her band Rebecca Jade & …

August 31, 2023

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