Somehow it’s already July. Hot damn, summertime and we live in such a beautiful, amazing city (that might be my cold medicine talking). Here’s a handful of shows to get your live music whistle wet. Let me know what you’re looking forward to and you just might see me foolishly dancing in the front row… or the back, depends on my social anxiety.
7/5 Old Tiger at The Riviera Supper Club – I’m a new fan of Old Tiger’s…. does that make me a cub? (Feel free to groan at that or just slap me next time you see me.) This trio offers a sound that’s easily digestible and seems effortlessly executed. Singer and guitarist Dustin Lothspeich anchors these toe-tapping tunes with crooning vocals. Glad to see they’ve got lots of upcoming shows.
7/7 Dead Feather Moon, Revoltaire, and The Paragraphs at The Belly Up – DFM are one of my favorite local bands and they never fail to impress in a live setting. They bring heart and charisma to their brand of good old rock ‘n’ roll. Plus they aren’t afraid to experiment with their sound taking audiences on a journey through their shows. Any bill they’ve put together is sure to be a good one and The Belly Up is one of the best venues in town. Count me in.
7/11, 7/18, and 7/25 Vanja James at Riviera Supper Club – Somehow between making a record and booking bands here and there Miss Vanja James has taken a residency at The Riv which makes me super excited. Wednesday Wing nights just got a bit better with VJ cranking out tunes. And while she is a San Diego Music Award nominee in the Acoustic category, her eclectic sound has taken a turn into rock and it’s sounding awesome so far. (For her mellower stuff check out one of my favorites “Beautiful Mess“.)
7/19 Hills Like Elephants and Brian Lopez at Bar Pink – I’ve been trying to make it to a Hills Like Elephants show since the last time I saw them. Plus Bar Pink offers a laid-back, intimate vibe … and cheap drinks. Then I took a listen to Brian Lopez – awesome. In a similar vein of HLE’s music I find both accessible yet eccentric: in a good way. While I still can’t accurately describe the vocals of Hills frontman Sean Davenport, I’d say Lopez offers shades of Marc Bolan of T.Rex. And both feature lots of piano it seems. All of which, I like. A lot.
7/25 Years Around The Sun, Privet and Montalban Quintet at The Belly Up – More bands I’ve been hoping to catch! Years Around The Sun came onto my radar after I was introduced to The Spells (which features several of the same members.) Matt Lynott seems to be in every band I come across and looks like he’s pulling double-duty this evening with both Years and Privet. I never knew how great it could be to watch a drummer until I saw him. Montalban Quintet round out the evening with a sound described as “experimental jazz.”