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With Autumn Closing In: Upcoming Shows To See In San Diego

At any given time there’s so many good music events going on in this town. Whether it’s national acts passing through, showcases of local lovelies just waiting to be discovered or the uber talented folks we’ve all come to know and love in our favorite San Diego venues… Hard to choose just a few but here’s what I’m looking at in the next month or so… would love to hear what everyone else has filled their dance card with!

9/29-9/30 Adams Avenue Street Fair: So many of my favorite things in one place: beer, music, food stuff available, beer. How could you not wanna check this one out? I’m excited to see a handful of bands I’ve been meaning to catch along with some of my favorites. I’ve got my eye on The Darrows on Saturday 1pm at the “Rock Stage” on 33rd, Low Volts at 4pm on Saturday at “Rosie’s Roots Stage” on 34th and Nena Anderson and The Mules on Sunday at 2:45 on the Roots stage as well. Plus a dozen other things I hope to catch. Oh and one more of my favorite things: FREE.

10/12 CD Release for Old Tiger’s “Love Have Mercy” featuring Nena Anderson and The Mules and The Heavy Guilt at The Casbah: I’m going to do an in-depth album review (it’s awesome) and show preview soon but pretty please put this on your calendar now. It will be awesome and you can pick up OT’s first full-length album recorded at the Lost Ark Studio. I haven’t stopped listening to it for weeks and am truly impressed. Read more about the band here. $8 adv/$10 day of show. So worth it.

10/13 Night and Day Street Fest:  2  stages, bunches of bands, a whole day of music and more… awesome. The local acts on the bill boast a lot of fun and energy from the swampy rock of Low Volts to the clever craft of The Nervous Wreckords and of course the wickedly talented party-starters: The Styletones. Another highlight for me is getting a chance to see Everest again. I saw them a handful of times last year and their eclectic folk-pop-rock sets never disappoint. $25.

10/20 Frightened Rabbit at The Irenic: I’ve never been to this venue but it’s apparently church by day, venue by night. Sold. Frightened Rabbit won me over years ago with their raw sound and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. I wonder how the line “Jesus… is just a Spanish boy’s name” will sound in the acoustics of a church. $15.

10/26 Dead Feather Moon and The Heavy Guilt at Winston’s OB: Rag on Facebook all you want, but I love staying connected with the things and people I love most. Saw a pre-emptive post about this show today and did a super happy dance. About a year ago (10/23) I saw both bands at Rocktoberfest in North Park and had my mind blown. The seed was planted to cover local music for the shit of it and here we are. DFM and The Guilt will forever have a special place in my heart for giving me an inkling to do something with writing and music – my two greatest loves. Seeing them together again seems fitting and fantastic. Details to come.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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