There are a ridiculous number of good shows in any given month in San Diego and yet I’m a week late writing a preview this month. For shame. I’ll try to do a good job here to make up for it and would love to hear in the comments below what everyone else has on their agenda- I know these decisions aren’t easy for music-lovers… sometimes I think I may just flip a coin.
3/8 Gone Baby Gone and The Hollerin at The Whistle Stop (DJs Robin Roth and Terryn S): Gone Baby Gone has been on my “I need to see” list for far too long. Friday night, great neighborhood (eats and drinks at Station, anyone?), no cover- I really have no excuse to miss this one. The lineup seems primed for gritty rock ‘n’ roll and I’m looking forward to celebrating my survival of another week with good tunes and good people.
3/9 … EVERYTHING! So this night is just simply not fair… there are at least 3 shows I’d like to go to and due to prior engagements I probably won’t make any… but here’s what you’ll want to consider:
- Blackout Party, The Mallard, and Hit Dog Hollar at Soda Bar. $10. – If your work week was extra long and you really need to rock yourself out of a funk this one is where you should be. Do a shot, chase it with a PBR, and bang your head to all these good bands. And if BOP does their cover of “When Doves Cry” please don’t tell me because I will weep for missing it.
- SDMusicTV Presents Battle of the Bands Grand Finale with Chocolate Revolution, Brothers Gow, and the Ezekiel Jay Band – If you’re looking for variety you can cast your vote for someone in this showcase and get them some recognition (and bad ass prizes). I’m a little biased so I won’t tell you who I’d vote for but it may be the band opening the show…
- The Midnight Pine and Boy King at Seven Grand. Free. If you love lovely ladies and stiff drinks this will make your weekend and quite possibly your month. TMP’s got the ethereal stylings of Miss Shelbi Bennett to soothe your soul (shameless plug for interview I did with SB in January) and BK has the rocktastic passion of Lady Megan Liscomb (that sounds royal or something, right? another shameless interview plug). Decidedly different trios but should be a great time and if nothing else the well-dressed bartenders at Seven Grand make a mean drink…. please someone have a Sazerac (or ten) and wink at a waiter for me.
3/10 The Silent Comedy, The Heavy Guilt and Strange Vine at The Casbah. SOLD OUT. If you’re going to this one find me so we can high five or low five- it’s going to be awesome. TSC is gearing up to tour, The Heavy Guilt is gearing up for their record release- only a month away, and Strange Vine is probably gearing up to make more San Diegans fall in love with them (case in point). This is an eclectic mixture and it’s no wonder it sold out. Why, oh why, did you wait?
3/11 John Meeks at Tin Can Alehouse. If you or I survive the weekend we should go to this. Meeks is a rare treat and if he were literally playing in a tin can I’d go see him. Ale or no ale.
3/16 Another choose your own adventure night…
- Melly Frances and Vamonos at Winston’s OB. $5. If you need to mellow out and groove and maybe see some hippies have a dance off it behooves you to be here. Not to mention Vamonos features my favorite drummer… I call it baby-making music… but maybe that’s just my biological clock ticking since I turned 30…
- Dead Feather Moon, Brothers Weiss, and Mrs. Henry at Soda Bar. $10. If you need a DFM fix, like I do, then this is a nice chance to see the North County boys on this side of the tracks. I’ve also been meaning to see Mrs. Henry again and I’ll just trust that Brothers Weiss fit the bill (this is their debut show it seems!). Mid-month jam? Hell yeah.
3/22 This is just mean…. I honestly may flip a coin:
- Get Back Loretta, Barbarian, Jackson Price, and 9 Theory at The Casbah. $10/$12. I haven’t seen GBL in far too long- their happy brand of rock is danceable and vibrant. So of course I did a happy dance when I saw this one post… but then there’s this:
- The Donkeys, Low Volts, and John Meeks at Soda Bar. $10.: Did I mention I’d go anywhere for Meeks? Plus I’ve missed the last few LV shows and need to check out the Donkeys. This one promises to be heavy on the retro rock side along with Meeks holding down some country-flair and his croon-y vocal styling never disappoint. Someone hand me a quarter.
I know I’m missing plenty from this list but I need to spend some time figuring out how to be in two places at once. Where will you be in all this March music madness (yeah I said it)?