Six of San Diego’s music venues have closed in the last two years: 4th & B, Anthology, Calypso, The Tiki House, Brick By Brick, and most recently, The Griffin. So, does San Diego really need another music venue?
Music is a healer. Not only can it turn around a bad day, it also has the ability to go deeper, eliciting a powerful therapeutic effect on the spirit, mind, and even body. Those of us who love music know what a difference it makes in every area of life. But our friend Paul Cannon is so passionate about this feeling that he’s taken it to the next level. His My Tribe movement is not just about the music he makes and what it means to him; it’s about global good vibes and a passion to bring peace and positivity to the masses.
The latest chapter in The Belly Up Tavern’s 40 year history of bringing live music to San Diego, BellyUpLive.com, began this month with global aspirations. No longer do you have to be at the club to experience the show; the new Belly Up Live downloads provide a professionally mixed, edited, and mastered recording of the event all with just one click.
What do you get when you ask nine musicians and one 94.9 DJ to recall their favorite shows, first time shows, and best times at The Casbah? We bring the month-long 25th Anniversary to a close with their personal/ odd/ unique/ blurry and funny as shit answers.
Last year, in conjunction with KPBS, Belly Up Tavern kicked off a music-centered program, a kind of “Austin City Limits meets Soul Train” filmed at the famed club in Solana Beach. The first year bookings of local acts Dead Feather Moon, Vokab Kompany, The Grass Heat, Brawley, The B-Side Players, and Bushwalla, to name a few, sparked not only the Friday night audience, but the Belly Up’s thirst for more.
San Diego Music Awards nominees spill about what the award means to them, where the party is at, what music needs to be playing when they make that acceptance speech, and a few other gems about what to expect October 9th. Featuring the Heavy Guilt, Black Market III, the Midnight Pine, Blackout Party, Lexington Field, the NFormals, and Ed Ghost Tucker.
Four records were sent to me last year that I listened to a lot and really wanted to write about before the ball dropped but, for one reason or another, just wasn’t able to make it happen. The new year equals a new effort towards time management along with a promise to finish what I start. Cheers!
It’s easy to see why Coyote Cantos was nominated for Best Local Recording at this year’s San Diego Music Awards. The CD has a warm tone that gives Degher’s poetry a chance to breathe underneath the cadence of the band. And if you just let it play a few times over while going through your day, the songs broaden, and the layers of these cantos shine.
Ever since Australian native Dean Gifford caught a late night broadcast of a Steve Poltz concert back in 2005, he has traveled to the U.S. to celebrate the annual birthday bash. After learning more about Dean, I couldn’t help but ask if he would share his story and review of this year’s Belly Up show.
Featuring a scattering of some of San Diego’s finest songwriters from bands like Transfer, River City, Midnight Pine, and Trailduster, the Flim Flam Review is a once-a-month, no-holds-barred, good time, old fashioned hootenanny.
August 15th at Carlsbad’s Boar Cross’n, Shake Before Us cooked up a livid set of measured chaos. They have a fine knack, whether on purpose or not, of tilting on the edge of derailment. They seem to get some guilty pleasure from taking their songs to the edge, finding a shaky balance, and then returning to safer, steady ground for their landing.
Don’t let the fiddle fool you–this band gets loud. Even though Lexington Field drew the shortest straw as openers of the three-act show at The Belly Up on February 7th, the five-piece American fiddle rock band’s bold enthusiasm came across like they were headlining. Full of confidence and brash delivery, they tore through their set stomping out good-time, glass-in-the-air tunes.
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