Category Archives: Show Reviews



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.


How the Whistle Stop Got Flim-Flammed

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.


Shake Before Us

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.


Lexington Field

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.

Roger Waters – The Wall Live Tour – Concert Review


Roger Waters and The Wall Live Tour finally found their way to San Diego for a sold out show at The Valley View Casino Center Sunday night. The mammoth tour that Waters took around the world in 2011 made its triumphant return to North America for a string of shows that Waters claims will be the last for The Wall Tour.

Lindsey Buckingham Live at The Belly Up – Concert Review


Towards the end of his show at the Belly Up Thursday night, May 3rd, Lindsey Buckingham explained how Fleetwood Mac is the “big machine” and what he is doing now is “just me – the little machine.” Though the “machine” might be smaller–just him and his multitude of guitar–the results were grandiose.

Adams Avenue Puts Its Roots Down


Over the weekend of April 21 and 22, over 170 musicians played up and down Adams Avenue in a revised version of the 18 year strong Adams Avenue Roots Festival. This year’s version was billed as unplugged as most of the musicians performed acoustically.

World Party Returns to San Diego at KPRI Private Listener Party

The Griffin

Why have I waited so long to get down to The Griffin and see a show? Especially since, over the last year, they’ve really been flexing their booking muscles, bringing in national artists and some of San Diego’s finest talent? The thousand excuses are irrelevant. I finally made it down for KPRi’s Private Listener party featuring World Party. Sure didn’t hurt that sitting in the parking lot was the Green Truck–the traveling, all organic, solar powered eatery! Not only did I get a broccoli grilled goat cheese pre-show meal, The Griffin allows you to bring the healthy goodness into the club. Nice touch.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at The Belly Up – Concert Review

Karl Denson

The “Beasties,” played spot on by Kyle McDonald, OG, and De La from Slightly Stoopid, hit the stage with a cannon ball of energy. Dressing the part, complete with gold chains swinging, hats backwards, and the Beastie swagger in tow, the trio came out hitting the three part raps with style. Karl Denson’s tribute to the Beastie Boys was booked solid at The Belly Up for two nights in a row last week. And if the Thursday night opening show was any indication of what the crowd and the performance was like on the second night, they could have easily done a third.

The Family Wagon at The Casbah – Concert Review

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Even though The Family Wagon wasn’t headlining the show Friday night at the Casbah, it didn’t stop them from playing like they were. This is a band that, when seen live, leaves you with no doubt in your mind that they’ve given you everything they got. The energy they put into their last song of the night was enough to kill most bands.

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