Category Archives: Show Reviews

Revoltaire at The Belly Up – Concert Review

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Revoltaire uncorked their 40 minute set Sunday night at The Belly Up with “Black Water,” the deep soul groove shaker from their self-entitled first album. With no desire to waste a moment of their opening slot’s time limit, the band came out with a big, bold, loud statement.

Mickey Hart Live at the Belly Up – Concert Review

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Mickey Hart brought his world renowned legacy and his world beat skills to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach the night of December the 3rd. Perched behind an elaborate array of percussion instruments, Hart played the mad scientist throughout the night, mixing a blend of organic and electronic sounds and beats.

Big Head Blues Club Live at The Belly Up – Concert Review

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Todd and company were not there to crank out the numerous hits that have propelled their career. Instead, they were touring in celebration of Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday as The Big Head Blues Club featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Hadden Sayers and Cedric Burnside.

Music From The San Diego Music Thing – Live Reviews

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Caught a bunch of music in North Park this weekend from the San Diego Music Thing. Here’s a quick rundown and review.

Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys at Humphreys – Concert Review

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As rock bands go, Los Lobos, the East LA outfit that has been together almost 40 years, displays the smallest ego but some of the deepest soul. Sunday night’s concert at Humphrey’s by the Bay was another example of how effortlessly this band can deliver multiple genres of music without the slightest hint of pretentiousness.

Dylan Proves Talent Trumps Age

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Dylan proves talent trumps age at the Orange County Fair. Like an aging blues man uninterested in retirement and existing only for the opportunity to play his songs, Bob Dylan at 70 is still challenging himself live. One of rock’s greatest chameleons, Dylan has morphed into an improvising interpreter of all the different sides of himself.

Dead Feather Moon at The Belly Up Tavern – Concert Review

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The five members of Dead Feather Moon hit the stage like they were shot out of a cannon, obviously pumped and proud to be playing their new material. And the way they played the first two songs, a combination of furious emotion and over-the-top exuberance, you had to wonder if they had anything left for the rest of the show.

Jackie Greene at The San Diego County Fair – Concert Review

Jackie Greene San Diego County Fair

Jackie Greene’s stage set up was underneath the giant slide, the upside down swing, and a kaleidoscope of whirling colors Thursday night at the San Diego County Fair. Just like the blend of blinking lights, exotic smells, and the shrieks from the rides, Greene’s sound comes across as a well-woven tapestry of different musical styles.

Robert Plant at The Copley Symphony Hall – Concert Review

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No matter the material he was working with throughout the set, Plant seemed comfortable with a less-is-more approach. Though at times he pushed the vocal boundaries, never did he over step or over do it vocally. Opening the show with a slow walk-through of “Black Dog,” Plant established the theme of the night. Yes, he was going to play Zeppelin material but, he was going to deliver it like you have never heard it before.

Dead Feather Moon Live at The Solana Beach Fiesta Del Sol

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What I’d like to know is why aren’t these guys playing a side stage at Coachella? Dead Feather Moon is that good! And, though hampered by multiple sound issues, they were still able to convey their message of moody, intricately crafted rock songs.

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