San Diego Shows–Friday, June 18
PLAN A: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats @ Humphrey’s Backstage Live. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have certainly had their cornier moments (see retro-rock track “Back from the Dead”), but you’ll find some deliciously low-down Chicago blues in Estrin’s languorous harmonica playing. PLAN B: Weatherbox, Bedford Grove, Mufasa, Chroma Season, Birds of Paradise @ Epicentre. You wouldn’t want to miss Bedford Grove’s soulful grooves and horn fills, but the highlight here is Weatherbox, local indie-rockers whose metallic riffs have the pull of Fugazi and Shellac. BACKUP PLAN: Boyscout, Holy Rolling Empire, The Steelwells, Music for Animals @ Beauty Bar.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
soundON Festival of Modern Music @ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. Specializing in highly conceptual and complex music by living composers, this festival has performances running from Thursday through Saturday. (See our feature in this issue)
Jamuel Saxon CD release show @ The Park Gallery. Jamuel Saxon, the electro project led by local wunderkind Keith Milgaten, is celebrating the release of its new album, Landmines @ Chandeliers. They’re also playing a CD release show at Whistle Stop next week–but this one’s for the kids. The Shaky Hands and the always-enjoyable Rafter will also perform.
Gringochón @ Instituto Cultural de Baja California. If you have time to head down to Tijuana, check out this exhibit by Derrik Chinn of Turista Libre. It’s a series of portraits of American dudes (including former Arts & Culture Editor Seth Combs) in Mexican underwear, aka “chones.”
John Antoski @ Subtext. If artist and designer John Antoski were God, people would have fish swimming out of their ears and square heads with two hands coming out one side. Antoski likes to study and illustrate daily life and normal people, but once his nearly flawless line work is done, his figures are a lot more fun and entertaining. And when the San Diego artist takes his ideas and turns them into three-dimensional sculptures, the interesting factor of his work shoots through the roof. See Antoski’s work in a solo show, Each to Their Own, opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Subtext, 2479 Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy. subtextgallery.com
Swing Time Salute @ Oceanside Museum of Art. OMA holds its Art After Dark event, featuring a performance by rockabilly/swing band Tommy Price and The Stilettos, a site-specific video piece by Lisa Hutton that looks at the military salute and more, plus complimentary beer and wine.
“Say it Loud” @ City Heights Performance Annex. This theatrical production explores the history of black music through the lens of the WBOOK radio station, as part of Black Music Month. $5-$20 suggested donation. All money raised will benefit the City Heights Library Performance Annex.
Etsy Craft Party @ Ruby Kitchen. The crafty folks behind the North Park Craft Mafia celebrate online crafty shop Etsy’s birthday by hosting a world-wide crafting event and craft swap. RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/etsy-craft-party/6333.
El Vez, Fitz & The Tantrums @ The Casbah.
The Heavy Guilt, The Western Set, River City @ Tin Can Ale House.
Gran Sasso, Swore, Ox Eyes @ Soda Bar.
Kombat, Baquai?, Freestyle Research, Helen Holt @ Kava Lounge.
DJ Artistic @ El Dorado.
“Feel the Noise” w/ DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
Dave Spoon, Anthony Ross @ Voyeur.
“F@#king in the Bushes” w/ DJ Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop.
Rat City Riot, San Deviant, Ladyparts @ Ken Club.
The Young Dubliners, Lexington Field @ Belly Up.
The Styletones @ Bar Pink.
“Midget” wrestling @ 4th & B.