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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/8-2/14

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Did you all watch the Superbowl? I did not. I was watching Numb3rs and napping. I did see a bit of Lady Gaga’s National Anthem but I was not concerned enough with any of the teams, commercials, or anything else to spend that much time watching a game. Maybe if I was at a Superbowl Party or something. With pizza. And guacamole. And chips with dip. And… I think I would just eat the entire time!

Anyways, let’s check out what this week has in store…

 

Monday: Emily King @ Soda Bar at 9pm- SOLD OUT

Tuesday: Rachel Platten @ Observatory North Park at 7pm

Wednesday: Waters, Max and the Moon @ The Loft @ UCSD at 9:30pm
AND: Jess Glynne, Conrad Sewell @ House of Blues at 8pm

Thursday: Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: Glen Phillips (Toad and The Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: The Donkeys, The Palace Ballroom at Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Tiger Army @ Observatory North Park at 7pm

Friday: Panic is Perfect, Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD at 9pm
AND: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Sycuan Casino at 8pm
AND: Mrs. Magician @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Saturday: Tyler Hilton, Kate Voegele @ Lestats at 7pm
AND: Peter Bradley Adams @ Soda Bar at 6:30pm
AND: Hawthorne Heights @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Park & Rec at 9pm

Sunday: Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box at 9pm
AND: Lillie Lemon, Bearcoon @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: P.O.D. @ House of Blues at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 20th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Brick by Brick
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 24th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
February 29th- Vance Joy @ Balboa Theatre
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 5th- Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 12th- Kaleo @ Soda Bar
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 26th- Brian Fallon & The Crows @ Observatory North Park
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
April 8th- Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 4th- Thrice
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/1-2/7

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I can’t believe February is upon us. I’m kind of happy for it though. January was full of a lot of stress and somewhat major changes and transitions that resulted in a few missed shows because of long days and exhaustion. I did barely get my butt out to see The Silent Comedy at a (over) sold out show at the Casbah on Saturday. If you were there, you know how crazy it was. If you weren’t there…. well it was crazy.

But it’s a brand new month with a whole new array of show opportunities. Wheeeee!

 

Monday:

Tuesday: Dead Rosemary Blue @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Bullet for My Valentine @ House of Blues at 7pm

Wednesday: The Crossing, Josiah Falco, Melvus @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Triumph of Wild @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Gallows Bound, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Thursday: Ben Folds & San Diego Symphony @ Concert Hall at 7:30pm
AND: Listen Local All Access Fest @ Music Box at 7pm
AND: Hills Like Elephants, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Family Mansion, Chris Carpenter @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Jack & Jack @ House of Blues at 6:30pm
AND: Them Weary Bones, Feathers and Lead @ Sycamore Den at 9pm

Friday: Saintseneca, Torches

Saturday: Jason Cruz And Howl @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Johnny Deadly Trio, The Shifty Eyed Dogs @ The Merrow at 9pm

Sunday: Second Cousins @ Soda Bar at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
February 10th- Waters, Max and the Moon @ The Loft @ UCSD
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 12th- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Sycuan Casino
February 13th- Hawthorne Heights @ House of Blues
February 14th- Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 20th- Get Back Loretta, Brothers Weiss @ Brick by Brick
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 24th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
February 29th- Vance Joy @ Balboa Theatre
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 5th- Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 12th- Kaleo @ Soda Bar
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 26th- Brian Fallon & The Crows @ Observatory North Park
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
April 8th- Third Eye Blind @ The Observatory North Park
April 15th-17- Coachella Weekend 1
April 17th- James Bay @ Humphreys
April 21st- Parachute @ House of Blues
April 22nd-24th Coachella Weekend 2
April 23rd- Say Anything @ House of Blues
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 14th- Billy Joel @ Petco Park
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 21st- Jewel @ Humphreys
May 26th- Walk the Moon @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
June 4th- Thrice
July 16th- Halsey @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theater
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena
July 26th- Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 31st- Duran Duran @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 3rd- Weezer, Panic! at the Disco @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 30th- Journey @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 1/25-1/31

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This week is going to be a good one! One of my favorite bands The Silent Comedy are playing not one but two shows this week! Granted one is in Hermosa Beach but they are definitely worth the drive. Actually, I started getting my TSC fix last week when they played on Friday at the Pour House. That was a really good time! I was sore after from dancing around. Let’s see what else this week has in store…

 

Monday: Little Heroine, The Native @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Granger Smith @ Belly Up at 8pm

Tuesday:

Wednesday: Tony Lucca, Dustan Louque @ Soda Bar at 9m
AND: Dawn and Hawkes, Lee Coulter, Dave Booda @ Lestats at 9pm

Thursday: Joshua Taylor, Ves Frank @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: PWR BTTM, Gone Baby Gone @ Hideout at 9pm

Friday: G. Love and Special Sauce @ Belly Up at 9pm- SOLD OUT
AND: The Silent Comedy @ Saint Rocke at 9pm
AND: The New Kinetics, The Nervous Wreckords @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Caroline Corn, Avery, Sophia Bacino @ Lestats at 9pm

Saturday: The Silent Comedy, Creature & The Woods, Robert Jon and The Wreck @ Casbah
AND: Dr. Seahorse, The Lovebirds @ Belly Up at 1:30pm
AND: The Whiskey Circle @ Hideout at 9pm
AND: Alice Wallace @ Lestats at 9pm

Sunday: Marty O’Reilly, Kimmi Bitter @ Soda Bar at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 14th- Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 5th- Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 3rd- Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena

Amanda’s Top Acts of 2015- James Bay

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Every year closes and there’s always a select number of events and things that stick around in my brain and really stand out as something memorable. I mean, if it wasn’t that memorable, I probably wouldn’t be able to recall it as vividly as I do after an entire year passes by. For me, 2015 was filled with a fair amount of music related trips and some really “omg this is really happening?!” moments. To be honest, you already know about these artists from our site but I’d like to share what makes them special and why going out to see a band/artist is such an awesome experience for me…

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Photo by: Megan Gotch (@thenerdygirlie)

James Bay is someone who’s name you should be familiar with from reading our site. He’s an amazing artist with a really soulful and gritty voice with lyrics that can cut you to the quick and reverberate through your soul. I was lucky enough to see him a few times this year with the standout moment being at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Bay had been scheduled to play there back in May and I missed out on the tickets. (Drat!) Then the show had been rescheduled to August and I missed tickets again. (Bummer!) Finally, the date was rescheduled to November and I discovered it just in time to get tickets to the show in November. What luck!

Back in July I had seen James Bay sell out the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, which according to Wikipedia, holds 3,500 people for musical events. So, the opportunity to see someone who was literally selling out arenas across the US at the 600 capacity Belly Up was something truly special and unique. Also, something that wasn’t likely to happen again. Since I knew this would be a really unique opportunity to be up close and personal, I decided to get there a few hours early and wait in line. I’d say the wait paid off in spades by being part of the first line of people against the stage. There isn’t any kind of barrier at Belly Up so when I say we were there, we were right there!

It was a truly amazing experience and one that will likely never be reproduced. James was his highly amusing and entertaining self throughout the entire evening. He started the evening by saying that he was finally happy to be there after all the issues and “music industry bullshit” and he was just happy people showed up after all the jerking around. I won’t get into the minutiae of the entire evening here because that would take up entirely too much of your time. I will however give you these details (and maybe more if you ask me in person)… he played for over an hour, he played everything from Chaos and The Calm, he also played some of the songs from his previous ep, there was a sing along portion of the evening, and he did a cover of Proud Mary. He completely owned the stage. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see him yet, I urge you to get on it! He’s currently touring everywhere but here it seems so keep your eyes peeled!!



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Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 1/18-1/24

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I had a lovely weekend up in LA. It wasn’t especially musically filled but my last day ended with some music and bagels at Federal Bar. I did get to watch a taping of Whose Line iIs It Anyway? And apparently, it was the first one of the new season. You might see me in the audience. Or more specifically, my hair. It’s kind of colorful right now and if you’ve seen me in person, you know what I mean. Anyways, have a lovely music filled week!

 

Monday: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band @ Observatory North Park
AND: Civil Youth, Kid Cousin, The ShyFox

Tuesday:

Wednesday: Half Moon Run @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: The Bright Light Social Hour, James Supercave @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Mercy Music, Brian Wahlstrom, Walt Hamburger, and more @ The Merrow at 9pm

Thursday: Grizfolk, Max Frost @ House of Blues Voodoo Room at 8pm
AND: The Kickback @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Big Head Todd and The Monsters @ Belly Up at 8pm

Friday: The Silent Comedy @ The Pour House at 9pm
AND: Tuxedo @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Caitlin Evanson, Nina Francis, Keelan Donovan, Megan Davies @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: The Palace Ballroom, Jesse Lamonica, Mayfield @ Casbah at 9pm

Saturday: JD McPherson, HONEYHONEY! @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Park & Rec at 9pm

Sunday: Vanessa Carlton @ Casbah
AND: Europe @ Music Box at 8pm
AND: Rosewood & Rye @ Sycamore Den at 9pm
AND: Tera Ferna @ Lestats at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:
January 30th- The Silent Comedy, Creature & The Woods, Robert Jon and The Wreck @ Casbah
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 14th- Citizen Cope (Acoustic) @ Music Box
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 1/11-1/17

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Not much exciting to report on my end of life. I am trying to be more healthy in 2016 but it’s really hard to say no to Mexican food. And french fries. Well, potatoes and carbs in general. But I did manage to get a good workout in 3 days last week but it was actually 5 workouts and a fair amount of soreness. I consider that progress. Hopefully I can maintain! But this week marks the beginning of a series of trips up to LA for some shows starting with Dear Boy and then Parade of Lights and a few other things. Let’s see what’s going on down here…

 

Monday:

Tuesday: Langhorne Slim & The Law, Jonny Fritz @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Oh Wonder @ Casbah at 9pm

Wednesday: Ty Segall & The Muggers @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: The Tip @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Thursday: Sundrop Electric @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Broni, Kelsea Rae Little @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Andy Frasco & The U.N. @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Friday: Leave the Universe, Elisia Savoca @ Lestats at 9pm
AND: Pine Mountain Logs @ Belly Up at 9pm

Saturday: Tower of Power, Hamish Anderson @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Lightning Starts Fire @ Lestats

Sunday: DeVotchKa @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Tori Roze & Johnny Alexander @ Sycamore Den at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:
January 18th- Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band @ Observatory North Park
January 23rd- JD McPherson, HONEYHONEY!
January 24th- Vanessa Carlton @ Casbah
January 24th- Europe @ Music Box
January 30th- The Silent Comedy, Creature & The Woods, Robert Jon and The Wreck @ Casbah
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 1/4-1/10

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I hope everyone had a lovely New Years Eve. I spent mine eating pizza and recovering from my The Academy Is… show on the 30th. I already miss my AZ friends and all our TAI shows together. But I got 5 more this year than I ever expected to get, so that’s pretty good. I’ll be publishing my Best Shows of 2015 list soon so keep an eye out. But it’s a new year with new shows so let’s see what this week has in store…

 

Monday:

Tuesday: Little Heroine @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Frankie Boots and The County Line @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Wednesday: Sundrop Electric @ Casbah at 9pm

Thursday: Muse, Phantogram @ Valley View Casino Center at 7pm
AND: Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah, Jimmy Ruelas @ The Merrow at 9pm
AND: Sister Speak @ The Loft at UCSD at 8:30pm

Friday: Hills Like Elephants, John Meeks @ Bar Pink at 9pm

Saturday: Redwood Revue @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Tool @ Viejas Arena at SDSU

Sunday: Tool @ Viejas Arena at SDSU

 

Keep in Mind:
January 18th- Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band @ Observatory North Park
January 23rd- JD McPherson, HONEYHONEY!
January 24th- Vanessa Carlton @ Casbah
January 24th- Europe @ Music Box
January 30th- The Silent Comedy, Creature & The Woods, Robert Jon and The Wreck @ Casbah
February 12th- Anya Marina @ The Loft at UCSD
February 20th- Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park
February 22nd- Lee Ann Womack @ Belly up
February 25th- Metric @ House of Blues
February 27th- Nick Carter @ Belly Up
March 2nd- Mutemath @ House of Blues
March 8th- St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park
March 23rd- Wolfmother @ House of Blues
March 27th- They Might Be Giants @ Belly Up
May 20th- The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 24th- twenty one pilots @ Viejas Arena