Well, it's still only August, but my late summer and early autumn are already taking shape music-wise here in my hometown of San Diego, California.
As I've been writing about like a madman, I've got four very exciting shows in August with the legendary Gary Wilson. We'll be sharing the bill with so many talented artists in the coming days, including R. Stevie Moore, Foxygen, Cherry Glazzer, Jacuzzi Boys, and the Garden at wonderful venues like the Belly Up, the Fonda Theatre, the Observatory, and Los Globos. Besides our music work, I've been working with Gary and film director David Robles (Barrio Productions) on a very cool new project. Details coming on that soon.
But the fun doesn't stop there -- we've got new Javier Escovedo and the City Lights shows on the books at the Tin Can Alehouse, the Casbah, and at my favorite La Mesa establishment, the Riviera Supper Club! Added to that, this great band will be doing interviews with Tim Pyles on 94/9 and with NBC San Diego's top local music TV show, SoundDiego. There's also a rumor we might be doing an in-store event at my favorite record store, M-Theory, soon. I'll absolutely keep the info. coming on all things related to Javier Escovedo and the City Lights!
Westside Inflection continues holding down our Wednesday evening residency at the Riviera Supper Club, and we are also especially excited to be bringing our swingin' American standards to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). We played there this spring, and had a wonderful time, so I'm sure this September performance will be even more fun and inspiring. As if that weren't enough, the group will also be performing this month for a special event at the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.
I don't get to play with my very talented friend Jim Gibson nearly enough, so I always relish the opportunity when it does come along. Next month I will have the privilege of joining him onstage at the San Diego Blues Festival. The festival's website writes that the event has a "mission to provide great blues music at an affordable price and raise money to support the battle against hunger in our community." Great music with friends and colleagues, and helping our community -- definitely something I can get behind.
Finally (for now!), I continue to bringing the rock 'n roll party to San Diego with the San Diego Music Awards-winning Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. We play every Saturday night at Café 21 in the Gaslamp District of downtown, San Diego, and also have gigs on the books at Gallagher's in Ocean Beach, and the Hideout, which is an awesome new venue on El Cajon Blvd., for those who have not yet been there.
So much music and so little time, but that's a good thing! Thanks - as always -- for staying tuned in!