Let's be honest: I felt awful this past week. My body decided to humbly remind me that I am actually susceptible to getting sick, and that sometimes (albeit rarely) I really should just take it easy. But take-it-easy time is now officially over, and I'm jumping headfirst into a fantastic week of San Diego music with Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, Westside Inflection, Erika Davies, and G Burns Jug Band.
First up: the San Diego Music Award-winning Lady Dottie and the Diamonds! I've said it all before, and you've read it all before. Nothing more to add, other than I'm thrilled to be occupying the drum throne tonight (Saturday, January 31) at Gallagher's in OB. The dance party always goes off when Dottie's behind the mic, but somehow the fun level creeps up one more notch when we play Gallagher's. Your dose of Dottie doesn't end there though -- we'll be back at it this Monday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. Both of these promise to be full-throttle rock 'n roll dance partys, and come highly recommended for all those who like to move.
Then on Wednesday I'll be back at the cool, casual, yet classy Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa with San Diego's best source for swinging Rat Pack-era sounds. I love, love, love this place and the people that make it happen. Every Wednesday (gig schedule allowing) you'll find me behind the drum kit, supporting vocalist Jason Hanna, bassist Jason Littlefield, and guitarists Jon Walters/Alex Ciavarelli as we bring you classic American music made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and Nat King Cole. This is pretty much a must-attend for fans of the classy, swinging old days, if I do say so myself.
And to all those who ask if I "only play drums," I will put that question firmly to rest once and for all by playing the washboard with the G Burns Jug Band twice this week, so put that in your proverbial pipes, non-believers! On Friday, February 6, I'll be tappin', scratchin', and scrapin' with these fine musicians, sharing the bill with Hills Like Elephants and Magic Giant at the Soda Bar on El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights. Then the following day, after a video shoot, we'll be bringing a double-dose (two sets!) of legit Americana to you at my friend and bandmate (the 105ers) Matt Parker's wonderful establishment, the Black Cat Bar (Located at the corner of Van Dyke and University Avenue in City Heights).
Saturday will be a busy day for me, because in between the G Burns video shoot and gig at the Black Cat, I will have the pleasure of playing with another San Diego Music Award winner, Erika Davies. Erika is really a delightful double-threat, possessing heavy-duty skills in the departments of vocals and songwriting. I purchased and enjoy her music well before I ever played a gig with her, so it's a pleasure to be a part of her music whenever I get the call. We'll be playing a mix of originals and standards at Make Good on Fern Street in South Park from 6-7. Besides being fun in its own right, this show will be a great warm-up for next week's Valentine's at Panama 66 in Balboa Park.
More details to come on exciting San Diego music this spring, and thanks, as always, for staying tuned in!