Weird with Wilson, Sunday with Swami, Drums with Davies and Dottie, and Rock 'n Roll with Reis

"It's May, the lusty month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray
It's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear"

 

So sang Julie Andrews once upon a time in "Camelot", and I can't think of a more fitting accompaniment to a month filled with a beautifully diverse and talented constellation of souls including Gary Wilson, Swami John Reis, Lady DottieWeird Night, and Erika Davies

Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates will be playing May 15 at the Hardcore Matinee, and on May 27 at Brick by Brick. Photo: Nick Lane

Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates will be playing May 15 at the Hardcore Matinee, and on May 27 at Brick by Brick. Photo: Nick Lane

Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates have eagerly accepted John Reis's invitation to join his "Hardcore Matinee". This one-off event (closer to theater than rock 'n roll) features a remarkable lineup of San Diego artists, and is sure to go down in the history books.

Both the Swami Records compilation and event Hardcore Matinee live up to the name

Both the Swami Records compilation and event Hardcore Matinee live up to the name

For anyone desiring more than two songs from the living legend and the boys, Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates will be bringing a full set of madness to Brick by Brick on Friday, May 27. Meanwhile, work on the upcoming R. Stevie Moore/Gary Wilson collaborative album continues, and though I don't want to release many details yet, I can say without exaggeration that the work is turning into the adventure of a lifetime. 

Large doses madness being cooked up with Gary Wilson this spring and summer. Photo: Mick Rossler

Large doses madness being cooked up with Gary Wilson this spring and summer. Photo: Mick Rossler

On May 31, Weird Night will be making our second appearance, this time at 11 a.m. on the Bar Pink Stage at North Park Festival of the Arts. This band, who will also opening for Deerhoof at the Casbah in July, holds a special place in my heart, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it as it develops. Brace yourselves for a string of weird and wonderful nights in the coming months, without a doubt. 

Weird Night is (L-R): Dean Reis, Anders Larsson, David Vazquez, Jessie Gulati. Photo: Tasha Parker

Weird Night is (L-R): Dean Reis, Anders Larsson, David Vazquez, Jessie Gulati. Photo: Tasha Parker

It's hard to think of a more pleasant way to spend San Diego evenings than with Erika Davies and the Men (Aaron Mahn, Jeremy Eikam, and Yours Truly), and I'm happy to say that the ensemble has gigs on the books at Panama 66, the Lafayette Hotel, and Seven Grand through May and beyond.There's not another vocalist in San Diego I'd rather play drums behind, and I enjoy listening to these gigs as much as I do playing them. 

Any gig with Erika Davies and the Men is a good gig. Performances booked at Panama 66, Seven Grand, and more through the summer. Photo: Jeremy Eikam

Any gig with Erika Davies and the Men is a good gig. Performances booked at Panama 66, Seven Grand, and more through the summer. Photo: Jeremy Eikam

Finally, it is always a distinct honor, joy, and education to occupy the drum throne for the one and only Lady Dottie as one of her Diamonds. Lady Dottie and the Diamonds will be at Park & Rec in University Heights twice a month through May and beyond, and already have poolside shows at the historic Lafayette Hotel. 

When the call comes from Lady Dottie, San Diego's number one blues diva, you take it. Photo: Camron Zibaie

When the call comes from Lady Dottie, San Diego's number one blues diva, you take it. Photo: Camron Zibaie

It goes without saying, then, that I'm looking forward to going "blissfully astray" in this music-packed month. Thanks for taking the time to tune in!