The Adams Avenue Street Fair is back. Itâ€™s free and itâ€™s back.
Seven stages of music, a couple of beer gardens, carnival rides, and a healthy dose of cholesterol will dominate a portion of Adams Avenue from 32nd St. to 35th St. The area will most certainly be crowded by lovers of good things from September 28-29.
Here is who we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend, and it may be stating the obvious, but this represents a very small portion of the wide musical range seen in the 90 performing acts. If jazz, blues, and acoustic is your thing, hopefully these crass, unrefined picks wonâ€™t dissuade you from attending.
The Creepy Creeps: These guys played a few weeks ago at Soda Bar (which scored itself quite the lineup during the San Diego Music Thing), and the twisted, horror-loving 17-year-old inside all those attending fell in love with the show. Putting a comically dark, aggressive spin on psychobilly, The Creepy Creeps appeared on stage adorned with masks you might find in a B-list horror movie and surrounded by go-go dancers, who barely found a spot to stand in Soda Bar. Needless to say it was a bit creeâ€”um, spooky, and unsettling. Overall, they put on a wildly entertaining show, even going so far as to point out individuals in the crowd and demand that they quit standing there staring and dance.
Wild Belle: Wild Belle prove that not all reggae music is about good vibes or making getting high with a girl romantic. But seriously, Wild Belleâ€™s melancholy reggae is strangely accessible. Frontwoman Natalie Bergmanâ€™s clear, nostalgic lyrics over a slow, seductive beat are very far from the beaten path in San Diegoâ€™s music wildlife park. Her new release, Isles, shows a lot of range both instrumentally and lyrically.
The Styletones: It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™ve never heard a Styletones song in your life — youâ€™ll still have a great time at their show. Their soulful, big-band funk is universal. They announced last week that longtime guitarist Deron Grant was leaving the band due to a worsening kidney disease, but Iâ€™m glad to hear that theyâ€™re pushing on. The Bar Pink regulars are local favorites in San Diego, and they serve up the heartiest portions of funk in town.
Blackout Party: Despite their country twang — a quality usually deserving of immediate dismissal — Blackout Party is the real deal. Their down-home, roots-rock sound sets all at ease, and they know how to put on a great show. This is most likely a good opportunity to check out some of their new material before they head to Nashville, TN to record their new album, according to CityBeat. Oh, and in case it’s a deciding factor for you, it’s probably worth mentioning that they got nominated for Best Rock Band at the San Diego Music Awards.
Barbarian: Barbarian have released two thoroughly impressive EPs this year, and itâ€™ll be interesting to see what they do with the material live. They have kind of a nightmarishly dreamy take on surf rock, like if The Growlers took too much NyQuil. They too are recording an album this year, which may be a sign they’re in some kind of delirious, music-writing frenzy.