Despite having fallen on hard times in recent years, the Ché Café remains one of San Diego’s most beloved venues.
Located on the UCSD campus, the cooperative has served as an vibrant, offbeat space for live music and art shows since 1980. A series of unfortunate events and financial hardships have threatened to extinguish the Ché Café for good, but a recent fundraiser show gave the space a much-needed stay of execution.
That’s good news for all local music fans, but especially those who haven’t reached drinking age. The Ché Café is one of San Diego’s only (good) all-ages venues, providing whippersnappers with a rare means to scratch their rock and roll itch. And with five bands lined up to play, the show scheduled for February 24 should leave plenty of underage ears ringing.
Hometown hero Rob Crow — of Pinback, Three Mile Pilot, and roughly 1000 other bands — will headline the show with his Devo/Misfits mash-up act The Devfits. Other acts will include Joey Harris, The nformals (whose penchant for lower-case either signifies an anti-capitalist sentiment or a broken shift-key), Lua, and Meraki.
The ragtag lineup will make for just the type of off-kilter show that the Ché Café excels at, so don’t miss it. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 7:30pm.
[They] harbor tree houses and nests in their heads, places that they shy away to when they need to feel things in their lives getting easier, even just for a second, for a half hour.
Kaila McIntyre-Bader leads this escapist ensemble, singing songs to help us envision our lives outside of urbania. In case that’s not enough for you, the band has taken the next step and actually recommended five places that will make Owl and Bear readers “Feel Really Good.”
The band is also on tour — with stops in San Diego on July 14 and 15 — so even if you can’t get to Redwood Forest in the near future, you’ll be able to travel with Big Tree from the comfort of your own fair city. Big Tree’s Poetic Memory is below.
Sure, almost a year has passed since The Powerchords released their infectious full-length album, …Think I’m Gonna, but it’s never too late to make a music video, especially when that video contains vibrant colors, wacky effects, and zany Japanese subtitles.
The power-pop quartet have been mysteriously absent from the live scene for a while, which is a shame since their performances are not to be trifled with. They do have one date lined up, though; they’ll be playing with Beaters, Reverse Cowboys, and Platanos on May 24th at the Che Cafe.
For those of you who like your punk fast and dirty like grandma used to make, Jay Reatard is playing at the Casbah tonight. Helping blow the roof off the place will be fellow punkers Cheap Time, as well as San Diego’s very own The Sess, who are part of Single Screen Records’ batting-a-thousand roster of awesome local bands.
Those cut from a more sensitive cloth can go check out Jason Reeves at Soma tonight, who will happily help you relive the painful memory of every girl who, for one reason or another, just didn’t feel like dating you anymore. Jon McLauglin will be opening.