Despite having fallen on hard times in recent years, the ChÃ© CafÃ© 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 ChÃ© CafÃ© 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 ChÃ© CafÃ© 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 ChÃ© CafÃ© excels at, so don’t miss it. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 7:30pm.
On Friday, the veterans of Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects assembled at Soda Bar to show the crowd how it’s done. The band is comprised of an impressive lineup of San Diego ringers, whose other projects reportedly* include Black Heart Procession, Bartenders Bible, Goodbye Blue Monday, Lumps, The Album Leaf, The Hot Moon, Regressions, Ugly Casanova, Three Mile Pilot, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, Canaveral, Manuok, Sara Lov, Via Satellite, Milestone, John Meeks, Comfortable For You, MNML, Butch Wax Duo, and 7th Day Buskers. Fronted by Pall Jenkins, the supergroup played with a relaxed skill that conveyed its talent and experience. You can check out photos of the show below.
* = We’re way too lazy to confirm all of that. Continue reading…
For many, the holiday season can be a depressing time. Despite all the talk of good cheer, the mirth and merriment can conceal an underbelly of loneliness and dejection. It’s no coincidence that, every December, depression levels skyrocket.
The cause of all the melancholy is simple — it’s the endless stream of bad music on the radio. How many obnoxious Christmas carols and wailing Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar solos can any person endure before doing damage to their mental health? Luckily, the Casbah has put together a delightfully oddball show that’s guaranteed to permanently wipe the lyrics to “Jingle Bells” from your memory. Continue reading…