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Local San Diego Music Scene


The history of the San Diego music scene has included Stone Temple Pilots, Eddie Vedder, Jewel, P.O.D., Brian Setzer, Unwritten Law, Tom Waits, Buck-O-Nine, Ratt, Iron Butterfly, Switchfoot, Beat Farmers, Rocket From the Crypt, Sprung Monkey, RuPaul, Leah Androne, The Monroes and Abra Moore. In the new century Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz emerged as national headline acts from San Diego. Several regional acts gained airplay with the help of radio programmer/music guru Michael Halloran, who programmed 91X in their heyday, as well as other stations around the San Diego dial.

San Diego Music Acts

Alyssa Jacey * Amber Ojeda * As I Lay Dying * Aspects of Physics * Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash * Big Kra Q * Billy Sea * Black Heart Procession * Black Orion * Candye Kane * Carnifex * Chloe Jordache * Creedle * Curtis Peoples * Divided By Zero * Dynamite Walls * Eric Shelby * Evergreens * In Fear and Faith * Gayle Skidmore * Get Back Loretta * Jane Lui * Joe Tran * Jordan Reimer * Josh Damigo * Justin James * Kidd Brazy * Kompa Santos * Little Hurricane * Maren Parusel * Matches * Modlins * Molly Jenson * MzMistress * Paladins * Pistolita * Psychotic Waltz * Reeve Oliver * Ryan Ferguson * Safety Orange * Shambles * Slightly Stoopid * Steven Ybarra * Stick Figure * Through the Roots * Timz * Tribal Seeds * Yolanda Foxx * Yovee

Local Highlights

Downtown San Diego attracts many tourists, so it offers a wide variety of music venues. The House of Blues is where to find national acts as well as various nightly entertainment. In the Gaslamp Quarter, The Shout House features two face to face grand pianos. The Casbah is a great intimate place to check out indie rock. The Belly Up provides a creative atmosphere for up and coming locat artists.

San Diego City Beat covers the local music scene and what's generally happening in the city in terms of dining and entertainment. The music section has featured local artists such as Dead Feather Moon, Dum Dum Girls and Frankie Rose. The magazine's staff puts together an annual list of top San Diego albums. In 2013 some of their top artists were Author & Punisher, Tropical Popsicle, Barbarian, Gloomsday and Odessa Kane.

The Indie SD is a helpful music blog that documents the San Diego independent music scene. The site offers reviews on local albums along with news and various features. The non-profit site also interviews bands. Some of the interviews have included Butchers of Sky Valley, Caught a Ghost, Viv and the Revival and The Frail. The site is excellent for sharing stories and networking with the local scene.

The 25th annual San Diego Music Awards is scheduled for October 5, 2016 at Humphrey's. The ceremony will include performances by Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Louis XIV, Big Mountain, Cody Lovaas and more. Deadlines for submissions is July 15th and voting will begin on August 17, 2016 after nominees are announced.









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