Magic City Hippies

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, 8 p.m.

Where: Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego | get directions

Cost: $15 - $20

Age limit: 21+

Some bands, you can pretty much tell what to expect just from the name. Such is the case with Miami’s Magic City Hippies. If you like spinning and singing along to jam bands like Phish, or boogieing to the pure funk of groups like G Love & Special Sauce, then by all means bring those Birkenstocks and dungarees to the Soda Bar on February 2, where the trio will bring the same groovy vibes and endless solos they’ve served up on festival stages from Bonnaroo to Electric Forest and Sunfest. It’s not strictly for Deadheads, however, as there’s a level of musical proficiency and almost jazz-worthy experimentation that can sometimes enliven even the most meandering solos. Think genuinely jazz-inspired LA groups like Spirit or Love, who may fit in the “jam band” category, but mainly only by virtue of their opening acts and accidental audience overlaps. If you like that sort of thing, this is that sort of thing.

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