Jazz88 hits the steamy streets of Ocean Beach

Thursday 9
Guilty pleasure alert: the singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will deliver a smorgasbord of songcraft to Humphrey’s by the Bay, catering to all your country, pop, rock, and R&B needs. No kidding, Ms. Crow’s Very Best of... is one the gf can slide in without me and the boys going awwwffccrrmnarrrppp. Understand her new t’do, 100 Miles from Memphis, is all that and a bag of chips. Check out contributor Alan Segal’s Reader review. Hope you’re ready to row row row your boat, Crow fan, looks as if this one’s done sold out.... Ho, well, not too far away, very listenable locals Team Abraham, Hargo, and the Howls will pop-rock the Casbah. Hargo does it with Middle Eastern flair...and Tin Can Ale House stacks up Dreamboat, Boom Chick, and Low Volts. Boom Chick is a boy-girl blues-rock duo from Brooklyn. Yes, he plays guitar and sings. Uh-huh, she plays drums.... Uptown, Bar Pink stages Beatles-y throwbacks the Mashtis and Long Beach alt-rock trio Bella Novella...while indie kids Primitive Noyes and Missing Chairs find themselves at Whistle Stop. Dave Good got the goods on electropoppers Primitive Noyes a couple weeks back. Click this if you missed it.

Friday 10
Lots to do up on the humpty Friday night, as Beauty Bar fills a primo bar-band bill with Joey Harris and the Mentals, Bloodflowers, TRMRS, and the Jason Chase Trio. TRMRS is a surf-thrash band rolling down from Costa Mesa. Their debut disc Sea Things drops in November. Quartet sounds hella fun: myspace.com/trmers.... Peacenik folkie Jesse Winchester brings his brand of Woodstock rock to the Acoustic Music San Diego showcase in Normal Heights. He’s out to tout last year’s well-received Appleseed release Love Filling Station.... Acid-jazz cats Pocket will funk up Bar Pink. The jammy quartet got an SDMA nod for best jazz band this year. We’re waiting on a sophomore set, but for pure fun funky fun, these guys make the lemon drop! They got my vote.... Whistle Stop visits New Mexico (née Apes of Wrath — I miss typing that name) on its South Park stage. Country skrunks the High Rolling Loners up first.... NYC jazz cat Willie Jones III will rap the traps at Dizzy’s. The drummer’s shared stage and studio with the likes of Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, and Latin jazzman Arturo Sandoval, with whom he shares a Grammy for 1998 keeper Hot House. With the cream of San Diego’s jazz crop, Willie will pay tribute to the great Art Blakey.... Sixties surf-pop band the Beach Boys washes up at Humphrey’s by the Bay.

Saturday 11
The O.B. Jazz Fest hits the steamy streets of Ocean Beach from 11 till sunset. Seven stages, 26 bands, and 60 local artists, all brought by the pride of our airwaves, Jazz 88. For what it is, click this: obmusicfest.org/.... If you’re inclined to stick with the jazz tip Saturday night, fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan will be at Anthology for two shows. For an inroad to the Chicago native’s unique two-handed fretwork, check out his 1985 Blue Note debut Magic Touch.... The singer-songwriter David Wilcox will bring his fine folk fare to Acoustic Music San Diego. Wilcox, decidedly a “player’s player,” is often compared to the late Brit folkie Nick Drake for his breathy poetry.... In the clubs ’round town, Tin Can Ale House pops the top on Williamsburg, VA’s Wild Nothing. This dream-pop project belongs to one Jack Tatum, who should be proud to ply his Captured Tracks debut Gemini — a retro-pop stunner. Cure fans are gonna gobble this kid up. BTW, toggle on over to Captured Tracks — the NYC indie label’s a magnet of magnificence. Procedure Club and Colleen Green set the stage.... L.A. indie-rock up-and-comers Henry Clay People play Casbah behind their new one, Somewhere on the Golden Coast. With Republic of Letters and Shapes of Future Frames, this is a solid triple bill at the bottom of Laurel hill.... Soda Bar sets up Louisville punk-metal trio Coliseum, touring in support of House with a Curse.... Electro-pop locals Jamuel Saxon and Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. race to Bar Pink for a Rumble San Diego showcase. DEJJ’s got a kind of a Simon & Garfunkel-for-the-sampler-set thing going on. Dig it: myspace.com/daleearnhardtjrjr.

Sunday 12
Looks as if there’s a couple of gigs to get to Sunday night, kids — a two-out-of-three toss-up between Brit-pop peeps the Clientele at Casbah and Athens psych-rockers Dead Confederate at Belly Up. Both benches are deep, too, with the lush and lovely Icelander Lay Low and likeminded locals Little White Teeth opening the Casbah show and New York blues-rock band Alberta Cross and Georgia-based “bro-fi” band Futurebirds setting it up at Belly Up. Check your head: do you wanna sway or do you wanna play?... There’s a fun one at Tin Can, too, as Portland’s echostatic punx Burning Yellows glow on the Banker’s Hill bar. Christmas Island was supposed to set this one up, which would have been a double whopper, but they’re touring in support of Wavves right now. That new Wavves disc holding water for you?... The Night Marchers will play a few tunes out at Humphrey’s for this year’s San Diego Music Awards, or you can check a whole set on Tuesday at Bar Pink. For the rest of the featured performers at this year’s big shebang, go to youtube.com/watch?v=L1Pmg3BxCCM&feature=related.

Monday 13
Barnacle! Barnacle! This is a song for barnacle... Osaka-based J-pop trio Shonen Knife takes a stab at Casbah behind their latest, Super Group. For 30 years, the garage-pop hits have been selling nonsense songs with winning grins and Ramonesian hooks. The Dabbers and Jungle Fever up first.

Tuesday 14
Eighties alt-rock radio staples the Cult (“She Sells Sanctuary,” “Love Removal Machine”) will convert 4th&B Tuesday night. The British quintet is still fronted by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy and has been on the Love Live tour since early ’09, setting up this year’s “capsule” (four-song) releases. The first is due to drop today.... Else: as promised, the Night Marchers stomp into Bar Pink...Soda Bar sets up solo locals Rob Crow and Nothingful with “twee as fukk” Los Angelenos Family Tree Analog...and indie kids Paddle Boat drift into Ché Café with D/Wolves and Little (not White) Teeth.

Wednesday 15
Droogie punks the Adicts visit House of Blues humpnight. The English septet’s been rolling in whiteface and bowlers with the same personnel since 1975. The best intro to the group remains 1981’s Songs of Praise, which was recently remastered and features punk-rock anthem “Viva La Revolution”.... Best of the rest: crust-punk quartet Venomous Concept (ex-Napalm Death and Brutal Truth) hit Brick by Brick with Poisoned Apple...Oakland garage-glam band Bare Wires electrocutes Bar Pink...Casbah stages L.A. alt-pop notables Sea of Cortez...and on the 30th anniversary of Bill Evans’s death, Dizzy’s downtown will host a tribute to the zen-jazz master, featuring pianist Tommy Gannon, Lori Bell on flutes, and Bob Magnusson on the upright. Evans was a genius and a junkie. His body quit at 51. The music still rings.
Barnaby Monk

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