“King Taylor Project is soul, funk, blues, and jazz,” says singer-percussionist Sandi King. “We improvise and have a blast playing off of each other and like to incorporate everyone’s musical style into the band and feature every member in our shows.” King spent time in northern California as a lead chef at San Francisco’s Greens Restaurant before settling in San Diego, while band-and-life partner Joshua Taylor (a Naval Academy grad who served on active duty for five years) grew up in Oklahoma City and first picked up the guitar at the age of 13. Taylor released his debut album About Time in 2015 and toured nationally with King, opening for her former project 22 Kings. King appeared on Taylor’s album, and together they founded King Taylor Project the following year, getting married in October 2017. They spent last summer on a national tour that took them through 23 states, with over 40 gigs in 12 weeks. Aside from their Thursday appearance at Gourmet Burgers, you also have two opportunities to catch the busy band on Saturday, May 4, when they play a noon set at Westfield University Towne Centre and an evening performance at Hooley’s in Rancho San Diego.
Formed as a working side project by Scottie “Mad Dog” Blinn while in-between recording and touring with the Mississippi Mudsharks, Black Market III (which includes his partner, bassist Roxy Coverdale) just got back from a two month western U.S. tour to support their newest full-length, Dashboard Jesus. The album debuted at number 25 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Blues Chart, with the singles “When the Sun Goes Down” reaching number 32 and “Daddy Rollin’ Stone” hitting number 4, as reported to Living Blues Magazine. Its success enabled them to book a festival and club tour throughout Europe late last year, headlining Germany’s prestigious Blues Festival Lehrte, as well as Stadtfest Alfeld and Stadtfest Celle in Germany. They also played their first prison show in Belgium. Along with the King Taylor Project and Robin Henkel, they’re among the most oft-booked acts in town, appearing just about every week. There’s a fairly recent single and video streaming online for “Regresare,” covering a tune by Tito & Tarantula, that should provide a fair preview of what to expect when they play Proud Mary’s (inside the Kearny Mesa Ramada), and you can also see them on Saturday at Hacienda Casa Blanca in El Cajon.
- Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
540 Cornish Drive,
Celebrate Pete Seeger’s life and work on what would have been his 100th birthday. Folk singer, songwriter, labor and environmental activist Seeger was one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century. Local musicians with an affinity for his brand of social storytelling will perform Seeger’s music throughout the day, including a tribute concert featuring local folk icons Peter Bolland (“I’m like a less-pissed-off Steve Earle”), Peggy Watson (who supports many community, national, and international efforts through her concerts), Jim Hinton (who teaches and performs traditional Irish music), and others. Enjoy a musical story time and sing-along, eco-empowerment stations, talks and presentations, community art projects, and giveaways, as well as live music all day. The family-friendly event is presented by the Encinitas Branch of the San Diego County Library and offered in partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego, Surfrider Foundation, and several other collaborating agencies.
- Sunday, May 5, 2019, 8 p.m.
8515 Navajo Road,
Based in Rancho Penasquitos, Neurotic Mirage combines southern California punk influences with a metal undertone. They released their debut four-song demo in late 2015, recorded at a studio in Cardiff, followed in 2016 by a nine-song EP called Haywire Culture, recorded at DoubleTime Studios in Santee with Jeff Forrest. The same producer helmed their new album Psycho Carnival, which debuts when they share a bill in San Carlos with Imperial Beach’s Abner. After performing their first show in February 2016 at Lestat’s, Abner entered Kings Ransom Studios in Lakeside to record their debut three-song EP with local producer/engineer Jeff Sers. The band features guitarist Adam Baez, who was still a teen writing songs under the name “Abner” when recruited for the band Fuzz-Huzzi. After that group folded in late 2012, Baez at first joined with several other ex-members to form Freak the Mighty. While studying Recording Arts at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, he used his resources there to record demos of the songs he had written as Abner, a band officially launched in spring 2015. The bill includes Bitter Kiddos.
- Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
868 Fourth Avenue,
$31 - $45
Finnish rockers Apocalyptica rarely include San Diego in their tour itinerary, having played here only four times over the past decade, most recently in 2017 at Copley Symphony Hall, former home of the Fox Theater. This time, they’ll take the stage at downtown’s only other surviving vintage movie palace, the Balboa, to perform their entire 1996 debut album, the epically ambitious Plays Metallica By Four Cellos. The instrumental cello-driven rock opus, covering Metallica songs such as “Enter Sandman” and “The Unforgiven,” was essentially recorded on a dare from a record company employee who’d been blown away after seeing a live performance of the 7-minute sonic suite “Master of Puppets.” There’s a remastered version of the record out now that includes three bonus tracks – “Battery,” “Seek & Destroy,” and “Nothing Else Matters” - in addition to a live album and a DVD of their appearance at Olavinlinna Castle in Finland. The band, which performed with Metallica at a 30th anniversary concert, will also play Metallica tracks they’ve covered on other albums.