Your Guide to This Week’s North County Concerts

Geography affects musicians more than many realize. Landscapes etch themselves into musicians’ music as they write—sometimes, unbeknownst to even them.

This week, explore the sounds of different land masses and regions with these sure-to-delight shows. We’ll see you there!


The Pour House – 11/17

Singer/songwriter decker. calls Arizona home, but we won’t hold that against him.

His music seems to span the entire geography of the Southwest, mixing together the dark desolation of a desert night with the psychedelic melancholy of a lonely car ride through Laurel Canyon.

Catch his unique blend of folk and dark mysticism at this intimate venue.

Ashley Hollander

Bear Roots Brewing Co. – 11/18

Ashley Hollander is another singer/songwriter, but is a native San Diegan with a large family—she’s one of ten siblings.  Although unsigned, Ashley has opened for acts such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, J. J. Heller, Jeremy Camp and Gavin DeGraw.

Pairing a Bonnie Raitt-esque voice with passionate guitar playing, Ashley is definitely an up-and-coming artist to go see.


Del Mar Fair Grounds – 11/19

All of Iration’s members grew up in Hawaii, and their music reflects the island attitude. After reconnecting on the mainland, in the Isla Vista community of Santa Barbara, CA, the group went on to perform in events such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Hangout and Bottlerock.

Their reggae-infused rock and pop make for a chill way to celebrate the weekend.

Quel Bordel!

The Pour House – 11/19

Formed right here in San Diego, Quel Bordel!’s music isn’t limited by geography.

Playing what they refer to as “world punk,” the band features a five-piece ensemble of acoustic instruments. Their first full-length CD “Caravan Treasures” was nominated for Best World Music Album by the 2015 San Diego Music Awards.

If you’re more interested in moving your body than lounging, this is the show for you.

John Mayall

The Belly Up – 11/20

“The Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall is a living legend.

His band the Bluesbreakers saw many rock legends pass through its ranks, including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce of Cream and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones. He helped make the British Invasion possible.

Brush up on some British blues history at the Belly Up this Sunday!