Your Guide To This Week’s North County Concerts

All of the groups and musicians featured this week knew what they wanted from the start.

Whether they began before the ripe age of 17 or spent their college years studying music, they all knew that there was only one calling that could soothe their souls.

Come see their life’s work in progress.

Ocelot — 12/8

The Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA

North County band Ocelot intertwines old school rock ‘n roll with tasteful psychedelia.

Their new EP was recorded during an off-hours live session at Studio West in Rancho Bernardo. Stephanie Brown’s soulful voice pairs flawlessly with James Upton’s blues riffs, channeling the rock of a bygone era.

The next time someone says “they don’t make music like they used to,” kindly correct them with some Ocelot.

Elise Trouw — 12/9

Aztec Brewing Company

Vista, CA

Singer/Songwriter Elise Trouw writes songs in the alternative rock and pop vein. A multi-instrumentalist, Trouw bounces between drums, piano, guitar, bass and vocals, playing all of the instruments on her tracks.

She comes from Newport Beach but was signed to San Diego label Pacific Records in November of 2015. Considering her young age of 17, Trouw has accomplished much in such a short lifetime.

Jackie Greene — 12/9

The Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA

Jackie Greene has just released his first solo album in five years, but that’s not due to laziness.

Greene served as the lead guitarist for the reunited Black Crowes in 2013, has played with Phil Lesh & Friends since 2007 and toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson.

His tendency towards American roots styles comes through on his new album Back to Birth.

Liz Longley and Brian Dunne — 12/10

Brick 15

Del Mar, CA

Liz Longely is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, winning competitions such as the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

She is currently touring with fellow Berklee College of Music graduate Brian Dunne, a folk-country singer/songwriter with influences such as Bob Dylan, The Band, and Bruce Springsteen.

Stephen Rey — 12/11

The Pour House

Oceanside, CA

Stephen Rey has had a life-long love affair with the blues, but he’s kept country and jazz as his mistresses.

Psychobilly musician MoJo Nixon describes Rey’s music as “The Gun Club meets Memphis’ Tav Falco drunk.”

In 1998, Rey obtained a publishing deal with Warner Chappell as a songwriter, leading to the inclusion of his songs in such films as Embrace of the Vampire with Alyssa Milano.