Your Guide To This Week’s San Diego Concerts

Whether you’re in the mood for some classic ska or ‘80s alt rock, San Diego will provide this weekend. If you’re feeling more folksy or looking to dance, you’re covered too. You can hit every stage on this smorgasbord of shows if you desire. San Diego is your oyster.

The Specials – 6/16

The House of Blues

Downtown SD

Formed in 1977, The Specials are a classic English 2 Tone and ska revival band. They meld danceable ska and rocksteady with high energy punk. More politically inclined than other ska bands, The Specials’ tunes feature references to politically charged groups and figures such as the Irish Republican Army and Nelson Mandela.

Want style and substance? You want The Specials.

Marian Hill – 6/16

The Observatory

North Park

Marian Hill is the name of the songwriting duo that is Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol. With a woman on the mic and a man behind a laptop, the duo has made waves with their unique brand of synthpop.

Gongol’s soulful and entrancing voice compliment the beats Lloyd weaves in a way that makes a body want to move and contemplate all at the same time.

Come hear for yourself at The Observatory in North Park.

Leather Tramp – 6/16

Panama 66

Balboa Park

More of a collective than the typical indie band, Leather Tramp like to refer to themselves as a “folkestra.” With the wide range of musicians and instruments in their group, we think folkestra is an apt name.

Think of Beirut at their most lush and you’ll have an idea of what you’re in for. Check out this folkestra while they’re down from Long Beach.

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads – 6/17

Photo by Dana Yavin

The Casbah

Little Italy

Formed in 1986, alternative rock band The Lemonheads started out as a punk outfit but ran the gambit of rock sounds, even hitting the charts with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.”

A revolving line-up hasn’t stopped the group from jamming out over the years, but the return of Evan Dando definitely revitalizes the act.

The Casbah is the place to catch this one of a kind show.


Soda Bar

City Heights

The “hardened, cynical bastards” of punk band CONFLICT are activists when it comes down to it. They don’t see anarchy as just an idea—to them, it’s a movement. And an active one at that. CONFLICT “dismiss[es] all politics, rejecting any parties and any organisations that are linked.”

Feeling the cause? Join—err, attend—CONFLICT’s Soda Bar show. We’ll see you there.