Live Music San Diego – NBC 7 San Diego


The coronavirus is a killer, without a doubt, claiming nearly 4 million lives worldwide and more than 3,700 in San Diego. This devastated economies and caused the permanent closure of thousands of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and music clubs in the United States.

Here in San Diego, clubbers had their last call at Bar Pink and their last coffee at Lestat’s West, and never will at Kava Lounge again.

NBC 7’s Melissa Adan spoke to managers and musicians at Lestat West who are saddened by the concert hall’s closure due to the pandemic.

Remarkably, the vast majority of live music venues, however, have survived, despite the few lifelines thrown at them during the pandemic. For a while some were selling take-out cocktails, many, if not most, were selling derivatives – many, like the Casbah, were developing new products to keep them going.

On Tuesday, if they want it, live music is back as the state removes the vast majority of restrictions on small clubs enacted during the pandemic. That said, many of the bigger events will still have some restrictions – head over here to learn more about that.

After 15 months of shutdowns during the pandemic, California fully opens the economy on June 15, including mega-events like concerts and sporting events, but there will be some restrictions. Here’s what you need to know.

NBC 7 spoke with the operators of three of San Diego’s independent concert halls to see what the stage looks like after the pandemic. The bottom line: don’t wait too too early, but when you go you won’t have to wear a mask – unless you’re not vaccinated – and you will just have to self-certify. be fully vaxed or have had a recent COVID test. To one man, club officials said they would slowly increase. A control in the county shows this to be the case in virtually all live music venues. So be patient, San Diego – the music never stopped, but you might have to wait another minute.

Soda bar

Co-owner, Booker: Cory stier
First headliner: Mme Magician, with the support of the Black’s Beach Boys and Oh, Spirit
Show date: July 16, $ 15.06

“Life has been slow,” Stier said, mentioning that he spent a lot of time with his dog. “For the club, it’s non-existent.”

Stier said Soda Bar has weathered the pandemic through grants, government loans and online product sales.

For the uninitiated, it should be noted that Stier drums for the icebreaker Mrs. Magician, and Tommy Garcia, the band’s guitarist, often do sound for the club.

“Throw a party,” Stier said. “Why not?”

The club’s booker said Soda would come out slowly, to begin with, while waiting to see what government guidelines would be, and that the club was in good financial shape, with its rent paid and a big government check (up to $ 45 % of its gross revenue as of 2019) ongoing, thanks to a $ 16 billion federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.

Stier said the summer schedule is filling up.

“Sounds awesome,” Stier said. “We’ve booked a ton of shows, and the shows we have on sale have sold very well, so I would say the future is bright.”

Music Box

Management partner: Joe rinaldi
First headliner: Pink Froyd, with the support of the Monroes
Show date: June 17, $ 19

Rinaldi said the Music Box will also thaw slowly, although it is faster than the Soda Bar.

“We have to keep our ears on the sidewalk because it is risky,” Rinaldi said. “Nobody knows if what we were promised is going to come true,” he added, “we haven’t signed big contracts and paid big installments because there is a risk there. could be moved, capacity could be reduced. “

So, Rinaldi said, the club plan to ramp up relatively slowly, with a nationwide tour in June, followed by three in July and five in August. He said he felt more confident about going big after Labor Day, after which the Music Box would host three to five national acts per week.

Still, it’s been a solid summer, Rinaldi said.

“We’ve also layered a very strong local and regional schedule over those first two months,” Rinaldi told NBC 7. “So the framework is there. We end up with 21 events for July, which is huge for we.”

What size ? In 2019, Rinaldi said there were 26 events booked, many of which were tied to San Diego tent events like Pride and Comic-Con.

So, what are ticket sales like for that debut show next week?

It’s going to sell, ”Rinaldi said.

Belly up

President: Chris Goldsmith
First headliner: Charley Crockett, with support from Jenny Don’t and Spurs
Show date: July 7 full (tickets available for July 8), $ 25

For many of us, the pandemic meant working from home, Zoom meetings, and lots of dog walking (we’re watching you, Cory Stier), for the lucky few. For Goldsmith and the Belly Up, this meant a pivot to streaming shows.

“It means life is starting over again,” Goldsmith said when asked what June 15 means to him. “For the past 16 months we’ve been just a video production house, and we’re finally back in the live concert business. It’s the difference between night and day.”

Like the Soda Bar, the Belly Up won’t open until July. At Solana Beach, they will finalize construction in June, polishing the venue for its big reopening day. And when they open, like the Music Box, the focus will be on the local, for a while.

“July and August are packed with local and regional favorites, with a few national artists mixed in,” Goldsmith said.

Looking to the future, however?

“September 2021 to March 2022 appear to be the best six months in club history,” said Goldsmith – a real claim for a club that has hosted the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga and thousands of other names known.


First headliner: Shattered Faith, with the support of Revolt Chix
Display date: July 17, $ 5

House of Blues
First headliner: Emo Night Brooklyn
Show date: August 20, $ 15

Humphrey Concerts by the Bay
First headliner: Trampled By Turtles, with the support of Mt. Joie
Show date: August 17, $ 55

North Park Observatory
First headliner: Olivia o’brien
Show date: August 31, $ 22

Park and recreation
First headliner: Rock of ages
Show date: June 18, free

Tower bar
First headliner: The Schitz, the Chix revolt
Show date: June 26, free

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