Bringing the harp into pop and coming Full Circle
by Bart Mendoza
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Harpist Kelsea Ray Little is a terrific live performer whose sound might be described as indie folk with a distinctive pop edge. 	Bart Mendoza
Harpist Kelsea Ray Little is a terrific live performer whose sound might be described as indie folk with a distinctive pop edge. Bart Mendoza
The harp might not seem like an obvious choice when it comes to making pop music, but in the hands of Kelsea Rae Little, it’s a perfect fit and it’s magic.

Appearing at The Griffin on

June 20, Little first came to the public’s attention by way of the trio The Wrong Trousers with two solo albums to date, most recently 2011’s “Personal Myth.” A terrific live performer, her sound might be described as indie folk, but there is a distinctive pop edge to her music, as well, with hooks in her tunes strong enough to get past the novelty of the harp as featured instrument.

• Kelsea Rae Little performs at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. $8.

Classic rock fans will want to check out The Full Circle Band, performing at The Tiki House on

June 21. The band has a dozen or so originals in its set, but it’s their covers that keep crowds coming back. The set list includes songs from the Black Crowes, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash to name a few — all perfect music to soundtrack a night in one of Pacific Beach’s most beloved drinking establishments. There are no surprises in the music selection, but if you want a good night of solid rock ’n’ roll, this evening will more than enough to satisfy those requirements.

• The Full Circle Band performs at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at The Tiki House, 1152 Garnet Ave. Cover TBD. 21 and up.

One of San Diego’s best-known bands circa the late 1970s, The Blitz Brothers perform at Brick by Brick on June 22. Today, frontman Richard Livoni is probably best known for his work as a producer, having been at the board for a range of artist from 1960s soul star J.J. Jackson to punk heroes Unwritten Law. But back in the day, Livoni and his band rocked the city’s biggest stages, including opening spots for the likes of Judas Priest at San Diego State University. The Blitz Brothers still put on a terrific show, with classics like “Crossroads,” highlighting Livoni’s inspired lead playing. Whether you check out Livoni for his guitar work or his production, you won’t be disappointed.

• The Blitz Brothers perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $7.

A mix of Celtic new age and traditional Celtic music, Keltik Kharma celebrates the release of a new album with a performance at Dizzy’s on June 30. Based around the electric violin of Chris Vitas, the night will also feature bassist Jeff Pekarek, guitarist Peter Sprague, drummer Duncan Moore and special guest Lori Bell on flute and piano. While Keltik Kharma’s music technically falls into the world music category, its appeal is much broader, with the virtuoso performances sure to please fans of jazz, progressive rock and instrumental music.

• Keltik Kharma performs at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. $15.

Quite possibly the best Fourth of July beach party in town will be at the Kona Kai Resort, with a free appearance by Rockola beginning at 5 p.m. As always, Rockola will play a terrific set of 1960s and early ’70s evergreens, including tunes from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Beatles and Monkees. But what really sets this concert apart is the stage’s location right on the beach — a prime location to catch some of the evening’s fireworks. The Kona Kai’s beach party is a scenic spot to catch a performance right on the sand in the fresh air. Several rows of chairs are available for guests, but dancing at Rockola’s show’s is encouraged.

• Rockola performs at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at the Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Drive.
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