LIVE MUSIC: Acoustics galore; island rhythms and The Hips
by Bart Mendoza
Published - 03/06/13 - 01:42 PM | 6705 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reggae-influence artist Quino is set to make a rare appearance on March 9 at Humphreys Backstage Lounge.                             Courtesy photo
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Though a number of San Diego’s bigger music venues have closed in recent months, including such well-known nightspots as Anthology and 4th&B, the Ocean Beach and Point Loma area’s music scene appears to be doing just fine, with more music than ever on offer each week. Here are five top entertainment options in the area this time out.

Fans of acoustic music will want to check out the Ocean Beach People’s Organic Foods Co-Op Deli, which offers free music twice a week. The music happens on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A great place to take in a meal or a quick break while shopping by catching up-and-coming talent, the venue presents an eclectic mix of artists performing folk, jazz, blues and bluegrass music. Between the great music, fresh food and ocean breezes, this could just about be the quintessential Ocean Beach spot.

• Acoustic music: Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Foods Co-Op Deli, 4765 Voltaire Street. Free.

One of San Diego’s best-known reggae-influenced artists, Quino makes a rare appearance March 9 at Humphreys Backstage Lounge. If you’re a fan of reggae or Hawaiian music, this show is for you.

Quino first came to national attention in 1994, when his band, Big Mountain, scored a No. 4 hit with a cover of the Peter Frampton song “Baby, I Love Your Way.” While nothing he’s released since has climbed to those heights, his groove-filled music continues to be a major draw. Quino hasn’t released an album since his solo debut in 2010 with “La Ofrenda,” but whether he plays new creations or old favorites, anyone who wants an aural pick-me-up during the gloomy days of March will enjoy Quino’s island rhythms.

• Quino performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Humphreys Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. $12.

Anyone wanting to squeeze in a last bit of weekend fun before the reality of Monday hits should head to Gallagher’s on Sunday, March 10 for a set from The Hips. Specializing in funk, soul and R&B, the band performs from 3 to 6 p.m., making this the perfect way to top off a Sunday. The Hips’ set list includes excellent takes of hit tunes from the Motown 1960s to the funky 1970s, the perfect soundtrack for dancing or just winding down the afternoon.

• The Hips perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday March 10 at Gallagher’s, 5046 Newport Ave. 21 and up. For more information, visit

Patterned after classic rockers circa 1970 to 1984, Locked Out of Eden is built on four excellent musicians. Frontman David Hermsen has a superb voice at times, reminiscent of a young, edgy Neil Diamond, while guitarist Guy Aschelman may be the band’s secret weapon, with an arsenal of cool riffs. If you’re bored with bands playing the same old covers, Locked Out Of Eden’s well-crafted original songs, cut from the same cloth as the classics they take their inspiration from, should be enough to satisfy any rock fan.

• Locked Out Of Eden performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at Riley’s Music Lounge, 2901 Nimitz Blvd. No cover. 21 and up.

Nothing less than an explosion of sound and smooth beats, Afro-Cuban, Latin-jazz and reggae-based band Agua Dulce may not seem like the obvious band to book on St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17, but there is no doubting the band’s ability to get a party started. Together since the mid-1990s, Agua Dulce continues to be one of the most popular groups locally. Even if you’re not familiar with the tunes, the groove-filled music will get your feet tapping in no time. Appearing at Winston’s Beach Club, the band’s intricate melodies are wonderful to listen to, but this is a band that’s custom-built for the dance floor.

• Agua Dulce performs at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at Winston’s Beach Club, 1921 Bacon St. No cover. 21 and up.
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