Live Music: Moonshine and Full Strength Funk Band
by Bart Mendoza
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Indie trio Modern Day Moonshine performs at the Duck Dive on March 15, part of a month-long residency. Courtesy photo
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Indie trio Modern Day Moonshine performs at the Duck Dive on March 15, part of a month-long residency. The band’s music is a mixed bag, with touches of rock, folk, reggae and blues running through its set. Songs like “Finding Home” have a sweet, soul edge that remind more than a little of peak-era Allman Brothers, but it also has tunes like funky rock workout “Expiration Date” and acoustic folk strummer “Running out of Time,” to keep the set list interesting. Anyone looking for a good way to start off the weekend need look no further than Modern Day Moonshine’s Friday evening sets.

• Modern Day Moonshine: Friday, March 15 at The Duck Dive, 4650 Mission Blvd. 6 p.m. All ages.

It’s all right there in the name. The Full Strength Funk Band is a local nine-piece group specializing in 1970s-era R&B, soul and, of course, funk. Appearing at Tio Leo’s on March 23, the band specializes in music by the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Commodores and the Average White Band, with a tight horn section and both male and female vocals. The band does mix in a few new songs in its sets, but it’s the familiar classics circa 1968-1976 that keeps fans coming back. Dancing might not be mandatory at this show, but it’s probably inevitable.

• Full Strength Funk Band: Saturday, March 23 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 9 p.m. 21 and up.

Not that there aren’t a lot of great musicians out there, but there may not currently be a finer frontman in San Diego than Stevie Harris of Stevie and the Hi Staxx’s, appearing at The Griffin on March 23. The band plays original music, a blend of funk, R&B, rock and soul with Hammond-driven grooves and horn-accented beats that have a 1970s flair without sounding retro. As great as the band’s tunes like “Pomepeii” are, it’s Harris’s role as frontman that seals the deal. His terrific voice is almost a bonus on top of the great stage moves. Fans of modern soul and R&B should be sure to check this group out — few play the music better and Harris is hard to beat.

• Stevie and the Hi Staxx: Saturday, March 23 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 9 p.m. 21 and up.

Classic rock cover band The Weener Pigs will perform at the annual Los Compadres De Escuela Longfellows fundraiser, held at Brick by Brick on March 23. This year’s event has a Mardi Gras theme, with proceeds from a silent auction and 100 percent of the night’s cover going to help local Longfellow Elementary School. Meanwhile, The Weener Pigs should be the perfect sound track to the night’s activities with a crowd-pleasing set list that ranges from The Beatles to The Who. This is a good opportunity to catch some fun music, and do a good deed at the same time.

• Los Compadres De Escuela Longfellows Fundraiser: Saturday, March 23, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 7 p.m. 21 and up. $15.

Indie rock fans will want to check out the Roman Watchdogs, appearing at The Griffin on March 24. Barely a year old, the band has built a solid following through constant gigging, releasing its debut album, “Last Saturday,” earlier this month. Featuring singer /guitarist Derek Scott, lead guitarist Jimmy Fleck, bassist Josh Vasquez and drummer Richard Mestaz, the band excels at anthemic tunes, including the album’s title track, as well as ska-inflected rockers, like “Soul Stealers.” Although relatively new to the local music community on the strength of progress so far, the Roman Watchdogs could be contenders.

• The Roman Watchdogs: Sunday, March 24, at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 9 p.m. 21 and up.

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