Live music
by Bart Mendoza
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Aga Zaryan
Aga Zaryan
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Cherie Currie
Cherie Currie
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Polish jazz singer Aga Zaryan appears at Dizzy’s on Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Recently signed to legendary label Blue Note Records, all six of Zaryan’s albums to date have gone gold in her native country, with several hitting platinum status. Named Jazz Vocalist of the Year in Jazz Forum’s annual “Top Readers’ Poll” consecutively from 2007 through 2011, Zaryan is already a major jazz star in Europe and well on her way to making an impact stateside. Anyone wanting to hear a European take on jazz, in the style of Carmen McRae or Shirley Horn will enjoy this concert, another wonderful, adventurous booking from Chuck Perrin at Dizzy’s.

Aga Zaryan: Saturday, Dec. 7, at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. 8 p.m. $20. www.dizzysjazz.com

Anyone looking for a good cover band this weekend should be sure to check out Jewel City Rock Club, who perform at Beaumont’s on Dec. 7, 9 p.m. Featuring both male and female vocals, the band performs musical evergreens from the 1950s to today, with enough tunes from each era to satisfy the most jaded bar crowd. They’re adept at soul (“I Feel Good,” “Cissy Strut”), rock (“Midnight Rambler,” “Golden Years”) and blues (“I Got My Mojo Working,” “Turn On Your Lovelight”) for a set that’s like a really good jukebox. If you’re looking for a fun Saturday night, this show will be a party from the first note played.

Jewel City Rock Club: Dec. 7 at Beaumont’s, 5662 La Jolla Blvd. 9 p.m. 21 and up. www.beaumontseatery.com

Progressive metal band Fates Warning appears at Brick by Brick on Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Formed in 1982, the band has had several lineup changes in its 31-year existence, but continues to be a force in the hard-rock scene. The band is touring behind its latest disc, “Darkness in a Different Light,” but fans can rest assured they will hear material from throughout the band’s career, including material from its groundbreaking 1986 album, “Awaken The Guardian.” If you’re looking for a way to kick off the cobwebs before the start of the work week, this is the show to do it.

Fates Warning: Sunday, Dec. 8, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 6 p.m. 21 and up. $20. www.brickbybrick.com

The Ramones may have never had a hit single, but it’s likely that any rock fan could sing along to at least a half dozen of their songs. As such, it’s only natural that there be a tribute band to the late punk band. Hey Ho Let’s Go actually goes the extra mile, using the same vintage gear, dressing the same and even donning wigs to get the look and sound just right. Appearing at the 710 Beach Club on Dec. 14, 9 p.m., the band plays all The Ramones’ biggest tunes, including “Rockaway Beach,” “Beat on the Brat” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” with passion and a sense of fun, the latter particularly important when it comes to Ramones music.

Hey Ho Lets Go: Saturday, Dec. 14, at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 9 p.m. 21 and up. www.710bc.com

Originally based in Austin, Texas, guitarist Lafayette Falkquay is yet another transplant who has carved out a life of music in San Diego. Perhaps best known as a bluesman with his band the Leasebreakers, Falkquay is currently performing under his own name, with an appearance at the Kona Kai Resort on Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Fans will find his signature stinging guitar style firmly in place, with a wide range of material to compliment his soulful voice. If you’re a blues fan, this no cover event is the perfect way to top off a Saturday in San Diego.

Lafayette Falkquay: Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Drive, 7 p.m. www.resortkonakai.com

MUST HEAR

After decades of waiting, Runaways fans have had an embarrassment of riches in recent months. Just weeks after former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford performed at Brick by Brick comes the second appearance this year of the band’s former frontwoman, Cherie Curie, at the same venue on Dec. 14, 9 p.m. While Curie has never had a hit record, there can be no doubt that she and her former band are amongst the most influential women in rock, ever. It’s been decades since she released new music, but the fans at this night’s show won’t care, as long as “Messin’ With the Boys” and “Cherry Bomb” are included in the set list.

Cherie Curie: Saturday, Dec. 14, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 9 p.m. 21 and up. $15. www.brickbybrick.com
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