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by Bart Mendoza
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The Farmers
The Farmers
Blues guitarist Gino Matteo appears at the Kona Kai on Feb. 8, 7 p.m. and Feb. 9, 11 a.m. Immersed in electric 12-bar blues ever since he was a child, Matteo’s earliest inspiration to play guitar came when he first saw someone playing the guitar along a Los Angeles beach. A lyrical player, it’s clear that Matteo speaks through his instrument, so even if you’re a bit jaded by standard blues, his playing will inspire you with a technique that spotlights ultra-fluid licks shot out of his six-string Epiphone in sharp bursts of notes. In addition to his electric playing, Matteo is also a wonderful acoustic performer, with a performance in that style set for the Kona Kai’s Sunday brunch.

Gino Matteo: Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Sunday Feb. 9, 11 a.m. at the Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Drive,

Anyone looking for a musical soundtrack to help pass the afternoon is directed to Café-Bar Europa on Feb. 10, 4 p.m. Appearing on the patio will be singer-songwriter David Hermsen, perhaps better known as a member of the band Locked Out of Eden. An adept guitarist, while he gets to rock out a bit with the band, here he’ll be performing a seated set, playing a mix of classic covers and originals on the venue’s outdoor patio. Hermsen’s music is the perfect way kick off the post-work Monday blues.

David Hermsen: Monday, Feb. 10 at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turquoise St. 4 p.m. 21 and up.

The Farmers are such a huge part of San Diego’s music community that sometimes it’s easy to take them for granted. If it seems like they’ve been around forever, you’re only slightly off. Guitarist Jerry Raney could be found playing local stages as far back as 1964, while bassist Chris Sullivan and drummer Joel Kmak are icons in their own right, with time spent in such groups as the Penetrators and the Hitmakers. It all culminates in The Farmers, mixing up country and rock into a sound that is the definition of a good time. It’s almost taken for granted that local legends the Farmers appear at Humphreys Backstage Lounge on Feb. 15, 9 p.m.

The Farmers: Saturday Feb.15, at Humphreys Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, 9 p.m. $12.

With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. creating a minor media blitz, fans of the group are spoiled for choices these days. It’s a trend likely to continue through the summer. Not only will there be a local Beatles fair this year (March 29 at Queen Bee), but the San Diego County Fair’s theme this year will also be a tribute The Beatles. Getting a jump on things will be the annual George Harrison Birthday Tribute concert by Fred Benedetti, set for Feb. 22 at Dizzy’s. He’ll be joined by his vocalist daughters Regina and Julia, along with special guest multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pekarek for a show that will include a mix of both Harrison’s solo and Beatles performances. Fans of either the Fab Four or virtuoso six-string performances will enjoy this show immensely.

Fred Benedetti: Saturday, Feb. 22, at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. 8 p.m. $15.

Music fans wanting a taste of something fresh should check out Krimson Blues, performing at the 710 Beach Club on Feb. 13, 9 p.m. Bluesy and psychedelic, the quintet is fronted by Karla Irish, topping its swirl of sound with world-weary vocals that perfectly suit the material. Not an easy band to pigeonhole, it also seamlessly incorporates elements of classic pop, from “White Album” Beatles to 1980s post-punk guitar, and even shoe gaze shuffle, all highly melodic and with more than a touch of groove. A superb live act, particularly in the guitar department, Krimson Blues is definitely a band to watch in 2014.

Krimson Blues: Thursday, Feb. 13 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 9 p.m. $5. 21 and up.

A founder of The Neville Brothers, one of the most acclaimed groups to ever call New Orleans home, saxophonist Charles Neville appears at the Kona Kai on Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m. Though The Neville Brothers band came together in the 1970s, the group’s roots go back decades before, with Charles having performed with everyone from B.B. King to James Brown. He is without doubt one of the lynchpins of early rhythm and blues and a modern jazz wonder. He has performed in much bigger venues locally, so this chance to hear him in the intimate Vessel lounge should not be passed up.

Charles Neville and the Gent Treadly Band: Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Drive, 8:30 p.m.
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