Live music in Pacific Beach
by Bart Mendoza
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Get Back Loretta
Get Back Loretta
Bassist “Action” Andy Rasmussen of The Sleepwalkers
Bassist “Action” Andy Rasmussen of The Sleepwalkers
On Sept. 28, Brick by Brick will host a three-tribute-band night, topped by all-female groups Led Zeppelin-impersonators Lady Zep and Black Sabbath-doppelgangers Black Sabbitch. As fine as those groups are, hard-rock fans will want to get there early to catch opener Jester’s Fate. A terrific live group, Jester’s Fate is a cover band, though uniquely, its set does include occasional originals in the same vein as the classics. It also has a great set list, mixing the obvious classics like “Surrender” or “Born To Be Wild” with less-often heard cover material like Boston’s “Foreplay/Long time” or a hard rock recasting of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf.” If you are a fan of classic rock, this show promises to be highly entertaining.

Jester’s Fate: Saturday, Sept. 28 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 7 p.m. 21 and up. $12.

Stylistically, singer Rebecca Jade’s music covers a lot of ground, but her voice is all about soul. A member of such local favorites as The Jade Effect, Siren’s Crush and The Soultones, this hard-working musician’s backing combos may vary, but her vocals, warm and smooth, carry emotion that really sells the songs she sings. Appearing as a solo performer at the Kona Kai Resort lounge on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., Jade’s music includes standards but her original material like the seductive “Carried Away” is top notch and will especially appeal to jazz and R&B aficionados, as well anyone who likes their music with a soulful groove.

Rebecca Jade: Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. at the Kona Kai Resort Lounge, 1551 Shelter Island Drive.

Later next month, vocalist Allison Adams Tucker will head out on a tour of Japan, but first she’ll present a special concert on Oct. 6, Jazz Voice of the 1960s: The Bossa Nova Boom, Betty Carter, Brubeck & Beyond at Dizzy’s. The title of the show may be unwieldy, but it is descriptive and shows the broad range of Tucker’s interpretive talents. With a backing group of world-class musicians, including pianist Danny Green, bassist Bob Magnusson, drummer Duncan Moore and saxophonist Tripp Sprague, as well as material from arguably the greatest decade for music, this is a show jazz vocal fans won’t want to miss.

Allison Adams Tucker: Sunday, Oct. 6, at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. 7 p.m. $15.

Five-time San Diego Music Awards winners Get Back Loretta perform at The Griffin on Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. While the band’s name is indeed a nod to The Beatles, the thing it shares most with that band is its chameleon-like ability to change its sound to fit the song. One moment, they’re playing a tuneful acoustic ballad, the next offering a rocker that would make Queen green with envy. All of the band’s albums are well worth having, but this bunch is a lot of irreverent fun live.

Get Back Loretta: Friday, Oct. 4 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 9 p.m. 21 and up. $10.

Anyone looking for a nice way to wind down the weekend should consider jazz combo Sounds Like Four, who has a 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon residency at Café-Bar Europa. With a set list of classics like “Fever,” it’s a crowd pleasing way to spend a few hours. A good cup of coffee and smooth jazz tunes are a nice option for holding off the looming work week a bit longer, but the venue itself is appealing in that respect. The intimate, informal location is a great date option, as well as a good spot to just sit and soak in the music.

Sounds Like Four: Sundays at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turqouise St. 4 p.m. 21 and up.

After a lengthy hiatus, South Bay roots rockers The Sleepwalkers have returned. Appearing at The Griffin on Oct. 3, the band mixes R&B, garage rock, country, blues, Mexican cumbias and whatever else it can shoehorn into its explosive sound. Featuring singer Johnny Valenzuela, guitarist Alan Fuentes, bassist “Action” Andy Rasmussen and drummer Dick Winter, the quartet has shaken off the cobwebs, with new recordings already in the works, but live is where they shine. The Sleepwalkers are the perfect roadhouse band, giving a tough, gritty performance that has enough rhythm to keep a dance floor filled.

The Sleepwalkers: Thursday, Oct. 3 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 8 p.m. 21 and up. $12.
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