LIVE MUSIC
by BART MENDOZA
Mar 17, 2011 | 2471 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adding funk and rock to its music, Sunny Rude will provide a free set at Pacific Beach Alehouse as the perfect way to get over the mid-week blues. 	Courtesy photo
Adding funk and rock to its music, Sunny Rude will provide a free set at Pacific Beach Alehouse as the perfect way to get over the mid-week blues. Courtesy photo
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Red Fox Tails, an instrumental trio which performs at Café-Bar Europa on March 17, is guitar based. But that doesn’t mean its a surf band. While fans of that sound will find plenty to enjoy in the trio’s tunes, much of Red Fox Tails’ work has a Mancini-esque quality about it that would work well in film, with elements of jazz and exotica among the melodies. Helmed by guitarist Felipe Benavides, along with bassist Jay Reilly and drummer Ron Bocian — the latter having played with the likes of Alex Chilton — this is a band that guitar aficionados will love.

Red Fox Tails performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turqouise St. All ages. www.theturquoise.com/wordpress

Sure, just about every nightspot with electricity seems to have karaoke these days, but the 710 Beach Club brings things up a few notches with its weekly event. Featuring live backing from the band Rock Out Karaoke (ROK), this evening is closer to a concert experience for the performer and more involving for the audience. Best of all ROK is adept at a wide range of songs — from classic Beatles and Motown to the latest from Carrie Underwood and Katy Perry — making this evening a lot of fun for fans of all musical genres and eras.

Rock Out Karaoke: 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up. Cover TBD. www.rockoutkaraoke.com

The newest sound emerging from the local music scene seems to be dance-oriented soul, with numerous production companies and labels emerging to tap into local talent. One such singer and songwriter is Caresa Lynnett, who performs at Brick by Brick on March 24. Working with producers Sound Collage Musik, Lynnett mixes jazz, beats and R&B for songs that have the right blend of groove and bite.

Caresa and Sound Collage Musik: 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $5. www.reverbnation.com/caresa

Reggae and the beach community are now practically synonymous, and the Pacific Beach Alehouse remains a good place to catch up-and-coming bands in the genre. Among them is Sunny Rude, which performs on March 25. Adding funk and rock to its music, this free set should be the perfect way to get over the mid-week blues. With song titles like “Red Eye” and “Wine & Weed,” this quartet excels at a party vibe.

Sunny Rude performs at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25 at Pacific Beach Alehouse, 721 Grand Ave. 21 and up. No cover. www.sunnyrude.com

Though she’s only been playing music for two years, Thea Tochihara — who performs on March 29 — is a talent. Tochihara bares her soul in her music, with torch songs like “Straight Up On The Rocks” or an acapella country-tinged harmony number like “Empty Bottles.” The songs showcase her warm vocals. At times reminiscent of Cindy Lee Berryhill or Victoria Williams, Tochihara’s music will appeal to anyone who enjoys folk- or country-flavored tunes, but anyone who has ever dealt with heartache will find much to delve into with her lyrics.

Thea Tochihara performs at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at O’Connell’s, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. Cover TBD. www.myspace.com/482480205
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