The maestros who make up OB’s musical magic
by Bart Mendoza
Published - 01/09/13 - 12:36 PM | 6977 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Slightly Stoopid, which hails from Ocean Beach, will be featured during the 91X 30th anniversary celebration on Jan. 12.                                                                        Courtesy photo
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Ocean Beach’s music community continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Always a popular location for artists, the area is beloved and considered inspirational by a legion of musicians who reside here. Here is a selection of news concerning Ocean Beach’s music community.

• Slightly Stoopid is likely the biggest success story to emerge from Ocean Beach, and it will be taking part in radio station 91X’s 30th anniversary celebration. The concert is set for Saturday, Jan. 12 at the House of Blues, with a bill that features many of San Diego’s best-known artists. In addition to Slightly Stoopid, on hand will be hard rockers P.O.D., ska heroes Buck O Nine, hip-hop combo Vokab Company and a special appearance by the reunited Rugburns, featuring ace raconteur Steve Poltz. Tickets for this concert are only available by winning them from the station. The band will be touring the West Coast through Jan. 27, with a headlining show scheduled April 20 at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

• The Lazy Hummingbird coffee shop and community center has started offering music once again by way of a twice-monthly, open-mic night. The event takes place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. This open-mic night is a little more varied then most, with the usual singer-songwriters, but organizers are also open to magic, dance, poetry and storytelling. Signups are at 6:30 p.m. on event night.

• Bassist Billy Fritz (the Coyote Problem, Peter Hall) has recorded a track for an upcoming Elvis Costello tribute album, “Beyond Belief.” He’ll be performing on a version of Costello’s 1986 track “Blue Chair,” alongside such artists as former Romeo Void singer Deborah Iyall and Nelson Bragg of Brian Wilson’s band. Fritz will also participate in “Sounds Like San Diego” a special fundraiser for the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad on Feb. 1. The event features current performers playing the hits of San Diego’s past between 1955 and 2010, with Fritz taking part in a version of former San Diegan Chris Hillman’s tune, “Have You Seen Her Face.” Others appearing include Jack Tempchin, Joey Harris and Kevin Martin.

• Dazed and Confused frontman Jason Ott has a Friday-night residency at The Harp. From 6 to 9 p.m., Ott performs his “All Request Acoustic Show,” playing classic-rock favorites. With a set list of over 1,300 songs from which to choose, odds are he’ll know one or two of your favorite tunes.

• The Heavy Guilt, featuring multi-instrumentalist Alfred Howard will be touring the Bay Area the weekend of Feb. 1. The band will release its third album this spring, with advance orders getting a bonus album of outtakes, demos and acoustic versions. In the meantime you can catch the band Jan. 28 at Winston’s Beach Club.

• The weather may have cooled down a bit, but the weekly OB Farmers Market continues to heat up. Held every Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m., upcoming performers providing free music include Sunday Hustle and Lucky Rumba (Jan. 16), brothers Gow and Drew Taylor (Jan. 23), world-music favorites Todo Mundo (Jan.30) and young jazz up-and-comers The Trunks (Feb. 6).

“We have an embarrassment of riches, musically,” said organizer Michael Head. “Mixing up genres from singer-songwriters to jazz keeps the event fresh. You never know what you’ll hear from week to week, but it’s always something good.”

• Musician and promoter Jefferson Jay has posted an electronica spoken-word collage to his Sound Cloud page called “I Love Ocean Beach.” Among his many other endeavors, he continues to host a Wednesday night open-mic session at Winston’s Beach Club from 6 to 9 p.m.
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