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The Kona Kai Resort is quickly gaining a reputation as the place to catch acoustic music in San Diego. With its beautiful setting right on the water and great, friendly atmosphere and lively performers, it’s becoming the “in spot” to be on Sunday afternoons. Each week’s lineup is different. Every Sunday, six performers take the stage on the patio, with

Oct. 19 set to include Aubrie Williams, Jesse Nova and Carl Durant. What makes this show particularly interesting is the appearance of Durant, a Belgian artist. A former San Diegan and regular on the coffeehouse circuit, Durant has a sizeable following in town. With this rare appearance squeezed in during a brief visit stateside, if you’re a fan of acoustic music, you wont want to miss this show.

• ACOUSTIC MUSIC SERIES: Sunday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m. at the KONA KAI RESORT, 1551 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island.

Appearing at Beaumont’s on Oct. 19, Matt Bolton performs solo — but that’s a bit misleading. Using sound loops created on the spot, he mixes percussion with singer-songwriter technique to create a full band sound that’s pretty amazing. This is especially evident when performing such tough, multi-track tunes such as Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” or Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back.” His repertoire ranges from Marvin Gaye to David Bowie, with a few choice originals in the mix. He’s fun to watch, fun to listen to. Sunday morning is never going to be an easy gig, but Bolton is definitely a performer worth getting up early to see.

• MATT BOLTON: Sunday, Oct. 19 at BEAUMONT’S, 5662 La Jolla Blvd. 11:30 a.m. 21 and up.

The blues doesn’t come any tighter or hotter than Michele Lundeen. Performing on Oct. 21 at Humphreys Backstage Live, she is blessed with a voice that’s equal parts Janis Joplin, Big Mama Thornton and Tina Turner. Lundeen has a killer set, full of classic R&B and choice originals cut from the same cloth. Best of all is her stage show, which places her as one of the most exciting blues performers in the Southland. If you like your bar-room blues gritty and authentic, with plenty of passion, then a performance from Lundeen is just the ticket.

• MICHELE LUNDEEN: Tuesday, Oct. 21, at HUMPHREYS BACKSTAGE LIVE, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 5 p.m.

Among singer-songwriters these days, the ukulele and banjo are bountiful and the acoustic guitar is common. But few play the Spanish or nylon-string model guitar like Gabriela Aparicio. It adds a different texture to her music than the typical fare, with her finger-picking style adding a percussive element to her music. Appearing at Café-Bar Europa on Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m., Aparicio’s music takes in soul, touches of bossa nova, jazz and pop, with lots of heartfelt originals that have hit potential, like the hook-and-rhythm-filled tune “Stampede.” It’s all topped by her excellent voice, adding up to an artist with serious commercial potential.

• GABRIELA APARICIO: Friday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 p.m. at CAFE-BAR EUROPA, 873 Turqouise St. 21 and up.

Ska punk favorites return to San Diego on Oct, 28 for a show at Brick by Brick. Formed in 1988, the band’s high-octane performances quickly made it a Southern California favorite. Touring behind its latest album, “Adicción, Tradición, y Revolución,” the band may have gotten older, but its energetic, horn-driven performances continue to be a thrilling experience. While the band never had a hit, its show and energetic tunes — sung in both English and Spanish — will always have an audience as long there are people who enjoy manic spectacle.

• VOODOO GLOW SKULLS: Tuesday, Oct. 28 at BRICK BY BRICK, 1130 Buenos Ave. 8 p.m. 21 and up.

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