The Turquoise a hidden gem in Pacific Beach
by BART MENDOZA
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Patrick Yandall performs at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on Nov. 20.
Patrick Yandall performs at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on Nov. 20.
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The Turquoise continues to have one of the most eclectic booking schedules in town, with wonderful world music you won’t hear just about anywhere else in town on their weekly calendar. Anyone looking for musical entertainment with an emphasis on the latter will want to check out the Gypsy Caravan show held at the club each Tuesday.

The night is book ended by music, with a variety show that includes dancers, jugglers and fire eaters in between, topped by a session of flamenco dance music.

The Turquoise is one of the area’s hidden treasures, with wonderful food and wine and a true love for the arts. Stop by on a Gypsy Caravan night for a fun respite from the pressures of the work week.

Gypsy Caravan: Tuesdays in November at The Turquoise, 873 Turqouise St. 8 p.m. 21 and up. No cover. www.theturquoise.com.

Guitarist Patrick Yandall performs at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on Nov. 20. Perhaps best known as a smooth jazz artist, Yandall’s lyrical fretwork transcends that tag, with elements of rock, soul and funk in his sound.

He has recorded a slew of great originals, such as “Tower of Soul,” across his 18 albums to date, all dance floor ready, but he also augments that with songs from the likes of Santana, Michael Jackson and Steely Dan.

Whether you go for the dancing or Humphreys great food and marina side view, Yandall’s music is a great soundtrack to wind down the weekend.

Patrick Yandall: Sunday, Nov. 20, at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 8 p.m. $5. humphreysbackstagelive.com.

On Nov. 22 Brick by Brick will host a special “meet and greet” with Portland-based heavy metal quartet, Red Fang. Billed as a “Pinball Party,” there is an early running time of 5 to 8 p.m. for this free event and it is in fact a precursor to a show at the Casbah that evening.

Formed in 2009, Red Fang specializes in high energy, anthemic rock, built on riffs and anthemic choruses, with their two most recent albums hitting the charts. At this party fans can listen to tracks from their new album, “Only Ghost,” meet the band and try out a new pinball game, The Can Crusher.

Red Fang: Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 5 p.m. 21 and up. Free. brickbybrick.com.

The 37th annual SD Jazz Fest takes place at Town and Country Resort and Convention Center on Nov. 23-27, with Mission Bay High School’s Preservationist’s, under the direction of JP Balmat, set to perform five times during the event.

Specializing in traditional jazz, which includes dixieland, ragtime, swing, and solo piano styles, the event offers up something for just about everybody across its seven rooms of music, with the Preservationists a clear highlight.

Their youthful energy and talents make them a fun act to listen to at any show, but here amongst their peers, they really shine.

The Preservationists: Nov. 25-26 at the Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N., All ages. sdjazzfest.org.

No doubt about it, San Diego is going through a jazz renaissance. The amount of talent locally is staggering, from Mike Wofford to Gilbert Castellanos, Peter Sprague to Danny Green, with appreciative audiences growing.

At the top of the list of the best in town is pianist Joshua White who will perform at Dizzy’s on Nov. 26. The event is a homecoming gig following a tour with the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet, that saw him play in The Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal and Spain.

As wonderful a performer as White is, he is an equally compelling composer, painting pictures with notes – any concert by White as much art as music.

Joshua White: Saturday, Nov. 26, at Dizzy’s, 1717 Morena Blvd. 8 p.m. $20. dizzysjazz.com.

Blues fans in San Diego owe a debt of gratitude to Chet Cannon, who has helped keep the scene alive through his blues jams, gigs with his band, The Committee and general support for other musicians.

On Nov. 30, Tio Leo’s will host Cannon’s ninth annual 50th birthday and while there will be complimentary cake in celebration, true to form, Cannon’s a fundraiser, this time for the Good Blues website.

In addition to Chet & The Committee, the night will include the likes of Robin Henkel, The Flipside Burners and Chickenbone Slim, making it a great night for anyone who enjoys blues music.

Chet Cannon & The Committee: Wednesday, Nov. 30. Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 9 p.m. 21 and up. Cover TBD. tioleos.com.

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Mike S
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November 25, 2016
Love the Turquoise! One of the best kept secrets in all of PB.
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