San Diego Indie Music Fest!

Get Ready to be completely underwhelmed!

Its almost that time of year again when the best in the ‘Indie’ world descend on Northpark for two days of music and mayhem! Who? That’s what I thought when I got an email from Citybeat, directing me to the Indie Music Fest website. Hey, I know who James Marsters is! He’s Buffy’s other boyfriend from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, his character, Spike made watching Buffy worth every minute of pain I endured during season 4 when Buffy started dating the Initiative guy, Riley [what a total douche nozzle that guy was]. Spike was delightfully manipulative and you could see his budding obsession with the Buffster. Apparently he’ll be performing with his band. I wish it was a different famous actor turned musician, like Zooey Deschanel and M Ward instead, but I’ll settle for Spike.

The Indie Music Fest ‘performer’ list reads like a whos who of who. I guess that is the point at an Indie Music ‘fest’. Though Kid Beyond would be worth seeing, he’s a genius using live midi-on the fly samples. I’m wondering where all the San Diego Bands are though? No Prayers, Muslims, Vultures or Transfer? What about Grand Ole Party? Why the fuck do these great San Diego bands always get passed over? How about Weatherbox, one of the best melodic hardcore bands to come out of SD in years?

People get so bummed out when talking about the local ‘scene,’ and I can guess why. Scolaris will now be the exclusive bar of the new world order in North Park. All those bourgeois 30-thousand dollar millionaires will need a watering hole closer to their prefab domiciles across the street and Bar Pink Elephant is thankfully too ‘weird’ for those gaslampers. The Alibi won’t be having shows in the near future or possibly ever again. Beauty Bar and U31 have cornered the asymmetrical haircut movement and don’t even get me started on Soma or the Che where exclusionary IS the norm.

Even Music Fest sponsor 91x treats their Loudspeaker show like a shameful experiment by having it air from 1am to 3am monday mornings. I guess that ensures that the only people who’d listen and be interested are fast asleep. In the interest of full disclosure my brother is a DJ for the loudspeaker show so yes I’d like to hear loudspeaker ‘live’ and not through their podcast monday afternoons.

It boggles the mind. But maybe it is too early to assume there won’t be any bands there that I’d like. Or maybe my discriminating tastes are too music snob and not quite Joe Public enough. I hope to be pleasantly surprised, or more so than last year when Fishbone was one of the few attractions.

Here’s who I’d pick for a ‘Locals Only’ Stage, if given the chance.

Grand Ole Party
Archons
The Prayers
Get Your Death On
Hostile Combover
Joanie Mendenhall
The K23 Orchestra
Weatherbox
Some Girls

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6 thoughts on “San Diego Indie Music Fest!

  1. I thought Swim Party was playing, but now I don’t see their name on the list. Actually, I don’t see many names on that list that I do recognize. Sigh.

  2. wow, gotta agree with you. the only name i recognize is ‘Scissors For Lefty’, and i don’t even know who they are. who the heck books this thing?

  3. wow, i just did a random google on this event and came to this. as an intern with the festival, i just have to clarify a couple of things:

    if you’re wondering why you don’t know who’s on the bill, THAT’S THE POINT! the whole purpose of this event is to expose audiences to the vast amount of talent that’s out there that is largely “unknown,” but exceptional nonetheless.

    50% of the bill is local bands and singer-songwriters. because you haven’t heard of ’em, doesn’t mean that they’re not local or that they’re not extraordinary.

    lastly, the main festival headliner is beth hart – an unbelievable talent who played janis joplin at the san diego rep’s production of “love janis.”

  4. let me clarify as well. i didn’t say that the groups or artists on the bill wouldn’t be great or exceptional and i’m excited to go and check it out. believe me, i WANT to be impressed by great new music. and i do realize the point of the Indie music fest, which i mentioned in the post.

    So, if 50% of the bands on the bill are local bands, where do these groups and artists play? there has been such a large amount of local clubs being shut down in sd maybe there is a whole new crop of places that this 50% of local bands have been playing at that i’m missing out on.

  5. oh yes! they’ve been spotted in their natural habitat in nightclubs in downtown san diego, but they must be something else cause the cost of living here is pretty high. haha. a cousin to the 30K millionaire in leather flip flops, pressed jeans and sport coats. crocket and tubs for southern ca.

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