AMSD Concerts is going to make a brief comeback. U-T San Diego reported in May that the venue / concert series would close after 11 years of hosting live music, but the end hasn't arrived just yet, apparently. AMSD has announced that it will host two more shows—Eliza Gilkyson on Sept. 20 and Ellis Paul on Oct. 26.
AMSD founder and booker Carey Driscoll tells CityBeat that he's "not actively looking" to start up again, but the opportunity presented itself to host these shows, and both artists are among the most-booked in AMSD's history.
"I talked myself into doing what's necessary to make these shows happen," he says.
The concerts will be held at the Normal Heights Community Center (4649 Hawley Blvd.). Part of the reason for the original announcement of AMSD's closure was that there wasn't a long-term location to put on shows, and attendance dropped off when Driscoll moved AMSD to Webster, a neighborhood in southeastern San Diego.
"I looked at enough places to know what is and what isn't out there," he says, noting that he hasn't been able to find a suitable place in a good location with an affordable rent.
Driscoll isn't entirely ruling out more shows in the future, but until he finds a venue that meets his needs, this is probably it.
"It'd be nice to continue to keep going," he says. "I just wasn't able to continue with the way things were."
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