1. Get off my stage!
It's not enough for Adam Gimbel to just do a cover band—the longtime San Diego musician always adds a twist. Stones n' Roses is a mash-up of Guns n' Roses and the late '80s / early '90s U.K. band The Stone Roses. Blasphemous Guitars does heavy-metal versions of Depeche Mode, The Cure and The Smiths (example: "Whole Lotta Love Cats").
A decade ago, Gimbel started Geezer, a Weezer cover band with a geriatric theme: They dress like Florida retirees, take the stage with the help of walkers and canes and have sexy nurses attend to them during the show. Their rider includes "Metamucil, gefilte fish, clean socks—and lots of vitamins," Gimbel Sr. says.
Like with Gimbel's other projects, the music's fantastic. The band includes talented charmers Zachary Goode (bass and vocals), Nas Helewa (drums) and Dylan Martinez (guitar).
If you love Weezer, you'll totally dig Geezer.
On Friday, Jan. 2, The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd. in Middletown) will host Geezer's 10th Anniversary. The show, which starts at 9 p.m., includes performances by Lion Cut, Stevie & The Hi-Staxx and, in the Atari Lounge, Pants Karaoke. Tickets are $10. At some point, the geezers will bring on gloom-rock band Ilya to play some Beastie Boys covers.
"In the middle of the Geezer set, we'll bring the Ilyas on stage and become License to Ilya," Gimbel says in a deadpan Brooklyn Jewish-grandpa voice. "We'll take a nap, maybe. Everyone in the club will take a nap, and then they'll come up, and then you'll open your eyes and go, 'Hey, it's a new thing!'"
So, how did a bunch of old dudes learn how to rap?
"In our day, we just called it talking," Gimbel says. "So when these kids started doing the thing where they just talk and talk, we thought, 'We could do that.' It took us a little bit... We played the rock and the roll and did the talky-talk bits. It was so much fun that we decided to just keep doing it." casbahmusic.com, getoffmylawn.com
2. Breaking with a Nutcracker
For all those kids dragged kicking and screaming by their parents to the ballet, here's a Christmas show to take your mother to: A Culture Shock Nutcracker: A Holiday Hip Hop Dance Theatrical mixes street-dance-inspired choreography and music with touches from the original Tchaikovsky score to create an electric interpretation of the classic holiday story. Donning elaborate costumes, the Culture Shock dance troupe, in collaboration with The Body Poets, will break, lock and pop in a magical world defined by impressive athleticism. The show starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3 and 4, at the Spreckels Theatre (121 Broadway, Downtown). Tickets run from $20 to $40 depending on seating. cultureshockdance.org/nutcracker
3. The old lady
In 2015, Balboa Park's Spreckels Organ Pavilion will turn 100 years old—you probably know that the pipe organ and the pavilion were paid for by rich guy John D. Spreckels as a gift to San Diego for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. To celebrate, the Spreckels Organ Society will hold the Spreckels Organ Centennial Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The concert by organist Dr. Carol Williams starts at 7:30 p.m., but get there early for a historical slideshow—you're encouraged to save your seat by 5:30. The event, which helps kick off the yearlong Balboa Park centennial celebration, will also feature a processional march, ceremonial acceptance of new pipes and percussion effects, bagpipe bands and fireworks, and you can get a souvenir program with a $5 donation. spreckelsorgan.org
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