July 6 2011 10:27 AM

SDMA nominee wants someone else to win, Sezio doesn't get county funding and more local music news

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Drew Andrews has been nominated for Best Electronic in the San Diego Music Awards. But, please, don't vote for him. He doesn't want you to.

To be sure, the singer-songwriter is honored that he's been nominated. But, he says, he doesn't think he deserves an award as much as the other nominees, including popular electro-pop duos Hyena and Jamuel Saxon.

First of all, Andrews hasn't played very many shows or released anything lately. “I was really taking a break over the past year,” he tells CityBeat. Secondly, he's not even an electronic-music artist. Yes, he used to play in electro-intensive act The Album Leaf and he's incorporated synths and other electronic elements into his music. But his recent singer-songwriter fare isn't electronic music—a point he acknowledged when he accepted his award for Best Electronic at the 2010 SDMAs.

Check out the list of nominees at sandiegomusicawards.com. Do a little research and pick out your favorite. Just, please, don't vote for Andrews. “I'd love to recognize some of these other dudes out there,” he says.

Sezio is up in arms over San Diego County's recent decision to deny the arts nonprofit a $5,000 grant for its Four Day Weekend concert series. In an impassioned announcement on the group's website, sezio.org, founder Zack Nielsen argued that the series meets the goals of the county's Community Enhancement Program, which funds groups and events that “promote and generate tourism and/or economic development.” To help get funding in the future, Nielsen is asking people to email San Diego City Councilmembers Todd Gloria and Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts.

Indie-soul outfit The Hot Moon will celebrate the release of its self-titled debut at Soda Bar on Saturday, July 9. Then, guitarist / saxophonist John Paul Labno and singer / keyboardist Sasha Pfau will leave town for Santa Cruz, where Labno plans to study history at University of California, Santa Cruz and Pfau will attend Cabrillo College. The Hot Moon isn't breaking up. But Labno, a Grand Ole Party vet who's also been keeping busy with his solo project Vegetarian Werewolf, says he's looking forward to less grueling work and rehearsal schedules. “Also, I want to be in the forest,” he says. “I miss immediate access to nature.”

Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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