Mainline, a monthly series organized by Dub Dorado resident DJs Corey Biggs (aka Mr. Biggs) and Joseph Maldonado (Head$hake), veteran dubstepper Joe Nader (aka Osal8) and TheMixster.com's Taylor Doms, will focus on international touring acts. Swedish producer Liquid Stranger headlined Mainline's launch in June; Orange County duo The Juggernaut and Japanese bass-monger Ajapai will headline the second installment on Friday, July 22.
In the year it's been going, Dub Dorado has proven to be the city's most popular dubstep showcase, bringing in national producers and DJs, drawing massive crowds and gaining attention outside the city. But El Dorado can't accommodate many popular acts. “We've been having talent that, at the end of the day, the place is too small for,” Biggs tells CityBeat.
Mainline doesn't have a regular schedule yet—some months might be skipped depending on artist availability, Biggs says—but he isn't worried. “It's shown some potential—it just has to build,” he says.
Encinitas alt-rockers Kut U Up will play their first show in four years at Belly Up tavern on Thursday, July 21. The band fizzled in large part because guitarist / vocalist Brandon Parkhurst was struggling with a drug problem, but bassist Chris Cote says Parkhurst's been clean and sober for more than a year, and the band's currently working on a new album. “There's really no pressure now to ‘make it,' because we're not expecting that,” Cote says about the band's new outlook. “It's more about making good songs, less about partying and getting laid and finding as much drugs as possible.”
Country-punks The Screamin Yeehaws will perform at a benefit for the Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit that works with war-scarred veterans, at Shakedown Bar on Saturday, July 23. All donation and raffle proceeds will go to the organization. The Wrecking Dead, Boisterous Uprise and Media Control will also play, and DJ Fast Eddie will spin tunes.