In Portland, it rains. When it doesn't rain, it threatens rain. So people go into live-music venues just to stay dry. Here in San Diego, rain is like Jesus-you'll probably die before it comes a second time. Which means you spend all your free hours playing X-treme Smashball™ on the beach and have very little time or energy to make a live-music show. Stop the foolishness!
With the guidance of Chuck Schiele-a local musician who's been playing here since 1985 and owns a music promotion company called Beach Music Mafia-you can frolic in our city beaches' hepatitis-rich sand and walk to the nearest stack of amps.
No need to go home, change and regroup. No need to dig through the beach bag for the car keys. The Mafia Boss points you to five of his favorite live-music destinations-all of them within two blocks of bikini-clad, side-boob-showing college girls and shirtless Marine cadets swilling Miller High Life at the shoreline.
We even let Chuck shamelessly self-promote two of his own events because, well, he's the tour guide. He had us by the balls.
Winston's 1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach Mafia Boss says: 'Great sound system. Enthusiastic clientele. Beachy vibe. Reggae fits in naturally with its rep for the ‘jam-band' scene. A few blocks from my home, so it's kind of like my living room. They're remodeling, too.”
Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach Mafia Boss says: 'As a music fan, it's a great place to see a show. Just big enough to give a show ‘event' quality, but small enough to see the sweat on the singer's face. As a singer, it's my favorite room to do my job.”
Coaster Saloon 744 Ventura Place, Mission Beach Sand Bar Grill 718 Ventura Place, Mission Beach Mafia Boss says: 'Coaster Saloon and the Sand Bar Grill are within steps to the beach and always bumpin' with beer specials, rock bands and a total beach vibe. Great place to meet new friends. They're also right across the street from the roller coaster and Belmont Park. A few Makers Marks and a ride on the coaster in between sets always made the trip worthwhile to me.'
Ocean Beach Farmer's Market Newport Ave., Ocean Beach (every Wednewday from 4 to 8 p.m.) Mafia Boss says: 'I book about 200 acts per year there. All kinds of acts. It's a great situation for music. People in the streets, doing hundreds of different things from checking out the art, trying the food, hitting the bars, checking out the bands or taking in some of the world's best people watching. The community loves it, expects it and comes out every week in droves because they're grateful to live in a neighborhood that rocks out weekly on its main avenue.'
Ocean Beach Street Fair, Chili Cookoff & Fireworks Festival Newport Ave., Ocean Beach (June 23 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Mafia Boss says: 'They added a fifth stage to this year's event and have broadened the scope of the talent on the other stages as well.'