Hopefully these guys are better at making surf and skate gear than they are at the live music biz.
After an initial false-start "opening night" back in May (as reported here in Locals Only), San Diego's Jedediah Clothing Company tried a second time on Aug. 6 to open The Warehouse Project, a new all-ages venue located in Miramar.
The opening night lineup was to be The Rocket Summer, Steel Train, DieradioDie, Limbeck and Goodwin, but things took a bad turn almost as soon as they opened their doors. The venue was filling up fast when, a mere three songs into the first band's set, police showed up en masse alongside various undercover officers and shut the club down.
The venue was deemed not up to code, including exits that need improvements. More importantly, Jedediah didn't have an entertainment permit, which club owners need before they start booking live bands.
"You can chalk it up to being naïve," says Greg Murray, one of the people behind The Warehouse Project. "I went to the city; I had filled out all the paperwork and applications, but no one mentioned anything about an entertainment permit. We really thought we had everything covered."
According to The Warehouse website, in addition to their citation (a court date is scheduled for September), repairs to the facility could run up to $50,000, leaving the future of the club up in the air.
Despite an article in last week's Reader announcing the show, both SanDiegoPunk.com message board and The Warehouse Project's own website (www.thewarehouseproject.com) have proposed that Len Paul, the owner of SOMA, tipped off the fuzz in order to stifle competition.
There is no proof to back up the accusation, and Jedidiah's people are quickly trying to quell the unfounded claim. Paul himself was out of town at the time of the event, and could not be reached by press time for comment.
"No one really knows, and we don't put the blame on anyone else," says Jedidiah's Randall Jenkins.
Murray adds: "We're trying to tell people to stop spreading that rumor. We want to keep everything as positive as possible. It's really not important who, if anybody, may or may not have called anything in. We just want to get these issues taken care of, make things right to fans and the bands that were going to play, and have The Warehouse Project back up and running as soon as possible. These negative things won't help."
Murray says that a benefit concert for the venue is planned, with many local bands already offering their services for free to help the Warehouse Project rise again.
Three words of advice: permits, permits, permits.
Hyper-prolific local troubadour and part-time Hatchet Brother Gregory Page has just released his 10th solo album, Love Made Me Drunk. The standing joke is that Page can't pick up his guitar without a new album dropping, and he seems poised to break all local recording records. "It's music inspired by my visits to France to see my father," Page says. "I recorded it to sound like it was the old Paris of the '40s, with violins and accordians. Sort of like what Tom Waits would sound like in France." Page is holding a CD-release show at Dizzy's on Aug. 14 alongside another top-rated local singer-songwriter, Deborah Liv Johnson. $10, all-ages, 858-270-7467.
JM is in the PM on the FM once again. Ex-KGB radio mainstay Jim McInnes had been hosting "The Vinyl Resting Place," a Sunday evening specialty show on Rock 103.7 The Planet. However, according to an announcement posted at SDradio.net, McInnes is now back in drive-time, playing classic rock just like the good old days. This means Woody and Sully move to morning drive-time. Program director Todd Little is quoted on the site as saying, "There is no greater authority on San Diego rock and San Diego radio that Mr. McInnes."
Contrary to rumors, San Diego's only swinging '60s club night, "Hipsters," has not ceased operations. Anja Stax, bassist for The Loons and the driving force behind the club night, says they will be changing venues, however, from The Kensington Club to The Casbah, with an emphasis on DJs, plus the ever-popular go-go girls in cages. "We'll still have bands from time to time, whenever somebody appropriate comes through town," Stax says, "but we want to get back to basics and focus on the classic music that inspired us to start the club in the first place. More importantly, we can expand the decorations, and make the club even more psychedelic with lights and so on." The first night of the revitalized club will be held on Aug 31, with Jivewire DJs in the front room. Expect a packed house.
It looks like the end is near for La Jolla's MP3.com, which recently laid off a good portion of its staff as the company prepares to be bought out. MP3.com, the one-time king of the Internet music hill, has been a boon for local music heads, both in pay-per-play royalties and as an employer-Anya Marina (94/9), Jason Riggs (91X) and Scott Riggs (Rock 105.3), as well as local musicians from bands like Fat Beat Squad, The Hooters and Rookie Card all worked at the company at one point. Rookie Card's Jason Hee, one of the last to exit the company, on the layoffs: "I was there about three years. It had its ups and downs between lawsuits and being an Internet company and so on. It was a great place to work because of the people and various projects.... There have been regular rounds of layoffs every six months or so. That's just business. I will miss it because the there were a lot of talented people who were passionate about music and the Internet. I don't expect to find another company with a similar work environment."
The Beat Farmers chose to hold their 20th anniversary show at the Coachhouse in San Juan Capistrano instead of San Diego. But local fans can still check out the band in all its live glory on a brand-new, vintage-era live album. Available through the band's website (www.beatfarm
ers.com), Beat Farmers: Live at the Spring Valley Inn 1983 is a 21-song collection that features four tunes never officially recorded by the band on any of its regular albums. While the recording itself is pretty lo-fi, the album is mandatory listening for any fan of the late, great Dan McLain; it captures the madness and party atmosphere of a typical Farmers show. The band's legendary tune "Happy Boy" was also recently featured in the movie Dumb and Dumberer-the song's two minutes of screen time were the only redeeming part of the film.
Derek Duplessie will have a second CD-release party for his latest opus, Stereo, this Friday at the Firehouse in La Jolla. Age 14 and already on his third album, Duplessie has shown impressive growth, particularly in his songwriting. A host of well-known local performers will open with short sets, including Jose Sinatra, Lisa Sanders, Dylan Martinez, Peter Bolland and Atom Orr. $7 admission includes free drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 858-459-1640