San Diego has been blessed with a great local music scene. You can find anything from big-band, hip-hop, punk rock, thrash metal, and indie all within the confines of San Diego County.
Great places to watch live music are abound, some more famous than others, but all share the charm of being in San Diego- America’s Finest City for Local Music!
The Casbah has been a local music staple in San Diego since 1989. Along with up-and-coming local bands, The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, Nirvana and local hero Rocket From The Crypt, have all played within these walls. Patrons of The Casbah seem to share more of an appreciation for the art of music and performance than the average venue in San Diego. On any given evening, the audience at the Casbah consists of more musicians than one might expect. The draw stems from the establishment’s commitment to the local music scene. Some would argue that San Diego’s local music scene without The Casbah would be tantamount to investment banking without Wall St. either way, the final result is one of great music, a great crowd, and always a great time!
The Belly Up Tavern
The Belly Up features diverse music styles from international reggae bands (I’ve seen Yellowman, Israel Vibration, and Pato Banton to name a few that I’ve seen there) to local 70′s and 80′s coverbands. It is always a great venue with great guests and wonderful bartenders- if you’re in the mood to see a great band and have a great time doing it, The Belly Up tavern is for you!
If you’re in the mood to check out a great lineup of music while surrounding yourself in a intimate, eclectic, and wonderfully “divey” environment, Bar Pink is your best bet. Located in the newly revamped neighborhood of North Park, Bar Pink tailors to a young, hip, creative, energetic crowd. The lineups are not found on MTV’s top ten billboards and that’s a plus. This place is a great spot to catch a potential rising star or a new favorite Indie band purposely hidden in the shadows.