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By Bart Mendoza September 23 The Acoustic Troubador


Legendary acoustic troubadour Peter Case performs at the Whistle Stop on Sept. 23. One of the greatest musicians to emerge from the late 1970s California punk rock/powerpop scene, Case has been a part of such iconic bands as The Nerves and The Plimsouls, giving the world such radio staples as “Now” and “A Million Miles Away.” These days, he is in solo mode, playing an incredible mix of blues and folk, as heard on his latest album, “Highway 62,” but the music is no less vital and inspiring. If you haven’t seen Case before, this intimate show will have you searching his back catalog for the many gems in his repertoire.

The Selector

September 29 The Return of Camille Bloom

Jeff Bloom

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Camille Bloom returns to San Diego with a show at Lestats on September 29. Currently touring behind her new album, “Pieces of Me,” Bloom will be performing in solo acoustic mode. In many cases, stripping away the backing band as heard on an album is a negative, but not so much here. Bloom is a wonderful live performer, with a knack for songs that hold up, whatever the format, full of melody and wordplay. Make sure to get to the show early — the whole evening is a particularly strong bill that also includes dynamic guitar and cajon duo, Sister Speak.

Camille Bloom

October 13 Passion that will Inspire a Packed Dance Floor Anyone who enjoys ska won’t want to miss ’80s hitmakers The Selecter at the Casbah on October 13. Though the band never had much commercial impact in the U.S., they are one of the most influential bands of the era, alongside such like-minded compatriots as Madness and the Specials, spearheading a ska revival that is still thriving today. The Selecter will be playing it’s classic “Too Much Pressure” album in its entirety, but this is no mere nostalgia fest — they will also be playing material from their excellent new disc, “Subculture.” The band currently only incudes singers Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson from their heyday, but the new lineup plays with passion that will inspire a packed dance floor.

October 1 Violin and Trumpet Love Story Broadway and jazz comes together at Dizzy’s on October 1 with the all-star concert “Westside Story Goes Latin Jazz.” The classic love story is now set between the violin and trumpet in a Latin-jazz setting, with a band that includes violinist Jamie Shadowlight, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich and percussionist Monette Marino. One of Leonard Bernstein’s finest works, the show will feature the entire soundtrack including such classics as “America,” and “I Feel Pretty.” Special guests are promised, but any would be mere icing on the cake, as the four virtuosos in the core group are among the finest musicians to ever call San Diego home. . Jet West

Nina Francis

Point North

October 9

October 14

‘Jazz Singers in the Round’

Special Fundraiser for Carly’s Cause

Jazz fans will want to check out Nina Francis’s monthly showcase at Java Joe’s on October 9. Dubbed “Jazz Singers in the Round,” the night will feature Francis alongside guitarist Peter Sprague, singer-songwriter Gregory Page and vocalist Leonard Patton — all three headliners in their own right. Francis is a wonderful musician with an engaging performing style and plaintive voice, topped by a vocal range that can cover Stevie Nicks or more modern pop such as the Cardigans. However, what will make the night truly special is it’s collaborative nature, with highlights likely to include new pairings, such as Sprague backing Francis and Patton.

On Oct. 14, Brick by Brick will host a special fundraiser for Carly’s Cause, who are dedicated to providing technology, therapeutic services and financial assistance to children with physical disabilities and neurological disorders. Opening up the night will be cover band Get Groovin with appearances from guitarist Fred Barchetta in a Rush tribute with rock trio Points North, Black Sabbath impersonators, Lords Of Sabbath and Iron Maiden doppelgangers, Up The Irons. Anyone who enjoys classic hard rock will love every second of this show, but it’s also a chance to help out a great cause. Funds raised from the event will go towards an after school program launching this school semester at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary in Clairemont.

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