LIVE MUSIC – Summer Blues Camp for Blues Lovers United of San Diego
by BART MENDOZA
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One of the reasons San Diego has such a vibrant music community, is the involvement of youngsters, through various community programs, bringing fresh players and audiences into the scene. One such annual event, the annual Summer Blues Camp for BLUSD. (Blues Lovers United of San Diego), will hold a fundraiser at Tio Leo’s on July 28. On hand will be a who’s who of local blues talent including singer Mercedes Moore, acoustic bluesman Robin Henkel, electric guitarist Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins and bands such as The Bayou Brothers and 145th Street. Funds raised at this event go directly towards the camps expenses such as venue rentals-instruments-instructors, making this a great way to hear a lot of great music while helping the next generation of musicians.

Summer Blues Camp Fundraiser: Sunday, July 28 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 5 p.m. 21 and up. $10. tioleos.com.

Long running cover band The Siers Brothers performs at the Pacific Beach Summer Concert Series at Kate Sessions Park on Aug. 4. For nearly four decades the band has been entertaining San Diegans with a mix of crowd-pleasing classic rock, calypso, top 40, country and blues. Offering something for just about everybody, with an emphasis on danceable favorites from “Mustang Sally” to “Suspicious Minds,” The Siers Brothers are the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday afternoon in the park.

The Siers Brothers: Sunday, Aug. 4 at Pacific Beach Summer Concerts, 5115 Soledad Road. 4 p.m. All ages. Free. pbtowncouncil.org.

It’s true the flute doesn’t often get much respect. Rarely considered a lead instrument, it’s tone is often the icing on a musical piece. However, in the right hands, the instrument can be a powerhouse. Such will be the case on July 27 with a concert featuring two celebrated flautists, New York-based Jamie Baum and San Diegan Lori Bell at Dizzy’s. Backed by pianist Leonard Thompson and bassist Justin Grinnell, both Baum and Bell are virtuosos bringing new light to their instrument of choice. This one off musical pairing should find them reaching new heights.

Jamie Baum & Lori Bell: Saturday, July 27 at Dizzy’s at Arias Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd. 8 p.m. $20 ($10 students). dizzysjazz.com.

Country music is having a resurgence in San Diego, thanks to combos such as Barbwire, who appear at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, on Aug. 1. Formed circa 2014, the band includes plenty of twang in their sound, particularly singer/guitarist James Holland, but they also stretch out a bit with blues and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll, all custom built for hitting the dance floor. Barbwire’s most recent single, “Long Hard Ride,” takes it’s cues from classic roadhouse country, slotting in well amongst the cover tunes in their repertoire.

Barbwire: Thursday, Aug. 1 at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 7 p.m. humphreysbackstagelive.com.

Pat Benatar tribute group, We Belong, performs at Campland On The Bay on Aug. 3. Featuring Debbie and Mike Sierras as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, We Belong has extra authenticity in their sound; they feature an original member of their celebrated group, bassist Roger Capps. Capps played on Benatar’s first five albums and such classics as “Heartbreaker,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” and “We Live For Love,” giving We Belong’s rhythm section a major boost. Meanwhile Debbie Sierras does a good job with Benatar’s vocals making this an excellent representation of an ’80s music icon.

We Belong: Saturday, Aug. 3 at Campland on the Bay. 8 p.m. All ages. Free. campland.com.

The 710 Beach Club will be the site of a two tribute band bill on Aug. 3, featuring Musehead, a combined tribute to Muse and Radiohead and the Fooz Fighters, a band that celebrates the music of Dave Grohl and company. Both combos are quite good, but it’s hard to beat the Fooz Fighters for sheer energy. They feature a hit-filled set that’s sure to have the crowd singing along from the first note, but it’s frontman Nicky Rich that makes this group. That they pretty much sound and look like the real thing seals the deal.

Fooz Fighters: Saturday, Aug. 3 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 9 p.m. 21 and up.

$5. 710bc.com.

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