LIVE MUSIC: Doo-wop icon, a Drum Summit and deli dancing
by Bart Mendoza
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Jocko Marcellino, best known as an original member of Sha-Na-Na, will perform at Tio Leo’s on Friday, Sept. 14.               Courtesy photo
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Jocko Marcellino is best known as an original member of Sha-Na-Na. Now a La Jolla resident, the underrated music icon with an amazing life in music will perform Sept. 14 at Tio Leo’s. No one else could boast a resume that includes performing at Woodstock in 1969, appearing in the hit movies “Grease” and “Rain Man,” and to hosting a hit syndicated television show from 1977-1981. In solo mode, Marcellino doesn’t stray too far from his main band’s forte, playing classic tunes like“Little Sister” and “Satisfaction” with real passion. Anyone who likes vintage rock ’n’ roll will enjoy every second of this show.

• The Jocko Marcellino Band performs at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 21 and up. Cover TBD.

Jazz aficionados with a penchant for percussion won’t want to miss the Drum Summit being held at Tango Del Rey on Sept. 16. On hand will be drummers Mike Holguin, Charlie Chavez, Russell Bizzett, Monette Marino and Jon Szanto, with all-star accompaniment from bassist Rob Thorsen and trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, as well as pianists Mikan Zlatkovich and Irving Flores. Expect tunes to run from Latin to blue-note style, but if you like music with an emphasis on rhythm, look no further.

• Drum Summit takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St. $15. All ages.

Sunday afternoons are the perfect opportunity to take in ocean breezes and great music at the Mission Bay Deli, with a selection of cover bands performing each weekend at 2 p.m. On Sept. 16, the venue will host The Reflectors, a five-piece combo that performs a wide range of classic-rock tunes from Eddie Money to A Flock of Seagulls. The Reflectors put on a crowd-pleasing show, with the location, food and good-time atmosphere all adding up to make this an unbeatable way to wind down the weekend.

• The Reflectors perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Mission Bay Deli, 1548 Quivira Way. 21 and up.

Hard-rock quartet Trailerpark Rockstar appears at Brick by Brick on Sept. 20. The band’s members are all excellent musicians, but Eric Meyer’s manic fretwork and frontman Cory Mitchell’s vocal are both standouts, making for a show that’s entertaining to watch and listen to. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock with a melodic flavor — particularly anthemic riff rockers — you’ll want to hear Trailerpark Rockstar.

• Trailerpark Rockstar performs at 8 pm. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $11.

Even if you’re not into cover bands, a show by MC Funk, which appears at the 710 Beach Club on Sept. 24, is something you’re going to want to experience. While the majority of tribute acts are of the rock variety, this seven-piece group performs the mind-bending soul and funk music of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. It manages to nail the beats and rhythms of their musical heroes, as well as their look. Indeed, MC Funk’s frontman is a Clinton doppelganger. With an expansive set list that includes such classics as “One Nation Under A Groove” and “The Mothership Connection,” this show will appeal to diehard Clinton fans or those who simply want to dance.

• MC Funk performs at 9 pm. on Monday, Sept. 24 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up.
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