Montgomery tribute; musical matinee on the bay
by Bart Mendoza
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Country music will be front and center on Sept. 7 at Brick by Brick. Opening the show will be longtime local club favorite Mark Jackson, a singer-songwriter influenced equally by Willie Nelson and Neil Young.                                          Courtesy photo
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On Aug. 31, one of the most influential guitarists of all time, the late Wes Montgomery, gets a special tribute concert at Tango Del Rey. Montgomery has had a major impact on music since his recording debut in 1958, cited by legions of guitarists as key in their development, including George Benson, Pat Metheny, Steve Howe and Jimi Hendrix. On hand this night will be guitarists Bob Boss and Jaime Valle, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Ramon Banda. Anyone who appreciates tasteful jazz guitar won’t want to miss a note of this special event.

• “A Tribute to Wes Montgomery”: Friday, Aug. 31 at Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St. $15. 7 p.m. All ages.

Is there a better way to spend the day than lounging along Mission Bay? Music fans looking for a matinee experience will want to check out the Mission Bay Deli’s selection of cover bands performing each weekend. On hand on Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. will be Breez’n, a five-piece band that can play anything from Fats Domino to the Eurythmics. If you’re looking for a great soundtrack to your afternoon by the sea, this band has tunes for just about every musical taste.

• Breez’n performs at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Mission Bay Deli, 1548 Quivira Way. 21 and up. www.

Rock trio Just Like Jenna has a Monday-night residency at The Griffin throughout the month of September. The band has released two albums since 2007, the most recent being last year’s “Love City,” with a sound somewhere between The Cult and late-period Beatles. Best of all, the band doesn’t take itself too seriously, injecting a sense of fun to its music. Just Like Jenna may play originals, but fans of classic rock ’n’ roll will find much to like about this band’s riff and vocals.

• Just Like Jenna performs at 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 and 10 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. $12.

On Sept. 7, Brick by Brick hosts a night of country music, featuring Jason Charles Miller, Nancarrow and the Back 40. Opening the show will be longtime local club favorite Mark Jackson, a singer-songwriter influenced equally by Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Jackson’s music rides the line between Bakersfield cool and modern-radio sensibilities with a rich repertoire built on years of roadhouse gigs. Excellent tunes, like his own twangy “A Charmed Life” and the storming “Velvet Heartache,” show that while country music is San Diego’s most underrated genre, there is plenty of great music being made locally.

• Mark Jackson performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue. 7:30 p.m. 21 and up. $12.

If you’re an aficionado of blues, jazz and especially 1970s-style funk and groove, you won’t want to miss Mimi Zulu & The Revenge, which performs at Café-Bar Europa on Sept. 8. The band has a crowd-pleasing sound, heavy on the beat ,with irresistible dance numbers like “Kissin’ My Love” or the jazz-inflected “Keep on Loving Me Baby.” Live soul music seems to be gaining popularity in local venues. Look for Mimi Zulu to be a major player in this burgeoning scene.

• Mimi Zulu & The Revenge performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turqouise St. 21 and up. No cover.
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