Calendar feature: La Jolla a happening place for live music this summer
by Kai Oliver-Kurtin
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Zenbu hosts rock/blues band CnH, featuring Jimmy Carlake on drums and vocals and Rick Herchol on guitar. Photo by Paul Hansen
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The recent crossover from June gloom to July fry has prompted many people to grab a cold beverage from a local hangout and enjoy the late afternoon temperatures of summer. Whether it’s a romantic date, girls’ or guys’ night out, or just an ordinary Wednesday night in need of some action, La Jolla venues supply the entertainment to spice up the evening with their jam-packed live music calendars. Let the TiVo take care of regular programming, and head toward the music.

BEAUMONT’S

Beaumont’s in Bird Rock, 5662 La Jolla Blvd., is a true locals’ bar that serves as a neighborhood hangout for several regulars. Live music fills the restaurant every Wednesday through Sunday, ranging from acoustics and alternative to reggae and rock. Beaumont’s is a melting pot for longtime Bird Rock residents, and even has about 20 faces that appear nightly.

“It’s a warm, very friendly bar with a casual vibe,” said manager Brandon Gresham. “A lot of people get burned out on the Pacific Beach scene or max out on age, and gravitate here.”

Beaumont’s had its first band perform during a New Year’s Eve celebration; the performance was so well received that their music program keeps expanding to keep up with demand.

Owner Dave Heini is bombarded with requests from entertainment and is very passionate about who he decides to book. The restaurant and adjoining patio hold enough space for a dance floor when bands like John Stanley King and The Jones Revival fill up the house.

Much more than a bar, Beaumont’s serves up an eclectic menu of Southern, Northeastern and Baja regional cuisine including salads, small plates and entrees off the grill. They recently began serving weekday lunch, and host acoustic musicians on Sundays during brunch.

Beaumont’s sister restaurant, Brockton Villa, is celebrating its 20th year serving the La Jolla Cove community.

For more information, visit www.beaumontseatery.com.

THE TURQUOISE

The Turquoise, located at 873 Turquoise St., is an ideal spot for date night, and has live music seven days a week. Owner Basilio Ceravolo has created an old-world atmosphere in the neighborhood bar, serving tapas-style food in an unhurried, deliberate atmosphere. The sophisticated charm of southern Europe is found in the dark, romantic ambience in the bar area, and carried out into the illuminated open-air courtyard.

“It’s not your typical bar atmosphere,” said Ceravolo. “We don’t line up shots on the bar or cater to the drunks. The Turquoise is a place where you can sit down at the bar, have a conversation over tapas and a glass of wine, hear the news and enjoy the music.”

The Turquoise hosts a Euro Bohemian Club every Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m., where local artists converge over wine tastings and tapas and enjoy melodic music from Esencia Latin Jazz Quartet.

The restaurant’s menu is an eclectic mix of tapas, grilled entrees, meat and cheese plates and other traditional Spanish favorites. A happy-hour price of $3 is available daily from 5 to 7 p.m. on tapas, beer, wine and sangria.

Ceravolo personally books the entertainment heard at The Turquoise. He is also the owner of La Gran Tapa downtown and an accredited tax advisor in Pacific Beach.

For more information, visit www.theturquoise.com.

ZENBU

Zenbu, located at 7660 Fay Ave., serves sushi, seafood and specialty cocktails. Bands playing low-intensity rock, blues, reggae and beach rock ‘n’ roll provide entertainment every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and an occasional Friday night. Ideal for an after-work cocktail hour and sushi, the restaurant offers a menu concept geared toward the active lifestyles of La Jollans.

“We’ve dialed in to what people want to eat and hear during dinner,” said Jerry McGuffie, partner and operations manager. “There aren’t many live music venues here, so we’ve tried to really nurture it. Zenbu feels like a comfortable living room with its dark woods, ambient lighting and sustainability program.”

McGuffie refers to Zenbu as a bar reminiscent of that found in the Gaslamp Quarter. He books Zenbu’s entertainment, describing it as incidental dinner music, and is approached by local musicians or often introduced by other bands or through word of mouth.

Zenbu, meaning “all,” fuses Asian and Southwest fare to offer beach-healthy foods. It encompasses the local lifestyle with sustainability, as proven by its commitment to owning three commercial fishing boats to catch seafood, procuring products in-house and engaging energy-efficient methods of production. Their fishing boats are powered by New Leaf Biofuel, a San Diego based biodiesel production company creating fuel from waste cooking oil collected from local restaurants.

Zenbu has a second location in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and its homegrown corporation includes Rimel’s Rotisserie locations in La Jolla and Cardiff-by-the-Sea; Homegrown Meats butcher shop in La Jolla; Ocean Giant, an eco-friendly fishing company; and a lounge for private events.

For more information, visit www.rimelsrestaurants.com.

La Jolla Live Music Summer Calendar By: Kai Oliver-Kurtin The Turquoise Every Week Unless Otherwise Noted Below:

Fridays & Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. “Tomcat Courtney” (down home Blues)

Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. “The DFA Trio” dance band (jazz, soul, rhythm & blues)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. “Purity of Essence” the new generation of modern jazz

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. “Tomcat Courtney” (down home blues)

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. “Esencia Latin Jazz Quartet” pure Jazz essence with Evona

July 2011

Friday, July 15 at 9:30 p.m. “The Legacy Pack” Funk/Rap

Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. “The Born Again Pollacks” funky originals with Yael

Monday, July 18 at 6 p.m. “LX2” rumba flamenco gypsy jazz

Thursday, July 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. Euro Bohemian Club Art & Music – Food & Wine

Friday, July 22 at 9 p.m. “Todo Mundo” Flamenco, Samba, Rumba, World Dance Music

Sunday, July 24 at 8 p.m. belly dancers perform with “Middle Earth” ensemble

Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. “Love Amos” Jazz Folk Duo

Friday, July 29 “The Campanile” Balkan Gypsies dance & sing

Sunday, July 31 Duo LaRé Balkan Jazz & more

August 2011

Monday, August 1 at 6 p.m. “LX2” rumba flamenco gypsy jazz

Friday, August 5 at 9 p.m. “Todo Mundo” Flamenco, Samba, Rumba, World Dance Music

Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. “Choro Brazil” Drums and Dancers of Rio, Brazil

Friday, August 12 at 9 p.m. “The Campanile” Balkan Gypsy dance & sing

Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. “Sene Africa” traditional music and dance of Senegal

Monday, August 15 at 7 p.m. “Angela Patua” Afro-Brazilian singer songwriter

Thursday, August 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. Euro Bohemian Club Art & Music – Food & Wine

Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. “Todo Mundo” Flamenco, Samba, Rumba, World Dance Music

Sunday, August 21 at 7 p.m. “The Born Again Pollacks” funky originals with Yael

Monday, August 22 at 6 p.m. “LX2” rumba flamenco gypsy jazz

Friday, August 26 “The Campanile” Balkan Gypsies dance & sing

Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. belly dancers perform with “Middle Earth” ensemble

Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m. “Love Amos” Jazz Folk Duo

September 2011

Friday, September 23 "Bviolin & Gypsy Knights” World Fusion Jazz Funk & Groove

“Feed The Fire Ensemble” Kirtan/Bhajan Chant Fusion

Beaumont’s

Live music every Wednesday - Saturday nights.

Thursday, July 14 at 9 p.m. Kent Frazier covers and originals

Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. Mark Fisher & Friends (rock)

Sunday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. Matt Commerce (acoustic covers)

Wednesday, July 20 at 7:45 p.m. Allegra

Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Phil Carillo (acoustic covers)

Friday, July 22 at 9 p.m. John Stanley King covers rock, reggae, etc.

Saturday, July 23 at 9 p.m. Daryl Johnson & Friends

Sunday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. Rob Bonderant

Wednesday, July 27 at 7:45 p.m. Jesse Gawlik reggae

Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Idle Wilde featuring Carrisa (acoustic covers)

Friday, July 29 at 9 p.m. Scratch

Saturday, July 30 at 9 p.m. The Reaganomics 80’s Rock



La Valencia

Every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Rick Ross in the La Sala Lobby Lounge

Pianist, saxophonist and vocalist performing an array of music from jazz standards to contemporary popular music.



Every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Mario Olivares in the Mediterranean Patio

Latin Jazz Trio performing your favorite covers.



Every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. GipsyMenco in the Mediterranean Patio

A blend of old world Flamenco fused with smooth modern Jazz and worldly rhythms performed on the Spanish guitar by Sal Hanna.



Every Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Nina Francis in the Mediterranean Patio

Accomplished local singer-songwriter performing an array of pop and jazz standards.

AND

Every Saturday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Bviolin & Gypsy Knights in the Mediterranean Patio

World vibrational dance music with fusion violin.



Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Javid & Naoko in the Mediterranean Patio

Flamenco guitar ensemble.

Manhattan of La Jolla Every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. and every Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m., world-class entertainer Tad Sisler performs in the lounge. Sisler has outstanding vocals, plus excellent musicianship on piano and keyboards with an authentic sound.

Aquamoree

Every Friday night from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Gregory Michael Band (Motown Jazz)

The Grill at Hotel La Jolla

Every Friday night Dave Scott from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Every Sunday night Big Band Express from 6 to 8 p.m.

During the month of July 2011, Sacha Boutros will perform on Saturday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Zenbu

Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. CnH

Saturday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m. 2140

Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. George Wit

Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. CnH

Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 p.m. Alas de Mosca

Sunday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. George Wit

Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. CnH

Saturday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m. Joanna w/Aquatribe

Sunday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. George Wit

Finch’s

Live music every Tuesday - Sunday nights (jazz, blues and Spanish guitar)

Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. Mark Lopez

Friday, July 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. Mario Olivares & Gil Barron (dueling guitarists)

Saturday, July 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. John Cain

Sunday, July 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Gregory Michael

Tuesday, July 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. John Cain

Wednesday, July 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. Gregory Michael

Thursday, July 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. Paul Caston

Friday, July 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. John Cain

Saturday, July 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tony Lasley

Sunday, July 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. Gregory Michael

Tuesday, July 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. John Cain

Wednesday, July 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. Gregory Michael

Thursday, July 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. Paul Caston

Friday, July 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. Mario Olivares & Gil Barron (dueling guitarists)

Saturday, July 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. John Cain

Sunday, July 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Gregory Michael

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea (Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove)

Sunday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Benny Hollman's Big Band Explosion (Big Band Jazz)

Sunday, July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Theo & the Zydeco Patrol (Cajun Blues)

Sunday, July 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Navy Band Southwest’s Showband West (Big Band)

Sunday, August 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Blue Breeze Band (Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Soul)

Sunday, August 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Big Time Operator (Swing)

Sunday, August 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Lao Tizer (Contemporary Jazz)

Sunday, August 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Rockola (Classic Rock & Roll)

Sunday, September 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bill Magee Blues Band (Blues)

Tabu Sushi

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays starting at 3 p.m. DJ’s play an eclectic mix.

Cafe Milano

Every Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Steve Smith (soft, romantic music).

The Shores

Every Thursday through September 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. local musicians perform on the oceanfront patio.

Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. David Bandrowski jazz guitar


Thursday, July 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mike Moran acoustic melodies

Barfly La Jolla

Every Tuesday Mystique Element of Soul (Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues)

Every Wednesday Gypsy Menco (Flamenco)

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights Club Night (open format)

Last Thursday of every month AfterShock Seven (dance variety)

Roppongi

Every Wednesday through September 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. DJ Jalil by the outdoor fire pit.

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