La Jolla's live music calendar
by Bart Mendoza
Jul 03, 2012 | 3166 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Although San Diego gets credit for the slew of pop performers who got their start locally, often overlooked are some of the world-class classical artists who have emerged from the area. Top of the list would be celebrated pianist Gustavo Romero, who gave his first performances as a 10-year-old. Romero will be back in town as part of The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s annual Summer Festival, playing a series of four afternoon (4 p.m.) concerts on consecutive Sundays, July 8-29. The shows’ set lists will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy with additional material from George Gershwin, but no matter what Romero plays, it’s always a terrific performance from this gifted virtuoso.

Gustavo Romero: July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, Torrey Pines Mesa. 4 p.m. All ages. www.ljathenaeum.org. Optional dinners follow each concert, to be held either at a private home or at the Athenaeum.

Thursday, July 5

• Bela Vida Brasileira, Latin and Brazilian jazz, 5 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards, 7 p.m., Manhattan of La Jolla

• Mario Olivares, jazz trio, 7 p.m., La Sala Lobby, La Valencia Hotel

• Joe Locke and Geoffrey Keezer, jazz from vibraphonist and pianist, 7 p.m., The Athenaeum

• Dave Millard Jazz Jam, jazz with multi-instrumentalist Millard, 7:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Days of Struggle, punk rock, plus OnexChoice, Sleep Walk, Down Again, 7:30 p.m., Che Cafe

Friday, July 6

• Tomcat Courtney, blues legend, 6 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• GipsyMenco, Old-World flamenco and modern jazz with Spanish guitar, 7 p.m., La Sala Lobby, La Valencia Hotel

• Whitney Shay, jazz and blues, 7 p.m., Marine Room

• Meraki, Texas-based punk rock, plus Lua, Planewreck, Aqua-Rhythm, 7 p.m., Che Café.

• Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards, 8 p.m., Manhattan of La Jolla

• FUNdamental Fridays, DJ night, 8 p.m., Barfly

• The Trunks, funky jazz originals and standards, 9 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Saturday, July 7

• Tomcat Courtney, blues legend, 6 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Jonathan Karrant, standards from jazz to Sinatra, 7 p.m., La Sala Lobby, La Valencia Hotel

• Ruby Blue, acoustic jazz, 7 p.m., Marine Room

• Mandarin Dynasty, punk rock, plus Bellow, Curved Graves, Romantic Feelings, Ragana, 7 p.m., Che Cafe

• Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards, 8 p.m., Manhattan of La Jolla

• Superstar Saturdays, DJ night, 8 p.m., Barfly

• Peligroso Caramelo, Latin, Cumbia and Salsa dance music, 9 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Sunday, July 8

• Sounds Like Four, jazz, 4 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Gustavo Romero, pianist plays Debussy and Gershwin, 4 p.m., Neurosciences Institute

• Bossa and Balansso Trio with Lucinha Arruda, music from Brazil, 7 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Monday, July 9

• Carlos Velasco, Latin and Brazilian jazz guitar, 5 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• The Trunks, jazz originals and standards, 7 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Tuesday, July 10

• Greg Shibley, Latin and Brazilian jazz guitar, 7:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Wednesday, July 11

• The Trunks Quartet, jazz, 6 p.m., Il Covo

• Tomcat Courtney, blues legend, 6:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• James Romine, Latin American singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Thursday, July 12

• Bela Vida Brasileira, Latin and Brazilian jazz, 5 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards, 7 p.m., Manhattan of La Jolla

• Mario Olivares, jazz trio, 7 p.m., La Sala Lobby, La Valencia Hotel

• Tommy Gannon, jazz, 7 p.m., Eddie V’s

• Dave Millard Jazz Jam, jazz with multi-instrumentalist Millard, 7:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Simeon Flick, acoustic rock covers, 8 p.m., Beaumont’s

Friday, July 13

• Tomcat Courtney, blues legend, 6 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• GipsyMenco, Old-World flamenco and modern jazz with Spanish guitar, 7 p.m., La Sala Lobby, La Valencia Hotel

• Whitney Shay, jazz and blues, 7 p.m., Marine Room

• Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards, 8 p.m., Manhattan of La Jolla

• Fly Fridays, DJ night, 8 p.m., Barfly

• The Trunks, funky jazz originals and standards, 9 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Saturday, July 14

• Robin Henkel, acoustic blues maestro, 10 a.m. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

• Tomcat Courtney, blues legend, 6 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Jonathan Karrant, standards from jazz to Sinatra, 7 p.m., La Sala Lobby, La Valencia Hotel

• Jesse Davis, jazz, 7 p.m., Marine Room

• Tad Sisler, vocals, piano, keyboards, 8 p.m., Manhattan of La Jolla

• Superstar Saturdays, DJ night, 8 p.m., Barfly

Sunday, July 15

• Big Time Operator, big band music as seen in the film “Pearl Harbor,” 2 p.m., La Jolla Concerts by the Sea, Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove

• Sounds Like Four, jazz, 4 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Gustavo Romero, pianist plays Debussy and Gershwin, 4 p.m., Neurosciences Institute

• The Born Again Pollacks with Yael, originals and covers, 7 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Monday, July 16

• Carlos Velasco, Latin and Brazilian jazz guitar, 5 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• The Trunks Quartet, jazz originals and standards, 7 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Tuesday, July 17

• Greg Shibley, Latin and Brazilian jazz guitar, 7:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

Wednesday, July 18

• The Trunks, jazz, 6 p.m., Il Covo

• Tomcat Courtney, blues legend, 6:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

• Matt Nathanson with the Paul Cannon Band, 6:30 p.m., Birch Aquarium Green Flash Series

• James Romine, Latin American singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m., Café-Bar Europa

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