Hip sounds, Saints and ‘Concerts on the Green’
by Bart Mendoza
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Reggae and ska fans will want to check out Ease Up, performing at the 710 Beach Club on July 27.                                                                                                      Courtesy photo
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Local jazz fans seem spoiled for choices in recent months, with more beach-area venues supplying hip sounds. One of the leading exponents is Café-Bar Europa, with many local notables on its schedule, including a Thursday-night residency by pianist Dave Millard. With a “jam session” background, aficionados get a different set each week, including drop-ins from other area musicians, making this a great opportunity for hearing both standards and a bit of improvisation.

• Dave Millard Jazz Jam: Thursdays, July 19 and July 26 at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turquoise St. at 9 p.m. 21 and up. No cover. www.theturquoise.com/wordpress

There have been many punk bands in San Diego over the last three decades, but few can touch the iconic status of Battalion of Saints, which performs at Brick by Brick on Friday, July 20. Since its early 1980s beginnings, the band has had many lineup changes, but remains the benchmark for hardcore in the area. The band is celebrating the re-issue of its 1984 album, “The Second Coming,” complete with a bonus 19-track concert, so expect this musical celebration to be even more raucous than usual.

• Battalion of Saints performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $12. www.brickbybrick.com

Country music is a bit of a rarity in the beach area, so fans will want to check out the Palominos, who perform Sunday, July 22 at Concerts on the Green in Kate Sessions Park. The free show will satisfy everyone’s need for a bit of twang and strum, featuring classic material from the likes of Johnny Cash and Buck Owens. The group strives for authenticity, with period clothing and instruments and the musical chops to back it all up.

• The Palominos perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 at “Concerts on the Green,” Kate Sessions Park. All ages. Free. www.pbconcerts.org

Reggae and ska fans will want to check out Ease Up, performing at the 710 Beach Club on Friday, July 27. The quartet has built a solid following through constant gigging, singing in both English and Spanish and delivering a solid rhythm, custom built for dancing. The local music scene may seem to be overrun with reggae combos at the moment, but Ease Up is definitely worth a music fan’s attention.

• Ease Up performs at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up. www.710bc.com

While it might not seem obvious, San Diego has played a minor role in KISS lore. The inner gatefold of the classic “KISS Alive” album was shot at our very own [former] San Diego Sports Arena. The real thing performs at Cricket Amphitheatre on Aug. 12, but anyone wanting to hear the music in a more intimate setting is directed to see KISS tribute band Alive at The Griffin on Saturday, July 28. As a bonus you’ll avoid the high ticket prices and cringeworthy idea of 60-year-old men in spandex.

• Alive performs at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. $20. www.thegriffinsd.com
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