New Orleans-flavored concert and Green Jelly
by Bart Mendoza
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A rock band with comedy overtones, Green Jelly’s costumes and special effects continue to draw attention. The band performs at Brick by Brick on Oct. 27.                Courtesy photo
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A special New Orleans-themed concert takes place Oct. 26 at Tango del Rey. On hand will be the Euphoria Brass Band, as well as Mission Bay High School’s own The Preservationists. With a stylistic range from brass band to Dixieland, the show promises to be an uplifting experience. The Euphoria Brass Band was chosen to greet the audience at this year’s San Diego Music Awards and proved to be the perfect warm-up act, even with hard-rock groups on the bill. Anyone who enjoys the sounds of “The Big Easy” will find these two groups to be virtuosos in their field. Both are helping preserve New Orleans’ musical legacy.

• Euphoria Brass Band/The Preservationists perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St. $10. All ages.

They haven’t released an album in three years and have never scored a hit, but there are few bands that can draw a crowd response or are as much fun to watch as Green Jelly. A rock band with comedy overtones, the band’s lineup has been fluid throughout its 31-year existence, but in truth, that hardly matters as it’s the bands costumes and special effects that continue to draw the attention. It can get messy up front, but if you like a circus-like atmosphere and theatrical over-the-top rock ’n’ roll, it doesn’t get better than this.

• Green Jelly performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $12.

Ohio-based singer-songwriter Molly Williams performs at the 710 Beach Club on Oct. 29. This free show will feature Williams performing on both guitar and ukulele, with an eclectic set list that ranges from Woody Guthrie to The Beatles. It’s hard these days to get worked up over yet another “girl with a guitar,” but Williams has a wonderful voice and winning stage presence that transcends the stereotypes now inherent in the genre. If you’re jaded by the overabundance of acoustic performers these days, give Williams a listen.

• Molly Williams performs at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up. No cover.

Anyone looking for Halloween action that’s a bit more upscale than the typical bar bash will want to check out Café-Bar Europa on Oct. 31. Music will be provided by the Hot Blood Orkestar, a Balkan fusion group that has been known to get crowds up on their feet, dancing by the middle of the first song. But that’s just part of the attraction on this night. In addition to $1 shots and $2 beers, there will be $1,000 in prizes for the best costumes. Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, but at Café-Bar Europa, there will be no skimping on the festivities.

• Hot Blood Orkestar performs at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turquoise St. 21 and up.

Victor Penalosa first rose to prominence in the early 1990s as frontman for powerpop heroes The Melanies, and he’s since had one of the most amazing careers of any San Diego-based musician. Performing at The Griffin on Oct. 31 with his new combo the Phantoms, he’s also been a member of such illustrious national acts as The Magic Christian, The Zeros and The Records. But he’s always at his best in his own groups. With a resume like that, fans of garage rock, jangle pop and powerpop will find much to admire in the Phantoms’ sound. The concert is a fundraiser for Radys Children’s Hospital.

• The Phantoms perform at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct, 31 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. $10.
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