LIVE MUSIC: South African rock flavor, ‘Nature Girl’ and The Bayou Brothers
by Bart Mendoza
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Soulful, jazzy singer Steph Johnson will host a CD-release party with her ace trio on 
Feb. 2 at Dizzy’s.                            Courtesy photo
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The multi-platinum-selling South African band The Parlotones appears at The Griffin on Jan. 31. Part of radio station 91X’s “Next Big Thing” music series, rock aficionados on a budget will be thrilled to learn that tickets for this performance are just 91 cents, though only available at the door. Though they have yet to make the sort of inroads stateside that it has made around the world, The Parlotones perform a slightly folk-edged brand of indie rock, with its best-known song “Beautiful” being heard worldwide via a Fujifilm commercial. Between the low price and the opportunity to hear a major international group, this is a show that indie rock fans won’t want to miss.

• The Parlotones perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up.

Soulful, jazzy and brassy, it’s no secret that Steph Johnson is one of the best singers San Diego has to offer today. On Feb. 2, Johnson will host a CD-release show for her new album, “Nature Girl,” performing with her ace trio that also features bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Fernando Gomez. Johnson is a major talent, recently making inroads on a national level. If you’re a fan of jazz and soul, this is an artist you’ll want to follow. Longtime listeners of her music will enjoy every moment of this show. Newcomers will find it revelatory.

• Steph Johnson performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. $15.

Bring a little taste of new Orleans to the stage, The Bayou Brothers perform at Tio Leo’s on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Specializing in Cajun and Zydeco sounds, the Bayou Brothers’ festive sound means just about every show turns into a giant dance party. The band mixes originals with vintage covers, ranging from genre classics to rock and soul classics like “Louie Louie” and “I Feel Good,” for a sound that’s just about irresistible. The Bayou Brothers have two albums to date, both worthy listens, but this is a band that needs to be experienced live for the full effect.

• The Bayou Brothers perform at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 21 and up. Cover TBD.

The Typhoon Saloon doesn’t host a lot of live music, so when it spotlights a band, you know they’re good. Such is the case with the Red Not Chili Peppers, performing Feb. 8. True crowd pleasers in every sense of the word, the band gives an over-the-top performance of its namesake band’s biggest hits. Passionate and accurate, the band’s versions of such cuts as “Under The Bridge” and “Give it Away” will have the crowds singing along to every word. Now touring on a national level, when it comes to tribute acts, The Red Not Chili Peppers are hard to beat.

• Red Not Chili Peppers perform at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Typhoon Saloon, 1165 Garnet Ave. 21 and up. No Cover.

Just about every small venue in town seems to have an open-mic night these days, but a new event taking place at Brick by Brick promises to have a slight edge on the rest — for both performers and audience. Taking place at one of the city’s premiere music venues, artists have the chance to play the same stage as many rising music stars, as well as use the venue’s state-of-the-art sound system. While there is never a guarantee of the quality of open-mic fare, there is no doubt whatever is on offer will sound the best it possibly can. The night is sponsored by local music champions SD Music TV, so expect roving cameras and a quick paced, well-managed show.

• Open-mic night: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. No cover.
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