Annual Django Fest features ‘gypsy jazz’ at Dizzy’s
by BART MENDOZA
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Allison Adams Tucker will perform at the annual Django Fest on Jan. 27.
Allison Adams Tucker will perform at the annual Django Fest on Jan. 27.
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Fans of “gypsy jazz” won’t want to miss the annual Django Fest taking place at Dizzy’s on Jan. 27. The event celebrates the music of French “Hot Club” gypsy jazz founder, guitarist Django Reinhardt, with performances from singer Allison Adams Tucker, alongside guitarists Joe Amato and Patrick Berrogain, bassist Evona Wascinski bass and violinist David Morales Boroff.

The evening will also include a special appearance from the Mission Bay High School Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Reinhardt is considered the first major jazz artist to emerge from Europe, with his style of guitar playing still influential more than 70 years since his passing in 1953. If you enjoy world music, fast paced guitar strumming or vintage tunes, you’ll love what Tucker has put together for this concert.

Django Fest: Sunday, Jan. 27, at Dizzy’s at Arias Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd. 7 p.m. dizzysjazz.com.

Living jukebox The Nineteen 90s perform at Beaumont’s on Jan. 25. As the name aptly describes, the four-piece band plays music from the 1990s, which despite being a much maligned decade, still turned out its share of memorable rock hits. The Nineteen 90s play the best of the era with a lengthy set of tunes that cover a lot of stylistic ground within the genre, including songs by the likes of Green Day, Smash Mouth, Weezer, Tom Petty, U2 and Foo Fighters, for a night that sure to be a lot of sing-a-long fun as well as a dance floor filler.

The Nineteen 90s: Friday, Jan. 25 at Beaumont’s, 5662 La Jolla Blvd. 9 p.m. 21 and up. beaumontseatery.com.

There are tribute bands and the there is Cash’d Out, who perform at the 710 Beach Club on Jan. 26. Dedicated to honoring the music of Johnny Cash, the band has become a veritable institution in San Diego, as well as built a large following nationwide. The key to their success is frontman Douglas Benson who is a vocal dead ringer for the man in black and has more than a passing resemblance to him as well. With a terrific backing band and a slew of hits including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Get Rhythm,” this show will appeal to a wide range of music fans, from country to rock ‘n’ roll.

Cash’d Out: Saturday, Jan. 26, at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 9 p.m. 21 and up. 710bc.com.

The Pacific Beach Library’s fourth Sunday music series kicks off on Jan. 27 with an appearance from the Mission Bay High Preservationist Ensemble, under the direction of JP Balmat. The acclaimed student band plays classic New Orleans-styled music, including both classics and original material, with top notch playing from all involved. Mission Bay High’s acclaimed music program is one of the reasons San Diego’s jazz community is booming, with the band also recording and touring. Anyone who enjoys jazz will want to hear this set of tunes from a group of future all-stars.

Mission Bay High Preservationist Ensemble: Sunday, Jan. 27 at Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass St. 2 p.m. All ages. No cover. pblibraryfriends.org/concert.htm.

One of the greatest songwriters of all time, Elton John, stops in at the Pechanga Arena (aka Sports Arena) on Jan. 29. John has had dozens of hits since he first charted with “Your Song” back in 1970, and remains a popular concert performer. Billed as his farewell tour, the set list for this trip around the world takes in 24 of his biggest tunes, including “Bennie & The Jets,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Philadelphia Freedom,” for a show that will be both a trip down memory lane and a chance for San Diegans to give thanks in person to John for his 50 years of wonderful music.

Elton John: Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. 8 p.m. All ages.

San Diego’s blues scene continues to thrive, with great new artists emerging and plenty of crowds that love the sounds. One of the foundations of that music community, guitarist Bill Magee performs at Tio Leo’s on Jan. 31. Raised in Mississippi, Magee built his rep as a player in the New York club scene in the 1960s playing Chicago-styled electric blues, before arriving in San Diego circa 1987 and quickly establishing himself as both a club and festival favorite. Magee has several solid recordings in his resume worth hearing, but live is where he truly excels.

Bill Magee Blues: Thursday, Jan. 31 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 9 p.m. 21 and up. Cover TBD. tioleos.com.
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