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🎸 Big sounds, modest crowds
Listen up — we’re getting ready for another setlist of live music venues where you can watch your favorite acts or discover something new.

This time, we’re focusing on mid-sized spaces with capacities larger than 1,250 — the cut-off point for our small music venues. But, you won’t find giant crowds here, so we’re not looking at stadiums that hold over 7,500 people.

Aly & AJ performing at The Observatory in North Park

Aly & AJ take the North Park stage. | Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday

The Observatory

This venue has been part of North Park’s history since 1928 and has a capacity of 1,300 — which is divided into the Music Hall and the West Coast Tavern. It attracts a lot of up-and-coming artists, and brings a variety of sounds to appeal to North Park’s hip tastes.

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

This outdoor venue first opened in 1941 and is located on the San Diego State University campus. In 2023, the 4,600-seat theater will host acts ranging from Barenaked Ladies to the Kidz Bop Kids.

Humphreys by the Bay

The bay views are the true opening act. | Photo via @jenburdis

Humphreys Concerts by the bay

Artists have been bringing their shows to this ~1,400 capacity, outdoor venue overlooking San Diego Bay since 1982. In 2023, it will host emerging acts like Sabrina Carpenter and legends like Toto and George Harrison.

Sycuan Stage Concert Venue at Gallagher Square

Petco Park is definitely one of San Diego’s biggest venues, but this smaller stage within the ballpark hosts concerts that welcome ~6,000 guests. In 2023, expect acts like Darius Rucker and Weezer.

The Sound opening night

Lots of sounds from this stage.| Photo by Joseph Agustin

The Sound

The Del Mar Fairgrounds welcomed this new music hall in 2023, and it’s been making soundwaves since Ziggy Marley headlined the venue’s debut. Inside, you’ll find a flexible space that accommodates 1,900 people.
 
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Which music genres do you like to see live?

A. Rock
B. Pop
C. Hip-hop + rap
D. Other
 
 
Events
 

Wednesday, March 15
  • The Outsiders | Through Sunday, April 9 | Times vary | La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla | $25-$130 | Gather your Greasers for the musical about Ponyboy and his friends in 1967 Oklahoma.
  • Max Cooper | Wednesday, Mar. 15 | 9 p.m. | The Music Box, 1337 India St., San Diego | $22 | A 21+ show featuring the electronica and techno producer.
Thursday, March 16
  • Free Third Thursday: New Special Exhibitions | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla | Free | Enjoy free admission, two new special exhibitions, and live music by the Cumbia band La Diabla.
  • gUnTOPIA | Thursday, March 16-Sunday, April 2 | Times vary | MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | $45 | This dark comedy that aims to shed light on a controversial issue.
  • KEN mode | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 8 p.m. | Brick By Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave., San Diego | $15 | The Canadian noise rockers headline this 21+ show, eh?
Friday, March 17
Saturday, March 18
  • Zakir Hussain | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego | $38-$89 | The Grammy Award-winning percussionist shares his talent that crosses cultures.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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News Notes
 

Weather
  • 59º | Rainy morning, cloudy afternoon | 99% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 7 a.m.
  • Set: 6:55 p.m.
Tide
  • Low: 11:57 a.m. + 10:43 p.m.
  • High: 3:30 a.m. + 7:32 p.m.
  • Water Temperature: 55°
Edu
  • The Oceanside Unified School District board voted to close Reynolds Elementary School at the end of the school year due to safety concerns over soil liquefication. The board will discuss students’ schooling reassignments at its March 23 meeting. (ABC 10 + The Coast News)
Announced
  • Showtime — Broadway San Diego announced its 46th season will begin on Tues., Sept. 19, with a performance of “The Book of Mormon.” The new season will feature at least nine shows, including “Les Misérables,” “Chicago,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire: The New Musical Comedy.”
Open
  • There’s a latte to like here. Adore Coffee House opened it’s door in downtown’s Cortez Hill neighborhood. The Ukrainian-owned shop sells specialty coffees, teas, lemonades, and pastries.
Real Estate
  • More San Diegans are moving in. For the first time since last June, the county saw home sales rise. Single-family houses increased in sales by 11% when compared to January, while condo and townhome purchases rose 19%. (Times of San Diego)
Coming Soon
  • Welcome to the Margaritaville Hotel — the resort will open in the Gaslamp Quarter this July. The new location will have 235 guest rooms, a rooftop pool and lounge, a wedding venue, and a 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar.
Trending
  • DYK? UC San Diego has a Costco Club where like-minded students can discuss their love of the wholesaler. The organization attracted a bulky audience late last week when co-founder and president Johnny Gong ate an entire rotisserie chicken in front of the university’s Geisel Library.
Legacy
  • Rolly Cramp — a Carlsbad resident, animator, and theme park designer — has died at age 93. The local has credits in Disney films like “Peter Pan” and “101 Dalmatians,” but his magic touch was also incorporated into the design of Disneyland, most notably on the facade of “It’s a Small World.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Featured
  • Finding a great dessert in San Diego County is a piece of pie. According to Yelp, California Mountain Bakery in Santa Ysabel has been named 2023’s best pie shop in the state of California, and the list gives a special nod to the mango apple pie.
Wellness
  • AG1 by Athletic Greens is so much more than “greens.” With one scoop, AG1 empowers the gut for whole-body health. (And, ICYMI, we can’t achieve a healthier everything else without a healthy gut.) Try it and receive a free one year supply of vitamin D and 5 free travel packs.*
DYK
  • Did you know our online store Six & Main features Sourhouse, a company that creates simple tools for sourdough bakers to care for their starters? The Goldie by Sourhouse + Cooling Puck is one of the most popular items. Let’s start baking.
Watch
  • It’s time for biscuits with the boss. Season three of “Ted Lasso” premieres today only on Apple TV+, which means AFC Richmond is hitting the pitch and Jason Sudeikis will surely have some feel-good life advice for us. Bonus: Get your first week free when you sign up to stream.
Finance
  • This Princeton grad’s startup raised $161 million to help people plan for retirement — and its free tool can match you with up to three vetted financial advisors serving your area who can help you work towards a more comfortable retirement. Try it out for yourself.*
 
Travel and Outdoors
 
✅ Stress less with TSA PreCheck
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Cut down your travel time with TSA PreCheck. | Photo via Pexels
Planning a spring getaway? Don’t forget to add TSA PreCheck enrollment to your pre-vacay to-do list.

The government program provides an expedited security lane at 200+ airports for travelers that pass a security screening — which includes a short application and a 10-minute in-person enrollment appointment — and are given a Known Traveler Number. Bonus: The screening is good for five years and costs $78.

The main benefit of enrolling? Save time when traveling. Recent data found that 96% of TSA PreCheck passengers spent less than five minutes at airport security checkpoints.

To apply, find out if you are eligible, then fill out an application and schedule an appointment at a nearby enrollment center. Most people will know if their application has been approved within three to five days.

Psst — don’t forget to read our airport guide before heading to SAN, and grab these airport essentials: a memory foam travel pillow, this smart luggage carry-on set, and an AirFly wireless headphones transmitter.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Michael Beausoleil Today’s Edition By:
Michael
From the Editor
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