June 19 2013 12:40 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Mattson 2 at last year’s Carlsbad Music Festival
Photo by Tommy McAdams


The name that caught our eye when we perused the lineup for the Carlsbad Music Festival’s Village Walk was Freako Suave. A moniker like that demanded a listen, and, happily, the music lived up to the promise—Freako Suave sounds like a humdinger of a hootenanny. Listen for yourself at freakosuave.bandcamp.com.

Ah, but Freako Suave is but a small part of the Village Walk, which happens from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, at venues all over Carlsbad’s central village.

In September, the Carlsbad Music Festival, which typically boasts some really eclectic ear candy, will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary. For the occasion, festival director Matt McBane wanted to do something different. Usually, the Village Walk happens on the Friday of the multi-day festival. This time, McBane decided to hold it during summertime and have it coincide with a day of global music appreciation.

“June 21 is International Music Day,” he says. “So, there’s Make Music New York in New York and there’s the Fête de la Musique in Paris and lots of other things internationally, and it’s, like, community musicmaking is the idea behind that.” For Village Walk, McBane says, “my idea was just to have it be as open to as many different kinds of music as possible and just try to get the village of Carlsbad really filled with music.”

In all, more than 30 acts will play at a dozen venues, all within a three-minute walk.

Asked which acts he’s excited about, McBane goes straight for Mattson 2, a pair of brothers who play what he describes as “kind of a jazz-meets-surf-rock thing.” Mattson 2, the event headliners, will play the closing set at Boxd, a funky little outdoor restaurant. He also mentioned Giri Nata Balinese Gamelan, which opens the event at Magee Park; Jory Herman, a bass player for the San Diego Symphony who’ll perform in the chapel at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea; percussionist Justin DeHart; and last year’s headliner, Trouble in the Wind.

Organizers want to stress that the Coaster will run late that night, so San Diegans can ride the rails. carlsbadmusicfestival.org/events/village-walk


Won’t somebody please think of the monsters?! The Horrible Monster Society, that is—a kitschy, monster-themed Chula Vistabased collective of young artists, which will host the Horrible Monster Summer benefit show on Saturday, June 22. The event is a showcase of paintings, sketches and collages created by the ghoulishly named members of the collective, such as last week’s CityBeat cover artist, Bat-Brain, plus MothMan, Barf, Aubgoblin, DoktreDre and, most monstrous of all, CHER. The event will also include live painting, and live music from Sound Lupus and Mauru. Check it out from 6 to 10 p.m. at Evolution Fast Food in Bankers Hill (2965 Fifth Ave.). Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. evolutionfastfood.com/events-n-promotions


Pack your spoons, because the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off Festival will celebrate its 34th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday June 22. More than 70,000 visitors are expected to show up to chow down on neighborhood grub, check out local artists and bask in beachfront entertainment. Among other attractions, visitors can enjoy six stages of music, a beer garden, a community-mural project and, of course, the chili cook-off. Chili enthusiasts will have access to more than two dozen offerings from those competing for various honors, including “hottest,” “judges award” and “people’s choice award.” Organizers have added a Bloody Mary competition and an homage to Wonderland, the now-bygone boardwalk amusement park from more than a century ago. oceanbeachsandiego.com

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email our events editor, Alex Zaragoza. You can also bug her on Twitter.