Last Update: Tue April 22, 2014 at 7:25AM

Bands, You now also have the option of using a self posting facebook version of Good Blues Update website. Have a gig?!?! Advertise it right there. . . . right now! Go to the facebook group page it's called "San Diego Blues Central (and beyond)" When posting events include date, address, time, cover and other pertinent info. . . not just a link that folks have to wade through searching for details. Thank you! *Submit your band schedule and events for sharing here to

Big Thanks to all my friends who agreed to perform at my annual 50th Birthday Party. Through your help we'll be able keep this web site up and in operating mode for 2014. Shouts to Dana, Al, Fred, Judd, Tony, Karl, Stan and all the rest of you mugs too!

PLEASE check with the band or venues before you head out to that party!
Things do sometimes get changed without any advance notice to us.

~ Shows by Date ~

*Candye Kane Collect all of her records. . . trust me folks you will be glad that you did. Order your Copy of the new Coming Out Swinging! CD today.

*Chickenbone Slim Working the Avenue
-4/22, Smitty's Service Station - 3441 Adams Avenue sorta between 34th and 35th. Break up your boring week by stopping by here for the Tasty Truck Tuesday meet up. Lowdown electric blues by Chickenbone and The Biscuits. Street Party 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Relax and chow on eight distinct menus from around the world! Check out

*Walter Gentry's Hot Chicken Wing Jam
-4/22, Patrick's Pub - 428 'F' St. downtown San Diego. Now happening Most Tuesdays. Drinking and Jamming from 9:00 pm. and bound to be a good time!

*Zydeco Tuesday With Bayou Brothers
-4/22, Tio Leo's Lounge - 5302 Napa St, San Diego. Great Food, Beer, Cocktails and Dancing. Live from 8:00 pm. $5.00 at door.

*Billy Watson It just don't get much better!
The new Lucky Number Nine record is now available on the bandstand. Get yours Soon! Visit for the latest schedule.

*Tomcat Courtney
-4/23, The Turquoise Cafe Bar Europa - 873 Turquoise St. North Pacific Beach. Good Food, Great Coffee, Cold Beer and Live Music 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Call (858) 488-4200 for details Or see

*Backwater Blues Band
-4/23, Humphrey's Lounge - 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego Happy Hour half Off Specials 5-7 pm. Live Music from 7:00 - 11:00 pm. No Cover, Cold Beer, Dancing etc. . .

*Jeff Moore and The Witchdoctors Rockin' Guitar Blues!
-Most Wednesdays at The Kraken in Cardiff by The Sea 9:00 pm - closing.

*Jamming Out presented by BLUSD
-4/23, House of Blues - 1055 Fifth Ave. Downtown San Diego. Most Wednesdays 8:00 - 12:00 pm. Back line provided. This is a plug in and play affair. No amps needed. . . Sign up today! Also Visit And

*Gary Lehmann Solo Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals
-Wednesday and Fridays, Cosmopolitan Hotel - 2660 Calhoun St. in Old Town San Diego. Gary also repairs harmonicas when he has the time. See Or you could e-mail Gary

*Dr. Phil Diorio is in the house!
-Wednesdays at The Last Call Tavern - 4977 El Cajon Blvd. Jamming from 8:00 pm.
No Cover, Beer, Booze, Music. Bring gear and get it on. Ask about Siren Shot Specials! and

*Sue Palmer Boogie Woogie Queen

*Mr Tomcat Courtney Solo
-4/24, Proud Mary's Bar and Grill - 5550 Kearny Mesa Road. Here on Most Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. (Clairemont Mesa Blvd. at 163) Now Serving Chicken and Waffles! Call (858) 278-0800. Or visit

*Big Jon Atkinson and The Nationals Watch your step folks!
-4/24, Tio Leo's Lounge - 5302 Napa St, San Diego. Food, Beer, Cocktails and Dancing. Cool Live Music from 8:00 pm. $5.00 Cover. For more details visit

*Thursday Jam
-4/24, Hosted by Mark Augusten, Otis Williams of KSDS and Mr. Ray Brown. Spaghetteria - 1953 India St. Dancing OK, Good Food, Cold Beer and Cocktails Served. PA, Bass Amp, Small amp, Keyboard provided. 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Sounds like some fun to me! Always check Signs and Meter times before you leave your car! No Shorts Or Flip Flops Allowed on stage! First jam set now starts at around 8:15 pm.

*Alex Gomez Jam
-4/24, Kaminskis Lounge - 12735 Poway Road in Poway. Good Food, Friendly Service and Cold Beer, Live Blues Jam 7:30 pm. Most Thursdays.

*Red Lotus Revue

*Robin Henkel Band With Whitney Shay and Billy Watson
-4/25, Ki's Restaurant - 2591 South Coast Hiway in Cardiff. (760) 436-5544 Also Visit Or

*Will Lovealot
-4/25, Busalacchi's Italian Restaurant - 3707 Fifth, San Diego. From 7:00 - 10:30 pm. Some of the best Italian cuisine in town, Great wines and Excellent staff. Most Fridays. Visit
-4/27, Sunday Late Nite Jam! Gaslamp Speakeasy - 708 4th Ave. San Diego at 9:00 pm. Visit Or E-mail

*Lance Dieckmann Band
-4/25, Gaslamp Speakeasy - 708 4th Ave. San Diego. Good Food, Cold Beer, Cool Music and they know how to pour a drink! Live band from 9:00 pm.

*Live Jazz Friday
-4/25, Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel - 2660 Calhoun Street, Old Town, San Diego. Good Food, Cocktails, No Cover, Dancing. Music by Mark Augustin with Ted Williams from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Call: (619) 297-1874 or Visit

*Shelle Blue and Souled Out

*Adams Avenue Unplugged
-4/26 and 4/27, With 150 live performances in bars, coffee shops and art galleries along Adams Ave. from Normal Heights to Kensington. Including Ben Powell, Billy Watson, Fred Heath Trio, Chickenbone Slim, Gregory Page, Skid Roper, El Monte Slim, Tomcat Courtney and more! Day One: 12:00 - 10:00 pm. Day Two 12:00 - 7:00 pm. Visit for details.

*Youth Blues Jam
-4/26, Hennessy's - 708 Fourth Ave. San Diego. All Ages, Good Food, and Cold Beer, Music 1:30 - 5:30 pm. Jammers 22 and Younger Welcome to sit in!

*6th annual Blues Day
-4/26, The Flower Fields - 5704 Paseo Del Norte, in Carlsbad. Great American Music by The Little Kings, The Fremonts, Sharifa and The Good Thing along with a set from The BLUSD Youth Band. 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 50 acres are now in bloom so pack your camera and be sure to bring extra dough for a yummy strawberry shortcake. Call (760) 431-0352 or Visit for full details.

*Jimmy Thackery
-4/26, Ramona Main Stage - 626 Main St. Ramona. Light Refreshments Served, Doors at 7:00, 8:00 pm Show. Tickets and more information at

*Johnny Vernazza Gold Record Artist

*Big Easy Brunch Please call first!
-4/27, Sand Crab Tavern - 2229 Micro Place, Escondido. Sundays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. New Orleans style menu with many Fresh Seafood selections. . . Mimosas and Thirty five - Yes, (35) brands of ice cold beer served along with live entertainment each week!

*Kim Wilson's Blue Allstars
-4/27, Winstons - 1921 Bacon Street in Ocean Beach. Blues, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing! Mr. Kim Wilson, Kirk Fletcher, Larry Taylor, Richard Innes and Big Jon Atkinson. (619) 222-6822 Or for details and tickets.

*Chet and The Committee Good Time Blues, Swing and Rockin' Boogie
-4/27, The Patio Party and Open Blues Jam Downtown Cafe - 182 E. Main St in El Cajon. No Cover, All Ages, Dancing, Free Parking, Good Food, Beer and Cocktails Served. With The Band and other pals tearing it up! *Back to Summer Hours 3:30 - 6:30 pm. (or so). Jammers; The Drums, Bass Amp and PA are Provided. Bring what gear you need to Play. Dancers; it's a concrete patio but Dancing is Allowed. Come on by and have some fun!
We may be Available for your House Party, Festival, Club, Street Fairs or Special Events. E-Mail to work out details. Also visit and like us on facebook.

*Santee Sunday Jam
-4/27, Hosted by Mark Eppler at Second Wind Bar - 8528 Magnolia Ave. in Santee. Vocalists Wanted! Most Sundays from 2:30 - 5:00 pm.

*The Blues Brokers Shakin at The Kraken
-4/27, The Kraken - 2531 S. Hiway 101, Cardiff by Sea. Cold Beer, Full Cocktail Bar and plenty of room for Dancing! Live Most Sundays

*Cadillac Zack's Sunday Jam
-Most Sundays at Malarkey's - 168 North Marina Drive in Long Beach, CA. Good Food, Cold Beer, Cocktails and Live Blues Jam now from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Call (562) 598-9431. Zack:

*Roy Gaines knocking it out
-4/27, Harvelle's - 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA. Now Most Sundays from 5:00 pm. Good Food, Cocktails, Cool Music, Cold Beer, Dancing, Soul Food Served until it's gone. Check out

*Missy Andersen Blues and Soul

*Stoney B Blues Friends
-Monday Old School Jam! Gaslamp Speakeasy - 708 4th Ave. San Diego. 8:00 - 12 pm. All musicians are invited. Bring what ever gear you're going to need to play some blues! Visit

*Cadillac Zack has The Best Blues Jam.
-Mondays at The Maui Sugar Mill Saloon - 18389 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, CA. Tonight Special Guest TBA! Another fun night with some of the coolest fans! They are Featuring National Or Regional Guest Artists each week. Live from 8:00 pm. Donation at the door. Meet Zack: Or (818) 344-0034.

*Blue Largo Oh there will be Swinging! Be sure to visit

*Robin Henkel Band With Whitney Shay
-4/30, Artlab/Java Joe's - 3538 Adams Ave. San Diego. Local Art on display, Casual Refreshments and Good Music 8:00 - 10:00 pm. $5.00 donation goes to the band. And

*Taryn Donath Watch out y'all!

*Swinging Thursdays
-5/1, Tio Leo's Lounge - 5302 Napa St, San Diego. Food, Beer, Cocktails and Dancing. Live Music from 8:00 pm. $5.00 Cover. For more details visit

*Cadillac Wreckers doin their thing. . .

*Old Style Blues Jam
-5/2, Bayhill Tavern - 3010 Clairemont Drive (top of the hill) Good Food, No Cover, Cold Beer and Cocktails. Live Blues at 8:30 pm. Big Jon Atkinson, Preacher Jaz and Big Al. Preacher says: No rock and roll is allowed. Or (619) 276-3462.

*Oceanside Jam
-5/2, The Royal Dive - 2949 San Luis Rey Rd. Oceanside running from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Usually the First and Third Friday of the month.

*Nena Anderson This gal can Sing!

*Chickenbone Slim's Jam - Live Blues and Good Pizza
-5/3, DeMilles Restaurant and Lounge - 3492 Adams Ave. San Diego. Out on the patio from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. The killer house band with Big Jon Atkinson and Mike Chiricuzio. *Lo Fi Mob Reunion. . . e-mail Larry to reserve a slot:

*Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers

Gator by The Bay Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival
*5/8-5/11, Spanish Landing Park N. Harbor Drive near San Diego International Airport. Tab Benoit will get the good times rolling Thursday night! Seven stages/Artists include Chubby Carrier, Janiva Magness, Johnny Vernazza Showcase, Mark Hummel, Mercedes Moore, Sue Palmer's Ten Piece All Woman Band, Lafayette Blues Band, Chet and The Committee, Mr. Nick Gravenities and many Others!

*Mercedes Moore Band will reach your soul

*19th annual Wine, Brews and Blues
-5/17, California Center for the Arts - 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido. From 5:30 pm. Food, Beer Garden, Wine, Dancing. Featuring live blues music by Sugarray Rayford, Robin Adler Trio and The Restless Blues Band. Visit now
And for tickets and details.

*The Little Kings You'll dig it!

*Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito
-6/10, Belly Up - 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Good Food, Cold Beer and Cocktails. Get your tickets now! Check out some tracks from their brand new record Blue Again:

~ You'll likely dig this too ~

*Lady Star brings the blues. . .

*Black Market III Featuring Scottie and Roxanne Blinn! Dark Rockin Blues and More. . . for the Hotspot near you!

*Laurie Morvan Band

*Bill Magee Still rocking the blues

*Whitney Shay Singin' up a storm!

*Jimmy Woodard's Swinging Kings

*Ruby and The Red Hots

*Hoodoo Blues

*Bad Penny and The Pistols With Ms. Dawn Nier

*San Pedro Slim West Coast Blues

*Michele Lundeen Workin it all night long

*American Monster Burlesque and Blues!

*Stellita Grooving RB Soul and Jazz

*The Bedbreakers Blues and Roots

*Fat Mans Misery

~ Looking For Work ~

Big Jon Atkinson is a talented cat now playing traditional blues in and around San Diego. Harmonica, Guitar, Drums. . . and he Sings like a Mutha! Fill ins are OK. Paid Pro Gigs Only!
Hit him up on facebook or (619) 888-3173.

Accomplished Bass player now seeking professional and quality paid gigs. Fill ins are Ok. Please email Charmaine Tam

West Coast Blues Guitarist available for pro shows and studio work. Last minute gigs okay. Call John Flynn: (619) 871-4960 or e-mail

Dummer available for professional gigs. Contact Grant Mitchell Today or (619) 248-1474.

Professional Bass Player Available for Pro gigs. Former Member of Candy Kane Band. Contact Kennan Shaw Or Call (510) 761-7547.

Steve Burns is now accepting fill in gigs. Need a guitar man for the night? Drop him an e-mail here:

Experienced blues/rock guitarist accepting sub work for working band. Pro/Paid gigs only! Paul Alvarado (760) 451-0527, Or e-mail:

Scottie Blinn back from a recent Black Market III Tour accepting side gigs on Guitar or Bass (619) 443-3051 or e-mail

Guitarist with plenty experience available for pro/paid gigs. Contact Joe Norwood:

Alto Sax Player Chuck "da killa" Arcilla Now accepting Paid Gigs! Call (619) 916-6147, or e-mail

Pro Bass Player Steve Welles is accepting gigs this week fill ins are ok. . . please contact Steve at

Drummer available for pro shows Ric Lee: or (619) 691-1609.

Experienced Harp player Steve Escamilla looking for work with a blues band. One night stands and/or Emergencies OK. call (760) 310-0822.

Tom Stewart drummer for Backwater Band now accepting paid professional gigs. . . Send e-mail to

Pro Tenor Sax Player available for paid gigs: Contact Dana "Kid Tater" Garret:

Drummer Available for Pro Weekend Gigs. e-mail Greg "Stickman" Hennig here:

Harmonica Player Available: Pros only please. Can play drums at same time if needed. John Frazer (619) 263-6826 or

Top Notch Drummer seeks quality paid gigs only: Brian 'Nucci' Cantrell (619) 606-1649.

Do you know someone hosting a House Party, Street Fair, Blues Festival, or a Club looking for a swingin blues band? Email Chet for information.

~ Upcoming events you should plan for/get tickets to now ~

*Dave Alvin With Phil Alvin
-6/11, Belly Up Tavern - 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. This show will sell out!

*6/21, 16th annual Julian Blues Bash at The Meghini Winery on the outskirts of Julian. Seven Bands - Two Stages - Dancing - Cold Beer - Wine - Hot Food Trucks - All Day Fun! Don't Delay. . . Order Your Tickets Today!

~ Chances are ~

You're the best looking blues artist on the block Now get the best looking blues magazine! Just got mine last week. Get yours soon. . . it's Beautiful!

~ Ready to Record ~

*Double Barrel Records/Grease Punk Studio South Lakeside, CA is accepting projects. Owned and Operated by Scott Blinn of Mississippi Mudsharks and Zombo's Punk Rods. Specializing in Roots, Blues, Surf, Country and Rock. On a strict budget? Ask about the Good Blues Update Special. . . Recording, mixing, mastering and artwork can all be done "in house", saving more time and money than if done separate. From demos, full CD projects, Live shows whatever you need. Distribution deals also available through DBR. For a list of studio equipment, producing credits, bands recorded, other services visit Hey, you will get more than your money's worth here! Contact: Scott Blinn (619) 443-3051 or

~ From our Neighbors ~

Looking for blues in the L.A. area? Well then Check with The Los Angeles Blues Society. They are dedicated to preserving and perpetuating a variety of Live Blues music found in Los Angeles and around Southern California.

~ Tune in and Turn it up ~

Janine Harty; Blues Up Front is tossing blues and other assorted good stuff at ya on KSDS Radio Friday Nights.

Every Shade of Blue with Reverend Theo San Diego's favorite blues DJ for 30 Years! Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 pm. Full schedule

Sue Palmer Sessions on KSDS 88.3 Sundays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Visit

Sheldon Abbott Cure for the Blues is on KUCI Radio Mondays from 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon. Tune in. . . he know his business!

Is it Late Sunday or Early Monday Blues with T Monday 12:00 - 2:00 am. Full schedule

I've got Blues for you hosted by J Otis Williams Sundays 3:00 - 4:00 am. on KSDS Radio

Claudia Russell's Jazz Ride Home - KSDS Monday through Friday's from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Visit for more info.

~ Harmonica Goodies ~

Rockin Ron's Music
Looking for tools of the trade? Harmonicas, Replacement Reeds, Mics and things?!? Contact my friend Ron today for the hook up.

Lone Wolf Harp Delay Pedal
The first delay designed for harmonica. "Not a tone sucking modded guitar pedal but an actual tone enhancing harp delay" Dry portion of the signal passes through high value coupling capacitors for maximum bass response, the echo portion passes through 5 low pass filters providing maximum warmth. This digital delay has all the warmth of an analog delay and more. . . It has a broad range of effect; From tiled bathroom Sun and Chess recording sound, to slap-back, and multi repeats that fade like reverb. Doing all without increasing risk of feedback, or weakening tone - it also works great for voice. This Harp Delay pedal is guaranteed to please the most die-hard of analog delay fans.
"I sure do like mine!" You know you want one. . . order today!

~ Day by Day~

Have you ever wondered what was happening in the blues scene fifty years ago today? Well, here is a good web site to learn about and hear some of it.

~ Well lookee here ~

*Legendary Blues Cruise West Coast Style
-10/4 - 10/11, 2014; Sailing from San Pedro CA to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan Baja Mexico and back! Pre-booking has now started! Check For Artist Lineup, Prices, Cabin Availability and other information. True Confessions; Blues Cruise is one of the coolest things we ever did. Book it Now!

~ Memphis Blues Hall of Fame ~

Have you heard about this yet? Donations are now being accepted to build it. Become a part of blues history by helping. Please send mail to 421 S. Main, Memphis, TN 38103-4464. Telephone 1-800-861-8795 Or Visit to learn more.

~ Good Morning Ladies ~

OK, where is all my Blues Divas at?!? You will be wanting to visit this interesting web site. It's a Girl Thing!

~ Legend Records Studio ~

Music and Engineering Classes, Music Shop, Live Music Shows, Band Rehearsal Space Available, Discounts for Weekly and Monthly Rentals! Ten hours of Recording Now only $350.00 Includes Sound Engineer. 1560 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. Call Today (858) 775-1047Or Visit

~ Ramona Mainstage presents ~

They have some pretty darn good shtuff scheduled here in the next several months. . . Joe Louis Walker, Jimmy Thackery and more!

~ Check it First ~

Before you buy a vintage axe be sure you're not buying a fellow musician's lost treasure. And if you have lost one lately register it now. Owning a stolen guitar is very bad Ju-Ju!

~ Get it Fixed Right ~

You want the best gear?!? Get the best tech team. . . Call Top Gear Pro Shop Today! San Diego's One Stop Custom Guitar and Amp Shop! 7293 University Ave. in La Mesa. Open Monday - Friday 12:00 - 6:00 pm. Call (619) 464-4969 and ask for my pal Tim or send an E-mail to and Visit

San Diego meet Planet of The Amps your Full Service Vintage Tube Experts right here. Repair, Restoration and Modification of all tube amplifiers. Professional Service and Speedy Turn around Call Kevin (619) 890-7495 or email

~ Important Non Music Business ~

Did you ever ask for a pony or a horse of your own when you were a kid? I know right. . . Well, here is a chance to help take care of the rescued horses of Tir Na Nog Sanctuary. Hay, Donations and Volunteers are always needed! Visit

~ Music Instruction ~

Wayne Riker is accepting a few new students. 40 years teaching, all styles and levels. Class is on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kearny Mesa. Eleven books out on electric blues, Ongoing instructional columnist for Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar and Premier Magazines, Seventeen years co-hosting workshops with many of the known A list blues guitarists, complete info and his contact is available online

Guitar lessons Now Available from Mr. Joe Norwood. He'll get you rockin! Blues, rock, and slide guitar. Contact today.

~ Check it Out ~

*Firehouse Swing at San Diego Women's Club - 2557 3rd Ave, San Diego. A huge dance floor. . . one of the best places in San Diego to learn swing dancing! Visit for details.

*Have a show planned where you or the venue wants a Contract/Written Agreement? Check this link for some ideas where to begin.

*Need Gear? Guitars, Speakers, Amps, Drums, Stands, Mics, Hi Hats, Mixers and more. . . I got a pretty killer deal on a nice pair of those Peavy PR-12 speakers. Check with The Pawn Shop - 389 Broadway in Chula Vista.

*Rhythm Room - 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoeniz AZ. Want Some Real Live Blues? This is the place! "It's like they moved Chicago out to the AZ!" Call (602) 265-4842 Or Visit

*Red Elvises
Not blues - just one of the best darn party bands around! Check this Tour Schedule!

*Gregory Page just good music

*Still trying to figure out that guitar business? Check

*Heading to San Felipe for a Break at The Beach and looking for a nice place to stay? Chat with my friend Pam at Redwagon Property Services: Telephone them from the U.S. (619) 578-4378, or if in Baja Call (011) 52 686-576 0081. Visit

*Searching for New Orlean's Style Cuisine and great live entertainment in So Cal? Well, you're looking for Iva Lee's in San Clemente

*Sales, Service, Lessons and More. . .
Visit Guitar and Bass Land - 172 E. Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020. Some names we service include Crown, Crest Audio, Carvin, JBL, QSC, Ampeg, Fender, Marshall, Line 6, Yamaha, Hughes & Kettner, Crate, Soldano, Peavey, Gibson, and Shure. Contact Tom Bebee (619) 334-9505 or e-mail

*Need a 15 Passenger Tour Van or a Compact car for family visiting this weekend? Contact our friends at AIRPORT Rent-A-Car for the Good Deals on Some Good Wheels! Airport Rent-A-Car 3101 India St. San Diego. (800) 243-9656 or (619) 295-3111.

*John Fuhrmann's Harp Page Playing Tips, Lessons and more! take a peek:

*101 Ways Harmonica Players can Sound Better by Dane Mr. Chromatonic Terry

*DIZZY'S where the music matters most. . .

*Free Business Tips and more for Musicians:

*Do you or a friend need help tuning that guitar? try this web tuner!

*Video of Your Band on DVD, Steady Hand With Good Quality Super Reasonable!
Contact Mark MOB Productions.

~ Weekly Shows ~

Monday Tango Lessons from 6-8 pm. Tio Leo's - 5302 Napa St.

The Barry Baughn Blues Band with friends Friday and Saturday Nights at Shanghai Reds - 255 S. Indian Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs at the Fisherman's Market Building 8-11 pm.

An Asterisk (*) by a band's listing usually means that they have a CD available. Come on now. . . Get Out, Have some Fun, Dance a Little and Collect them All!

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