Music Monday: The Quiet Americans Live at Casey’s August 31st

August 6th, 2012 — 3:59pm

The wobbly uncertainty of a medium-fidelity, secondhand tape deck brings out the best in Fresno noise pop band The Quiet Americans on Medicine, their debut release. The band recorded the six-song EP on a Tascam 388 reel-to-reel recorder and mixer unit that singer/songwriter Luke Giffen bought from a friend of a friend for a hundred bucks. The 1980s era machine, still popular among self-recorded garage rock bands and analog purists, adds a fuzzy time-machine quality to Medicine that Giffen and company employ to great effect. If you have not seen this band they are AMAZING!

You can check them out Friday August 31st at Casey’s with fellow rockers Downtown / Union. Show starts at 10:30 and it’s FREE!

 Dave Freeman – 213 Music Director

Seven Grand coming to North Park – U-T San Diego

August 5th, 2012 — 6:40pm

A new L.A.-styled whiskey den is opening on University Ave. this summer.

A new L.A.-styled whiskey den is heading to town. San Diego’s sophisticated craft cocktail culture is no longer confined to downtown hipster hideouts. From Cedd Moses of 213 Nightlife group and partner Eric Needleman, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar now introduces a second location in North Park.

Seven Grand boasts an impressive wall of international whiskeys, ryes, and Scotches, with over 200 marks ranging from Kentucky Straight Bourbon, to Irish Single Malt, Scotch Blended, a single cask from Australia and an 18-year-old single malt from Japan. It’s not the spot for a Jack & Diet. But, of course, they’ve got Jack Daniel’s, Gentleman Jack and several more Tennessee-bred booze for your choosing.

The cocktail list honors the classics. Sip on a Rye Manhattan, made with rye whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth and bitters, stirred then served up; a Kentucky Mint Julep, a mix of fresh mint, sugar and Woodford Reserve Bourbon served over crushed ice; or a Sazerac Cocktail, a New Orleans-inspired concoction of rye whiskey stirred with Peychaud’s Bitters, served with absinthe rinse and a twist.

And when nothing but a cold brew will do, trust local flavor. Lost Abbey, Stone, Green Flash and Coronado are on tap.

Seven Grand is moving into a 4,100 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor venue on University Avenue in the buzzing center of North Park. The 213 crew brought in architect and designer Patry + Kline to evoke the right vibe. Get ready for walnut handcrafted woodwork, mahogany-walled leather booths, a taxidermy collection, Scottish plaid textiles and dim, warm lighting. Ron Burgundy would definitely approve.

Best of all, don’t expect to hear any club beats. Seven Grand will respect the whiskey with live Jazz and Blues music — at no cover charge to you. The popular ‘whiskey society’ membership program will also expand from its L.A. base, offering monthly tasting events hosted by a ‘spirit guide.’

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar is located at 3054 University Ave. in North Park. For more info, call 619.269.8820 or visit

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This Weekend with 213

August 3rd, 2012 — 11:21am

Friday, August 3rd

Casey’s Irish Pub – DJ Phyz Ed
Phyz Ed is back at Casey’s August 3rd for the The Get Down! The place is gonna be blowin’ up with all the tightest mixes and mashes! Starts at 10P and is FREE!

Caña Rum Bar – Native Wayne
Tonight Grammy-winning reggae luminary Wayne Hobson, also known as Native Wayne to his Indie 103 fans, will be behind the wheels of steel bringing us the good vibes via an eclectic set of classic reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, and whatever else he deems worthy of your listening pleasure. It’s Friday night, so if you’d like to ensure yourself a table or bring more than three guests, reservations are necessary. Right near the beach… Boyyyyyyyyyy!

Las Perlas – Natasha Chaney
Shawn Carter and Natasha Chaney met at a party, by the end of the night they were finishing each others sentences. Only three months later BEAUTY OF THE BEATS was born. BEAUTY OF THE BEATS are the vibe setters, tastemakers, and déjà vu creators! Natasha and Shawn, two friends brought together by another (we call her “Charlie”) and a common desire to bring quality, cutting edge, musical gems to any dance floor.

Saturday, August 4th

Casey’s Irish Pub – War Widow

War Widow was founded in Los Angeles in June 2010. Their unique style incorporates punk, blues, thrash, and other genres of music into the synth driven music of its time. The band was formed by ex-chef and oil painter J.P. Russel (Mellowdrone, 16 Volt), and guitar builder, Eric Blackwell… a complete nobody. Their first album was recorded and Produced by Jonathan Bates (Mellowdrone, Big Black Delta, White Sea, M83). The name of the band was taken from a line in the novel Slaughterhouse Five by author Kurt Vonnegut.

Las Perlas – DJ Darren Revell
Las Perlas welcomes DJ Darren Revell from 103′s Big Sonic Heaven tonight. Darren will be spinning everything from Post Punk to New Wave to Eighties so grab your head bands and leg warmers and get on down here. We’ll see you then!

Caña Rum Bar – Music Selector Jose Galvan
Its time for you to stop living and start winning! What better way to do that than to join us @ Caña Rum Bar for Jose Galvan. Tonight and every Saturday night Jose joins us playing Latin Alternative, Funky Beats and Caribbean Rhythms. We will also be serving some of the most delicious rum cocktails ever to have touched your tongue. Get in here and get some!

Sunday, August 5th

The Varnish – Sinful Sunday’s featuring Niki Lindgren
Speak easy, and she’ll sing hard. The Varnish now featuring Sinful Sunday’s with Niki Lindgren singing cheeky songs from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s, and Ben Bromfield on the ivories. Come on in for a swell time!

Quote of the Day: John Welsh

August 2nd, 2012 — 9:00am

“I’m going to buy a boat, do a little traveling, and I’m going to be drinking beer!” -John Welsh, lottery winner

Drink beer like you’ve won the lottery at the LA Craft Beer Crawl on August 18th! Get your tickets at