This week I spent some time Madus, a band which performed live here:
In The Tower Bar on Monday night and introduced me to a very crowded space with a lot of people. The whole band as I was told did not come, but instead was performed by only two of the members the drummer Sam and guitarist Dugan. Truth be told I’m not a bar-hopper. I have no idea the quality of the alcohol or the state of affairs. I can only guess this is an average dive bar, however thanks to Madus showing me a great time in a place none of us had been in I’m now reconsidering what several years living in San Diego should have meant.
That’s not to say I’d now expect people to show up in San Diego only to party / drink. There’s a reputation San Diego has of being a music and party scene which I know it doesn’t live up to, or now I might but in a different way. Just as it also doesn’t live up to the nickname “Sunny” San Diego (sure it’s bright and cloudless…sometimes…and less frequently than what seems to be the rest of California). Monday night has turned me around to look at the scenes I miss because I don’t check out bars, I don’t peruse alcohol-based drinks like some of the college students who I know are collecting bottles of their favorites. That’s to say so far I’ve only really experienced concerts or live studio performances. Live studio work however doesn’t happen nearly so often as concerts and even concerts don’t happen so often in comparison to gigs hosted at places like The Tower Bar. Of course these are regular gigs for musicians so you could very well find merch like a CD or sticker afterwards (the band will definitely appreciate it).
A photo posted by @theunknownartisthour on Jul 7, 2015 at 5:33pm PDT
TLDR; If you don’t like alcohol (like me and are 21 and over) see if you can’t find a dive bar near-by you with live music, there may be the cost of a drink to stay but it’ll be worth it if you’re staying for the whole thing. Plus hanging out with a band or two afterwards at in-n-out is something I would like to have happen over and over again.