NAI PALM

NAI PALM

Thu, Jul 25

with Elliott Skinner Nai Palm is the lead singer and chief songwriter of Melbourne based 4-piece independent future soul group Hiatus Kaiyote. Her unique yet familiar timbre voice are influenced by Björk, Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill , Oumou Sangare, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson (the harmonic chords he produces) 

RICKY G's VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

RICKY G's VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

Fri, Jul 26

Ricky G’s Vintage Boutique is a one of a kind live concert event where vintage fashion and music collide. An original experience that honors funk and soul music of the 60’s, while receiving some modern updates fit for today’s hippest audiences. Dress to Impress, Wear your Flyest Threads with Finesse, and be Ready to Boogie with the Best, at San Diego’s hippest get down, Ricky G’s Vintage Boutique @rickyg_______ .... A New York transplant, Ricky G came up playing guitar with San Diego based funk groups (Surefire Soul Ensemble, B*Side Players) before ultimately landing with legendary saxophonist and hometown hero Karl Denson of The Rolling Stones. Fresh off a JazzFest run in New Orleans with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Ricky returned to San Diego with the inspiration to start a series of curated concert experiences. He’s had the opportunity to perform with a number of legendary funk and rock artists through his career, including, Robert Randolph, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr. (The Meters/Dr. John) Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones/Allman Brothers/George Harrison/Eric Clapton/John Mayer), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones/Herbie Hancock), Daniel Ponder, and Adam Deitch (Lettuce/John Scofield) to name a few. I’ve also worked closely with Grammy Award Winning Producer Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit/Take Me to the Alley). Ricky approaches every artistic situation with reverence and respect for those who’ve laid the path before him, and for this reason he’s become one of San Diego most beloved musicians in the live concert circuit. @rickyg_______ Kevin Lum is a recent San Diego resident, who played keyboards with legendary ska outfit, The English Beat, for 10 years. Since moving to SD, he’s also played with local groups including Shakedown String Band, and has proved to be an integral piece of all of Ricky G’s concerts in San Diego. David Carano is a San Diego Native, who has played in many legendary local groups on bass and guitar. He’s one of SD most gifted and loved artists. Steve Haney leads an internationally known latin funk band called Jungle Fire. He’s a multi talented visual artist and percussionist, and adds a world music flavor to all that he is a part of. 

CHARLES McPHERSON ~ An 85th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

CHARLES McPHERSON ~ An 85th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Sat, Jul 27

*SHOW ONLY | 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE* “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates his 85th birthday, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist Randy Porter, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Tyler Kruetel. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer, and George Coleman. Mr. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own variety of groups, consisting of quartets, quintets to full orchestras. Charles was featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions 15 years ago, and once again joined Wynton Marsalis and J@LC Orchestra in April, 2019 honoring his 80th Birthday where they arranged and performed 7 of Charles’ iconic original compositions. Charles has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. McPherson has recorded as a guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as a leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, Arabesque, Capri, Smoke Sessions and several smaller labels in Europe and Japan. Charles was the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film “Bird,” a biopic about Charlie Parker. Charles has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Don Redman Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from California State University San Marcos. Widely recognized as a prolific composer, Charles is now Resident Composer for the San Ballet where he has written three original suites plus two arrangements for chamber music and jazz combos. His most recent albums, Jazz Dance Suites and Reverence, have both been highly acclaimed. Jazz Dance Suites is a compilation of two of multiple movement suites, “Sweet Synergy Suite” and “Song of Songs”, plus a movement from a string chamber work, “Reflection, Turmoil & Hope.” Many critics, including DownBeat Magazine, recognized JAZZ DANCE SUITES as one of the best Jazz Recordings of the year. It’s also won the honor of TWO Reader’s Polls – both DownBeat and JAZZTIMES as #1 & #4 Jazz Album of the year, plus Charles was named Artist of the Yeai. Read all the reviews here. Charles was most touched by his peer’s comments. Bobby Watson said, “A masterpiece.” John Beasley and Don Sickler both said, “I had no idea you are such a great writer.” Reverence, just released on Smoke Sessions Records, has thus far received glowing reviews. Soon Dr. Donnie Norton will compile the entire book of Charles’ compositions for publication. During the pandemic, Charles was as busy as ever online all over the world – from the esteemed Global Music Foundation, Detroit Symphony programs, many jazz festivals, and a new recording coming up from Germany where he is a soloist, several artists in residence programs from MSU to ASU. McPherson remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. Throughout his six decades of being an integral performer of the music, Charles has not merely remained true to his Be Bop origins, but has expanded on them. Stanley Crouch says in his New York Times article on Charles, “he is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making and is held in high esteem by musicians both long seasoned and young.” Wynton Marsalis, a longtime admirer says: “Charles is the very definition of excellence in our music. He’s the definitive master on this instrument. He plays with exceptional harmonic accuracy and sophistication. He performs free-flowing, melodic and thematically developed solos with unbelievable fire and an unparalleled depth of soul.” Charles is a frequent guest at universities all over the world and also teaches privately. Many of his former students have gone on to have careers of their own in jazz, and have earned National Jazz Student Awards. Charles had the honor of being the subject of then PhD candidate Dr. Donnie Norton’s Doctoral Dissertation: “The Jazz Saxophone Style of Charles McPherson: An Analysis through Biographical Examination and Solo Transcription.” For more info, visit: CharlesMcPherson.com 

JOHN REYNOLDS QUINTET

JOHN REYNOLDS QUINTET

Sun, Jul 28

John Reynolds is an in-demand trumpeter, educator, and clinician. He holds a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, as well as degrees from San Diego State University (SDSU) and Point Loma Nazarene University. John has performed with Jazz legends including John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Rickey Woodard, Graham Dechter, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, George Cables, Frank Mantooth, Gilbert Castellanos, Marshall Hawkins, and many others. The pSoCal Jazz Society recognized Dr. Reynolds as the “Jazz Educator of the Year,” and SDSU awarded him “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year." Dr. Reynolds is a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he serves as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for regional Essentially Ellington festivals across the country. 

MAL HALL // LAUGH AT LOU LOUS

MAL HALL // LAUGH AT LOU LOUS

Wed, Jul 31

Doors: 6:30PM Showtime: 7:30PM 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE Experience the hilarity at Laugh At Lou Lou’s, an evening of stand-up comedy hosted by the razor-sharp Mal Hall. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month as Mal Hall introduces a stellar lineup of seasoned headliners who have graced stages nationwide and appeared on Netflix and Comedy Central. Each comedian will offer their distinct brand of humor, promising a night filled with laughter and entertainment. Don’t miss out—reserve your tickets now for an unforgettable night of comedy. 

GILBERT CASTELLANOS & THE NEW LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - SUPPERCLUB

GILBERT CASTELLANOS & THE NEW LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - SUPPERCLUB

Thu, Aug 01

*Doors open at 6pm | 21+ | Dinner starts promptly at 7pm.* Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Fresno, California, Gilbert’s musical career was preordained; the only son to his eponym father, a touring Cumbia band leader, singer and arranger, Gilbert was strongly influenced by his predecessor’s deep appreciation for classical composers and big band jazz ensembles, broadening young Gilbert's horizons from an early age. Gilbert Sr. strongly encouraged Gilbert toward the Jazz genre when at first he showed an interest in trumpet at age 6. By age 11, Gilbert’s intensive training and education provided the context to begin playing professionally, and at age 15 he preformed with mentor and icon Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterrey Jazz Festival. A fierce advocate of formal jazz education, Gilbert held the position of Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music from 2001 to 2013. Thereafter, he served as the Artistic Director of the International Academy of Jazz San Diego from 2014-2016, during which time he began conducting high school workshops and developing a more proactive role in mentorship. During his time visiting Title I schools, he recognized a need for increased accessibility to formal education, noting that many truly gifted students were deprived the opportunities to further their education due to monetary constraints. Thusly, in 2016 Castellanos founded the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory based in San Diego, California. Using his influence in a burgeoning Jazz community, one he is credited in large with establishing, Gilbert began successfully soliciting donations for and supporting thousands of dollars of scholarship to finance Conservatory Education Equity for economically disadvantaged students of promise. To date, the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory has graduated hundreds of bright musicians of diverse backgrounds with Gilbert serving as personal mentor and advocate for each, often writing college recommendation letters and offering every one of his students "real world" experience each Wednesday evening at ensemble performances 

THE SLEEPWALKERS

THE SLEEPWALKERS

Fri, Aug 02

The Sleepwalkers who hail from National City California, have been playing their brand of Chicano roots rock since 1994. They infuse a mix of rockabilly and cumbias for a sound that definitely gets folks out on the dance floor. Because of their eclectic style, they have played with the likes of The Texas Tornados, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ronnie Dawson, Wayne Hancock, The Blasters, Link Wray, Big Sandy, Pancho Sanchez, Manic Hispanic and Ozomatli to name a few. They have been nominated numerous times over the years for the San Diego Music Awards, winning in the Best Americana category in 2020. 

CREEPXOTICA

CREEPXOTICA

Sat, Aug 03

*** COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ *** Creepxotica is the premier Haunted Bossa Nova and Exotica band from San Diego, California. Whether you see them poolside or over drinks at the Bali Hai, you will be mesmerized by their intoxicating sound. 

ELECTRICLOUIELAND PRESENTS: SUNDAY SERMONS feat. BOB SHEPPARD

ELECTRICLOUIELAND PRESENTS: SUNDAY SERMONS feat. BOB SHEPPARD

Sun, Aug 04

ELECTRICLOUIELAND PRESENTS: SUNDAY SERMONS feat. BOB SHEPPARD LouLou's Club on a Sunday night, The First Sunday Jazz Sermons take flight, Echoes of Minton's in every chord, Where legends jammed and spirits soared. 

VISHNU R

VISHNU R

Thu, Aug 08

Vishnu is an award-winning Indian Classical & Jazz performer and inventor of the new, unique 9-string instrument NAVTAR (patented). He is a Fellow of the US Govt State Department, a Mentor of the British Council India-UK Exchange and is a recipient of the Best Composition award from the Beyond Music International Project (Switzerland) and Grade 8 distinction holder from the Trinity College of London. Vishnu has performed twice at the prestigious Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Center, and has collaborated with leading 5-time GRAMMY-winning artists such as Michael League (Snarky Puppy), as well as Indian Classical legends like Padmavibhushan Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman, Padmashri A.Kanyakumari, Vijay Prakash, P.Unnikrishnan, B.C.Manjunath, Ghatram Giridhar Udupa, among others. 

JONATHAN KARRANT

JONATHAN KARRANT

Fri, Aug 09

Jonathan Karrant's album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts and his album Live hit #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. He has received honors throughout the states including; the New York City Cabaret Jazz Honors, “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards and was named one of the top 10 rising vocalists by Downbeat. With a repertoire that spans classics of the Great American Songbook and contemporary interpretations, Karrant brings a modern elegance to the timeless genre of jazz. “A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Jonathan carries songs with an emotional weight that reaches your soul. At the same time he can swing with the kind of jazz suave that was patented by Mel Torme.” - Jazz Corner 

KARLOS PAEZ ft. MEMBERS OF B-SIDE PLAYERS

KARLOS PAEZ ft. MEMBERS OF B-SIDE PLAYERS

Sat, Aug 10

Karlos Paez born July 22, 1972 and raised in Tijuana, Mexico by his mother Refugio Mujica from Tecate, MX and Father Ezequiel Paez from El Recodo, Sinaloa. His father Ezequiel Paez is a world-renowned trombone player and musical arranger who spent 17 years in Los Moonlights from Tijuana and 10 years in La Banda El Recodo. Paez, Sr. still composes and arranges music for Banda El Recodo, Los Recoditos, La Arrolladora Banda Limon de Rene Camacho, Diana Reyes, Rey Sanchez, Nico Flores, Ezequiel Peña, Banda Astilleros, Banda el Recreo, Banda Carnaval, Pedro Infante, El Coyote, Patricia Navidad, Banda La Costeña, & Marisela. While he was still in grammar school, Karlos heard the music of Bob Marley & Carlos Santana; he started playing guitar, trombone, trumpet, and began to write songs. He met the musicians that would become the first incarnation of The B*Side Players in an African Drumming class at Southwestern Community College in San Diego in 1994. “We were all playing with bands in the local funk, punk rock, and acid jazz scene in the early 90s,” Paez recalls. “When we started playing together, our sound was different because we brought an Afro-Latin edge to the music.” Karlos Paez has recorded and collaborated with Akwid, Poncho Sanchez, DJ Dus, Fred Wesley, Big B, War, Asdru & Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli, Quetzal, Brian Jordan, Harold Todd, Mike Clark & The Headhunters, RYMO of Slightly Stoopid, P.O.D., DJ Unite, Elijah Emmanuel & The Revelations, Hyena & Gilbert Castellanos. After 18 years, Karlos Paez is still touring and recording with the B*Side Players but has made time to produce and create many other musical projects. As the creator, lead singer and songwriter of Maiz, Chula Vista Soldier Club, Black Market Discipes, Sonido De La Frontera and Solrak and the New Aztec Empire, Karlos Paez celebrates his first solo record Music, Culture, Love. With the help of San Diego’s most talented musicians and producer/musician Bryan Stratman, the record delivers organic, soulful, cosmic grooves with conscious lyrics inspired by the MUSIC, CULTURE, and LOVE of Karlos Paez. 

RUBY G

RUBY G

Sun, Aug 11

Ruby G is known for her soulful, jazzy pop sound. Compared to Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Norah Jones, she brings music to life. As a versatile San Diego artist, she has embraced the roles of a singer, songwriter, teacher, and seasoned performer. She premiered on Season 17 of The Voice and released her single, Head Above the Water shortly after. Ruby’s magnetic presence and powerhouse vocals keep listeners captivated and eager more. 

ZAK NAJOR & FRIENDS

ZAK NAJOR & FRIENDS

Wed, Aug 14

Zak, who has Grammy participation with Liquid Spirit and Gregory Porter, was a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, has made apperances on Blue Note albums and has recorded with artists such as Everlast, Gregory Porter & Karl Denson. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see music at one of its its highest levels! 

GILBERT CASTELLANOS & THE NEW LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - SUPPERCLUB

GILBERT CASTELLANOS & THE NEW LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - SUPPERCLUB

Thu, Aug 15

*Doors open at 6pm | 21+ | Dinner starts promptly at 7pm.* Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Fresno, California, Gilbert’s musical career was preordained; the only son to his eponym father, a touring Cumbia band leader, singer and arranger, Gilbert was strongly influenced by his predecessor’s deep appreciation for classical composers and big band jazz ensembles, broadening young Gilbert's horizons from an early age. Gilbert Sr. strongly encouraged Gilbert toward the Jazz genre when at first he showed an interest in trumpet at age 6. By age 11, Gilbert’s intensive training and education provided the context to begin playing professionally, and at age 15 he preformed with mentor and icon Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterrey Jazz Festival. A fierce advocate of formal jazz education, Gilbert held the position of Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music from 2001 to 2013. Thereafter, he served as the Artistic Director of the International Academy of Jazz San Diego from 2014-2016, during which time he began conducting high school workshops and developing a more proactive role in mentorship. During his time visiting Title I schools, he recognized a need for increased accessibility to formal education, noting that many truly gifted students were deprived the opportunities to further their education due to monetary constraints. Thusly, in 2016 Castellanos founded the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory based in San Diego, California. Using his influence in a burgeoning Jazz community, one he is credited in large with establishing, Gilbert began successfully soliciting donations for and supporting thousands of dollars of scholarship to finance Conservatory Education Equity for economically disadvantaged students of promise. To date, the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory has graduated hundreds of bright musicians of diverse backgrounds with Gilbert serving as personal mentor and advocate for each, often writing college recommendation letters and offering every one of his students "real world" experience each Wednesday evening at ensemble performances 

VALENTINE BYRNE + TEN BULLS

VALENTINE BYRNE + TEN BULLS

Fri, Aug 16

LIMITED TABLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE | COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ Valentine Byrne - 10PM: Valentine Byrne is a producer, performer, ghostwriter, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Her unique live set features the use of her Boss RC-505 looping pedal to create live vocal harmonies, languid beatbreaks and layered analog synths. Ten Bulls - 8pm: Hailing from San Diego, California and comprised of Christian Clark on vocals/guitar, Jay Sanchioli on bass, Chaz Lamden on drums, and Valentine Byrne on keyboards/vocals, the group produces a sound that is both unique and accessible; blurring the lines between past, present, and future. Ten Bulls manages to mesh driving, polyrhythmic grooves, anomalous time signatures, and prog adjacent song structures - all sprinkled with pop melody. 

DEKE DICKERSON & THE WHIPPERSNAPPERS

DEKE DICKERSON & THE WHIPPERSNAPPERS

Sat, Aug 17

“Deke Dickerson’s newest band venture is Deke Dickerson and the Whippersnappers. Dickerson is a veteran of the Southern California roots music scene and has toured for years with various bands, including the Dave and Deke Combo and Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics. His former band members have gone on to play with Social Distortion, X, Tiger Army and Los Straitjackets. Dickerson formed the Whippersnappers with an energetic backing band of younger musicians from Los Angeles: Bert Avalos on guitar, Zander Griffith on bass, and Dylan Patterson on drums. With Dickerson’s experience entertaining audiences worldwide and the Whippersnappers shot in the arm of rockabilly excitement, the band has been thrilling fans all over the USA (playing such festivals as Viva Las Vegas, touring the East and West Coasts) and Europe (playing such festivals as the Rockabilly Rave in England and the Rockin’ Race Jamboree in Spain). The band released their debut album, “Honky Tonkin’ Rhythm,” in 2023 on Major Label Records and have been touring behind the album since then.” He's asking about possibility of a room for the night? 

MATT HALL QUARTET

MATT HALL QUARTET

Sun, Aug 18

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE For Matt Hall, Jazz is a journey—a lifelong endeavor spearheaded by the trombone.  A cool trip that began in Kingsport, in his home state of Tennessee. A student of Rick Simerly, Matt studied the Masters: Urbie Green, Frank Rosolino, Carl Fontana, JJ Johnson and of course Bill Watrous.  At age 21 he joined the United State Marine Corps where he would move to Southern California. It’s where he met Charlie Arbalaez whose alto sax chops were are already gaining great momentum.  During his time in the service, Hall would gain a chair in the highly prestigious USMC Jazz Orchestra, touring the country. After an enlistment with the Corps, Matt and Charlie tackled SUNY Purchase Conservatory in New York, studying with John Faddis before earning Masters degrees on their instruments under the direction of Bill Yeager at San Diego State University. 

VICTOR BAKER QUINTET

VICTOR BAKER QUINTET

Thu, Aug 22

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ In addition to being a world-renowned guitar maker, Victor Baker is an avid modern jazz guitarist, prolific composer and active performer. He has called San Diego home since 2018 after many years in New York City, where he worked as both a leader and sideman in many of the city's esteemed jazz clubs. He has performed in many local jazz-centric and original music venues such as Dizzy's, The Handlery Hotel, The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, Panama 66, The Jazz Lounge, The Black Cat, The Acid Vault and numerous more. His music has also been featured on KSDS 88.3FM Jazz After Hours. VB Is very excited to be bringing his group back to Lou Lou's to perform a mixture of his originals and arrangements. 

LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS w/ REY WOLF

LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS w/ REY WOLF

Fri, Aug 23

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS - 10PM “A local treasure in San Diego", Lady Dottie & The Diamonds are classic Blues group, featuring Lady Dottie, a soulful lead singer (Dorothy Mae Whitsett). She was raised in Alabama, with early gospel choir influences and now sounds like something between Iggy Pop and Etta James REYWOLF - 8PM The 21st century crooner tight ropes Swamp Blues and Jazz Noir. The avant-garde show hyper activates your eyes and ears. El Rey’s vocals capture the allure of early Hollywood crooners, the vulnerability of Roy Orbison, and the raw power of Howlin’ Wolf. Like a David Lynch film, the juxtaposition between El Rey’s dark ballads and the light of romance can feel familiar, but always carries with it a more complex undertow waiting to pull you in. REY WOLF consists of both original compositions and obscure songs from the 30's and 40's 

LIZZY & THE TRIGGERMEN

LIZZY & THE TRIGGERMEN

Tue, Aug 27

Dubbed "10-piece jazz sensations" by LA Weekly, Lizzy & the Triggermen transport you back to the glamour of the Jazz Age, but with a sound and swagger that is thrillingly new (think Duke Ellington meets Amy Winehouse). The show is a joyously subversive mixture of vintage pop, show tunes, and biting originals that highlight Lizzy's wicked sense of humor (which she previously used to create Emmy-nominated TV shows). The band is helmed by operatically-trained Lizzy Shapiro, who NPR raved is "one part Eartha Kitt, one part Ella Fitzgerald, one part Amy Winehouse" and Broadway World hailed as "a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter." She created the band with musical director Dan Barrett (who played with and arranged for Benny Goodman). Their 2020 debut album, "Good Songs for Bad Times," hit #3 on the iTunes Jazz Charts alongside jazz royalty Miles Davis and Kamasi Washington. They quickly went from performing in speakeasies to selling out top venues across the country and premiere jazz festivals (Tucson Jazz Festival, San Diego Jazz Party), and breaking glass ceilings for swing music, including touring with Squeeze, co-headlining festivals with acts like Samara Joy, Nancy Sinatra, and being chosen for SXSW. 

ELECTRICLOUIELAND PRESENTS: JAKE CHAPMAN

ELECTRICLOUIELAND PRESENTS: JAKE CHAPMAN

Fri, Aug 30

Los Angeles-native Jake Chapman is a vibraphonist, pianist, composer, and songwriter. He holds a BA in music and computer science from Columbia University, and studied jazz vibraphone at Juilliard as well as musical theatre songwriting in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. In 2021, Jake released 5 albums (The Adventures of Mega Vybes, Vols. 1-4 and Xylobeat) using material he recorded on the iPhone app Voisey. In addition to being called upon to perform and record in a variety of musical situations, Jake stays active on YouTube (Jake Chapman), TikTok (@jakechapman), and Instagram (@chappymilkshake). 

DUSTY BROUGH, MILES JAY, EVA SCOW & JULIEN CANTELM

DUSTY BROUGH, MILES JAY, EVA SCOW & JULIEN CANTELM

Sat, Aug 31

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE ~ AN ECLECTIC FUSION ENSEMBLE ~ Guitarist Dusty Brough brilliantly combines his roots in Flamenco with Jazz, Folk, Brazilian, Gypsy and Balkan music. As a composer, he integrates these eclectic influences with his unique approach to music and a “blatant disregard for genre boxes” (Joe Bendel, Epoch Times). Brough’s nylon-string guitar playing is marked by an unparalleled agile technique that supports a buoyant aesthetic. Dusty creates something truly remarkable by seamlessly blending lush harmonies, intricate rhythms and improvisation, with a fluidity, presence, and rhythm that can only be compared to the rolling waves of the ocean. Eva Scow is a world class mandolinist and violinist from California. Eva began studying music at a young age, starting on the piano and violin at age 4, and later adding the mandolin at age 8. She has recorded on numerous projects, ranging in styles from R&B, Country, Pop, and Jazz. She continues to play in numerous groups across California as a sideperson, exploring traditional styles and contemporary jazz idioms. Bassist & musician Miles Jays' compositions and playing are featured across all of season 6 of the hit BBC/Netflix series Peaky Blinders, as well as the Academy Award nominated Caphernaum, and he is the bassist of the acclaimed Gypsy punk jazz group Axon Orkestra. Originally from Los Angeles CA, Miles spent a decade based in Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, and Syria, playing with some of the most beloved artists of the regions, including Youssou N’dour, Mashrou’ Leyla, Ziad Rahbani, Nasseer Shama, Dina el Wedidi, Ross Daly and Zeid Hamdan. This experience lead Miles to become the Music Director of the critically acclaimed Nile Project, a 17 member collective of musicians from the Nile River Basin which toured and recorded extensively across the world. Through all these travels Miles devoted himself to learning numerous regional instruments, all of which combine to form his unique palate of sounds for his original film scores and compositions. And at the helm of his sound is his JayBass; a one of a kind bass instrument he personally designed and built by hand to solve his need for a more travel friendly full scale upright bass. Miles currently resides in Altadena, CA. Based in San Diego, drummer Julien Cantelm stands out for his dynamic, imaginative, and distinctive drumming skills. Immersed in a unique musical and creative environment from a young age, Julien embarked on his musical journey through exploration and the indirect influences of his percussionist father, Cuban mother, and bassist uncle, a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Introduced to the violin at the age of 4, he transitioned to acoustic guitar and drums around the age of 11. Julien's artistic journey has led him through many diverse realms of music and art, contributing his talents to local, national and international projects. 

THE SAN DIEGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA - SUPPERCLUB

THE SAN DIEGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA - SUPPERCLUB

Thu, Sep 05

*Doors open at 6pm | Dinner starts promptly at 7pm* All shows at Lou Lou's are 21+ Lou Lou's is thrilled to welcome back to our clamshell, The San Diego Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of trombonist Matt Hall, This ensemble is known for its high-energy performances and dedication to preserving and advancing the jazz tradition. We are pleased to welcome this epic line up of musicians. Charlie Arbelaez - Alto Sax Christopher Hollyday - Alto Sax Robert Dove - Tenor Sax Dick McGuane - Tenor Sax Bradley Nash - Baritone Sax Scott Kyle - Trombone Jeanne Geiger - Trombone Dave Scott - Trombone/Vocals Kevin Malmgren - Bass Trombone Brad Steinwehe - Trumpet Billy Edwall - Trumpet Gary Rich - Trumpet John Reynolds - Trumpet John Opferkuch - Piano Louis Valenzuela - Guitar Julian Esparza - Bass Tyler Kreutel - Drumset 

KING TAYLOR PROJECT

KING TAYLOR PROJECT

Sat, Sep 07

Founded by vocalist Sandi King and singer-songwriter/guitarist Joshua Taylor, soul band King Taylor Project consists of some of San Diego's most highly regarded players and contributors to the original music scene. Their energetic single "Devil in the White City" received twin SDMA nominations for Best R&B, Funk or Soul Song and Song of the Year. King and Taylor frequently work together outside of KTP, arranging and performing backing vocals for original projects, and singing as featured performers. They have contributed to multiple award-winning projects, including Jeff Berkley & The Banned, Jonny Tarr, and Lauren Leigh. King Taylor Project features some of San Diego’s finest musicians playing a funky, soulful, rocking blend of its members’ original compositions and their interpretations of beloved classic and modern tunes. 

FRANCIS BLUME & GYPSY SALLY

FRANCIS BLUME & GYPSY SALLY

Fri, Sep 13

10PM - FRANCIS BLUME is an award winning singer/songwriter from Vista, CA. A natural crooner, his influences range from 50’s rock n' roll and country to modern indie music. His wide variety of inspiration has helped him develop a vintage sound that is familiar, yet uniquely his own. Francis has shared the stage with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Sierra Farrell, Mason Jennings, Dave Keuning (The Killers), Billy Bob Thorton, Matt Costa and more. 8PM - GYPSY SALLY is a three piece blues band that brings the old school feel to the new age from blues, to rock with the occasional Bossa and Latin twist. Front man Kyler Jakubowski has utilized his North Carolina roots and over the years has created a very unique blues sound not heard since the 50’s, Austin Wagner links the rhythm and melody with his smooth motown influenced James Jameson style, and Martin Quezada holds the beat on drums with his Caribbean swing, all of which when brought together creates what is now known as the one and only Gypsy Sally. 

DANNY GONZALEZ SOUL JAZZ QUARTET

DANNY GONZALEZ SOUL JAZZ QUARTET

Thu, Sep 19

San Diego based Saxophonist Danny Gonzalez is joined by guitarist Eric Wesling, drummer Justin Joyce and multiple SDMA winner and organist Ed Kornhauser for an energetic and groovy SoulJazz experience. 

DAVID CASTAÑEDA & KINI KINI

DAVID CASTAÑEDA & KINI KINI

Sat, Sep 21

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE Performing in KINI KINI are none other than David Castañeda on vocals and percussion, Omar Lopez on vocals and bass, Diego Velasquez on vocals and congas, Louie V on tres cubano, as well as Matt Hall and Ryan Kupsh on trombones. Josh Gorden of Salsa On The Beach will be leading and teaching Latin dance all night. Don’t miss this one! 

THE SECRET AGENTS

THE SECRET AGENTS

Fri, Oct 04

The Secret Agents flawlessly capture the sound of 1960s Jazz, Cinema, Pop, Rock and R&B: the music that makes whatever you’re doing simply cooler. Suddenly, you’re flying First-Class on Pan-Am sipping dry martinis in a svelte three-button suit en route to Las Vegas where you’ll be dining with Steve McQueen at the Sands Hotel just before the Rat Pack show. That’s the level of cool we’re talking about here… The Secret Agents were formed in 2018 with one mission: to bring the sounds of the ’60s back into the mainstream by celebrating the music of Bobby Darin, Mel Tormé, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Johnny Rivers, Chet Baker, Matt Monro, Horace Silver, Georgie Fame & The Flames, The Buckinghams, Mickey & Sylvia, Del Shannon, The Association, and so many more! So put on that dinner jacket, pour yourself a drink, and let’s twist again like we did so very long ago. 

CASBAH PRESENTS:  DAMIEN JURADO

CASBAH PRESENTS: DAMIEN JURADO

Mon, Oct 07

*GENERAL ADMISSION | ALL SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED | NO DINNER SERVICE* “Play on, there’s no such thing as better days,” Damien Jurado sings on “Roger,” the sweeping wash of a song that opens Reggae Film Star, his 18th full length album and second release from Jurado’s own Maraqopa Records label. But as he enters his 25th year as a recording artist, it’s clear these are, at the least, very good days for Jurado on the creative front. In these 12 songs, which evoke half-recalled dreams and overheard conversations, the cosmic rushes headlong into the autobiographical and specific moments on the clock fade from past to future to scenes set only in the eternal now. Playing out like a backlot documentary filmed on the location of an unnamed TV or film set—maybe a sitcom taping, or perhaps it’s a low budget science fiction B-movie, or could it be a talk show?—the album is populated by performers awaiting call times, camera operators praying for their shot, and studio audiences rapt with anticipation. The stars here eschew glitz and glamor. Instead, they wander grocery stores and parking lots in the verdant Pacific Northwest and the desert Southwest, looking for payphones and a sense of purpose. Produced by Jurado with multi-instrumentalist Josh Gordon and recording engineer Alex Bush at Sonikwire studio in Irvine,CA, Jurado’s home away from home and musical headquarters, the record’s compositions are among the most musically rich in his vast discography, encompassing romantic AM gold, ‘60s psychedelia, driving rock & roll, Latin shuffles, and left of the dial ambiance. Strings swell, melodic bass bubbles, and piano sparkles, undergirding Jurado’s unmistakable voice, at once intimately present and ghostly, grounded in the here and now but capable, at any moment, of drifting off into the divinatory. Following threads established by 2021’s The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, the album sees Jurado embracing his auteur era, penning vignettes that arrive with little fanfare and depart quicker than you might suspect, only to linger long after they wrap. Seeking a skeleton key to decipher the action is beside the point—Jurado’s songs are worlds meant to be lived in, not picked apart—but on the beatific single “What Happened To The Class Of ‘65?” the singer imagines himself as both the viewer and the viewed, the eye behind the camera and its subject. This emotional and spiritual transference animates Reggae Film Star. Like a masterful director, Jurado offers motivation to the listener, staring unblinkingly from the mise-en-scène in your mind. “Look into the camera,” he commands on “The Day Of The Robot,” “One more time with anger/And sadness/I believe you.” A quarter-century in, Jurado remains gripped by his visions and driven by an unmatched creative drive. Reggae Film Star is one of Damien Jurado’s finest works to date, a stunning new feature from one of indie rock’s most cinematic figures. Here on this sound stage, you are the camera, you are the scene, you are the setting, and you are the viewer. Please try not to blink. -Jason P. Woodbury 

themattsmithneujazztrio ft. MARK KOPITZKE

themattsmithneujazztrio ft. MARK KOPITZKE

Fri, Oct 18

themattsmithneujazztrio is one of the most notable jazz trios to hit the San Diego jazz scene. Formed in January 2013, this trio has jumped musical leaps and bounds to find music they are all proud of. The songs on their 2016 release “RETROgrade,” feature compositions of each member that capture and captivate jazz and non jazz audiences. These rhythmically free and melodically driven compositions highlight the very essence of a young trio with overwhelming maturity. themattsmithneujazztrio can be found on facebook.com/themattsmithneujazztrio A surprising vocal chameleon with the comfortable swagger of Frank Sinatra, Mark Kopitzke gives Michael Bublé a run for his money. Having toured the world with the 1940’s big band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, residencies at Disney Resorts and symphony stages, Mark lives and breathes the Great American Songbook. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing a darker Chet Baker, colored with the baritone resonance of Bing Crosby. 

PACO VERSAILLES

PACO VERSAILLES

Sat, Oct 19

Paco Versailles is a duo consisting of Ryan Merchant, and Vahagni Aryan who is a world-class Spanish-trained flamenco guitarist. Paco Versailles was born in 2019 in Venice, CA after Ryan and Vahagni threw a series of parties where they fused modern dance, nu-disco and pop with the sounds of Spanish flamenco music. Since then they've built a dedicated fan base and have turned those parties into long list of sold-out shows throughout the US and Latin America. Their sound is a mix of flamenco guitar rhythms with disco-leaning electronic production and captivating vocals, a style they call Dancemenco. The name 'Paco Versailles' was conceived while imagining a collaboration between their biggest influences, the legendary Spanish guitarist Paco De Lucia and French electronic artists Daft Punk and Air, both products of the Parisian suburb of Versailles. Paco Versailles is releasing their 3rd studio album, Olé Maca, on September 13, 2024. 

HOT 8 BRASS BAND

HOT 8 BRASS BAND

Sat, Oct 26

The Hot 8 Brass Band is a Grammy-nominated New Orleans-based brass band that combines hip-hop, jazz, and funk with traditional New Orleans brass sounds. The band was formed in 1995 by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook, who merged two earlier bands, the Looney Tunes Brass Band and the High Steppers Brass Band, from Fortier High School. The band members grew up together and have strong family-like bonds. 

KIMMI BITTER & THE WESTSIDE TWANG

KIMMI BITTER & THE WESTSIDE TWANG

Fri, Nov 01

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ "The future of classic country is Kimmi Bitter" as Saving Country Music boldly states. Driven by a hyper-obsession with the 1960s, Kimmi Bitter & the Westside Twang create a soundscape that blends old-school country with surf rock, psychedelic twangs, and a touch of mod flair. Creating a buzz from her grassroots efforts and vigorous touring, her debut album “Old School” hit the ground running in 2024 landing at #24 on the Americana Album Radio Chart with “My Grass is Blue” debuting on the Americana Single Radio Chart. This ain't your typical Nashville sound. "Old School" is a love letter to the Countrypolitan golden age, with a healthy dose of reverb-drenched twang and rock-n-roll swagger thrown in for good measure. Harmony-stricken ballads “My Grass is Blue” and “I Dream of You” have grown comparisons of a time when Patsy Cline with The Jordanaires overtook radio airwaves. Saving Country Music called "My Grass is Blue" "solid country gold," nominating it for Single of the Year alongside the likes of Charley Crockett and Sierra Ferrell. Though driving her career independently, Bitter is no stranger to building up her accolades. She found recognition in her hometown winning Best Country/Americana Artist and “My Grass is Blue” was nominated for Song of the Year by the San Diego Music Awards 2023. Her breakout album also skyrocketed to #1 on the Alt. Country Specialty Charts. 

TY SEGALL | SOLO ACOUSTIC

TY SEGALL | SOLO ACOUSTIC

Thu, Feb 20

Ty Segall follows 2022’s acoustic introspection opus “Hello, Hi” with a deeper, wilder journey to the center of the self. With Three Bells, he’s created a set of his most ambitious, elastic songs, using his musical vocabulary with ever-increasing sophistication. It’s an obsessive quest for an expression that answers back to the riptide always pulling him subconsciously into the depths. Questions we all ask in our own private mirrors are faced down here—and regardless of what the mysterious “Three Bells” mean in the context of the album’s libretto, you can be assured that Ty’s ringing them for himself, and for the rest of us in turn. It’s a growing up and out of your head parable, but the farther out you get, the farther in you go. The two-head-ed suggestion of 2012’s Twins has grown ever more complex, as the outside/inside world of perception dissolves into a greater world of the senses—all six or seven of them! Since Ty deals in sounds, Three Bells rings with them most of all: sounds signaling the next phase, ringing to keep you stuck, or to set you free, with guitars like voices, questioning and answering the others in their turn. Since 2008, the singer/guitarist/puzzled panther we call Ty Segall has played out his hunger to be free over a dozen solo LPs and a series of other-named projects. In his music, freedom has taken the form of a rippling eclecticism in songs and production sounds, all of them conversing from album to album in a mad diversity of voices. Across the discograverse, 2014’s Manipulator and 2018’s Freedom’s Goblin precede Three Bells in double-album epicity, each unfurling its own multivarious tapestry in an atmosphere of gleeful octophenia, as Ty throws everything against the wall, delighting in how much he can stick there. With all fifteen songs brimming with perspectives, shape-shifting incessantly, not even waiting for a new song to work into the next idea, Three Bells steps into the shoes of both his previous doubles at the same time, designing finally to do the extended format justice. The acoustic songs of “Hello, Hi” had been a blast of fresh air; wanting another hit of that sweet air, Ty recognized that his body was craving to play the drums. This was a key that let him into the album—the songwriting happening on both guitar and drums. As the songs emerged, Ty pushed them out farther and farther compositionally, challenging the way they’d be played, then playing much of Three Bells in conversation with himself—a decision that further elevates the album’s conception. But you don’t get outside/inside all on your own—for Three Bells, Ty and Denée Segall collaborated on five of the songs. In Ty’s world, Denée forms the second self outside his self. And these selves radiate out into the world through other selves. Co-producer Cooper Crain, whose contributions to Harmonizer and “Hello, Hi” were deep, engineered and mixed most of the album, again bringing his individual vision into the process. Finally, some of the songs as written needed the kind of playing that Ty couldn’t get alone. On some numbers, Emmett Kelly’s bass parts not only addressed that need, but inspired the way the songs eventually went down. So it was when the Freedom Band was called in to play; their contributions transformed the material. Three Bells kind of goes beyond songs. The fifteen of them work together as a mosaic, creating the larger work at the same time as they stand on their own. Composing the album as a piece, Ty formed certain chord shapes over and over again, making thematic material that each song moves through in its own way, building a claustrophobic/paranoia vibe, cycling bold thrusts forward into ego deaths, the one-step-forward, two-steps-back patterns framing an overriding ask: what we can do to get past the back-and-forth conversation, to arrive at a place of acceptance. Three Bells takes Ty Segall’s trips so much deeper and farther than they’ve gone before—a masterpiece of personal expression, expressed through words, music and production, parabolically addressing malaise with compassion in a flowing, unstoppable hour-plus of intoxicating sound.