May 20 to May 26
Compiled by Deena Al Shatti, Associate Hiatus Editor
Forget Ricky Martin; if you want to hear true Latin music, go to Spaniard Alejandro Sanz’s concert at Cox Arena. No stranger to music, Sanz picked up his first guitar at the age of seven and began composing songs at the age of 10. He released his first album, Vivendo Deprisa in 1991, which went platinum seven times. But it was his second album, Si Tu Me Miras, that made him a household name in Europe. With a sound similar to Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti, Sanz couples a blend of styles with profound lyrics. Sanz is on tour behind his 2003 album, No Es Lo Mismo. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43.25 to $78.25.
What they lack in ocular ability, the Blind Boys of Alabama more than make up for in talent. Formed at Alabama’s Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the Blind Boys have been performing since 1937. Since their first single “I Can See Everybody’s Mother but Mine” in 1949, the Blind Boys have released over 20 albums, most recently putting out Amazing Grace in 2003. The boys play at Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $55. For more information, call (858) 481-8140.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “South Pacific” by Rogers and Hammerstein tells the story of a U.S. army base on a South Pacific island during World War II. A young nurse, Nellie Forbush, falls in love with a middle-aged French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, but after realizing he is a widower with two half-caste kids, she realizes she can’t be in the relationship. The musical tackles deeper issues than just romance, touching on subjects of racial prejudice. With songs like “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” this musical has always been very popular and has sold out for months at a time. The 2004 Lamb’s Players telling will reinvent the popular story, creating a story-within-a-story effect. Tickets are $22 to $48. Showtimes vary. For more information, call (619) 437-0600.
If Busta Rhymes and Clipse weren’t enough to satisfy your hip-hop thirst, Talib Kweli may do the trick when he plays at Belly Up Tavern. Kweli, who played at WinterFest in 2004, got his start as part of Black Star in 1995. After the duo made it big, Kweli and Mos Def eventually moved on to try to gain solo success. Kweli’s first solo album, Reflection Eternal, had him working with DJ Hi-Tek to create an album that garnered critical acclaim. His second album, Quality, is no different and has cemented his place a great hip-hop innovator. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $21. For more information, call (858) 481-8140.
Free food, free music — what could be better? The 11th annual Sicilian Street Festival, hosted by the Sicilian Cultural Association of Trinacria, will give visitors a slice of the Italian islands, featuring music, arts, food and crafts, and a zone for kids. The festival takes place in Little Italy, on India and Beech Street. The festival goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (619) 233-3898.
Vancouver’s Dan Bejar began Destroyer as a solo project, releasing his first album We’ll Build Them A Golden Bridge in 1995. Since then, Bejar has added a rhythm section and eventually expanded the group to a quintet. Destroyer’s lyrics complement their quirky indie-pop style. Their lyrics are incredibly cryptic and fans often drive themselves crazy trying to figure out the deeper meaning behind them. The band is touring behind its most recent album, Your Blues. Destroyer play at the Casbah at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more information, call (619) 232-4355.
Relive the artwork of famed Dutch painter Gabriel Metsu, with the exhibition the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Metsu, a 17th century painter, produced “A Man Writing a Letter” and “A Young Woman Receiving a Letter,” which are both on display. The paintings, which are companion pieces, make up the exhibition. Admission to the museum is free. The exhibition runs through August 29. For more information, call (619) 239-5548.
The grunge music scene in 1993 was made up of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. Zeke decided to go a different route with their punk revival sound, which helped them break into the music scene. They released their first album in 1996, and continued making music until they took a brief hiatus in 2002. Zeke have since reformed, this time as a trio, and are now on tour behind 2004’s Til The Livin’ End. Zeke play at Brick by Brick at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.
Trans-Am is one of the few bands from the early 1990s that has reinvented its sound. Forming in 1990 in Washington, D.C., the band didn’t begin seriously recording music until 1995 and released its self-titled debut in 1996. They began experimenting with electro-beats, a trend that continued until their third album, The Surveillance, in 1998. Their 2002 album T.A. was a throwback to the electro-rock of the 1980s. Most recently, the band released Liberation. Trans-Am play at the Casbah at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. For more information, call (619) 232-4355.
The artwork of local artist Pamela Jaeger is currently on display at Korova Coffee Bar. Jaeger, who has had several other exhibitions, including Funerals of Distinction, has been recognized for her distinctive art style. The artwork will be on display through the month of May. For more information, call (619) 260-1917.