Hiatus calendar

Thursday 1/24/02

Loudon Wainwright III has a son with the more recognizable name of Rufus Wainwright. But the elder Wainwright is the one with the show at the Belly Up Tavern. Loudon Wainwright III sings songs that blend humor with painful honesty. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $14.

Think Ricky Martin but with some more musical credibility – Luis Miguel plays at Cox Arena. His smooth Latin sounds have earned him three Grammys and 35 platinum records. The show starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 and 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets start at $48.25. This show is all ages.

Friday 1/25/02

Punk imported from Canada? But it’s true. Sum 41 has come through with infectious punk-pop hits and heavy MTV airplay, and have brought along Unwritten Law to open. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the performance is at RIMAC Arena. Tickets start at $16.50. Look to the Hiatus article on page 9 for more.

Costumes and charisma. Eek-A-Mouse is guaranteed to put on a fantastic show. Smooth reggae sounds along with great vocals provided by Eek make the trip to the Belly Up Tavern well worth it. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. and tickets are $15.

The Watts Prophets were spawned out of the violence of the Watts Riots in 1965. This project has developed into a full production with spoken word poetry injected with jazz and hip-hop. The Watts Prophets will be at the East County Performing Arts Center in El Cajon. Tickets start at $12 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The performance is open to all ages.

Thick, bluesy guitar sounds are accompanied by the gruff vocals of Billy Thompson. He will be at Dizzy’s in Downtown San Diego. The event starts at 9 p.m. and the cover is $8. The event is all ages. Contact Dizzy’s at (858) 270-7467 for more information.

Saturday 1/26/02

Jazz guitarist Ed Johnson will be accompanied by his 11-piece band, Novo Tempo, at Dizzy’s. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the cover is $12. Call (858) 270-7467 for more information.

Sunday 1/27/02

He’s diagnosed as a chronic schizophrenic. American Records gave him a record deal and told him to just play tunes and tour. Today, Wesley Willis maintains a strong cult following with his wild lyrics. He will be at The Casbah at 9 p.m. Call The Casbah for more ticket information at (619) 232-4355.

Guitar master John Stowell will be accompanied by Rick Helzer and Gunnar Biggs at a special afternoon performance at Dizzy’s. The show is from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and cover is $6 for students. General admission is $8. Call (858) 270-7467 for information.

Enjoy the birthday tributes for Bobby Hutcherson & Garyburton at Dizzy’s in Downtown San Diego. Vibraphonist Patrick Burke & his jazz quartet will do sets of each performer’s compositions. The event will also feature Tom Bishop, Steve Baker and Ronnie Stewart. The show runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cover is $8 and you can call (858) 270-7467 for more information.

Thursday 1/31/02

Drummer Billy Mintz has played with the likes of Lee Konitz, Eddie Daniels and Charles Lloyd. Mintz will team up with former Zappa trombonist Bruce Fowler. The cover is $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m. at Dizzy’s. (858) 270-7467 has all the information.

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Brooke has a lot to sing about. Her solo release, “”10 Cent Wings,”” touches upon the sudden death of a close friend, failed relationships and a marriage heading downhill. Her most recent solo album, “”Steady Pull,”” has also incorporated a drum machine with her backing band for a more modern musical sound. Brooke will be at the Belly Up Tavern and her show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

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