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UT Night and Day Street Fest Brings Music Back to the Gaslamp

Ever since the demise of the annual San Diego music festival, Street Scene, a few years ago, our city has been missing something. We have art festivals galore, and patriotic events left and right, but the music scene has had a void. Well not anymore. The San Diego U-T (Union Tribune) is hosting its inaugural Night & Day Street Fest on October 13th, complete with beer, food, art and MUSIC!

Headlining the festival is one of my favorite bands, G. Love and the Special Sauce. I developed a mad crush on the funky lead singer from Philly, G. Love (Garrett Dutton), in 1994, my first summer out of college, while working at a TV production studio and listening to his self-titled album on repeat 24/7. I thought, any guy who can play the harmonica like that and write a song solely about cold beer in the fridge is my kind of guy.  My friends and I saw them play numerous times at small, local venues all over San Diego back in the mid to late 90’s and still today, Rodeo Clowns (probably his biggest hit, recorded with Jack Johnson) is one of my all-time favorite songs. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see @ChrisCantore’s tweet about this festival featuring my mid 90’s crush (fingers crossed for a meet & greet!).


Other musical guests for the night include Donavon Frankenreiter, Pato Banton and Everest, and several other smaller bands, including Mattson 2 who I’ve heard play at Zenbu Sushi before and The Styletones. It’s a funky, cool line-up you don’t want to miss.  For the full line-up of musical acts, check the UT Night and Day Fest website.

Important Deets:

  • October 13th, 4:00pm – midnight
  • Downtown San Diego/East Village between 14th Street between Imperial and K
  • Tickets are $25.00 – BUY HERE (or better yet, enter to win some tickets below)
  • Website =
  • Twitter / Instagram = @UTnightday
  • Hashtag = #NDfest
  • Facebook = U-T entertainment



I’m giving away TWO pairs of tickets to the festival!

All you have to do is tell me the name of one of your mid 90’s musical crushes in the comments.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 9th at 11:59 PM PST.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 10th.

Good luck and hope to see you at the festival!

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Comments (10)

  1. Tila L 10/10/2012 at 1:51 am

    Jack Johnson, Rob Thomas, Tim McGraw, and Snoop Dogg

  2. Mar 10/09/2012 at 5:44 pm

    Ooh, Dave Matthews! And…Gavin Rossdale, who still looks good!

  3. Stephanie Banka 10/09/2012 at 2:58 pm

    For me it was Ben Harper baby! Big time. G Love was hot too. (Remind me to tell you about the sunscreen story involving a very saucy G Love) Embarrassing but awesome all the same. Also, I was and ever will be a Dave Matthews fan! We share a birthday 😉 Bless! Oh and pick me..

  4. Erica Fehrman 10/04/2012 at 9:47 am

    I agree with Molly, Lenny Kravitz was my favorite too.

  5. Christan Otterman 10/01/2012 at 11:43 pm

    I had the biggest crush on Kevin from the Backstreet boys! 🙂

  6. Jessica C 10/01/2012 at 11:36 am

    G Love was, and will always be my musical crush!! I try to never miss a show! LOVE Donovan & Pato, too! This would be so awesome to attend! ♫

    Thank you! ☺

  7. Molly Watson 09/30/2012 at 8:53 pm

    Lenny Kravitz! Oh baby.

  8. Danielle 09/27/2012 at 6:52 pm

    Dexter from the Offspring 🙂

  9. Jen 09/27/2012 at 4:03 pm

    G-Love and Kurt Cobain were my 90’s crushes. I never saw Nirvana live, but have had the opportunity to see G-Love many times at the Friday free concerts at the race track. It’s been a few years but I’m sure I still know the words to most of their songs!

  10. Stefanie 09/27/2012 at 1:04 pm

    This sounds so great!