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As The Beat Goes On! A Look Into Imperial Beach Music Scene For The Month of August

Jul 31, 2019 10:10PM ● By Paul Spear

                    A Look Into Imperial Beach Music Scene For The Month of August


                                                       As the Beat Goes On


It’s August, it’s hot outside, so let’s get right to it. Starting off at Mike Hess Brewing Company on Saturday, August 3 is the Can-Ams from Imperial Beach covering all your favorite songs starting at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, August 4 at Mike Hess Brewing Company is Green Madame Trio playing some Jazz, Blues, and R&B. starting at 1:00pm.  That night Hometown Jazz man Jason Hanna’s Jazz Quartet is with DJ Jecs at the Salty Frog so get your dancing shoes beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Last month I gave hints who the featured musician would be this month. If you guessed Allen 

Camp, you guessed right! Allen is an I.B. local who is a professional singer, guitar player, songwriter and president of ARC Productions. Known by his peers as the hardest working man in the business. His band Fuzz-Huzzi has been around since 1993 with different line- up changes throughout the years. His side projects include Allen Camp & Friends; Fuzz- Huzzi Topic and ARC Artist Relations Collective on You Tube; Breakfast with Mr. Camp on Facebook; ARC Records; and ARC Radio, Fuzz- Huzzi and Allen Camp on Spotify. New singles from Fuzz-Huzzi titled Ghost and a Tom Petty cover of Won’t Back Down created a resurgence for Fuzz-Huzzi. They are close to releasing the next single and are working on new material for an upcoming album. His side project Allen Camp & Friends released 2 new singles this year titled “She’s a Rocket and Give You My 

 Heart. All recorded at his long-time friend and partner of ARC Productions Cory Wilkens at Ears Only Audio in El Cajon.  Allen recently got the fellas back together from Suckerfish to do an upcoming 20-year reunion show. In 2017, Allen created the Artist Relations Collective known as ARC Productions. A lot had to do with the way the music scene has changed over the years. Allen took on commitments to bands and musicians. More importantly, he wanted a family atmosphere where everyone supports each other and has a level of respect for everyone involved. Henry Ford once said, “coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success”. Allen is promoting, supporting and organizing bands and musician’s schedules. With help from Cory Wilkins owner of Ears Only Audio, bands and musicians can take their time and get their recordings done right. Not having to worry about how much it costs for studio time or whatever financial burdens they may have, is a huge stress relief for everyone involved.  Allen knows how hard it is for bands and musicians to get ahead and stay on top of all their endeavors.

Allen is hosting his annual Birthday Bash along with Radgascar this month at the Salty Frog. Each event will feature bands and musicians he is working with. Coming together and showing support is what it’s all about. On Friday, August 9 at 8 pm, Allen Camps Birthday Bash Pizza Party weekend kicks off with Wet, the return of Suckerfish, Come Out Fighting (from Detroit) and Fuzz-Huzzi.

On August 10, stop by for a fun Saturday afternoon hosted by The Whatevers at Mike Hess Brewing Company at 3:00 pm. After that head back to the Salty Frog to continue Allen Camps Birthday Bash Potluck with Bitter Kiddos, Koda, Oliver James, SouthTowne Sham, War Fever, Gurschach (from San Francisco), Mind Divided and Endo Stays Baked -- the mayhem starts at 8:00 pm. Closing Allen Camps Birthday Bash at the Salty Frog on Sunday, August 11 is The Tale, 13 Past 13, My Two Eyes and Art Disposal starting at 2:00 pm. 

On August 10th enjoy some Traditional Irish And Scottish Harmonies at Celtic Corner with Lace in Coronado from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Celtic Corner is owned by a family that has lived in Imperial Beach for over 20 years. 

Saturday, August 17, Seaside Candy has family-friendly karaoke night at 4:00 pm. Head back to the Salty Frog to see Ten Bulls, Dash, The Fogels, Dani the Changeling at 9:00 pm. If you still want to do karaoke stop by the Scoreboard at 9:00 pm. for the 21 and over crowd. Sunday August 18 Green Madame Trio returns to Mike Hess Brewing Company at 1:00 pm. Wednesday August 21 is Open Mic Night at Seaside Candy at 6:00 pm. Also, on the 21st, Harpist Mair Rathburn will be at the Imperial Beach Library at 6:00 pm. On Friday August 23 is Wanted Noise, The Midnight Block and Late for Life starting at 8:30 pm. Friday, August 30 ARC Productions host Radagascar 2019 with Takeoff Deep from San Diego playing pop punk music, He’ller High Waters covering a wide variety of classic rock tunes, Bitter Kiddos from Santee (with surf punk music perfect for this beach town) and Pink Eye.  On Saturday, August 31, Radagascar continues at the Salty Frog with Jam Now (from Phoenix AZ) Swiss Rolls, Melvus and The Tale. Bossfight and Above Borders will be bringing their high energy sets. Don’t be left out come see some awesome bands!

If 21 and over Karaoke is your thing, you can find it every Friday and Saturday night starting at 

9:00 pm at The Scoreboard in Imperial Beach. Friday’s you can enjoy "Karaoke with Rick" and Saturday enjoy "Karaoke with Wally". Monday's feature free Music Bingo starting at 7:15 pm. You can always find some great tasting food specials and entertainment 7 days a week at The Scoreboard.

The Fleet Reserve also features Karaoke on Friday night as well from 7:30 till closing and serves up $10 pitchers of Margaritas.

 CELTIC CORNER / SCOTTISH TREASURES will feature some traditional Irish, Scottish music on Saturday, August 10th from 12:30- 3:30. Although this business is located in Coronado, it is owned by a long-time Imperial Beach resident, Tricia Logan Locke, and family.  You can come out and enjoy an intimate performance by LACE. LACE is comprised of Heloise Love and Kim Blackwell-These two performers interlace harmonies of traditional Irish, Scottish, and Appalachian roots, as well as original songs recapturing the stories and sounds of the past. To accompany their performance, we will have refreshments and special in-store discounts.  We are excited to spend the afternoon with you! Celtic Corner is located at 916 Orange Ave, Coronado, California 92118. 

You can also support these I.B. bands playing around town and elsewhere;

Bad KidsAugust 8 9:30 pm Soda Bar 3615 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA. with Beach Bums and Susitivity. Tickets at $12.00 - $15.00. August 15 8:30 pm Space Bar 3519 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA. 92104 Tickets sold on $10.00 General Admission, with Hibou and Tangerine. August 19 9:00 pm Soda Bar with Dezorah and Free Paintings.  Tickets at $8.00 

DAB -   Saturday August 31 8:30 pm The Ambassador Lounge 2901 Nimitz Blvd. San Diego, CA 92106 with Art Disposal and Roger the Band. No cover more details to come  

Fuzz-Huzzi / Allen Camp & Friends – Saturday, August 3 9:00 pm. Hennessey’s Tavern Carlsbad. 2777 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA. 92008 with Cory Wilkins

Check out all these bands mentioned on your favorite streaming services.

Venus mentioned in this month’s edition:

 Salty Frog - 992 Palm Avenue Imperial Beach, CA. 91910 (619)-429-3764


Seaside Candy - 150 Palm Avenue Imperial Beach, CA. 91910 (619)-500-5688

The Scoreboard – 951 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA. 91932 (619)-424-9909

Imperial Beach Library- 810 Imperial Beach Blvd. Imperial Beach, CA. 91932 (619)-424-6981

Mike Hess Brewing Company- 805 Ocean Lane Imperial Beach, CA. 91932 (619)-240-3394

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 289 - 659 Silver Strand Bl., Imperial Beach, CA 91932

CELTIC CORNER / SCOTTISH TREASURES - 916 Orange Ave, Coronado, California 92118


If you are a local musician, have a band in I.B. or will be playing in I.B. and would like to be mentioned please send information to If you liked this month’s edition don’t forget to hit the like button and please share. Get out and support the local music scene.  As the Beat Goes on in I.B.







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