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Summer Fun on the 101: June 22nd, 2019


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by | June 10, 2019 · 9:40 am

Summer Fun 2018

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Battle of the Bands

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The stage is set for the young musicians of Encinitas to compete for a spot at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival.

On Sunday May 6th 2018 at  Seaweed & Gravel, each band will have twenty minutes on stage to impress the judges and audience. At the end of the concert, our expert panel of judges will choose the winner! The winning band will receive a prize pack and get the opportunity to play at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival on Saturday June 23!

If you would like to participate in 2018, pleaase read the following info. includes how to apply and requirements for participants: 

If you think you’ve got what it takes, email BOTH and the following information:

– Your band’s name, band members’ names, ages and school of your band members (at least one member of your band must show proof of living in the City of Encinitas and no band members may be older than high school age).

– An email address, phone number and mailing address so we can contact your band.

– A recording of your band in one of the following formats: a link to a streaming video or recording on the web; an Mp3 or other universal digital format; or a physical CD recording. (These items can also be mailed or hand delivered to the L101 office at 386 N Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas 92024)

– If any band member is in elementary school, please include written consent from a parent or guardian

Please send all the required information and music no later than April 30, 2018 to both: and Please wait one day for confirmation reply.

Info regarding equipment and set times for the day of the event will be sent out to all participating bands on May 1st. Call (760) 436-2320 or email if you have any questions regarding the event.

Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. ROOM IS LIMITED, so send us your application materials and details ASAP!

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Summer Fun on the 101 June 24th, 2017


People get ready, Summer Fun is coming!

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Due to inclement weather forecast for Sunday, the Battle of the Bands has been moved to UNIV Studio at 1057 S Coast Hwy 101 in downtown Encinitas. We are very grateful to keep the show going at the same time this Sunday May 7th from  noon-3. See previous post for schedule.


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Battle of the Bands May 7th at Seaweed and Gravel

Don’t miss all the good times at our 2017 Battle for the Bands for Summer Fun at Seaweed and Gravel (1144 N coast Hwy 101 Leucadia) this Saturday May 7th from noon-3PM! The judges will choose one young band to play on June 24th at Leucadia Roadside Park. See below for our talent packed schedule.

We’ll also be raising money for the Summer Fun Music Scholarship Fund and revealing this year’s Summer Fun lineup so grab your cruiser and come check it out!

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*Set times subject to change

12-12:15 PM – 5 More Minutes

12:30-12:45 PM – The Elements

1:00-1:15 PM – Lizzie Waters

1:30-2:00 PM – The Unknowns

2:15-2:30 – Synesthesia

2:45-3:00 – The Statistics

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Summer Fun TODAY in South Leucadia


Our final day of Summer Fun! Here’s a schedule with some short descriptions:

Sunday June 26, 2015

Support Local Business Music Walk and Record Swap

 11-6 pm

Swell Property Craft Beer Garden at Priority Public House (576 N. Coast Hwy 101)

1:00 pm- Heather Nation baroque folk

2:00 pm- Inspired and the Sleep synth pop

3:00 pm- Mattson 2 surf jazz

4:00 pm- The Gloomies  stylish indie rock

5:00PM – Monarch fuzzy scuzzy rock

Vivic mellow EDM between bands

& various locations on N. Coast Hwy 101

At 454 Tattoo & Body Piercing (454 N. Coast Hwy 101)

11:30 am- Gemini Junction  blue grass

12:30pm- Kiki Halliday  mellow beach

1:30-2PM – Boaz Roberts  avante garde

At Ducky Waddles (414 N. Coast Hwy 101)

11:30 am- The Velvet Flower – surf psych

12:30 pm- Amerikan Bear (Acoustic) psycho psych folk

1:30-2PM – PadreWisdom and Friend  mystery rock

At Gold Coast Plaza (466 N. Coast Hwy 101) 

11:00 am- Jay Cain  maynard folk

12:00 pm- The Friends   twee-gaze folk

1:00 pm- The Sham Saints  psych folk

At Lou’s Records (434 N. Coast Hwy 101) Record Swap 11AM-2PM

11:00 am- Yael and Vlady   gypsy folk

12:00 pm- North County Lumber Truck   family blues band

1:00 pm- Wish and the Well folky tonk






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Summer Fun TODAY at Roadside Park

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Here’s today’s final schedule for the festivities at Roadside Park with some short descriptions…


Saturday June 25, 2016

Leucadia Roadside Park

(860 N Coast hwy 101)

12-8 pm

12:00 pm- Tropical Breeze traditional Hawaiian

12:45 pm- Rubenstein Drive-By (Judges’ Choice Battle Winners) indie rock  

1:30 pm- Mango Melody mellow beach rock

2:15 pm-Second Cousins modern folk

3:00 pm- David J  godfather of goth

4:00 pm- Birdy Bardot California soul

5:00 pm- Ocelot heavy cosmic rock

6:00 pm- Montalban Quintet cinematic jazz rock

6:45 pm-Casey Hensley Band traditional blues

7:30 pm Sacri Monti heavy psych blues

DJ Mancat spinning the hits between bands from 3-6

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Birdy Bardot: California Soul


Birdy Bardot is hardly a new face in the San Diego music scene. She and husband Brian Reilly started The New Kinetics back in 2010 and have been firing up local clubs like the Casbah with their scorching hot garage rock ever since. In 2015 Birdy joined up with a new roster at Redwoods Records and recorded her self-titled debut album that SD Citybeat proclaimed the number one San Diego album of 2015.


The seven-piece Birdy Bardot Band is made up of the tightest musical talents in town, including guitarist Dillon Casey whose excellent modern folk band Second Cousins will be playing Saturday 2:15PM at Roadside Park before Birdy takes the stage at 4PM. The original “Garage psych, haunted lullabies and California soul” of Birdy Bardot is sure to bring beautiful vibrations to Leucadia this Saurday!

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Dark Side of the Fun, Pt II

IMG_8766.jpgOcelot @ Lou’s Records Summer Fun 2015, photo by Steve Dahms

Meet four local bands steeped in heavy psychedelic blues and rock sounds, each with their own musical identity, yet connected by shared band mates.


Ocelot is fronted by lead singer Stephanie Brown’s smokey mezzo soprano moan. Guitarist James Upton delivers delicious blues riffage, Kyre Wilcox brings the bouncing bass grooves, keyboardist Evan Wenskay offers swirling synth lines and drummer Andrew Ware pounds everything into place behind the drums.

For the last two years this crew has been lighting the Belly Up on fire with their  crescendoing cosmic jams and they just released a powerful new self-titled EP. Don’t miss them 5 PM at Roadside Park on Saturday.

Sacri Monti

 Sacri Monti is Latin for Sacred Mountain. These five friends have elevated their guitar-centric shredding to a sacred craft. Their eponymous debut LP just came out on Tee Pee Records and it’s a loud and ripping affair. A lot of writers use the term “stoner rock” to refer to this new generation of long haired maniacs inspired by Earthless and 70’s guitar rock. We don’t think that’s a fair term. The tightness and complexity of their tunes would indicate that they practice as much as any jazz or classical musicians.

Dylan Donovan is on guitar, Anthony  Meier plays bass (also plays in Radio Moscow), Evan Wenskay is on keys/echoplex, Thomas DiBenedetto (also plays in Joy) pounds the drums, while Brenden Dellar sings and plays guitar. Catch them closing down festivities on Saturday night 7:30 PM at Roadside Park.


Monarch is another heavy guitar band from Encinitas made up of Matt Weis, Andrew Ware, Thomas DiBenedetto, Dominic Denholm, Nate Burns.

Taking huge influence from the Allman Brother’s Band and Wishbone Ash, these five gentleman have concocted their own groovy sound anchored by intricate guitar harmonies

Monarch is set to release their debut LP on the Portuguese label El Paraiso Records on July 29th. And like most of the other bands mentioned in this post, they have a strong following in Europe. Don’t miss their 5PM set at Priority Public House on Sunday.

 Amerikan Bear

Here’s the man they call Bear in the band they call Amerikan Bear. Steeped in early psych and soul sounds of the mid to late sixties, this dude is an animal on the mic. His ferocious and heart wrenching howls are in a class of their own. His mini psych-masterpieces even caught the ear of Alex Maas of Black Angels who is featured on Amerikan Bear’s most recent tune called “I Know the Story”.

Amerikan Bear is typically Bear on guitar/vocals,  Omar Veytia on 12-string guitar,  Andrew Ware on drums,  Conor Riley on keys and Daniel on bass. But Sunday 12:30PM (noon) at Ducky Waddle’s, Amerikan Bear will be playing a special solo acoustic set.

Come out and support these heavy brothers and sisters who are stirring up a great rock scene in San Diego.

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