San Diego can rock and roll with the best of them - and not just because of the earthquakes. From Jewel, Switchfoot and P.O.D. to Tom Waits, Rocket From The Crypt and Andra Day, this fair city has produced more than its fair share of top talent over the years.
Here's a look at Julia Vari, a local musician that's worth tuning into now.
About the musician
Genre: Pop, electro, jazz, flamenco
Label: Formerly Prodisc Records in Mexico; now in negotiations with several labels.
Biggest hit: "Habanera" (youtube.com)
Worst day job: "When I was doing musical theater in New York City, I worked at a pastry shop. They did not have 'artist-friendly' hours - and I had 6 a.m. shifts. Obviously, that didn't last long; I was fired after arriving late and half asleep."
If it weren't for music, I'd be: "Dead."
Next local gig: May 4, The Loft at UCSD (Price Center E, 9500 Gilman Dr., Ste. 0077, La Jolla).
Of note: Julia Vari studied voice, piano, theory and composition at the Eastman School of Music and musical theater at New York University.
"Probably one of the more unusual aspects of my music is that I sing in eight different languages. I have always loved languages, and it is easier for me to learn, because they say that both bilingual people and musicians are better language learners. Besides the variety of languages, I consider myself a very versatile singer and musician, and people often have a hard time defining my genre, which I think makes my style a lot more interesting."