Cause For Applause


By Christine Pasalo

Eardrums will be doing overtime Labor Day Weekend when downtown’s El Dorado Cocktail Lounge rolls out the Great American Showcase on September 4.

Billed by organizers as “San Diego’s next big thing in art, charity and music”-with one dollar for every ticket sold going to the youth-focused cancer foundation Keep A Breast- the Sunday gig-athon features top local musical acts including The Soft Pack, Euphoria Brass Band and Nervous Wreckords, plus turntable trickery from Jurassic 5’s DJ Numark and others. Just don’t call the event a music festival.

“Every time some bar or club has a few bands, they call it a festival,” says El Dorado’s marketing and entertainment director, Justin Fortier. “The name ‘Great American Showcase’ was chosen because we wanted to celebrate an era when hard work really meant something.”

To that end, the location will be decked out in a turn-of-the-20th century vaudevillian theme-harking to the variety stage shows that were popular when the first Labor Day was observed in New York City on
Tuesday, September 5, 1882.

Outdoor Stage: The Soft Pack, Nervous Wreckords, DJ Numark, The Howls, The Creepy Creeps, Old English, Grand Tarantula, Lyon Crowns, Joy, Euphoria Brass, Brand, Adam Salter.

Indoor Stage: Kevin Martin, Corey Biggs, Bubble Gum Sci-Fi, Saul Q, Profile, Blancnoir, DJ All Good, The Kabbs.

The Great American Showcase
WHEN: Sept. 4, 2 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (and adjacent parking lot), downtown
TICKETS: $20 advance, $25 at the door