On Another Note


By Pat Sherman

An eclectic mix of local talent will rock Shelter Island during the 21st annual San Diego Music Awards (SDMA), August 8 at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on Shelter Island. The event-during which nearly 30 awards will be presented to local musicians-includes much-anticipated performances by surf rock act Wavves, twangy rock duo Little Hurricane, The Silent Comedy, Cuckoo Chaos and many more.

Last month, San Diegans cast votes online for their favorite performers, all vying for awards in 23 categories. Four additional awards will be determined by members of the San Diego Music Academy.

San Diego punk rock progenitors, the Penetrators (1977- 1984), will receive the San Diego Music Foundation’s Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of the late Penetrators drummer and Beat Farmers’ front man.

Event producer Kevin Hellman says the Penetrators-and various members’ subsequent musical projects-were a catalyst that helped San Diego’s music scene thrive through the decades.

Also performing will be jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and Oceanside blues singer Candye Kane (with pianist and longtime collaborator Sue Palmer). The duo’s CD, One Night in Belgium, was nominated for a Best Jazz Album award.

“I try to make this show represent more than just the indie rock scene every year,” Hellman says of the event, first held in 1991 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla.

To read the complete list of nominees or to purchase tickets, visit

San Diego Music Awards
WHEN: August 8, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, Shelter Island
TICKETS: $30-$50
INFO: sandiegomusicawards .com