Did you have to attend Coachella via the YouTube feed this past weekend? When Ariana Grande brought out *NSYNC, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, and Mase, or covered Frank Ocean, were you wishing you were in the desert instead of in front of your laptop? Or maybe you wanted to head to Indio but couldn’t afford a ticket, or had to work. Well, not to worry.
Of San Diego’s multitude of awesome qualities, proximity to the festival of festivals is definitely among them. Not only because Coachella is so close for those who want to attend, but more importantly, it’s perfectly close enough that many bands choose to play here between their scheduled weekends in the desert.
Last year, a massive crop of groups that played the festival also scheduled dates in San Diego. From David Byrne, Miguel, and alt-j to Marian Hill, HAIM, and Chromeo, more than 20 acts from Indio headed south.
While this year is undoubtedly a tad bit thinner, there are still plenty of shows to be had.
For those currently missing the assembled talent (but not everything else that comes with a gigantic festival), and as well for those who wanted to go but just couldn’t swing it, here is a list of Coachella bands that are making local stops over the next two weeks.
Parisian DJ/producer Vincent Fenton, aka FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), started his career as a movie sound engineer. But it wasn’t long before Fenton started composing the soundtrack to his own life. After releasing a pair of EPs, a handful of singles, and some remixes, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist and beat maker debuted his self-titled full-length album in 2017.
After touring the globe to promote it, Fenton returned this year with a pair of new singles, March’s Leave My Home and this week’s collaboration with up-and-coming 19-year-old UK R&B crooner Col3trane, Perfect Timing. Unsurprisingly, the songs deftly mix FKJ’s hip-hop, soul, jazz, house, and downtempo influences much in the same way as his debut does.
Word is that a new full-length album is on the way, but seeing this cinematic artist in the undeniably gorgeous setting provided by Humphreys is a no-brainer.
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 22414 Shelter Island Dr., Shelter Island, humphreysconcerts.com
4.15, 18: Kero Kero Bonito @ Casbah
4.16: Iceage + Shame (both playing Coachella) @Casbah
4.16: Dermot Kennedy @ Observatory North Park
4.16: Hyukoh @ Music Box
4.18: Smino @ Observatory North Park
4.18: CloZee @ Music Box
4.19: The Interrupters @ Observatory North Park
4.23: Superorganism @ Music Box