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Veronica May, Ariel Levine and The Havnaughts, award winners all, will rock the Casbah

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Singer-songwriter Veronica May, a music therapist by day, won Best Pop Album honors at the 2019 San Diego Music Awards.
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Veronica May, Ariel Levine and The Havnaughts all gave impressive performances last week as nominees at the 2019 San Diego Music Awards.

The same night saw May win for Best Pop Album and The Havnaughts for Best New Artist and Best Local Recording.

On Friday, they will join the charismatic Levine for what should be a memorable night at the Casbah. May will headline with her band, which features guitarist Jeff Berkley, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Josh Hermsmeier. Those same musicians perform on May’s award-winning album — in actuality a five-song EP called “Teaser” — so named because she recorded 16 other songs at the same time for her next album.

Equally gifted as a singer and songwriter, May is a music therapist by day. She is now completing her book, “Bi-Polar According to Veronica.”

May describes it as: “a little snapshot of manic episodes I was hospitalized for. The title is a biblical reference — in my psychosis, I think I’m Jesus, my best friend is John the Baptist and my girlfriend is the Virgin Mary.”

Veronica May Band, Ariel Levine and The Mechanical Royalties, and The Havenaughts: 9 p.m. Friday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $12 (must be 21 or older to attend). (619) 232-5355. casbahmusic.com

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