Welcome to East County Nightlife (wipe that smirk off your face), your new weekly guide to steppin’ out close to home.
Sure, downtown San Diego might have uber-trendy clubs and $75 steaks, and the beaches might have the largest selection of mingling singles west of SDSU, but East County has a nightlife flavor all its own—intimate pubs, enthusiastic local bands, plus a few casinos regularly featuring national acts.
Besides, where else will your tone-impaired karaoke rendition of “Sweet Child Of Mine” be rewarded with warm applause and offers of free shots?—not that Mission Valley bar and grill franchise. And looking to push the fun levels past the legal limit?—that cab ride home all the way from PB is going to cost you. So stick around in your own stomping grounds, and jot down one of the following events in your calendar. East County holla!
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Where/when: Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Why Go: Start the weekend with some class and watch the Grossmont Symphony String Quartet perform chamber music.
5 MILES HIGH
Where/when: , 8528 Magnolia Ave., Santee, 9 p.m. Friday
Why Go: Local band 5 Miles High will rock out with classic rock covers, so bring your dancing shoes and big hair.
DIRK’S HALLOWEEN 2 PARTY
Where/when: , 7662 Broadway, Lemon Grove, Saturday.
Why Go: Halloween is too much fun to limit to once a year—break out those costumes for a chance at cash prizes, plus live music from Rockchild starting at 9 p.m.
Price: No cover.
LOCAL MUSIC NIGHT
Where/when: , 8278 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Why Go: See local musicians up close and personal as they perform original, acoustic sets every Saturday.
Price: Free, but artists can’t live on applause alone—tips are welcome.
Where/when: Sycuan Casino Showcase Theatre, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 8 p.m. Saturday
Why Go: Grammy-nominated country star Billy Currington will perform his self-described “feel good” hits at Sycuan’s intimate theater.
Where/when: Viejas V Lounge, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
Why Go: Local band Caliber invites you to sing and dance along to their unique blend of rock, funk and reggae.
DANCE AWAY THE BLUES WITH STAN AND OLLIE
Where/when: , 3902 Kenwood Drive, Spring Valley, 7 p.m. Sunday
Why Go: Laurel and Hardy enthusiast club Saps at Sea invites you to a screening of “We Faw Down” (1928), “Asleep in the Feet” (1933) and “Dancing Masters” (1943), featuring an early-career appearance of Robert Mitchum.
KARAOKE WITH SUSIE AND EDDIE
Where/when: , 8099 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Why Go: Everyone is welcome to belt out their favorite tunes, and while there are no prizes (or shot at American Idol stardom), you’re a winner for having the confidence to step up to the mic.
Price: Free, but make sure to sample one of Anna’s delectable pies or other home-style treat.
WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER
Where/when: , 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Why Go: Even though it’s not technically “nightlife,” it involves wine, and hey, it’s always 5 p.m. somewhere. Team Kaiser will host the event, featuring live music, a silent auction and prizes in addition to sampling Gio’s incredible selection of wines, benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation's Take Steps Walk.
Price: $25 advance, $30 at the door.