SoCal Concert Venues

Belly Up

Stage – Average

Stage Lighting – Ok (need to replace red lights with other brighter colors)

Sound – Good

Staff – Friendly

Bar – Full bar.  Drink specials.

Food – Bar food (restaurant attached)

Age Limit – 21 and up.

Capacity – 600

Bang for your Buck – Great!

Camera Policy – Only point-and-shoot cameras.

Air Quality – Good.

Variety of Music – Rock, Pop, Reggae, World Music, Dance, R&B.

Venue Layout – Bar with multiple seating areas including a VIP section that overlooks the stage.

Location – 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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Brick by Brick

Stage – Average

Stage Lighting – Very poor

Sound – Average. Low end tends to drown out guitars. Very loud so bring earplugs!

Staff – Work hard to make drinks fast.

Bar – Full bar with video games in back. Drink specials.

Food – None

Age Limit – 21 and up.

Capacity – Unknown

Bang for your Buck – Average

Camera Policy – Door guys do not check.

Air Quality – Very poor and very hot. I did not see a ventilation system at all.

Variety of Music – Rock, Hard Rock and Death Metal.

Venue Layout – Bar with small stage area. Lounge area with couches. Outside area for smoking with tables.

Location – 1130 Buenos Avenue San Diego, CA 92110. Parking almost non-existent except on street in the surrounding area.

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Viejas Dream Catcher Lounge

Stage – Excellent (large)

Stage Lighting – Excellent

Sound – Good. Low end tends to be muddy. Very loud so bring earplugs!

Staff – Not a lot of smiling going on here, but do their job.

Bar – Full bar on first floor in the back with decent prices and specials (sometimes). Credit cards and cash accepted.

Food – None

Age Limit – 21 and up.

Capacity – Unknown

Bang for your Buck – Average

Camera Policy – No cameras allowed at all. The security guards spend most of the time going after people and their cameras/ cell phones instead of taking care of the drunks. They hide behind a supposed gambling rule that does not allow cameras, but I do not know why this applies to the lounge where there are NO machines or tables! Compare this to a much better casino in Palm Springs that lets you take as many pictures as you want. Go figure?

Air Quality – Very poor since people smoke like crazy at casinos and in the lounge. Very poor ventilation to deal with this problem during a show.

Variety of Music – Dance, Rock, Hard Rock, Jazz, Instrumentalists, Comedians and more.

Venue Layout – Mixture of tables, chairs, dance floor and open area depending on the event. Has a second level with seating. Restrooms in the back on the first floor.

Location – 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901. 34 minutes from San Diego – 2-lane road with no lighting from freeway to casino (very dangerous after show with drunk drivers).

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