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Soulless In San Diego?

Does San Diego Have Enough Venues for R&B?

Stevie and the Hi-Staxx performing live in the KPBS studios.

Credit: Beth Accomando

Above: Stevie and the Hi-Staxx performing live in the KPBS studios.

Is San Diego a soulless city? Recently Seth Combs wrote an article bemoaning the lack of venues for R&B. DJ Claire joins the discussion with live music from Stevie and the Hi-Staxx.


There's great music happening in San Diego. If you love classical, indie rock, electronic music, even jazz you can find shows and concerts galore. But if your tastes turn to rhythm and blues, soul music then you may have to really look around.

Recently, Seth Combs wrote an article for CityBeat calling San Diego "the most soulless city I've ever been in." He acknowledges that there is a great music scene but not many venues willing to support R&B. And even when R&B is showcased it gets billed as "low-rider oldies." Seth Combs joins Midday along with DJ Claire, who says she "spins vinyl in the name of soul." Also in studio, to give us a live demonstration of some local R&B, is Stevie and the Hi-Staxx.

Some suggested events from DJ Claire:

This Wednesday, 11/16 at Starlite (9pm)

Saturday, 11/19 at El Take It Easy (9pm)

Sunday, 11/20 at Starlite for brunch (11am-2 pm)

Saturday, 11/26 at Whistle Stop (5-8 pm)

SOme venues showcasing R&B: Bar Pink and The Whistle Stop.


Seth Combs, freelance arts and music writer.

DJ Claire, spins vinyl in the name of soul.

Performance by Stevie and the Hi-Staxx.

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