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Weekend Preview: The Beach Boys, Mrs. Magician And A Strawberry Fest

The Beach Boys bring their 50th Anniversary tour to San Diego Friday, May 25.

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Above: The Beach Boys bring their 50th Anniversary tour to San Diego Friday, May 25.

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Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and what better way to welcome warmer days than with The Beach Boys, who bring their iconic songs of sun and surf to the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Friday. The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and legendary singer/songwriter Brian Wilson joins founding bandmates Al Jardine and Mike Love, for the first time together on stage in more than two decades. (If tomorrow's show is anything like their recent show in Chicago, fans are in for a real treat. Expect to hear lots of '60s hits, deep cuts and classic covers.)

Fifty years on, The Beach Boys continue to inspire today's bands, including local surf-punks Mrs. Magician who are often compared to Wilson and the Boys. The band is generating lots of buzz, and San Diego CityBeat music editor Peter Holslin says they are "well positioned to blow up on a national scale." Last month, the band released its first album, "Strange Heaven," which was produced by local rock veteran John "Swami" Reis. See what the buzz is all about when Mrs. Magician celebrates its record release with a show Saturday at The Soda Bar in City Heights. Local bands New Mexico and Ditches open, plus DJ Swami. (Read Holslin's feature on the band in this week's issue.)

Dizzy's no longer has a permanent home downtown, however, the beloved live music venue continues to put on shows at multiple locations throughout the city. This weekend, Dizzy's presents two shows featuring local jazz legends. On Friday, jazz fusion group The ESP Quintet will pay tribute to the legendary Miles Davis on the eve of his birthday, with a rare performance at McCrea Music Company in La Mesa. And on Sunday, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos performs with Daniel Jackson, Marshall Hawkins, Gary LeFebvre, Mundell Lowe, Carlos Vasquez, Graham Dechter and more surprise guests at Tango Del Rey in Mission Bay.

The glowstick-loving crowd can dance the day and night away at “I Love This City,” a one-day electronic dance music (EDM) festival featuring headliner Skrillex, The Crystal Method and two-dozen more electronic-dance-music artists, happening Sunday at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista.

Strawberries are at their peak this time of year, and strawberry lovers can revel at the Vista Strawberry Festival Sunday in downtown Vista, which features all things berry-related from a strawberry pie-eating contest to strawberry costume contest, strawberry homebrew contest and even a "Strawberry Idol", an "American Idol"-inspired singing contest.

Looking ahead to next week, chamber opera enthusiasts will have a chance to hear “Der Kaiser von Atlantis," a one-act opera written in 1943 by Viktor Ullmann while he was interned in the concentration camp Theresienstadt. When the opera's obvious references to the Nazi regime were discovered during rehearsal, the work was banned, resulting in tragic consequences for the composer and his family, though the work survived. "Der Kaiser van Atlantis" opens Wednesday, May 30, with additional performances Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center in La Jolla.


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