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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Punk And Samba And A Hint Of Irish

A photo of the band Unwritten Law.

Credit: Courtesy of Unwritten Law Facebook

Above: A photo of the band Unwritten Law.

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This weekend marks the end of an iconic music festival. Plus you can go on a musical journey to Ireland and Brazil.

Vans Warped Tour


In the late 1990s, the Vans Warped Tour was the biggest music festival to celebrate the Southern California lifestyle. But after 24 years, it’s going away.

The iconic festival that celebrates punk and underground music makes its final visit to San Diego this weekend.

The Warped Tour helped several San Diego bands get national attention, including Blink-182, Unwritten Law and Rocket From the Crypt. The spirit of the festival continues with a lineup of underground punk bands performing loud music in a giant parking lot. Just as it has for the last 24 years.

Details:11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. $30 to $55; find tickets to the Warped Tour.

Photo by Ken Jacques

A 2018 from "Once, The Musical" at Lamb's Players Theatre.

"Once, The Musical"


Coronado's Lamb’s Players Theatre stages the first local production of the intimate musical, "Once."

Set in an Dublin pub, it follows the slow romance between an Irish guitar player and a Czech pianist. Even though they have complications in their own lives, they come together through music.

In the San Diego staging, the actors all play instruments, and the set is made to look like an actual pub. You can even buy drinks on stage before the show.

Details:8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Through July 22. Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. $39 to $78; find tickets to "Once."

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

A 2018 photo of musician Seu Jorge.

Seu Jorge


Brazilian musician Seu Jorge brings his Samba-inspired music to the Belly Up.

You might recognize Jorge from the Wes Anderson movie "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou." In that film, he performed David Bowie covers in Portuguese.

But his own music is more jazz and funk infused, giving you the flavors of South American music. Jorge lived in poverty and lost his brother to violence, and you can hear a mix of melancholy in his music together with more vibrant Brazilian influences.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Belly Up Tavern, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $75 to $132; find tickets to Seu Jorge.

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