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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From Punk To Payare

A 2018 portrait of San Diego Symphony's new music director, Rafael Payare.

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Symphony

Above: A 2018 portrait of San Diego Symphony's new music director, Rafael Payare.

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This weekend is packed with diverse music events, from punk to classical, and even a capella.

Rafael Payare at San Diego Symphony


This weekend the San Diego Symphony welcomes the debut of its music director designate, Rafael Payare.

He appears as part of the Symphony’s Hearing the Future festival, where he will perform alongside his wife, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

The concert will feature the orchestra's first-ever performance of Benjamin Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, as well as Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and Strauss' Don Juan.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown. $20 to $100; find tickets to Payare and Weilerstein.

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Casbah

A promotional graphic for The Dragons, a San Diego-based band.

Casbah 30


The Casbah is one of San Diego’s most treasured music venues, a small club by the airport where bands like Weezer and the White Stripes have performed.

It’s also a place that gave local artists their start, including Blink-182, Jewel and Jason Mraz.

2019 marks the Casbah’s 30th anniversary and the month-long celebration includes a mix of throwback performances, local music showcases and other events.

This weekend features the reunion of one of San Diego’s most beloved punk bands, The Dragons as well as fellow hard rocking outfit, Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver.

Details: Dragons performs at 8:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $18; find tickets to The Dragons

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Whiffenpoofs

A 2018 photo of Yale's Whiffenpoofs a capella group.

Yale Whiffenpoofs


If you’re a fan of the "Pitch Perfect" movies, here’s your chance to see the roots of a capella music with Yale’s esteemed Whiffenpoofs. Formed in 1909, it's the country’s oldest collegiate a capella group.

The Poofs are made up of incoming seniors who take a year off to tour the world, performing a capella versions of popular and traditional songs. And for the first time in its history, the Whiffenpoofs have welcomed a female member. Sofia Campoamor was admitted into the group in 2018 and she will be at the San Diego performance.


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