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The Casbah has been open since 1989. Its first location had a legal capacity of 75 and hosted such bands as: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, The Jesus Lizard and Rocket From The Crypt.
In the beginning of '94 they moved just down the road to their larger, plusher quarters and the rest is history. The "new" location has a capacity of 200+, there is an enclosed smoking patio, a back room featuring pool tables, pinball, the classic video game Galaga, and a full bar. There is also a music room with a full bar and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Some of the bands that have played at the current location include: Boss Hog, MGMT, TV on the Radio, Devotchka, Franz Ferdinand, Morphine, The Damned, X, Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Basement Jaxx, TSOL, The Arcade Fire, The Shins, Band of Horses, The Breeders, Elastica, The Jesus Lizard, TSOL, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids, Weezer, Silversun Pickups, Ben Harper, Liz Phair, G Love & Special Sauce, Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, The Cult, and local acts such as Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Three Mile Pilot, Creedle, the Rugburns, Jewel, The Dragons, Blackheart Procession, Pinback, etc..
The Casbah features live music at least 6, often 7 nights a week with cover charges usually varying from $0 to $15. Patrons must be 21 with a valid ID. Hours, unless otherwise noted, are 8:30pm-2am.
Tickets for most Casbah shows are sold through their online ticketing system - Ticketfly. You can also charge by phone at 888-512-7469. Service charges are between $2.00 - $4.50 depending on ticket price. When you purchase tickets online or by phone the Casbah recommends that you select the will call option - simply show up, ask for your name on will call and you're all set. Just like that.
Upcoming event at The Casbah
- Thursday, August 12, 8:30 p.m.
- The San Diego Music Awards started in 1991, as a way to recognize the achievements of our diverse local music community. Now in its 29th year, the San Diego Music Awards presents awards in over 20 categories, recognizing many different genres of music including Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Americana and World Music. Past performers include Jewel, Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, P.O.D., Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek). The San Diego Music Awards is ... Read more
All upcoming events at The Casbah
2021 San Diego Music Awards Hip Hop ShowcaseAugust 12, 2021
San Diego Music Awards ShowcaseAugust 13, 2021