Past Events


Saturday, Nov 22
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

A typical musician wouldn’t travel across the country by hopping freight trains or play shows inside fans’ living rooms throughout North America and Europe after selling out arenas like Madison Square Garden (for three consecutive nights), but Chadwick Stokes is anything but your typical musician.

Since forming his first band with two college friends in 1996, Chadwick Stokes has paved a path of independence, advocacy and social consciousness that’s impacted every aspect of his artistic life. In addition to fronting the bands State Radio and Dispatch, Stokes is also a co-founder of Calling All Crows, a non-profit dedicated to bringing bands and fans together to create change through hands-on activism and service. Calling All Crows has raised over $250,000 and invested more than 20,000 hours of service in local communities across North America and Europe.

Stokes is currently in the studio with Sam Beam of Iron and Wine and producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Iron and Wine) working on the followup to his 2011 solo album Simmerkane II. The yet to be titled album is slated for release in the summer of 2014.

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Monday, Nov 24

Join us for a fun and free Social Mixer presented by the Advance Professional Degree Consulting Club, UCSD.

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Tuesday, Nov 25
Doors 6pm / Show 6pm

Come and enjoy Trivia Night! Hosted by local comedian Dallas McLaughlin, the night is sure to be full of interesting questions and funny surprises! See you there! 6pm-8pm, FREE.

Monday, Dec 1
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

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Tuesday, Dec 2
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

Performing the compositions of Joe Garrison, Night People features this all-star line up:

Special Guests -
Kamau Kenyatta - soprano sax
Dr. Chris Warren - electronics
Dave Millard - alto flute

Night People Funhouse Machine:
Kirk Johnson - flute
Scott Paulson - oboe
Charlie Arbelaez - alto sax
Ian Tordella - alto sax
Ariana Warren - bass clarinet, clarinet, flute
Derek Cannon - trumpet/flugelhorn
Doug Meeuwsen - trumpet/flugelhorn
Jordan Morita - trombone
Bryan Smith - trombone
Brian O'Donnell - bass trombone
Lynn Willard - piano/keyboard
Tonga Ross-Ma'u - guitar
Doug Walker - bass
Chris Duvall - bass
Charlie Weller - drums
Joe Garrison - composer/conductor

What San Diego is saying about Joe Garrison and Night People:

An amazing unsung hero of San Diego Jazz, you simply must catch Joe Garrison and Night People.
-Dirk Sutro, Arts Communications Manager UCSD

Bold and original large ensemble writing like this is exceedingly rare. Joe Garrison and Night People are the real deal.
-Robert Bush, San Diego Reader

At the risk of redundancy, I LOVE THIS NEW RECORDING!"
-Claudia Russell, Program Director, KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM

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Thursday, Dec 4
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Step Rockets burst onto the international music scene with their single Kisser, a self-released indie pop anthem that shot to #1 on the Hype Machine charts just weeks after its release. The track was featured on countless Best-of-2013 lists and set the stage for what has become one of the most exciting acts of the past year.

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Saturday, Dec 6
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Rapper Awkwafina, from the Queens area of NYC, that is best noted by the fusion of her naturally-comedic personality with her rapping, producing viral songs like “My Vag,” “NYC Bitche$,” and “Giant Margaritas”—a song inspired by New York City’s ban on large sodas

Most recently. Awkwafina, has become a part of the cast for MTV's Girl Code.

Hailing from his hometown of Fullerton, CA, Junoflo began his musical journey early on, earning him widespread recognition and respect from both local and international listeners. Since the birth of his artistry, Juno’s biggest influences have been A Tribe Called Quest, Blu & Exile, Little Brother, and Nujabes, to name a few. He has also drawn significant inspiration from jazz and electronic music.

With all of Junoflo’s influences feeding into his personal style, he is loved for having a distinct and unique attitude that embodies the California spirit, and has garnered an organic following. In terms of funk, intensity, lyricism and charisma, Junoflo has become a West Coast icon for his fans.

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Thursday, Dec 11
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Named as one of Paste Magazine's "Top 25 Shows at SXSW 2013", The Soft White Sixties are increasingly gaining recognition for their infectious live performance. Since 2010 they have been perfecting their sound, appropriately dubbed Working Class Soul - a gritty edge to modern pop. They mix their vast influences into a hard-hitting and confident force reminiscent of classic R&B and Rock 'n' Roll but with a contemporary sensibility. Octavio Genera (vocals), Aaron Eisenberg (guitar/keys), Ryan Noble (bass), and Joey Bustos (drums) combine soulful melodies, deep grooves, and fuzzed-out hooks to form a completely distinct sound.

Their latest album Get Right. produced by Jim Greer (known for his recent work on Foster the People’s platinum-selling album, Torches) offers a sonic diary of the band's last two years: an organic collection of soul-driven anthems, heart-felt choruses, sticky grooves, and clever arrangements. Like the object after which The Soft White Sixties are named, this band shines.

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Tuesday, Dec 16
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm

Join us for The Village Squares

Featuring ~
Lizzie Shipton - Vocals
Lexi Pulido - Vocals
Stephanie Draper - Vocals
Chase Pado - Piano
Chris Duvall - Bass
Michael Puckett - Guitar
Trevor Hope - Drums
Kirk Wang - Trombone
Tsukasa Takahashi - Trumpet
Edison Salvador - Saxophone

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Wednesday, Jan 7
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Hailed by JazzTimes’ 2013 critic poll as the “Best Jazz Guitarist”, guitar prodigy Julian Lage is a brilliant creative force to be reckoned with. The subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight, He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton. With his first recording, Sounding Point, Lage arrived at a unique approach to composition and ensemble craft, and earned him his 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Whether he is playing an electric or an acoustic guitar, Lage returns to ArtPower! with his signature purity of tone and consistency of attack to everything in his repertoire.

Quote: "The best music you make is relevant to the culture you are in, the timeframe you are in. I want to keep it as relevant as possible." – JULIAN LAGE

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved

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Thursday, Jan 15
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general / $20.00 reserved

Chris Minh Dokey's Nomads featuring Dave Weckl (drums), Dean Brown (guitar), George Witty (keys), Chris Minh Doky (bass) w/ special guests HM3 featuring Harley Magsino (bass), Joshua White (keys), Charlie Weller (drums).

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Friday, Jan 16
$29.00 UCSD students / $34.00 general

ArtTalks! with Director Alexa Karolinski

Oma & Bella provides an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two dynamic octogenarian friends who live together in Berlin. Survivors of the Holocaust who stayed in Germany after the war, it is through the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other, and answer questions of heritage, memory, and identity. Directed by Oma's granddaughter Alexa, the documentary captures their ongoing struggle to retain the past while remaining very much engaged in the present. “With a delicate grace and a warm sense of humor, it is one of the most touching portraits of an elderly couple―and of Holocaust survivors― ever seen on screen” (The Paris Review).
[Alexa Karolinski, 2012, Canada, 76 min]

Oberhausen Film: Wildnis (The Wild)
An exquisite meditation on the life of an elderly couple.
[Helena Wittmann, 2013, Germany, 12 min]

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls, Roasted Brisket served with Carrot and Potato Tzimmes, Cinnamon and Sugar Cheese Blintz. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.

SPONSOR German Studies Program at UC San Diego

REGULAR >> $34 Food + Movie; $10 Movie Only
SUBSCRIBER >> $29 Food + Movie; $8 Movie Only
UCSD STUDENT >> $29 Food + Movie; $6 Movie Only

Foovies Series: Configurations of Contemporary Germany
ArtPower! and Zanzibar at the Loft are serving up a triptych of films co-curated by UCSD faculty member Margrit Frölich. This “portraiture” series explores contemporary German identity as it relates to concepts of home, economy, and history. As a special treat, each feature will be accompanied by a short film from the renowned Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

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