Past Events


Tuesday, Feb 16
Doors 7pm / Show 7pm

Argentine Tango Club Presents - Tango Milonga

Join us for a night of dancing with live DJ. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, Feb 17
Doors 6pm / Show 6:30pm

Join us on February 17th for our professional mixer; meet with 25 of San Diego's top attorneys, all from a wide variety of legal fields and expertise and available to meet and greet you -- up and coming professionals -- on Wednesday evening at The Loft, UCSD.

This is a professional opportunity not to miss. Ask any questions you like, and learn firsthand from the best. We hope to see you there!


Professional Attire Required

Friday, Feb 19
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm

Join us before the Harlem Quartet take the stage for a pre-performance ArtTalk. Open to Harlem Quartet ticket holders only.

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Saturday, Feb 20
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

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Celebrate the self-titled CD Release Party for The Village Squares. This hot San Diego indie-soul-spunk band features the talent of...

Lizzie Shipton - Vocals
Lexi Pulido - Vocals
Kelly Khun - Vocals
Chase Pado - Piano
Chris Duvall - Bass
Michael Puckett - Guitar
Michael Hayes - Drums
Kirk Wang - Trombone
Tsukasa Takahashi - Trumpet
Edison Salvador - Saxophone

Bomb Squad opens the show!

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Sunday, Feb 21
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $15.00 general

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Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul. Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, "Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around.

For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses and dives - as a solo act, front man for roots ensemble "Steppin' In It", classic swing band "Shout Sister Shout", songwriter showcase band "The Starlight Six" and frequently as a workshop facilitator, presenter or instructor.

His music is steeped in ragtime blues, sweet jazz and real country but Davis's broad schooling in the cultural, political and musical roots of American tradition has resulted in more than a simple retelling of universal themes. Dubbed, "the Michigan version of the Great American Songscape" (Chris Reitz, Elderly Instruments), his catalog is a seamless snapshot of American past and present. Joshua has shared stages with a diverse list of luminaries, such as Tim O'Brien, Greg Brown, The Indigo Girls, Leftover Salmon, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Corey Harris, John Gorka, Jeff Daniels, Ellis Paul, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jimmy LaFave, Ray Bonneville, Arlo Guthrie, Abigail Washburn, Larry McCray, Sunny Wilkinson, Catie Curtis, Bill Kirchen, Peter "Madcat" Ruth, Bernie Leadon, Wayne Hancock, The Verve Pipe, John Hammond, Pete Seeger and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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Tuesday, Feb 23
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm

GSA and Postdocs, UCSD, team up for another fun filled night of trivia that's sure to leave you thinking, laughing and united to your many associates and friends. Sun Set trivia plays host!

Thursday, Feb 25
Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm

Join the Brazilian Student Association and Tritons for Israel
for a night of Brazilian and Israeli food, music, and dance ‹ all
combined. Everyone is welcomed!

Friday, Feb 26
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general

Kneebody blends a hip hop beat and swagger with the forceful certainty and conviction of rock...tied it up with steady collective improvisation and an obsession with structure.

Not a lot of extended solos just a tight, shifting musical landscape of emotionally charged texture and tempo rendered with extraordinary musicianship and technical precision.

Every time I listen to them I laugh with delight and awe - this band rocks.

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Tuesday, Mar 1
Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm

Organized by Professors Gloria Chacon (Literature) and Julie Burelle (Theatre and Dance), this evening of poetry, spoken word, and storytelling by Indigenous writers and performers features a variety of emergent and established artists from local communities reading their own work, or selections from other Indigenous writers from other areas of the world. Participants include: Diana Cervera, Tria Blu Wakpa, Gordon Johnson (Cahuilla Cupeno), Amrah Salomon, The Rincon Youth Storytellers, and others on and off campus.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies 25th Anniversary Events and Native American Student Association

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Thursday, Mar 3
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

2014 was a banner year for Jared Pellerin. With the independent release of Floating While Dreaming, Pell established himself as a premiere force in the music world. The first major statement of a serious artist, Floating While Dreaming garnered ecstatic press across the board, including FADER, Billboard, Complex, and many others. The album allowed Pell to flex his musical muscle while forging his own identity.

Though he hails from N’awlins, Pell’s sonics are more of an eclectic barrage of ethereal grooves than the raw bounce hallmark of the region. He seamlessly and tactfully flips from affectionate wordsmith to hook-smashing crooner on exceptional cuts like “The Never” and “Eleven:11.” Another album highlight “Runaway” captures Pell’s sense of striving, of rap as survival and profession, not purely a game of easy spoils, as he spits verses full of personal reflection.

Pell knows the importance of dreams. Hurricane Katrina forced Pell’s family to move to Jackson, Mississippi, when Pell was only fourteen. “All I was able to take with me from New Orleans was the musical culture I grew up in, not my possessions, only memories and life lessons,” he says, “creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience.”

That same spirit of resilience is what took Pell from his day job at the Dollar Store (as chronicled in the song “Dollar Store”) to a nation-wide tour spanning over twenty-five states, including several shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas, as well as the BUKU Music + Art festival in his hometown of New Orleans. The massive amount of touring for Floating While Dreaming allowed Pell to hone his already-impressive live show, a delicate balance of laid-back singing and passionate rapping that hits both the mind and the heart with equal force.

With over three million streams on Spotify since its release, Floating While Dreaming represents the start of Pell’s career, an album about the time between dreaming and doing, the moments spent waiting for the journey to start. As a writer, rapper, and singer, Pell’s talent is formidable, and his skills are still growing. The next step of Pell’s journey comes in 2015, with an international tour and a new album in the works.

Having already landed spots on Complex’s Top 25 Rappers To Know in 2014, Pigeons & Planes Top 10 Rappers to Know Before They Blow, and Spotify’s Predicted Music Stars of 2015, Pell is poised to surpass even his wildest dreams in the year to come.

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Friday, Mar 4
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm

Join us before the Meccore String Quartet take the stage for a pre-performance ArtTalk. Open to Meccore String Quartet ticket holders only.

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Saturday, Mar 5
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general / FREE reserved

Join for this special night, featuring:
Tyson Motsenbocker
Jung Park
Austin North
Craig Marker

UCSD Student: $5.00
GA Advance: $10.00
GA Door: $12.00

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Thursday, Mar 31
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm
$29.00 UCSD students / $34.00 general

Regular: $34 Food + Movie; $10 Movie Only
UCSD Students: $29 Food + Movie; Free Movie Only

Gender activist Diane Torr’s worldwide appearances and workshops are now legendary. For the past 30 years, the focus of this performance artist’s work has been an exploration of the theoretical, artistic, and practical aspects of gender identity. Katarina Peters’ documentary, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012, observes a Diane Torr workshop in Berlin in which a group of open-minded women came together to discover the secrets of masculinity. What really makes a man a man and a woman a woman? [Katarina Peters, 2012, Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, 59 min]

LGBT Resource Center, Women’s Center

Chili Lime Chicken Wings paired with Citrus Frisée Salad, Duo of Pork Medallions, Mushroom Ragu and Mango Salsa served with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Duo of Chocolate Truffles. Vegetarian options available upon request, visit for menu. Drinks sold separately.

The 2015–2016 Foovies series explores cultural and gender identity in the context of three “national awareness” months, thoughtfully paired with deliciously prepared menus by Zanzibar at The Loft. The series is integrated into UC San Diego’s Visual Arts curriculum and offers students free tickets to each event!


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Saturday, Apr 2
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Singer-songwriter José James has always been on the quest for new musical horizons; constantly evolving and blurring the lines between genres in the process. While keeping his trademark soulful baritone at the forefront, James adeptly weaves elements of indie rock, folk, funk, blues, hip hop, and R&B into an experience journeying from desire to introspection and spiritual epiphany in his music. His latest project, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, is a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of Holiday’s 100th birthday. James celebrates the woman he refers to as his “musical mother” with a stunning set of songs written or popularized by Holiday. “My first clear musical memory is of Billie Holiday,” says James. “Billie’s voice floated through our house—grand, warm, intimate, and wholly unique.” Those same words could certainly be applied to James’ own voice, a versatile baritone that is distinct in its richness and expressiveness.

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Tuesday, Apr 19
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $13.00 general

Judah & The Lion - A biography

"Friend of a friend" is the way it all came together, three very different people from very different places, united by a shared love of music. As a band, Judah & the Lion owes much to fate and to the small town feel of Nashville, the city that brought the trio together from scattered parts of the country. The three met while attending Belmont University in the city, introduced to each other through music and mutual friends.

"We all had similar stories, despite the fact that we'd grown up in different places," explains mandolin player Brian Macdonald, "Judah is the Southerner, I'm the Chicago city slicker, and Nate is the laidback, bearded Rocky Mountain guy."

One listen and you can hear the influence of each of their youths. Judah Akers in his Tennessee hometown, listening to the soulful crackle of Ray Charles records, Nate Zuercher, a Colorado kid into rugged rock'n'roll, Macdonald driving through the suburbs of Chicago, blasting everything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel.

Somehow, all these sounds have come together in Judah & the Lion -- the old school sincerity of Southern gospel and soul, the energy of rock and the time-tested pop of classics and hits from the past. And through it all, there is the sound too -- of their shared obsession, the feverishly nostalgic twang of bluegrass, country and traditional folk music.

Judah & the Lion is a modern pop band with a feel as old as hills and holler, Akers' topical lyricism matched with the familiar feel traditional instrumentation -- mandolin, banjo and the kind of vocal harmonies that make the heart ache.

"We're all very different people but it has been obvious since the day we met that we should make music together," says banjo-player Nate Zuercher, "Though we're different, we have similar philosophies as to what is important in life and that is a huge part of what keeps us going strong. We know it is important to enjoy where you're at, to love the people you're with and live a bold and passionate life. That looks different for each of us but allows us to relate and understand each other."

"We met because Judah was asking around about a banjo player," remembers Macdonald, "Nate played banjo and I was just starting to move from guitar to mandolin, so we both went to meet up with Judah and we just connected on a personal level."

The three played together soon after that initial meeting and "we connected right off the bat," remembers Macdonald. "It wasn't like Judah had said he wanted to start a band. He had some songs and he wanted to hear what they sounded like with a banjo. But when we played, it felt right and it sounded good. And we just knew we'd keep playing together."

That playing together resulted in two successful EPs, "First Fruits" and "Sweet Tennessee." The latter blasted onto the Billboard charts, hitting the Top 20 in a variety of genres -- No. 2 on "Bluegrass," No. 9 on "Heatseekers" and No. 15 on "Folk." "Sweet Tennessee" also made it to #1 on iTunes "Singer/Songwriter" chart and broke into the Top 25 overall albums chart. The band has hit the road repeatedly in support of both releases, making the cross-country trek for extensive national tours and playing to sold-out crowds throughout the South and (of course!) in their Nashville hometown.

Whether you've heard the band play live or merely listened to those first two releases, you can feel the growing connection between the trio, a musical bond of true and deeply felt emotion. Judah & the Lion possess a resonance beyond their years and a sincerity of feeling that comes in part from childhoods spent performing at youth groups and at Sunday worship.

And while their debut EP was a collection of worship songs, the tracks on their full-length album are inspired by a wide variety of themes, narratives eloquently reflecting the trio's continually evolving lives... and sound.

Recorded March of 2014, "Kids These Days" embraces the band's folk trio roots and expands from there, banjo/mandolin/harmony forming a sonic backbone that incorporates everything from keyboards to electric bass into a heady mix of old and new instrumentation.

"We really wanted this record to show really where we are in our lives now," explains Akers, "We wanted people to be able to dance to these songs and have a freshness about them that made them lasting. Honestly, we just love life and love people and hope that comes through."

On "Kids These Days," the band explores a new range of emotional territory, writing about love and fear and joy and all the nuanced spaces in-between. The songs on this album are about past and future, adventure and family, confusion and hope -- a collection of stories about being young, about finding your way, while discovering -- yourself.

"This record is filled with energy and a youthful spirit that absolutely encompasses our circumstances," say Zuercher of the album's expansive, high energy feel, "We don't have much but we've got a whole lot of life and passion for what we do and who we are and we hope that people can grab a hold of that when they hear this record. It has been awesome to be able to move forward and utilize some new sounds but we still feel like this record is US."

In the end, Judah & the Lion has become the happy sum of disparate parts, Southern grit, Midwestern openness, the exuberant freedom of the West, all brought together to make a truly joyful noise.

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Friday, May 13
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $12.00 general

SALES is the collaboration between Orlando, FL mega buddies Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming). Their sound has been described as indie rock or pop, depending on who you are talking to. They self-released their eponymous debut EP on September 22, 2014, and their singles ("chinese new year", "getting it on", "renee", "vow") have gained the attention of The Guardian, Stereogum, Bandcamp Weekly, Hype Machine + BBC 6, CMJ, and Gorilla vs. Bear, amongst others. The duo spent 2015 touring the US, Europe, and Canada. They are self-releasing their debut full length album, also self-titled, on April 20, 2016. Artwork for all of their releases is done by collage artist and designer Alana Questell.

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