SOUNDS LIKE SAN DIEGO ◗ SPOT OF THE WEEK

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SOUNDS LIKE SAN DIEGO
◗ ALMOST
FAMOUS
◗ SPOTLIGHT SHOW
The Grams
Rakim. Rakim Allah. The R. The 18th Letter. One of the
greatest ever. The Long Island MC is back out on tour, with
another rumored album on the way. He’s at the House of
Blues Wednesday night. You should maybe check it out. In
case you didn’t know:
◗ SPOT OF THE WEEK
Rakim
The Grams were recently nominated
for a San Diego Music Award for Best
Americana. The trio — Chuck Shiele,
Elise Ohki and Craig Yerkes — took a
moment to answer our questions:
Stingaree
Q: What is your favorite album of all
time and could we tell by listening
to your music?
A (Shiele): I listen to too much to
answer this without being a good
sport for the idea. This answer
changes from time to time, but I
think side two of “Abbey Road” is the
masterpiece to beat. You probably
couldn’t tell.
In case you missed it, Stingaree — the Gaslamp club with all
the buzz, and whose detractors whine that it is overhyped and it
overcharges even as it packs the rafters weekend after weekend
— has a restaurant, too. And like the nightclub, the restaurant
also is a must-visit. Diners have a choice of between three- and
four-course meals broken into picolo, mezzo and piu grande
di mezzo (the fourth course is dessert). For picolo, the royal
shellfish bisque is not to be missed — it’s perfection. For mezzo,
the duo of foie gras delighted, as did the tortelloni asparagi and
• After meeting Queens-based DJ Eric B in 1985, the duo
released its debut album “Paid in Full” in 1987, followed
by “Follow the Leader” a year later. Both are considered
classics of the Golden Age of Hip Hop (1986-1993).
the Sicilian shrimp and crab cake. For piu grande di mezzo, the
Niman Ranch pork tenderloin and the slow braised Kobe beef
bavette are top-notch. The cocktails — among them Get Wet,
Get Fresh, Get Burned, Berry Manilow(!), No Tell Motel and
Tropical Sting — go down easy and often. Be prepared to party
and sing along while dining when the deejays blare their music
from the speakers situated throughout the restaurant. I’ve been
stung by Stingaree, and it feels good.
— DON CHAREUNSY
• His rhyme style raised the bar, influenced everyone.
Rapid flow, internal rhyme schemes, complex metaphors
and an authoritative voice that commanded the beat like
none before.
— KYLE PROEHL
Q: Who would you get to direct your
superstar MTV video and why?
A (Ohki): Guy Ritchie.
Q: If you weren’t a musician, you
would ...
A (Yerkes): If I was suddenly unable
to play music, the creative outlet
I would turn to would be music
journalism. (Ed.: Best answer ever).
DINNER IS SERVED 6 TO 10 P.M. TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. 454 SIXTH AVE., GASLAMP.
(619) 544-0867; WWW.STINGSANDIEGO.COM.
• Born William Michael Griffin, he took the name Rakim
Allah after joining the Nation of Gods and Earths, a
black socio-religious movement also known as the Five
Percenters and viewed as a radical offshoot of the Nation
of Islam.
Q: Why do you play music?
A (Ohki): Because my parents made
me.
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◗ ADMIT IT
All in a day for cover guy Felipe Escamilla:
Beach Music Mafia
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Scott Linnett / Union-Tribune
“I videotape and edit the news stories you see every
day on the local news. I work daily with reporters and
try to tell the stories most important to San Diegans
both in English and in Spanish. I operate live trucks
and do live shots from all over the county.
Stingaree
◗ ADVANCE WARNING
Sept. 8
Sept. 9-10
E-40; 4th & B, 345 B St.,
downtown; $30; (619) 231-4343
“SoCo Music
Experience,” featuring
The Roots, Flogging Molly,
Mudhoney, more; East
Village, Seventh and Market,
downtown; free; www.
southerncomfort.com
Sept. 9
Ryan Adams and the
Cardinals; House of Blues,
1055 Fifth Ave., downtown;
$30; (619) 220-TIXS
Megadeth, Lamb of God,
Opeth, more; Cox Arena,
SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego; $35; (619) 220-TIXS
◗ DON’T
FORGET
Demien Farrell, Mitchell Compton
and James Brennan, owners of
EnDev LLC, the firm whose properties
include Stingaree, Sidebar, Witherby
and Ciro’s Pizza, have proposed a
new 11,000-square-foot restaurant
and lounge in Hillcrest to be named
Universal. The locale, the former home
of a porn shop, is on University Avenue
and is flanked by Ono Sushi and the
Uptown District that includes Ralphs,
Trader Joe’s and condos. If Stingaree
and EnDev’s other businesses are any
indication, here’s hoping Universal
breaks ground very soon.
Cat Power (two
shows), tonight at
Brick by Brick
Louis XIV,
tomorrow at Del
Mar Fairgrounds
James Brown,
Saturday at 4th & B
Sept. 14
Mae, New Amsterdams;
House of Blues, 1055 Fifth
Ave., downtown; $13; (619)
220-TIXS
Gram Rabbit,
Saturday at the Casbah
Centro-Matic,
Monday at the Casbah
Sept. 15
The Black Keys; House
of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave.,
downtown; $20; (619) 220-TIXS
On the horizon:
Geffen Records
Rakim, Kid Capri,
Wednesday at House
of Blues
— DON CHAREUNSY
Sean M. Haffey / Union-Tribune
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