North Park bar The Office is launching a new live-music series in which local musicians pay tribute to legendary artists.
The first of the series is an all-Willie Nelson-covers show, "Willie Nelson Under Cover," on Monday, April 28. A rotating series of singers in local bands—including Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy, Justen Berge of Dead Feather Moon and Calen Lucas of Family Wagon—will perform Nelson's tunes with one backing band, which includes members of The Silent Comedy.
Julie Mossa, manager at The Office, says that every event in the series will pay tribute to a different band or artist and that the Willie Nelson idea came to mind immediately; it should appeal to fans of both country and rock music, she says.
"I wanted to do a country night," Mossa says. "I'm a country girl. And the idea just popped into my head.
"Willie Nelson's not so country," she continues. "And he's not as obscure as Charlie Daniels or Merle Haggard. Everybody likes Willie Nelson."
A new "Under Cover" event will happen on the last Monday of every month. Mossa says that David Bowie is the most likely candidate to get the covers treatment in May. But there's a long list of artists on the wish list, including Fleetwood Mac, The Clash, Otis Redding and Tom Waits.
"We really just want this to be a fun party for the musicians and guests alike," Mossa says. "It has been amazing for me to see how close-knit the San Diego music community really is."
On Sunday, April 27, Dizzy's will hold a benefit concert for saxophonist Daniel Jackson, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The show will feature an all-star lineup of jazz musicians, including Charles Owens, George Bohanon, Marshall Hawkins, Jacques Lesure, Joshua White, Charles McPherson and Sundiato Kato, and all of the proceeds from the $20 ticket, as well as sales of a DVD of a 2006 Jackson performance, will go toward helping cover the musician's healthcare costs.