In January 2014, legendary rock club The Casbah will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The venue opened in 1989 and has since become the epicenter of the local music scene, having been the place to see any number of great local or touring bands, many of whom have become legends themselves (Nirvana, Arcade Fire, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.).
As part of its celebration, The Casbah will host a month of shows featuring special performers, the first of which will be announced on Nov. 4. Additionally, artist Shepard Fairey will design a special, limited-edition Casbah T-shirt, and the city of San Diego will proclaim Jan. 7 as Casbah Day.
Five years ago, when The Casbah celebrated its 20th anniversary, it hosted a number of great shows, many of which featured reunited San Diego bands, such as Creedle, No Knife, Physics and The Dragons, as well as a series of other legendary out-of-towners like The Adolescents, Mike Watt and The Meat Puppets. So, to get anticipation levels unnecessarily high, I’ve assembled a wishlist of five bands that I’d love to see play there in January.
The Locust: The Locust have already reunited and are playing a show at Porter’s Pub in November, so why not keep the masked noisecore troupe together just a couple of months longer?
Heavy Vegetable: There’s a good chance that one or more Rob Crow-helmed bands will be a playing a Casbah 25th-anniversary show, so why not throw this out there? Though Heavy Vegetable stopped performing together in the '90s, three members reunited in 2007 as Other Men, so this isn’t entirely out of the question.
Crash Worship: One of the weirdest bands to ever come out of San Diego, this avant-garde, percussion-heavy collective were more about intense performance art than playing rock shows, which is exactly why it’d be awesome to see them come back in 2014, 15 years after they broke up.
Failure: Admittedly, Failure is not a San Diego band and is not tied to the San Diego scene in the same way all the other bands mentioned here are. But Failure frontman Ken Andrews has played the venue many times, both solo and with bands like Year of the Rabbit, and, for that matter, a handful of out-of-town acts like Meat Puppets and Mike Watt played The Casbah’s 20th-anniversary celebration. To put a cap on it, Failure already announced their return in 2014, so this one is entirely within the realm of possibility.
Drive Like Jehu: A prankster earlier this year teased a Drive Like Jehu reunion at The Fest in Florida, which unfortunately turned out to be false. Sigh. That said, if Rocket can reunite, and Hot Snakes can reunite, it’s not out of the question. Hearing “Luau” played live would make my year. Decade even.