Live Music and Local Talent
A Trio of Oceanside Entertaining Musical Venues
Oceanside is home to tremendous musical talent. Three free, and quite different, entertaining venues to see local musical acts perform live are:
Larry’s Beach Club
The sprawling Larry’s Beach Club was originally built as two single-family homes in the forties. Once joined, the neighborhood bar operated as The Pump then Across the Tracks then McCabes Beach Club before it was sold around eight years ago and became Larry’s Beach Club. The iconic dive bar is fun and casual with kitschy decor and a laid back coastal vibe. Larry’s draws a colorful eclectic crowd making it an entertaining people watching spot. The onsite restaurant serves crowd pleasers such as jalapeño poppers, chicken wings, burgers and pizzas at inexpensive prices. Open from 10am to 2pm, Larry’s also serves breakfast and lunch. Sports are shown on flat screen TV’s throughout the bar.
Live bands perform every Friday from 9pm to 1am and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm followed by another act from 10pm to 1pm. In the back room, Larry’s runs Karaoke with an extensive selection of songs. A local favorite, retro surf band Hipper with singer/guitarist Tim Flood, performed recently and played classics such as Knee High and Lunch Break.
MainStreet Oceanside Sunset Market
The family-friendly Sunset Market runs year round on Thursdays from 5pm-9pm and is located at Pier View Way and South Tremont Streets. The weekly gathering features food vendors, merchandise vendors, live entertainment and Dorothy’s KidZone. There is a main music stage along with multiple performers spread throughout the market.
Music changes week-to-week. There’s a diverse lineup of new and returning bands such as Yael & Vlady, Hoodoo Blues and the Flying Mangoes. And the type of music covers all genres from rock to reggae. The outdoor Sunset Market offers fun for the whole family and is an Oceanside attraction not to be missed.
The Pour House
Longtime Oceanside’s residents David and Emily Rassel opened the Pour House in 2014 on South Coast Highway 101. The Pour House is Oceanside’s newest and most prolific music venue. The Rassel’s dream was to establish a neighborhood bar that provided terrific food, great drinks and promoted North County music. Now the Pour House runs music seven nights a week. Mondays are Karaoke night, Tuesdays are Vintage Vinyl DJ and Wednesdays are Open Mic. Multiple bands perform Thursdays through Saturdays. Regular performers include local bands California Rangers, Gone Blond and Jimmy Ruelas. Customers can dance the night away on the floor in front of the music stage.
The Pour House also serves tasty modern American fare. The menu features salads, sandwiches and specialties including Truffle Fries, Dirty Chips and Seared Ahi Tuna. There’s a full bar with sixteen local and Belgian beers on tap. The Pour House also features rediscovered classic cocktails such as the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Pisco Sour. Three flat screen TV’s and a pool table provide further entertainment. The Pour House is open for both lunch and dinner.
Live music and entertainment can be found all across Oceanside on any night of the week! Check out the Visit Oceanside Event Calendar for a complete listing of events and venues.
About the Author
Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and is also the organizer of North County’s premier, annual culinary arts event: Foodie Fest. Her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.