Show Review: Best Coast, Wavves, and Cherry Glazerr at The Observatory

Despite the waves of anxiety that saturate my body throughout the course of a day, I managed to cover the Best Coast, Wavves, and Cherry Gla...

Despite the waves of anxiety that saturate my body throughout the course of a day, I managed to cover the Best Coast, Wavves, and Cherry Glazerr show at the Observatory in North Park on Friday, March 4, 2016. The regal venue is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite venues in San Diego.

City Tacos, Chille Relleno

As I headed to the venue after work, I noticed that people were already standing in line more than 2 hours before the show even started. I quickly found a parking spot and scurried to find dinner. I ordered a Chile Relleno taco along with a free Oaxacan quesadilla (courtesy of Yelp check-ins) from City Tacos before the show. As soon as I finished I made my way into the venue and ordered a Lagunitas beer before the show.

Cherry Glazerr

Cherry Glazerr, The Observatory

I actually caught Cherry Glazerr at the Pacific Festival at the Dunes a while back before they blew up. Their music is a mix of garage, punk, surf, and totally California inspired. They sing lovingly about grilled cheese sandwiches and more and isn't that what music is all about. The crowd crowd surfed throughout the set as they sang along to the lead singer's soft and evocative vocal tenor. Equally melancholic, morose, and upbeat, Cherry Glazerr set the mood for what would be a carefree romp for the rest of the night.

Best Coast

Best Coast, Bethany Cosentino, The Observatory

Best Coast came out to a wild uproar from the excited crowd that patiently waited for them. Bethany came out in a stylishly gliterry dress like the completely natural rockstar that she is. They played a medley of old and new songs as Bethany viscerally kept time with her star-shaped tambourine. Although I have a certain connection to Best Coast's older, more gloomy earlier songs, I really dig "Feeling Okay." Maybe because I'm a sucker for the intro guitar riff. Props Bobb Bruno. Best Coast will be forever the romantic pop band I saw at a women's center in San Diego before they even came out with their second album.


Wavves, Nathan Williams, The Observatory

Only a small portion of the audience left after Best Coast, but the ones who were left were ready to have fun. The crowd was much rowdier during the Wavves set. One crowd surfer surfed above the heads of the audience after another. Wavves entertained with their carefree punk tunes. Even as I get older and more tired as the night progresses, Wavves seemed to inject a shot of adrenaline in my veins making me feel more alive than usual.

Final Thoughts

The Observatory, Wavves, Best Coast

Overall, the show brought me back to the good ole days when I would go to shows almost every weekend with my friends. While we are doing different things now and I hardly talk to them, music has the ability to bring me back to a time where I had minimal worries about the future. And isn't that what music is supposed to do? It's supposed to instill a specific type of emotion that one would normally not feel.

Do you listen to any of these bands? Are you a fan of going to music concerts? I'd love to know what you think in the comments below.

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  1. wow, that looks great!

    Hope you're having a great day so far! Kisses,

  2. You had me at the taco... it looks crazy good :)
    Alexander @ Mr Essentialist


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