by Chris Morrison
I recently had the opportunity to see a bad ass show at The Observatory North Park last month. Even though I am a San Diego County native, and have lived here all my life, this was my first time going to The Observatory! I had no idea what to expect and I was blown away by both the venue and the performance by Run the Jewels. They are a very talented and energetic rap super-group made up of Killer Mike and producer El-P.
photo courtesy of San Diego Reader
The Observatory North Park was a 1939 theater now restored into an epic music venue.
The theater has been used for everything from screening movies to massive theatrical productions. More recently, The Observatory has hosted hundreds of musical acts, across all genres, with live bands performing every weekend-and more often during the summer. The venue has several bars within it, an attached restaurant, and has even expanded to a second location in Orange County.
pictured above: Run the Jewels
It doesn't matter if you are sitting or standing the view is fantastic. I got there about an hour early for the show and was able to get a spot in the pit, right against the railing of the stage. That being said, there really isn't a bad seat in the place. The floor is sloped into tiers, with seats and balconies towards the back and a pit in front of the stage. The great acoustics, excellent stage views, and delicious food and drinks make this one of the best music spots in San Diego County.
photo courtesy of The Observatory
Wear earplugs. I’ll say it again for those of you who are already deaf… WEAR EARPLUGS!
I always wear earplugs to a concert but it is especially important with this venue. Due to the intimate size of The Observatory the performance is very loud. Even if you are not up front like I was, the music is head split-tingly loud without earplugs. I plan to keep going to concerts for the rest of my life, and I want to be able to enjoy them. Wear earplugs, you will still be able to hear the concert. I promise.
I’m a huge fan of Run the Jewels. I love their music and message and it was awesome to be able to see them live, especially at a great venue like The Observatory. They stepped onto stage and did almost an hour and a half of music with no breaks. The energy in the room was amazing. Check them out if you get a chance. Run the Jewels pictures were provided courtesy of Jesse Gassoway. Give him some love at: @jega.vision
Side Note: Parking is easy and more importantly, cheap.
Thankfully, parking at the Observatory North Park is simple and very cheap. There is a large parking structure located right across the street from the venue and The Observatory will validate your parking after the show. I got there early and was able to get a parking spot with no issues. If the show is a more popular band I would recommend getting there about an hour before the show starts to ensure that you get parking and a good seat for the show. If you are going to have dinner or drinks after your show you should be prepared to pay the normal rate for parking, as they only validate immediately after the show.
That about wraps it up! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out The Observatory in North Park for a fun night out and local show. It is soooo important to support our local musicians and artists in SoCal. Please like my article below if you enjoyed reading...
About the author:
Hi, I’m Chris Morrison. I do words good and am on a never ending quest to find the best West Coast IPA. I am passionate about teaching small business owners how to better market themselves. Check out my work and say hello at: morrisonmarketing.solutions
In a local community like San Diego County, connection is key, and actually that is what I love most about the SoCal area. On an even deeper level, for me, the greatest blessings in life are captured by three words: Creativity. Community. Culture. In essence, these simple words express a great deal regarding my love and heart for all things local in Southern California, hence the name LoSoCal. The "Lo" stands for "local." Local love for San Diego and Southern California, in general, is what I am all about. My vision is simple and it turns out that many other people feel the same. I realized that my vision, once I became more open and shared what the word "local" truly meant to me, is something that many other people identify with in the local SoCal community. This is not a new concept, but it is one that has yet to have a loyal advocate and a collective local voice behind it that states it so plainly. Support local small businesses and the local artists in our SoCal community.
Too many businesses here are struggling and dying and it’s breaking my heart. I can’t tell you how many times I have returned to a favorite local shop only to find that it didn’t make it!!!! I’m not against capitalism and corporations. I just hope we can find balance here in SoCal and also spend a great deal of our hard earned money supporting local shops, restaurants, studios, musicians, fine artists and more. They need us. We need them. Our local SoCal entrepreneurs and artists create the culture here which resonates a love for our community vibe and our local tribes.
I root for the underdog. I always have and I probably always will because I am not the type of person to follow the crowd. My passion for our local communities surfaced after actively supporting many shops and restaurants in the SoCal area via pro bono social media marketing services. No one came to me and told me that was my path. I figured it out very naturally that I have a heart for our local brick and mortar business owners, entrepreneurs and artists. Social media became my vehicle. It just gelled together with what was on my heart regarding our communities.
Essentially, I'm a social media and marketing consultant and I only offer business services in these areas to local small business owners and artists. I think in terms of locals and our community above all else, so everything I do has a local vibe. This is not just "marketing" for me. This is a local “conscious consumerism” movement. It is a commitment to a community-based lifestyle that I know and cherish very, very much. I am not only a local, I am a writer, blogger, intermediate photographer and a community connector in the beautiful SoCal region. I focus mainly on San North Diego, but travel often from Los Angeles to Downtown San Diego. I offer pro bono services, on a very selective basis as my schedule permits, for local businesses and artists that I have a genuine and organic connection with via me just "enjoying my life" lol. This is most definitely one of the greatest joys IN my life! The organic aspect is key to my pro bono marketing services. I love hearing what's going on in our communities anywhere from Santa Barbara to Baja California. Your event invitations and local suggestions and sharing actually help me to better understand the everyday happenings in our area.
I am currently recruiting guest bloggers. I realized recently that having this platform was such a great blessing that truly fell in my lap and came from a raw passion for our local SoCal communities and it wasn’t meant to be about my voice alone. This is a local movement and I am trying to get others on board for this quest. I have already drawn other locals to join me on this mission. We have a common thread, from what I have noticed: shop small in our local communities and support our local artists. It’s that simple. That’s our mission. Join the movement. We can actively support our local shops and creative entrepreneurs and artists... every day in small ways with awareness and a collective conscious consumerism in our local communities.
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