Jacket: Purchased in Italy // Shirt: Francesca's (past season)
Two weekends ago, Ryan and I took a day trip down to San Diego to celebrate my birthday. Brian Fallon, the lead singer of my favorite band -- the Gaslight Anthem -- who recently went solo during their hiatus, was doing a show at the House of Blues so we decided to go.
Brian Fallon & the Crowes did have an earlier show in Hollywood, which is obviously closer, but we missed out on tickets. This was fine by us though because it gave us a chance to explore Downtown San Diego a bit. I had been once before for a day when I first visited California in 2006, but Ryan had never been.
Ryan and I went La Puerta for dinner (asada fries - so yummy!) and half-off margaritas before heading over to the House of Blues.
I've actually seen Brian Fallon in concert four times before as the Gaslight Anthem -- twice in Pittsburgh, once in Baltimore last year for my birthday, and once in London at Hard Rock Calling when I did an internship abroad.
This was the first time seeing him solo though. He recently came out with his first solo album, Painkillers, last month and it's SO GOOD! I'd definitely rank it up there with all of the best Gaslight Albums (which, if you're wondering, The 59 Sound is the best) and perhaps as one of my favorite albums of all time.
If you're into singer-songwriter, folksy, Americana types of music and lyrics, then Painkillers is definitely up your alley. However, if you're a fan of good ol' fashion blues & rock, like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, then you'll love the Gaslight Anthem. I've recommended them to so many of my friends and they're all hooked. Seriously, they are so good (so hopefully they aren't on hiatus too long).
Opening acts included Jared Hart of The Scandals and Austin Plaine, who I hadn't heard of before, but really enjoyed. I've been streaming Austin's album on Tidal ever since.
Overall, we really enjoyed San Diego and it was definitely a memorable birthday for me. What's your favorite band or singer? Tell me in the comments below!