Without music, concerts wouldn't exist and funk would just be the smell emanating from an old sock filled with corn. Lend an ear to this GrouponLive deal to see The Mother Hips at House of Blues San Diego. For $14, you get one general-admission ticket on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. (up to a $27.50 value, including all fees).
Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono, founding members of The Mother Hips, began playing together as an acoustical duo in a Chico State University dormitory. Twenty years and eight studio albums later, the pair continues to serve as the backbone of a four-piece rock band that Pitchfork has praised for its "70s rock and power pop" and that the New Yorker has applauded for "know[ing] how to sing it sweet and play it dirty." Last year, The Mother Hips celebrated two decades of soulful, Californian rock melodies with a four-CD set entitled Days of Sun & Grass. The collection hallmarks their tight songwriting and focused harmonies that, when performed live, carry enough confidence to playfully jam and stretch out into boisterous, sprawling sets.
San Diego's Dead Feather Moon opens up the show along with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Nicki—the bluesy, soulful voice leading The Gramblers—married Tim of The Mother Hips after the couple met at a party where she performed an impromptu singing session. From that moment on, the two became inseparable, a story as romantic as when our first president serenaded Martha with an a cappella version of "Born in the Colonial U.S.A."
1055 5th Ave.
San Diego, California 92101