Music Notebook: Banda MS at Baja Beach Fest, James Brandon Lewis at Soda Bar, Tones et moi at SOMA

Banda MS at the Baja Beach Fest

Puerto Rican reggaetón music superstar Daddy Yankee’s farewell tour could be considered the highlight for many fans attending the 2022 Baja Beach Fest in Rosarito Beach.

But the multimillion-selling “Despacito” singer will be the biggest performer at the two-weekend festival, which runs Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 19-21.

That honor goes to Banda MS, whose 17-piece lineup will make them the biggest act – literally – to perform in the fourth edition of this marathon of reggaeton and Latin-trap music.

Banda MS, short for Sergio Lizárraga’s Banda Sinaloense MS, made a surprise appearance at the 2021 Baja Beach Fest. The brassy band joined singer Becky G there to make “Qué Maldición,” their joint 2020 hit with Snoop Dogg, and the audience roared their approval.

Winner of 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Banda MS performed on the main stage at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this year. They are only the second regional Mexican band to do so in their 23-year history at Coachella.

Their return on August 13 and 20 at the Baja Beach Fest, where Banda MS is the only reserved regional Mexican musical group, should be exciting.

August 12-14 and 19-21. Rosarito beach. $179 (1-day tickets), $369 (3-day passes). bajabeachfest.com

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is featured during a concert in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He performs in San Diego on Tuesday at the Soda Bar with his trio.

(Peter Van Breukelen)

James Brandon Lewis Trio, with 10-19 & The Number Men:

How many acclaimed New York jazz trios have played at San Diego’s Soda Bar since it opened in 2009?

I can hardly think of it, which makes Tuesday’s performance at Soda Bar by fiercely talented saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and his band all the more unusual and exciting.

Lewis, 39, has one foot firmly planted in the jazz sax traditions of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and the other pointed boldly into the future. Its big, muscular sound is matched only by its dexterity and harmonic sophistication.

Lewis’ most recent album, “Jesup Wagon,” was one of the most rewarding of the past year across any genre.

It is suspected his booking at the Soda Bar may stem from the fact that he signed a new recording contract last month with Anti, the maverick label which has previously released albums by everyone from Kate Bush and Mavis Staples at the Kronos Quartet and former San Diegan Tom Waits. .

Additionally, Lewis released his first single for Anti, “Fear Not”, which pairs him with The Messthetics, which features two former members of Washington DC’s famous post-punk band Fugazi.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights. $15.15 (must be 21 or older to attend). sodabarmusic.com

Australian tones and me

Australian Tones and I is presented at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival on July 29 in Montreal. She will make her San Diego debut at SOMA on Thursday.

(Mark Horton/Getty Images)

tones and me

Is Tones and I’s delayed first US tour a belated victory lap or a farewell?

Did the career of this 28-year-old Australian singer, songwriter and producer – real name: Toni Watson – peak three years ago?

Perhaps, to answer the first question, and absolutely, to answer the second.

Watson’s second single, 2019’s “Dance Monkey,” topped the charts in 30 countries, from Belgium to Slovenia to Canada.

A catchy, bouncy, local electro-pop confection, it was so popular that Watson – a former street musician – became the first female artist to reach over 2 billion streams on Spotify.

Alas, his debut album, last year’s “Welcome to the Madhouse,” is so bland and inoffensive that it’s offensive for those same reasons.

Can Watson’s gigs with his touring band transcend his mundane album?

We will know soon.

8 p.m. Thursday. SOMA Mainstage, 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. $38. somasandiego.com

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