San Diego is more of a music city than it gets credit for. The city has produced world-famous and Grammy award-winning musicians such as Jason Mraz, Tom Waits, As I Lay Dying, Blink-182 and Switchfoot. Yet, it’s the area’s great, up-and-coming bands that get locals out to the area’s best music venues. The Casbah, the Belly Up Tavern, North Park Observatory, Bar Pink and Soda Bar all offer a range of talent on any given night. A favorite among residents, The Casbah is an intimate venue where guests can easily interact with artists since there is no green room and the stage is an arms-length away from the main floor. Don’t be fooled by its size either, big acts such as Arcade Fire, The Shins, Brandi Carlile, The Black Keys, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Joan Jett have all played there.