So stoked to have Tim Mays on the show this week. Mays is a local legend who has made an undeniable mark on San Diego’s music scene. After putting on shows around town at venues like The Spirit Club and Adams Avenue Theater in the early eighties – Mays went on to open Pink Panther in 1986, a bar that Mays describes as “for young people owned by young people”. With a knack for booking bands before they hit the big time Mays opened legendary music venue the Casbah in 1989. With the foresight to recognize talent, luminaries such as Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Nirvana, The White Stripes and Black Keys have all graced the Casbah stage under his direction. Next came Turf Club in 1998 – the legendary 60’s-style grill-it-yourself steak joint and bar in Golden Hill. Uncharted territory at the time Turf Club quickly became the locale of choice for music junkies and counter-culture aficionados. Neighborhood coffee shop Krakatoa was also added to Mays’ stable of cool-kid hangouts in 2003. The (allegedly) haunted craftsman style home in the heart of Golden Hill is a great spot to sip a Caffe Calabria on the outdoor patio and hang with the much-loved feline resident, Anak. In 2007 Mays partnered with Matt Hoyt to launch Starlite in Mission Hills, a retro, high-design haunt with inventive cocktails and farm-fresh food that’s served into the late evening hours. With his laid back style – very much of the Converse, band t-shirt and black-rimmed glasses ilk – Tim keeps his finger on the pulse with up-and-coming indie circuit stars, and still books the majority of bands that come through the Casbah doors. When not attending live concerts, or enjoying a Negroni over ice – his new favorite obsession – you can invariably catch Tim reading, swimming, and gardening with his family at home in Bonita.