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  • Tim Mays, owner of the Casbah, Starlite, and Krakatoa


    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.

  • Chris Cantore host of the KPRI Morning Show


    I’m stoked to be joined this week by San Diego radio icon, foodie, music enthusiast and surfer Chris Cantore. Cantore has 20 years of multimedia experience, including an 11-year run hosting mornings on 91X, launching NBC/San Diego’s music platform, sounddiego, operated his own digital creative agency before landing at 102.1/KPRi. In addition to hosting the Morning Show here on 102.1 KPRi, Chris is the Director of Lifestyle & Entertainment at U-T San Diego, is active in the Surfrider Foundation and Big Brothers of San Diego.

  • Eric Adler from Puesto

    eapuesto-kpri-headerWith locations in La Jolla and Seaport Village, Puesto is family-owned and operated by brothers, Eric and Alan Adler, and their cousin Isi Lombrozo, native San Diegans and alums of La Jolla High School. As first generation Americans, whose family descends from Mexico, they were influenced by the culinary flavors of authentic, home-cooked Mexican meals. While living in many other cities throughout the United States they were all captivated by how the local flavors and unique restaurants represented the people and culture. Puesto has become an extension of that inspiration and represents the authentic flavors of Mexico with the best ingredients of San Diego.  Check out Puesto at

  • Chef Roy Hendrickson of Vessel at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina


    Situated on the very tip of Shelter Island, Kona Kai Resort and Marina and its newly transformed signature restaurant, Vessel, welcome Roy Hendrickson as executive chef. Boasting more than 13 years of experience in the culinary world, Hendrickson joins the food and beverage team at an exciting time for the restaurant. A Southern California native, Chef Hendrickson’s love of cooking was born as a child when he would join his grandmother and mother in the preparation of family meals. His first restaurant position was as a server at the Coventry Hill Hotel in England, where he spent his high school years while his parents served as local missionaries. Hendrickson’s first professional cooking position brought him back to Southern California with subsequent work at various local eateries.

  • Shawn Holder, Owner of the Pannikin


    The Pannikin is a San Diego institution with locations in Leucadia, La Jolla and now at the San Diego airport. Owner Shawn Holder has San Diego roots that go way back as his dad was one of the first City of San Diego lifeguard chiefs. They roast their own coffee, and all the baked goods are made in-house. This column I wrote in the Coast News pretty much sums up the Leucadia location.

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