San Diego has always been so much more than sandy beaches and sunshine. Locals know that our many distinct neighborhoods and the personalities who inhabit them foster a thriving culture of creativity. We are proud to be able to work with many of these folks, from displaying a rotating gallery of art and photography in our Tasting Room to our Arts and Amps series, showcasing our favorite local bands alongside a diverse array of artwork.
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Our love for the aural arts comes alive with “A Red Trolley Show”, a series of impromptu performances for unexpected travelers aboard the MTS Trolley. The award-winning series is a partnership between Karl Strauss and Rowlbertos Media, featuring local acts as well as international touring bands.
Below you’ll find a few of our favorite episodes and artists but there’s a ton more over on the Red Trolley Show YouTube page. Subscribe for the latest episodes and updates.
Surfer Blood – Frozen
Straight outta West Palm Beach FL, Surfer Blood puts on a harmonizing clinic performing their latest single “Frozen” while recently stopping by San Diego on the west coast leg of their 2017 tour.
David Duchovny – Another Year
David Duchovny was awesome enough to grab his band and join us for A Red Trolley Show while on tour in San Diego. What a fun performance! Even the MTS police had to come and check it out.
Less Than Jake – Good Enough
We caught up with Less Than Jake during the San Diego stop of Vans Warped Tour and, of course, they were a ton of fun on the trolley performing their song “Good Enough”! Hello Rockview is the best ska record of all time.
Anthony Green – Will It Be
Anthony Green (Circa Survive/Saosin) joins us while on the Pixie Queen tour and performs his song “Will It Be” for a few lucky commuters.
The Wombats – Give Me A Try
Liverpool, UK band The Wombats hopped on board and performed their new song “Give Me A Try” for a crowd of unsuspecting commuters.
Matthew Logan Vasquez – Everything I Do Is Out
Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit rolled through San Diego on his solo spring tour and hopped on the trolley and belted out this acoustic version of “Everything I Do Is Out” for a couple of early evening commuters!
Anti-Flag – Brandenburg Gate
Punk rock icons, Anti-Flag, joined us in San Diego and performed a kick ass acoustic version of their song “Brandenburg Gate” for their episode of A Red Trolley Show.
Pepper – Vacation
Pepper hails from Kona, Hawaii but have declared San Diego their second home. The boys put on a great trolley set for some lucky fans and confirmed their undying love for SD Mexican food which cemented their place in our hearts forever.
Kaleo – Automobile
All the way from Mosfellsbær, Iceland, Kaleo joins us in San Diego for our very first 100% GoPro Red Trolley Show! Here they are performing their song “Automobile”
Coin – Run
New band out of Nashville, Coin, joined us on the San Diego trolley for a live performance of their song “Run” while on tour with Passion Pit.
Joey Cape of Lagwagon – Alien 8
Joey Cape of Lagwagon joins us with his friends from One Week Records; Walt Hamburger and Brian Wahlstrom to perform “Alien 8”.