San Diego is more than sandy beaches and sunshine. Locals know that the many distinct neighborhoods and 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.

Blackout Party

Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact

The Mattson 2

Little Hurricane

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.

The Mowgli’s – Freakin’ Me Out

Who doesn’t love The Mowgli’s?! Nobody! They hopped on the trolley (and their little dogs too!) to perform their newest single “Freakin’ Me Out” off the record “Where’d Your Weekend Go”.

I The Mighty – The Lying Eyes Of Miss Erray

From the Bay Area, I The Mighty joins us in San Diego to perform live on the public trolley before their show with hometown locals “Pierce The Veil”.

Firekid – Magic Mountain

Dillon Hodges of Firekid rolls into San Diego with his guitar and a old school gameboy. Watch him stoke out this trolley car full of passengers with this live version of “Magic Mountain”.

Jimmy Ruelas – She’s Leaving Town

Born and raised in San Diego, Jimmy Ruelas gets a whole trolley car to sing along with this acoustic version of “She’s Leaving Town”.

Hands Like Houses – New Romantics

From Canberra, Australia, Hands Like Houses joins us in San Diego before their show at SOMA. Here they are performing their song “New Romantics” live on the public MTS trolley.

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!

POP ETC – What Am I Becoming

Chris from POP ETC joined up with the Rowlbertos to share an intimate version of “What Am I Becoming” aboard our iconic red trolley and it ruled.

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.

Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact – Gonna Be Alright

Rebecca Jade and The Cold Fact are from the San Diego music collective “The Redwoods Music” and have been one of our featured acts for our Arts and Amps series. Needless to say, we love em’. Here they are performing “Gonna Be Alright” live on the trolley for some lucky commuters.

Max Frost- Withdrawal

Max Frost, from Austin TX, joins us in San Diego for A Red Trolley Show performing “Withdrawal” from his latest EP titled ‘Intoxication’.

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.

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.

Tolan Shaw – Change The World 

San Diego musician Tolan Shaw gathers his live band together on the trolley and busts out a new song “Change The World”.

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”.

The Preatures – Is This How You Feel? 

Australian band, The Preatures, joined us before their show at the world famous Casbah. Here they are performing a stripped down version of “Is This How You Feel?”

Blackout Party – Float On Towards Our Doom

San Diego swamp rock band, Blackout Party are good friends of ours and joined us to perform a stripped down version of “Float On Towards Our Doom”

Lindsay Perry – Dancin’ With The Devil 

World Traveler, Lindsay Perry, was in San Diego long enough for us to capture her on the trolley performing her song “Dancin’ With The Devil”

The Sheepdogs – I’m Gonna Be Myself

The Sheepdogs from Saskatoon, Canada, met up with us once again in San Diego for a Red Trolley Show! Here they are performing their single, “I’m Gonna Be Myself”

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