KGB Sky Show: Buyer Beware

The KGB Sky Show is a huge display of fireworks that’s been blowed up in San Diego since 1976. Classic rock radio station KGB describes it thus:

The Sky Show is a fireworks display, synchronized to a music soundtrack, broadcast on the radio. An artform invented by KGB and now practiced worldwide.

“Artform” oversells it quite a bit. They do shoot up an impressive display of exploding sparkly stuff though. For the more jaded among us, the biggest utility of this event is the ease of getting out of the parking lot after the game while all you basic motherfuckers gape and gawk at fireworks. If you’re anywhere near Mission Valley you’ll experience it anyway; when I hopped on the 15 South after the USD game last year it sounded like Beirut ’82.

In proofing AKH’s studious and comprehensive New Hampshire game preview, I googled to confirm the official spelling of this hallowed local tradition (turns out Sky Show are SkyShow are used interchangeably). This search yielded a Yelp entry for the event. Mostly glowing accolades therein, but one review in particular stands out and must be brought to the fore. Behold:

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Here now is a true work of art. There’s a lot to unpack but my chief concern, as with Yelp generally, is authenticity. Like if someone woke up six-plus months after the fact and decided to write a pitch-perfect PFT Commenteresque takedown of Sky Show, San Diego monoculture and capitalism itself. I mean, “I got inside the stadium with my fiance Jen whose totally awesome” is just too good to be true, triggering both an endorphin rush and red flags of counterfeit.

So if you’re coming to the game for Sky Show and you’ve never been to the Q before, be advised that there’s lots of conglomerate beer, a few outlets with local brew like Stone, Green Flash and others, BUT:

No scuplin.

Author: lemonverbena

Californian/Washingtonian, co-editor of Kabeer Thirty.


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