Apr 17, 2018
If you listen to local music, then you’ve heard of Tim Mays
Mays is the cofounder and co-owner of San Diego’s mythic music
venue The Casbah
On this episode of "I Made it in San Diego," Voice of San
Diego's podcast about local businesses and the people behind them,
hear how Mays went from a kid handing out concert fliers to an
indie music legend.
Mays started booking and producing shows in San Diego in the
early 1980s as a way to make sure his favorite bands came through
town. By the mid '80s, Mays and some of his friends also wanted to
open a bar more geared toward his generation – with their music in
Mays' side gig promoting shows and the bar he helped open, The
Pink Panther, both found quick success. He quit his day jobs and
became a serial entrepreneur with a knack for opening businesses
that grew to be local icons.
"I never said, 'I don't want to work for the man,' I just was
lucky enough to not have to after a certain point."
After the birth of The Casbah, Mays continued to open new
bars, restaurants and businesses in San Diego – Starlite
restaurant, Vinyl Junkies record store and Krakatoa
coffee shop among them. He's created opportunities for dozens of
local bands and artists, helped turn neighborhoods into thriving
communities and still finds time to think about what business he
might open next.