By Catlin Dorset
8/21: Nine Inch Nails @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.com
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor helped create the musical scores for the films The Social Network (2010) and the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). This summer, Reznor’s Grammy Award-winning industrial rock band will tour North America (with grunge rockers Soundgarden) to promote its album Hesitation Marks, released last September.
8/1: Dave Koz & Friends @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Jazz saxophonist on his Hot Fun in the Summertime tour with guests Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot.
8/1: Neon Trees @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.com
These pop rockers continue to climb music charts with singles from their recent album, Pop Psychology.
8/1: Queensrÿche @ Sycuan, sycuan.com
As agreed upon in a legal settlement earlier this year, lead singer Geoff Tate will exit this Grammy-nominated heavy metal band once its current tour concludes at the end of August.
8/2: Weezer @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.com
These Southern California natives will release their ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on September 30.
8/2: I See Stars @ Soma, somasandiego.com
Electronic hardcore rockers headlining The All Stars tour with The Acacia Strain, Like Moths To Flames, Slaves and many other metal bands.
8/3: Josh Abbott Band @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Six-piece country band from Texas.
8/3: Mike Stud @ Epicentre, epicentreconcerts.org
Michael Francis Seander Jr., aka Mike Stud, is a 25-year-old hip-hopper from Rhode Island.
8/3-4: Prince Royce @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Bachata singer-songwriter stepped into the Latin music spotlight after releasing a bilingual cover of “Stand By Me” in 2010.
8/5: Arcade Fire @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.com
The Hunger Games soundtrack features this indie band’s song, “Abraham’s Daughter.”
8/5: Third World @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This Jamaican reggae band’s new album, Under The Magic Sun, dropped June 10.
8/5: Amos Lee @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This soul rocker has toured with and opened for the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Van Morrison and more.
8/6: Arctic Monkeys @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Indie rockers promoting their most recent album, AM, with an international tour of the same name.
8/6: Jagwar Ma @ the Casbah, casbahmusic.com
These alt. rock Aussies released their debut album, Howlin’, last June.
8/7: Juicy J @ House of Blues, hob.com
Rapper Jordan Michael Houston (aka Juicy J) co-owns Taylor Gang Records with Wiz Khalifa.
8/7: Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Floridian southern rockers most known for their hits “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” Lynyrd Skynrd is also playing at Pechanga Resort & Casino August 10.
8/7-8: Rebelution @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
These Santa Barbara reggae rockers released their fourth album, Count Me In, on June 17.
8/8: Israel Vibration @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Members of this reggae band met as children while recovering from polio in a Jamaican rehab center.
8/8: Our Last Night and Set It Off @ House of Blues, hob.com
This metalcore foursome released a screamo cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” in January.
8/8: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ the Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Indie rockers touring worldwide to promote their recent album, Only Run, which dropped June 3.
8/8: Steel Pulse @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.com
In 1986, Steel Pulse became the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
8/9: Counting Crows @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.com
These alt. rockers received an Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidentally in Love,” which was featured in the film Shrek 2 in 2004.
8/9: Dirty Heads @ UCSD Rimac Field, sportsfac.ucsd.edu
These hip-hop/reggae rockin’ rappers have toured with O.A.R., 311, Kottonmouth Kings and more.
8/9: Sara Bareilles @ SDSU’S Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
This pop songstress performed with Elton John at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Annual Hot Pink Party Fundraiser in NYC in April.
8/9: Slash @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
The former Guns N’ Roses frontman claimed No. 65 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list in 2011.
8/10: Michael McDonald and Toto @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
Grammy Award-winning soft rockers Michael McDonald and Toto hit the road for a co-headlining summer tour.
8/10: Wade Bowen @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This country singer and guitarist has plans to release his seventh studio album in the fall.
8/11: Iron and Wine @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Songs from this folk rock singer- songwriter have been featured in TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, House and many others.
8/11: The Head and The Heart @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
This indie folk band’s tune “Lost In My Mind” was the backing track for the official Silver Linings Playbook movie trailer.
8/12: Imelda May @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Irish rockabilly blues singer-songwriter who has performed with the likes of Elvis Costello, Meat Loaf, Bono and many other rock stars.
8/14: Deep Purple @ Harrah’s, harrahsresortsoutherncalifornia.com
The 10,000-watt amp Deep Purple used during a 1972 performance in London earned it a Guinness World Record for Loudest Pop Group… and knocked three audience members unconscious.
8/14: Everlast @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
The former House of Pain lead rapper is most known for his 1998 hit “What It’s Like.”
8/14: Hundredth @ Soma, somasandiego.com
Melodic hardcore band headlining the Common Vision tour with Counterparts, Handguns, Being As An Ocean and others.
8/14: Us The Duo @ House of Blues, hob.com
Pop hubby and wife duo promoting their debut album, No Matter Where You Are, while on a North American tour of the same name.
8/15: Farruko @ Blue Agave Nightclub, blueagavenightclub.com
Puerto Rican reggaeton artist who collaborated with Sean Paul on the 2014 single, “Passion Whine.”
8/15: I Declare War @ Soma, somasandiego.com
Five-piece Washingtonian deathcore band.
8/15: Julian Marley @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In 2009, this Rastafari received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album for his most recent record, Awake.
8/16: Allan Holdsworth @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Guitar World says this jazz fusion guitarist is “as influential as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.”
8/17: Grouplove @ SDSU’S Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
These alt. rockers performed “Let Me In” on Conan in June. The song is also included on the soundtrack for the film The Fault In Our Stars.
8/17: Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus @ House of Blues, hob.com
Rocker bands Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus co-headline The Hope Revolution Tour with support from New Empire, Famous Last Words and more.
8/17: Rascall Flatts @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.com
Country trio most known for hits “Bless the Broken Road,” “Life Is a Highway” and “What Hurts the Most.”
8/19: Reckless Kelly @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
An 1800s Australian bank robber named Ned Kelly inspired this country band’s name.
8/19: Lila Downs @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Latin music singer-songwriter played a small role as a tango singer in the 2002 flick Frida, starring Salma Hayek.
8/20: The Naked and Famous @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.com
The Invisible Children, Inc. short film KONY 2012 features this alt. rock band’s hit single “Punching In A Dream.”
8/20: The Zombies @ House of Blues, hob.com
Rolling Stone magazine listed this rock band’s 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle, No. 100 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
8/21: Balance & Composure @ The Irenic, casbahmusic.com
Alt. rockers touring internationally through the beginning of November.
8/21: Chimaira @ Soma, somasandiego.com
This heavy metal band’s moniker comes from the Greek word “Chimera”, a monstrous creature comprised of lion, goat and snake body parts.
8/21: Mad Caddies @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Ska punk band on its Dirty Rice tour to promote a recent album by the same name.
8/21-22: Jason Mraz @ San Diego Theatres, sandiegotheatres.org
This pop rocker just released his fifth album, YES!, on July 15.
8/22: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Louisiana native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ 2010 album Backatown hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.
8/22-23: Vanessa Williams @ San Diego Symphony, sandiegosymphony.org
This singer, actress and former Miss America had two chart-topping hits in the ’90s: “Save the Best for Last” and “Colors of the Wind.”
8/23: Fucked Up @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Canadian hardcore punk band with a new album, Glass Boys, which dropped June 3.
8/23: John Legend @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
This nine-time Grammy-winning R&B superstar is married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen.
8/23: Led Zepagain @ House of Blues, hob.com
Successful cover band of the original classic rock foursome, Led Zeppelin.
8/23: Wiz Khalifa and Tyga @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.com
This hip-hopper collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Bruno Mars for his 2013 track, “Young, Wild & Free.”
8/24: Al Jarreau @ Thornton Winery, thorntonwine.com
Mid-’70s jazz singer-songwriter with a new album, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, dropping August 5.
8/24: Ozomatli @ San Diego Symphony, sandiegosymphony.org
These Latin rockers appeared in Never Been Kissed. In the 1999 film, they’re the band playing as Drew Barrymore takes her first bite of ganja cake.
8/25: Keyshia Cole @ House of Blues, hob.com
Missy Elliott and Lil Kim collaborated with this R&B songstress on the 2007 hit single, “Let It Go.”
8/26: Groundation @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Roots reggae band on its North American Coming Home tour.
8/27: B.B. King @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This blues legend holds the No. 6 spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. B.B. King is also playing at Pechanga Resort & Casino August 29.
8/27: Panic! At The Disco @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Pop punk threesome most recognized for their 2005 track, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
8/29-31: Awesome Fest 8 @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
More than 60 DIY punk bands from across the U.S. will perform at this annual three-day music festival.
8/29: Marc Anthony @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.com
The former Mr. J.Lo is a jack-of-all- trades, finding success in singing, acting, producing and fashion design.
8/30: Frampton’s Guitar Circus @ Harrah’s, harrahsresortsoutherncalifornia.com
USA Today calls rocker Peter Frampton’s current tour the “greatest guitar show on earth.”
8/30: Jack Johnson @ UCSD Rimac Field, sportsfac.ucsd.edu
Folk rock musician and surfer on his From Here to Now to You tour in support of his album of the same name released last September.
8/30: The Offspring @ Sleep Train Amphithesaraatre, ticketmaster.com
This Huntington Beach punk rock band formed 30 years ago, in 1984.
8/31: Gipsy Kings @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
The film The Big Lebowski featured this flamenco pop band’s cover of The Eagles’ rock mega-hit “Hotel California.”
8/31: Ziggy Marley @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.com
Bob Marley’s eldest son, born David Nesta Marley, takes the stage after the day’s last horse race at the annual Del Mar Reggae Fest.
8/31: David Gray @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
This British indie rocker released his 10th album, Mutineers, in June.