August Concert Calendar

8/2: Real Estate @ BellyUp Tavern,
Summertime-infused indie jams from a band that resides in the Garden State (that’s Jersey, yo!).

8/3: Paul Wall @ 4th and B,
This southern-fried hip-hopper sports a seriously nice grill.

8/3: Steel Pulse @ Del Mar racetrack,
These legendary reggae artists have been at it since 1975.

8/4: Cake @ Del Mar racetrack,
Quirky alternative rockers from the ‘90s. My theme song, “How do you afford your rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle?” is a classic of theirs.

8/5: Burt Bacharach @ Embarcadero Marina Park,
A songwriter for Dionne Warwick (among other stars), Bacharach wrote some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and he’s still performing at age 84.

8/6: Seal and Macy Gray @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,
Seal’s smooth soul pop, plus Macy Gray’s raspy delivery of R&B, make this double-bill a big night of vocals by the waterfront.

8/7: Pitbull @ Cricket Wireless,
Pitbull mixes his Miami-vibed rap/vocals with club beats to fill dance floors and stadiums. “I Know You Want Me!” At least the dude’s modest.

8/8: Norah Jones @ Copley Symphony Hall,
A singer/songwriter with a slew of hits, Jones is the daughter of Ravi Shankar and half sister to Anoushka Shankar. Question is, does she play the sitar?

8/9: Donald Glaude @ FLUXX,
Expect a great mix of house tracks from this legendary co-creator
of the West Coast’s early-'90s rave-scene sound.

8/10: The Offspring @ Del Mar racetrack,
Having started back in 1984, these O.C. punkers just released their ninth studio album, “Days Go By.” I wonder if Dexter will fly his plane to the show? (He’s a pilot, you know.)

8/11: Andrew Bird @ Spreckels Theater,
Known to rock the glockenspiel and whistles like no other. The music is sublime.

8/11: Me First and The Gimme Gimmes @ House Of Blues,
Punk rock super group that does nothing but covers - like hard-core versions of Neil Diamond, Elton John and STYX. This show is always a good time.

8/12: KISS and Motley Crue @ Cricket Wireless,
Rock and heavy metal on the same stage in one night. KISS will be wearing makeup. Not sure Mötley Crüe will, but I’m sure Nikki Sixx still does.

8/13: Franz Ferdinand @ House of Blues,
Alternative rockers and one of the few Scottish bands to be nominated for a Grammy. I’m sure you’ve heard their hit “Take Me Out.”

8/14: Neil Diamond @ Cricket Wireless,
Good month for legends in S.D., and Neil will not disappoint. Did you know his middle name is Leslie?

8/15: Dead Can Dance @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,
Ambient-styled soundscapes with world music influences.

8/15: fun. @ Open Air Amphitheater,
Pop alternative rockers taking over the radio airwaves with their hit “We Are Young.”

8/16: Alabama Shakes @ House Of Blues,
Rock-infused blues band with a lead singer that has a little bit of Janis Joplin in her.

8/17: Michael Franti and Spearhead @ Del Mar Racetrack,
Franti (who’s been in The Beatnigs and The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy) mixes reggae, hip hop and rock into songs you will love.

8/17-18: Wilson Phillips @ Embarcadero Marina Park,
Thanks to the recent movie “Bridesmaids,” these pop singers are enjoying a resuscitated career that peaked with their song “Hold On,” which won Billboard’s Single of the Year in 1990.

8/18: Ben Harper @ Del Mar racetrack,
Soul rocker and one of the nicest guys in music who performs with depth and meaning.

8/18: Identity Fest @ Cricket Wireless,
All-day electronic dance music festival bumping with some of the biggest names in the game: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Pretty Lights, Disco Biscuits, Avicii, Porter Robinson, Nero, Paul Van Dyk, Wolfgang Gartner and many more.

8/19: Hank3 @ House Of Blues,
Expect a country, rockabilly, psychobilly and death metal from this
grandson (and spittin’ image) of country music legend Hank Williams.

8/24: Jimmy Cliff @ Del Mar racetrack,
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and reggae legend.

8/25: Three Mile Pilot @ Belly Up Tavern,
Now reuniting and putting out new music, this epic local indie rock band formed in 1991 and spawned Pinback and The Black Heart Procession.

8/25: Unity Tour w/ 311 and Slightly Stoopid @ Cricket Wireless,
Blending reggae and punk, these two bands complement each other perfectly. Smoke ‘em if you gotta ‘em!

8/31: Kottonmouth Kings @ House of Blues,
Shock hip hop band and SoCal’s answer to the Insane Clown Posse, but with more weed.

8/31: Eats Everything @ Voyeur,
This DJ eats everything from the electronic music platter, and then spits it out on the dance floor.