8/2: Real Estate @ BellyUp Tavern, bellyup.com
Summertime-infused indie jams from a band that resides in the Garden State (that’s Jersey, yo!).
8/3: Paul Wall @ 4th and B, 4thandbevents.com
This southern-fried hip-hopper sports a seriously nice grill.
8/3: Steel Pulse @ Del Mar racetrack, delmarscene.com
These legendary reggae artists have been at it since 1975.
8/4: Cake @ Del Mar racetrack, delmarscene.com
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, sandiegosymphony.org
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, humphreysconcerts.org
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, livenation.com
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, sandiegosymphony.org
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, fluxxsd.com
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, delmarscene.com
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, spreckels.net
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, hob.com
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, livenation.com
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, hob.com
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, livenation.com
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, humphreysconcerts.com
Ambient-styled soundscapes with world music influences.
8/15: fun. @ Open Air Amphitheater, as.sdsu.edu
Pop alternative rockers taking over the radio airwaves with their hit “We Are Young.”
8/16: Alabama Shakes @ House Of Blues, hob.com
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, delmarscene.com
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, sandiegosymphony.org
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, delmarscene.com
Soul rocker and one of the nicest guys in music who performs with depth and meaning.
8/18: Identity Fest @ Cricket Wireless, livenation.com
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, hob.com
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, delmarscene.com
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and reggae legend.
8/25: Three Mile Pilot @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
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, livenation.com
Blending reggae and punk, these two bands complement each other perfectly. Smoke ‘em if you gotta ‘em!
8/31: Kottonmouth Kings @ House of Blues, hob.com
Shock hip hop band and SoCal’s answer to the Insane Clown Posse, but with more weed.
8/31: Eats Everything @ Voyeur, voyeursd.com
This DJ eats everything from the electronic music platter, and then spits it out on the dance floor.