Sounds Like a Plan


By Catlin Dorset

6/15: Lil Wayne @ FLUXX Nightclub,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., aka Lil Wayne aka Weezy, wrote his first rap song when he was 8 years old. That was in 1990. Today, the rapper/songwriter/ producer/entrepreneur from New Orleans has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music biz, spawning a slew of chart-topping hits including “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “How to Love” and “Lollipop.” Originally scheduled for release in 2013, his 11th studio album (Tha Carter V, rumored to be his last) has been postponed and still doesn’t have a firm drop date. But that hasn’t delayed Lil Wayne from dethroning The King - in 2012, he broke a Billboard record, surpassing Elvis Presley’s previous mark of 108 appearances on the “Hot 100” chart.

6/1-2: Spoon @ Observatory North Park,
Indie rockers on the road to promote their newest album, They Want My Soul, which dropped in August.

6/2: Sufjan Stevens @ Copley Symphony Hall,
In March, this indie folk singer-songwriter released Carrie & Lowell, his seventh studio album.

6/3: Walk Off the Earth @ Observatory North Park,
This Canadian rock group’s YouTube cover of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” has garnered more than 165 million views.

6/3: The Doobie Brothers @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Classic rock group most recognized for their hits “Listen to the Music” (1972), “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979).

6/3: AWOLNATION @ House of Blues,
In January, Billboard ranked this electro rock band’s megahit “Sail” as No. 17 on its “Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1” list.

6/6: Whitesnake @ Pala Casino,
English rockers most known for their ‘80s hits “Here I Go Again” (1983) and “Is This Love” (1987).

6/6: Gary Allan @ San Diego County Fair,
This country artist is expected to release his 10th, yet-to-be-named studio album sometime this year.

6/6: As Blood Runs Black @ Epicentre,
This metal band’s local stop is the second to last date on their current and rumored-to-be-final tour.

6/6: Brad Paisley @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Grammy Award-winning country artist climbing the charts (once again) with his new single “Crushin’ It.”

6/7: 91X X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Local alt. rock radio station 91X’s annual concert event brings Modest Mouse, The Cult, Pennywise, Public Enemy and more to the Chula Vista stage.

6/6: CountryFest @ Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,
Country duo Montgomery Gentry headlines this semi-annual event, which also features Casey James, Lauren Alaina and Jackie Lee.

6/7: Banda MS @ San Diego County Fair,
More than a dozen artists comprise this Latin music group.

6/7: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band @ Sycuan Casino,
Americana rockers most known for their 1987 hit “Fishin’ in the Dark.”

6/8: Nico & Vinz @ House of Blues,
These Norwegian pop artists enjoyed international success in 2014 with their hit “Am I Wrong.”

6/9: The Kooks @ House of Blues,
Indie rock foursome from across the pond.

6/10: Peter Frampton @ San Diego County Fair,
Rocker and guitarist Peter Frampton became friends with David Bowie when the two attended Bromley Technical High School together in London.

6/11: Joey Bada$$ @ Observatory North Park,
On January 20, his 20th birthday, this hip-hopper released his B4.DA.$$ album.

6/12: John Legend @ Copley Symphony Hall,
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar John Legend performs an intimate show to raise funds for the local Forte for Children foundation.

6/12: Ingrid Michaelson @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Indie pop songstress on her month-long A Summer Night Out tour.

6/12: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons @ Pala Casino,
The Jersey Boys hit Broadway musical and subsequent film directed by Clint Eastwood is based on this ‘60s/’70s pop/rock band’s inception and success.

6/13: Lenka @ House of Blues,
This alt. pop Aussie will release her new album, The Bright Side, on June 16.

6/13: Jedi Mind Tricks @ Observatory North Park,
Rapper Vinnie Paz (aka Vincenzo Luviner) and producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind (aka Kevin Baldwin) comprise this hip-hop twosome.

6/13: Colbie Caillat @ San Diego County Fair,
In 2007, this pop singer-songwriter became an overnight success with her single “Bubbly.”

6/14: Los Tigres Del Norte @ San Diego County Fair,
Norteño band whose Spanish name translates to “the tigers the North.”

6/15: Lupe Fiasco @ Observatory North Park,
Kanye West, Pharrell and Ed Sheeran are just a few of the artists with whom this hip-hopper has collaborated.

6/17: Christina Perri @ San Diego County Fair,
This pop singer-songwriter will co-headline the Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too tour with Colbie Caillat later this summer.

6/18: George Thorogood and The Destroyers @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Films Problem Child, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Major Payne and others have featured this blues rock band’s biggest hit, “Bad to the Bone.”

6/18: Gregg Allman @ San Diego County Fair,
In 2010, this rock ‘n’ roller made Rolling Stones‘ “100 Greatest Singers” list at No. 70.

6/19: Steve Earle @ Belly Up Tavern,
In February, country folk artist Steve Earle and his band, The Dukes, released their Terraplane album.

6/19: Switchfoot @ San Diego County Fair,
San Diego’s own Switchfoot got its big break in 2002, when the movie A Walk To Remember featured several of the alt. rock fivesome’s songs.

6/20: Marco Antonio Solis @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Latin pop artist on his Gracias Por Estar Aqui (“thank you for being here”) tour.

6/21: Misfits @ Observatory North Park,
Punk rock outfit out of New Jersey.

6/21: Grupo Intocable @ San Diego County Fair,
This “untouchable” (English translation) Norteño group has won dos Grammy Awards, siete Latin Grammys and mucho Latin Billboard Awards.

6/21: Air Supply @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
Soft rock Aussies Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met 40 years ago at a rehearsal for a Jesus Christ Superstar production.

6/23: Fifth Harmony @ San Diego County Fair,
The all-girl pop group - which formed on Season Two of X Factor - is on its Reflection summer tour in support of its January 2015 album by the same name.

6/23: Ed Sheeran @ Valley View Casino Center,
In December, this 24-year-old pop star became the most played artist on Spotify after accumulating more than 860 million streams.

6/24: Little Big Town @ San Diego County Fair,
Country foursome enjoying chart-topping success from its latest single, “Girl Crush.”

6/25: Third Day @ San Diego County Fair,
This Christian rock band’s song “Follow Me There” was the theme song to TLC’s short-lived Sarah Palin’s Alaska series.

6/26: Slayer @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Thrash metal group Slayer joins fellow metalers King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada and more down South for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

6/26: Charlie Wilson @ San Diego County Fair,
In 2013, Justin Timberlake presented this R&B singer-songwriter with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

6/27: Nickelback @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Canadian rockers headlining their worldwide No Fixed Address tour.

6/27: Hollywood Ending @ Epicentre,
Hollywood Ending, the rap metalers’ self-titled sophomore album, dropped on May 26.

6/27: Chubby Checker @ Pala Casino,
Rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter Ernest Evans, aka Chubby Checker, is best known for his cover of Hank Ballard’s “The Twist.”

6/28: Espinoza Paz @ San Diego County Fair,
This Latin Grammy Award-nominated singer and guitarist performs en Español.

6/28: James Otto @ Moonshine Flats,
In 2007, this country artist’s single “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s “Hot Country Songs” chart.

6/30: Austin Mahone @ San Diego County Fair,
Nineteen-year-old pop singer signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label.