Sounds Like a Plan


By Catlin Dorset

7/9: One Direction @ Qualcomm Stadium,
Tweens far and wide mourned the departure of Zayn Malik from One Direction in March, when the boy bander said he wanted to be a “normal 22 year-old” and quit this hugely successful pop group. (Forbes magazine called One Direction the second-highest earning celebrity under 30 in 2014, with an estimated group earning of $75 million in one year.) The remaining 20-somethings (from left: Louis, Niall, Harry and Liam) continue to tour as a foursome while on the North American leg of their On the Road Again tour.

7/1: Voz de Mando @ San Diego County Fair,
In 2010, this Latin music band made Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs chart with the single “Comandos del M.P. (500 Balazos).”

7/2: Machine Gun Kelly @ House of Blues,
Lil Jon, Tech N9ne and Diddy are among the artists with whom this rapper has collaborated.

7/2: John Butler Trio @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Alt. rock Aussies touring worldwide through August.

7/3: Warrant @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
Metal band most known for its 1990 megahit, “Cherry Pie.”

7/3: Kansas @ San Diego County Fair,
In the film Old School, Will Ferrell’s character sings this rock group’s hit “Dust in the Wind” at a friend’s funeral.

7/3: T-Pain @ Parq Nightclub,
Floridian hip-hopper Faheem Rashad Najm, aka T-Pain, is most known for his mid-to-late 2000s hits “I’m ‘n Luv (wit a Stripper)” and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’).”

7/7: David Gray @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Indie rock musician David Gray joined forces with LeAnn Rimes on his current single, “Snow in Vegas.”

7/8: Jurassic 5 @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Emcees Akil, Chali 2na, Zaakir aka Soup and Marc 7, along with DJs Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, make up this L.A.-native hip-hop group.

7/9: Lonestar @ Casino Pauma,
Country artists most recognized for “Mr. Mom” (2004), “I’m Already There” (2001) and “Amazed” (1999).

7/9: Boz Scaggs @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
In March, R&B singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs released his new album, A Fool to Care.

7/10: Lady Antebellum @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
In 2011, this country trio’s album Need You Now and the album’s title track picked up Album of the Year and Song of the Year, among other honors, at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

7/9: Harry Connick, Jr. @ Copley Symphony Hall,
In January 2016, this jazz/pop singer and actor will return to his judging duties on the final season of American Idol, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

7/11: Cattle Decapitation @ Brick by Brick,
San Diego-bred death metal band with a new album, The Anthropocene Extinction, expected to drop August 7.

7/14: Kevin Fowler @ Belly Up Tavern,
This country artist has written tracks for Sammy Kershaw, Montgomery Gentry and Mark Chesnutt.

7/15: Fetty Wap @ AD Nightclub,
Rapper Willie Maxwell, aka Fetty Wap, continues to climb the music charts with his current single, “Trap Queen.”

7/17: Alice in Chains @ Pala Casino,
These Grammy-nominated alt. rockers are expected to release their sixth studio album later this year.

7/17: J. Cole @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Maroon 5 are among the big names with whom this rapper has collaborated.

7/18: 5 Seconds of Summer @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
In 2014, this foursome from down unda created its own record label - Hi Or Hey Records.

7/18: Julion Alvarez @ Valley View Casino Center,
This Norteño musician performs en Español.

7/18: Third Eye Blind @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Alt. rock outfit on the road with Dashboard Confessional in support of its Dopamine album, which dropped June 16.

7/19: Barenaked Ladies @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
Canadian rockers most known for their 1998 chart-topping hit, “One Week.”

7/20: Lyle Lovett @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
In 2010, this country performer and actor played the role of a government agent on an episode of ABC’s Castle.

7/21: Charli XCX @ Observatory North Park,
In May, pop punk singer-songwriter Charli XCX won Best Rap Song at the Billboard Music Awards for her collaboration with Iggy Azalea on “Fancy.”

7/21: Imagine Dragons @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,
San Diego artist Tim Cantor created cover art for every track on this rock band’s Smoke + Mirrors album.

7/22: Parachute @ House of Blues,
These pop rockers have opened for Kelly Clarkson, Plain White T’s and The All-American Rejects, among others.

7/23: Upon A Burning Body @ SOMA,
This metal band covered DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” on the Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 album.

7/16: Sublime with Rome @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Reggae rockers headlining a summer tour with openers Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon.

7/11: NEEDTOBREATHE @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Christian rockers out of South Carolina.

7/24: Willie Nelson @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
In February 2016, 82-year-old country legend Willie Nelson will make a cameo in the film Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

7/24: The Wailers @ Del Mar Races,
Since Bob Marley’s death in 1981, his reggae band mates have gone on to perform internationally for nearly 25 million people.

7/24: Katchafire @ Belly Up Tavern,
Roots/reggae Kiwis touring worldwide through August.

7/25: Aaron Lewis @ Pala Casino,
When not fronting the metal band Staind, Aaron Lewis moonlights as a solo country artist.

7/25: Iration @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,
In advance of a new album due out later this year, these reggae rockers dropped their new single, “Reelin,” in April.

7/25: The Offspring @ Del Mar Races,
Me, Myself & Irene, Varsity Blues, Batman Forever and other films feature songs by this punk rock foursome.

7/26: 2 Chainz @ FLUXX Nightclub,
In 2013, this hip-hopper won the Best Rap Song gramophone for his collaboration with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T on Yeezus’ song “Mercy.”

7/27: Ky-Mani Marley @ Belly Up Tavern,
The reggae and hip-hop artist (and son to Bob Marley) dropped his new album, Maestro, on June 30.

7/27-28: Boston @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Iconic rockers most recognized for their 1976 hit song, “More Than a Feeling.”

7/29: Say Anything @ House of Blues,
L.A.-native alt. rock band headlining a U.S. tour with support from Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hard Girls.

7/29: Steve Miller Band @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
These rockers have enjoyed huge success over the years with singles “Take the Money and Run” (1976), “Rock’n Me” (1976), “The Joker” (1973) and many others.

7/30: Ben Folds @ Embarcadero Marina Park South,
In 2004, this pop rock musician produced William Shatner’s Has Been album.

7/30: Spandau Ballet @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
TV shows Veronica Mars, Popular and Modern Family have featured this soul/funk fivesome’s big hit “True.”

7/31: Saliva @ Ramona Mainstage,
In June, these alt. metal Tennesseans announced their own line of vapes, Saliva Vape Juice, available in six flavors.

7/31: Tokio Hotel @ House of Blues,
German rockers touring worldwide in support of their recent EP, Feel it All, which dropped in April.