Sounds like a Plan
By Catlin Dorset
8/29: Taylor Swift @ Petco Park, tickets.com
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning T-Swizzle released her current pop album, 1989, in October 2014. The title reflects her birth year (she’s 25) and is the first album the multimillionaire songstress has released since announcing she was no longer a country artist. The video for the record’s lead single, “Shake It Off,” has nearly one billion views on YouTube.
Whether or not Swift’s posse of A-list BFFs (including singer Lorde, actress Jamie King, Girls creator Lena Dunham, and supermodels Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss) or new boyfriend, Calvin Harris, will accompany her to this America’s Finest City show remains anyone’s guess, but more than 40,000 of her 72 million Facebook fans are sure to be shaking it off at Petco Park on August 29.
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8/1: Jo Dee Messina @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Country singer-songwriter most recognized for her hits “Heads Carolina, Tails California” (1996), “Bye, Bye” (1998) and “Bring on the Rain” (2001).
8/1: Ziggy Marley @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, delmarscene.com
In February, the third eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley took home the golden gramophone for Best Reggae Album at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
8/2: Darius Rucker @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
This Hootie and the Blowfish frontman and country artist released his Southern Style album in March.
8/2: Juanes @ San Diego Civic Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Colombian rocker Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, aka Juanes, stops in America’s Finest during his U.S. Loco De Amor tour.
8/3: Milky Chance @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
In October, this German folk/ pop twosome performed its single “Stolen Dance” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
8/3-4: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Grammy Award-winning pop rocker Pat Benatar and hubby-slash-guitarist Neil Giraldo, on their North American 35th Anniversary Tour.
8/4: Tame Impala @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Five-piece psychedelic rock band from down unda.
8/5: Vans Warped Tour @ Qualcomm Stadium, vanswarpedtour.com
More than 90 rock, punk, alt. and pop acts take the stage during this annual touring event.
8/6: Echo and the Bunnymen @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
English punk rockers best known for their 1987 hit “Lips Like Sugar.”
8/8: Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation
San Diego is the third-to-last stop on the rock band’s and hip-hopper’s co-headlining Boys of Zummer Tour 2015.
8/8: Idina Menzel @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Even those who’ve never seen Disney’s Frozen film know this pop Broadway star’s hit song (and the film’s title track) “Let It Go.”
8/9: Melissa Etheridge @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
In 2007, this pop rock artist’s track “I Need to Wake Up,” which was featured in the film An Inconvenient Truth, won an Academy Award.
8/9: Jake Miller @ House of Blues, hob.com
This 20-something rapper dropped his new Rumors EP on July 8.
8/10: Lindsey Stirling @ San Diego Civic Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Echosmith collaborated with this violinist on a cover of the band’s big single “Bright.”
8/11: Sam Smith @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
Since lending his vocals to Disclosure’s 2012 chart-topping hit “Latch,” this pop artist has enjoyed major success from his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, which dropped in 2014.
8/11: Kevin Costner and Modern West @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
The Waterworld, Dances with Wolves and Bull Durham actor started this country rock outfit in 2007.
8/12: Jackson Browne @ San Diego Civic Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Three of this rock singer-songwriter’s albums made Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list: Late for the Sky (No. 375), The Pretender (No. 391) and For Everyman (No. 450).
8/12: The Commodores @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
This soul/funk band topped the R&B charts with singles “Easy” (1977), “Three Times a Lady” (1978) and “Nightshift” (1985).
8/12: Buddy Guy @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In 2005, B.B. King and Eric Clapton inducted this blues musician into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
8/12: Alabama Shakes @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
In April, these roots rockers released their second album, Sound & Color.
8/13: Nicki Minaj @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Lil Wayne, Drake, Beyoncé and Rihanna are among the artists with whom this rap diva has collaborated.
8/14: Steel Pulse @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, delmarscene.com
Reggae roots band rumored to be dropping a new studio album and documentary sometime this year.
8/15: Trapt @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Hard rock foursome most known for its 2003 single, “Headstrong.”
8/15: The B-52s @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Pop rockers on the road with The English Beat and The Psychedelic Furs.
8/16: Kelly Clarkson @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
The American Idol Season One winner released her seventh pop studio album, Piece by Piece, in February.
8/16: Dierks Bentley @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
In 2013, this country singer and guitarist co-headlined the Locked & Reloaded tour with Miranda Lambert.
8/18: Terror @ Epicentre, epicentreconcerts.org
Hardcore metal band on The 25th Hour tour in support of its homonymous album, which drops August 7.
8/19: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ House of Blues, hob.com
This funk/soul artist and actor made a cameo in the 1997 flick Good Burger, appearing as one of the loons at the Demented Hills Mental Hospital.
8/20: The Drums @ The Irenic, theirenic.com
Indie rock duo out of Brooklyn, New York.
8/21: Big Mountain @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
San Diego-based reggae band best known for their 1994 cover of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way.”
8/21: Pepper @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, delmarscene.com
Sublime With Rome, 311 and Slightly Stoopid are among the bands whom this reggae rock band has toured.
8/21: Arch Enemy @ House of Blues, hob.com
Swedish death metal fivesome on its worldwide War Eternal tour.
8/21: Thompson Square @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
In 2010, this husband and wife duo topped the country music charts with their song “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”
8/21-22: LeAnn Rimes @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, sandiegosymphony.org
This country singer-songwriter’s 1996 Grammy win made her (at that time) the youngest ever to receive the award - she was 14.
8/22: Shania Twain @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
After Shania’s first husband had a fling with her best friend, the country artist then married her ex-BFF’s ex-husband. Kinda sounds like a country song.
8/22: Snow Tha Product @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Hip-hopper Claudia Alexandra Feliciano, aka Snow Tha Product, briefly attended San Diego Mesa College before dropping out to pursue a career in music.
8/23: Natalie Cole @ Embarcadero Marina Park South, sandiegosymphony.org
Nine-time Grammy Award-winner and R&B artist Natalie Cole shares a birthday with Bob Marley. He would have been five years her senior.
8/24: Diana Krall @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
In 2003, this jazz singer and pianist married musician Elvis Costello at Elton John’s castle in England.
8/25: Jill Scott @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This R&B vocalist and actress starred in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too? films.
8/26: Moonshine Bandits @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Dusty “Tex” Dahlgren and Brett “Bird” Brooks compose this country rap duo.
8/26 & 28: Joe Bonamassa @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
This blues rocker opened for the legendary B.B. King when he was just 14 years old.
8/28: “Weird Al” Yankovic @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, delmarscene.com
The pop parodist quasi-covers Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Lorde’s “Royals” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” on his latest album, titled Mandatory Fun.
8/29: Kenny G @ Thornton Winery, thorntonwine.com
Jazz saxophonist Kenny G makes an appearance in Katy Perry’s 2010 “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” music video.
8/30: Incubus @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Alt. rock group most known for its 2001 hit, “Drive.”
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