By Catlin Dorset
9/18-20: KAABOO Music Festival @ Del Mar Racetrack, kaaboodelmar.com
More than 100 musicians, comedians, artists and chefs make their way to Del Mar in September for KAABOO - a Coachella-esque three-day music festival minus the two-and-a-half-hour drive to, and blazing temperatures in, Indio.
Top 40 artists No Doubt, The Killers, Zac Brown Band, Train, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People and more than 70 other musical acts will perform live on seven stages throughout the long weekend, while comedians Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Chris D’Elia, Anthony Jeselnik and more perform inside the air-conditioned Humor Me comedy club.
A craft beer garden, local chefs and restaurants, and more than a dozen on-site artists and galleries round out the offerings of this inaugural fest, held where the surf meets the turf
9/1: Miguel @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
This R&B artist dropped his new album, Wildheart, in June.
9/3: The Marshall Tucker Band @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
The 2008 film Swing Vote, starring Kevin Costner, features this southern rock band’s song “Can’t You See.”
9/4: Magic! @ House of Blues, hob.com
Canadian pop/reggae foursome best known for their 2013 debut single “Rude.”
9/5: Yes and Toto @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
Rock bands Yes and Toto co-headline a U.S. summer tour through mid-September.
9/6: The Gipsy Kings @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
In January 2014, this flamenco/ pop band’s Savor Flamenco album won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
9/6: Sara Evans @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
Country singer-songwriter known for several chart-topping hits including “Suds in the Bucket” (2004), “A Real Fine Place to Start” (2005) and “A Little Bit Stronger” (2010).
9/6: Weezer @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.com
The soundtracks for Cars 2 and Shrek Ever After feature songs by these L.A.-based alt. rockers.
9/7: Gondwana @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Chilean group performs reggae en español.
9/8: Hopsin @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
In July, rapper Marcus Jamal Hopson, aka Hopsin, released his Pounds Syndrome album.
9/9: Ariana Grande @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Zedd are some of the big-name acts with whom this 21-year-old pop singer has collaborated.
9/11: El Tri @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
This rock band from Mexico City went by the moniker Three Souls in My Mind before changing its name in 1985.
9/11: Kansas @ Pauma Pavilion, casinopauma.com
TV shows South Park, Family Guy and Scrubs have featured this classic rock band’s 1976 hit, “Carry on Wayward Son.”
9/11: Boyz II Men @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
In 2012, this R&B trio received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
9/11: Alejandra Guzmán @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal, harrahssocal.com
This pop/rock artist’s mother is Silvia Pinal, an internationally known actress; her father, Enrique Guzmán, is considered a pioneer of Mexican rock and roll.
9/12: Indie Jam 2015 @ Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, fm949sd.com
Indie/alt. rockers Silversun Pickups, Metric, Houndmouth, Meg Myers and others take the stage during FM 94/9’s annual concert event.
9/13: Chayanne @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Elmer Figueroa Arce, aka Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican pop singer whose recent single, “Tu Respiración,” is the theme song for the Mexican soap opera Lo Imperdonable.
9/13: Marco Antonio Solis @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Latin Grammy Award-winning pop singer, guitarist and producer.
9/13: ZZ Top @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
At the 2014 CMT Music Awards, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo joined these blues rockers on stage to perform a mashup of all of the artists’ hits.
9/14: The Who @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
The legendary English rock band kicks off its North American leg of The Who Hits 50! tour on this night in Point Loma.
9/14: Hollywood Undead @ House of Blues, hob.com
Hip-hop rock outfit on the road through October with Crown the Empire and I Prevail.
9/15: Four Year Strong @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Blink-182, New Found Glory and Paramore are among the bands with whom this pop punk foursome has toured.
9/16: Mobb Deep @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Hip-hop duo from Queens, New York.
9/17: Chris Brown @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
On February 20, this hip-hopper released Fan of a Fan: The Album, a collaborative collection co-created by rapper Tyga.
9/17: Megan Nicole @ House of Blues, hob.com
This 21-year-old pop starlet rose to fame via YouTube by uploading her covers of songs by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others.
9/18: Chris Cornell @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
This alt. rocker and Soundgarden frontman/founder drops his new album, Higher Truth, on this same date.
9/18-19: Julieta Venegas @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
In 2006, this pop/rock musician’s Limón Y Sal record won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album.
9/19: Paul Anka @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka wrote “She’s a Lady,” which became a huge hit for Tom Jones in 1971.
9/20: Ricky Martin @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
The “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999 breakout hit) pop star currently serves as a judge on the Aussie version of The Voice.
9/20: George Benson @ Thornton Winery, thorntonwine.com
Ten-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and instrumentalist.
9/20: The Beach Boys @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Rolling Stone magazine ranked this iconic American rock band at No. 12 on its “100 Greatest Artists” list.
9/21: Mark Knopfler @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Former frontman of Dire Straits, this British rocker composed 1987’s The Princess Bride soundtrack.
9/22: CocoRosie @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady compose this indie folk twosome.
9/22: Damian Marley @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
This reggae artist was a couple months shy of his third birthday when his father, the great Bob Marley, passed away.
9/23: Panteon Rococo @ House of Blues, hob.com
Mexican ska rock band touring worldwide through October.
9/22: Def Leppard @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Five-piece English rock band on a U.S summer tour with Styx and Tesla.
9/25: Rascal Flatts @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
This country music trio has enjoyed huge success with singles “Bless the Broken Road” (2005), “Life Is a Highway” (2006) and “Riot” (2014).
9/26: Air Supply @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Soft rock duo most known for its slew of sappy hits, including “All Out of Love” (1980) and “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” (1983).
9/27: Duran Duran @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Pop rock quartet on its Paper Gods tour in support of the album of the same name, which drops September 11.
9/27: Dead Kennedys @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
On September 26, these San Franciscan punk rockers will headline the Hi-Fi Rockfest in Long Beach.
9/27: Cimorelli @ House of Blues, hob.com
Sisters Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani Cimorelli compose this pop a cappella sextet.
9/29: Years & Years @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Electronica pop threesome most known for their current hit, “King.”
9/30: Chicago @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Founded in 1967 in its namesake city, Chicago ranks as one of the most successful American rock bands of all time, second only to the Beach Boys according to Billboard.
9/30: Van Halen @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
These hard rockers are rumored to begin working on a new album once their tour wraps this fall.
9/24: Foo Fighters @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Dave Grohl and his alt. rock bandmates were the last group to perform on Late Show with David Letterman, the finale of which aired in May.
9/25: Death Cab for Cutie @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
In March, this Washingtonian alt. rock group released its eighth studio album, titled Kintsugi.
9/28: Tove Lo @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
This Swedish singer-songwriter became an overnight success in 2014 after her single “Habits (Stay High)” rocketed up the Top 40 charts.