By Catlin Dorset
10/29: Madonna @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
Since her self-tilted album debuted in 1983, Madonna has sold more than 300 million albums. This feat earned the original Queen of Pop (some argue Taylor Swift now wears this crown) a 2014 entry in the Guinness World Records as the “Best-Selling Female Recording Artist.”
From her 1984 mega-hits “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” to starring in the 1996 film Evita to a 2003 tongue tango with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during an MTV Video Music Awards performance, Madge has been trending since before trending was a thing.
In March, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/actress/director/author released her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, and kicked off a five-month worldwide tour by the same name on September 9.
10/1: Aterciopelados @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Latin pop/rock band from Bogotá, Colombia, performs en español.
10/2: Pepper @ Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 91x.com
Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and 311 are among the bigname acts with whom this Hawaiian reggae rock trio has toured.
10/2: Ratatat @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
In July, these electronica rockers released Magnifique, their fifth studio album.
10/2: David Cook @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
American Idol Season Seven winner and pop rocker David Cook tours the U.S. through November in support of his album Digital Vein, which dropped September 18.
10/3: Marty Friedman @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
After leaving his lead guitarist gig with Megadeth in 1999, this rocker moved to Tokyo and became the “Ryan Seacrest of Japan” (according to Billboard) after hosting many TV shows.
10/3: New Years Day @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
These alt. rockers will drop their new album, Malevolence, on October 2.
10/3: Musiq Soulchild @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
Films Daddy’s Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married? and Meet the Browns feature tracks by this R&B artist.
10/3: Gordon Lightfoot @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Folk rocker best known for his ‘70s hits “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970), “Sundown” (1974) and “Rainy Day People” (1975).
10/3: Florida Georgia Line @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Brian Kelley (from Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Georgia) compose this u?ber successful country duo.
10/4: Citizen Cope @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
One Tree Hill, Entourage, CSI: Miami and many other TV shows have featured songs by this alt. rock singer-songwriter.
10/6: Paul Weller @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Rock music singer and guitarist traveling the globe in support of his recent album, Saturns Pattern, which dropped in May.
10/6: Garbage @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Alt. rock foursome that rose to fame in the mid-to-late-'90s with hits “Only Happy When it Rains” (1995) and “Stupid Girl” (1996).
10/6-7: Gregg Allman @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Rolling Stone ranks this Southern rocker at No. 70 on its “100 Greatest Singers” list.
10/7: MAX @ House of Blues, hob.com
Pop artist Maxwell Schneider, aka MAX, opened for Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on the Boys of Zummer tour this summer.
10/8: Riff Raff @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
Justin Bieber, Drake and Lil Wayne are a few of the big names rumored to be on this hip-hopper’s upcoming album; release date TBA.
10/9: The Amity Affliction @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Metalcore band headlining the Seems Like Forever U.S. tour with support from Chelsea Grin, Secrets, Cruel Hand and The Plot in You.
10/9: Joe Nichols @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
Country music Arkansan best known for hits “Sunny and 75" (2013), “Gimmie That Girl” (2009), “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” (2005) and many others.
10/9: Jamey Johnson @ House of Blues, hob.com
This country singer-songwriter co-wrote Trace Adkins’ 2005 hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
10/9: Cody Simpson @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
In 2014, the then 17-year-old pop musician competed on Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. He was eliminated in the fifth week.
10/10-11: Flaming Lips @ CRSSD Festival, crssdfest.com
Miley Cyrus collaborated with this alt. rock band on its recent album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, which dropped August 30.
10/11: UB40 @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Reggae Brits best known for their 1993 cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
10/11: Jedi Mind Tricks @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
In June, this hip-hop twosome released its latest album, The Thief and the Fallen.
10/11: Buckcherry @ House of Blues, hob.com
This hard rock quintet’s 2006 single “Crazy Bitch” earned the band a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.
10/12: Kodaline @ House of Blues, hob.com
Indie rockers out of Dublin, Ireland.
10/12: Trivium @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
This Floridian foursome will release its seventh studio album, Silence in the Snow, on October 2.
10/13: Alt-J @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
The 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, featured this indie rock group’s song “Buffalo.”
10/14: Florence + the Machine @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
In April, indie rock lead singer Florence Welch broke her foot while jumping off the stage at Coachella.
10/14: Young Thug @ House of Blues, hob.com
In a recent interview with Clique magazine, rapper Young Thug said of Donald Trump’s bid for president: “They ain’t gonna ever let a punk win no motherf***in’ election.”
10/15: Hozier @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Blues rocker Andrew Hozier-Byrne rose to fame in 2014 when his single “Take Me to Church” climbed the Billboard charts.
10/16: Luke Bryan @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.com
Country megastar known for a slew of hits, including “Rain Is a Good Thing” (2010), “Crash My Party” (2013) and “Play it Again” (2014).
10/16: Twenty One Pilots @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
Alt. pop duo on its Blurryface tour with Echosmith and Finish Ticket.
10/16: America @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Classic rock outfit known for many ‘70s and ‘80s hits, including “A Horse with No Name” (1972), “Sister Golden Hair” (1975) and “You Can Do Magic” (1982).
10/17: Janet Jackson @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
The pop icon and youngest sibling of the Jackson family will release Unbreakable, her first studio album since brother Michael’s death in 2009, on October 2.
10/17: Of Monsters and Men @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
In June, these indie folk Icelanders released their sophomore album, Beneath the Skin.
10/17: Social Distortion @ House of Blues, hob.com
Punk rockers touring to commemorate the 25 years since the release of their 1990 self-titled album.
10/19: My Morning Jacket @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.edu
In May, these rockers headlined the second night of the Boston Calling Music Festival. Beck had closed out the night prior.
10/21: Seether @ House of Blues, hob.com
Evanescence, Nickelback and 3 Doors Down are among the acts with whom this alt. rock group has toured.
10/21: All Time Low @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
In April, this pop punk foursome released its new Future Hearts album.
10/22: D.R.I. @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) is a hardcore metal/thrash band out of Houston.
10/22: Insane Clown Posse @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Rapping duo headlining The Marvelous Missing Link tour with P.O.D., Stitches, Dope D.O.D. and Young Wicked.
10/23: Stoney LaRue @ Moonshine Flats, moonshineflats.com
This country artist sang background vocals on Miranda Lambert’s 2013 single “All Kinds of Kinds.”
10/23: Meat Loaf @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Rocker Michael Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, played the part of Eddie (ex-delivery-boy-turned-dinner) in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
10/24: Gerard Way @ House of Blues, hob.com
The co-founder and former lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance now performs as a solo alt. rock act.
10/24: Slash @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Adam Levine and others collaborated with this rock and roller on his 2010 eponymous album.
10/25: Owl City @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
This indie electronica singer-songwriter’s 2009 debut single “Fireflies” reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s “The Hot 100" chart.
10/25: J Balvin @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com
Latin reggaeton artist J Balvin wraps his U.S. La Familia tour with Becky G on this night in America’s Finest.
10/26: Marilyn Manson @ House of Blues, hob.com
In 2014, this rocker played the part of white supremacist Ron Tully in the final season of Sons of Anarchy.
10/27-28: The Neighbourhood @ House of Blues, hob.com
Indie rockers with a new album, Wiped Out!, set to release October 30.
10/29: Fear Factory @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Metalers touring worldwide through December to promote their Genexus album, which dropped in August.
10/29: Coheed & Cambria @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Four-piece progressive rock band out of New York.
10/29: Parkway Drive @ House of Blues, hob.com
Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and The Word Alive open for these metalcore Aussies on their self-titled tour.
10/30: Ghost @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
These Swedish heavy metalers wear masks and heavy face paint to keep their identities anonymous.
10/30: Matt Nathanson @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Folk rock singer and guitarist best known for his 2008 single “Come On Get Higher.”
10/31: Too $hort @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg are among the superstar acts with whom this rapper has collaborated.
10/31: For Today @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Metalcore quintet on its month-long Wake tour in support of its album by the same name, which drops October 2.
10/31: Nas @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, rmdhalloween.com
This rapper from New York has been nominated for a Grammy Award 13 times.