Groove: July concert calendar

Counting Crows. (Courtesy photo)

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Khalid, Psychedelic Furs, Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill, TLC and Shawn Mendes with Charlie Puth.

7.1: Cat Power 

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) hasn’t released a record since 2012’s “Sun,” but that hasn’t stopped the 45-year-old singer/songwriter from delivering some of her best, career-spanning performances in recent years.   

@ Observatory North Park,

7.1: Rebelution 

Last year was a busy one for the Santa Barbara pop-reggae five-piece as they released their sixth studio album, “Falling Into Place,” an additional live album recorded at Red Rocks and had a pair of Florida breweries create an IPA in their name.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheater,


7.3: War 

Long Beach funk legends help send the 2017 San Diego County Fair off in style on its second-to-last night. Get ready for hits like “Low Rider” and “Spill the Wine” as a prelude to the fireworks one day later.

@ San Diego County Fair,

7.5: Melvins 

Melvins released the album “Basses Loaded” last year after bassist Steve McDonald of Redd Kross and Off! officially joined the band. Their latest, “A Walk With Love and Death,” is out this month. Brooklyn-based duo Spotlights open the show.

@ Casbah,

7.5, 6: Dita Von Teese’s “The Art of the Teese" 

Sure, there’s going to be amazing music at this show - all kinds of it. But that’s probably not the reason most will buy a ticket to see the grande dame of burlesque showcase the moves that make her a torchbearer of the genre.  

@ House of Blues, 

7.07: Rise Against & Deftones 

Hardcore brethren Chicago’s Rise Against and Sacramento’s Deftones join forces in trying to blow out the eardrums of today’s youth - one city at a time. Rise Against’s eighth studio album, “Wolves,” was released last month, while the Deftones released their eighth, “Gore,” last year. 

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheater,

7.09: Prince Royce 

The bachata superstar released his fifth studio album, “Five,” in February. It features guest appearances by Shakira, Chris Brown, Zendaya and Arturo Sandoval. Royce also served as a judge on this year’s inaugural season of Univision’s reality talent show “Pequeños Gigantes USA."  

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.11: The Roots 

Making the most of their summer break, the legendary Philadelphia crew returns to San Diego after a quick, three-date run in Europe. Questlove, Black Thought and the rest of the band were last here as part of KAABOO’s debut in 2015.

@ Observatory North Park,

7.11: TLC 

It doesn’t seem possible, but Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, original member of the Grammy-winning and platinum-selling R&B trio, has been gone for 15 years. Co-founders Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas are helping to cement the band’s legacy this year, having just released their self-titled fifth and final studio album.

@ Sycuan, 

7.13: The Temptations + The Four Tops 

It’s a night of living history as a double bill of Motown masters brings the Motor City sound to San Diego.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

7.14: Shawn Mendes with Charlie Puth 

At 18, this young Canadian singer/songwriter has already seen both of his albums, 2015’s “Handwritten” and 2016’s “Illuminate,” hit the top spot on the Billboard 200. Opener Charlie Puth is best known for his song “See You Again,” which he performed with Wiz Khalifa.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

7.14: Dirty Heads & Soja 

SoCal reggae rockers Dirty Heads join with Grammy-nominated Virginia reggae collective Soja for a night of irie vibes.   

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheater,

7.17: Chris Isaak 

The pompadoured crooner last released an album in 2015 - the same year he became a judge on the Australian version of “The X Factor.” But don’t let that fool you. The consummate showman always delivers a memorable performance.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

7.18: The Sword 

The Austin, Texas, stoner metal quartet returns to San Diego. Their fifth studio album, “High Country,” came out in 2015. Flannel is OK in the summertime, right? 

@ Belly Up, 

7.18: Playboi Carti 

The Atlanta rapper initially known as $ir Cartier released his self-titled debut mixtape in April through Interscope Records. It features appearances from Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky. Carti also appears on the 2017 singles “RAF” by ASAP Mob and “Green & Purple” by Travis Scott.

@ Observatory North Park,

7.18: Khalid 

This is the first of two nights that 19-year-old Texas-bred singer/songwriter Khalid (Robinson) will spend in San Diego. Backed by the hit single “Location,” Khalid’s March-released studio debut, “American Teen,” has cracked the top five of Billboard’s R&B chart and the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

@ House of Blues,

7.18: 2Cellos 

Slovenian/Croatian cello duo Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are classically trained and immensely talented. But it doesn’t hurt that they look like a pair of contestants from “The Bachelorette.” 2Cellos’ fourth studio album, “Score,” was released in March.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.19: Steve Poltz 

San Diego’s finest story-telling troubadour gets in on the Green Flash Concert Series action at the Birch Aquarium. The 21+, sunset-start series features one artist a month through September.

@ Birch Aquarium,

7.19: Khalid 

This second of back-to-back nights at different venues for RCA Records artist Khalid is long sold out.

@ Observatory North Park, 

7.19: Daryl Hall & John Oates + Tears for Fears 

It’s veteran duo madness as 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Hall & Oates join forces with Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears For Fears on a 29-date arena tour. The bands have sold more than 70 million albums combined.

@ Valley View Casino Center,


7.20: Beach Fossils 

The Brooklyn-based indie rock trio released their third studio album, “Somersault,” last month. It’s the band’s first full-length release since 2013.

@ Casbah,

7.20: Retro Futura Tour 

It’s like an ‘80s jukebox came to life with performances from Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, English Beat, Paul Young, Katrina and the Waves, and Modern English. Better check if those neon pastel parachute pants are still tucked away in your closet.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.21: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 

The youngest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti returns to the Belly Up with his father’s former band once again in tow.

@ Belly Up,

7.21: Tribal Seeds 

It’s that time again to mix horse racing and live music in Del Mar, and Tribal Seeds gets things started this year. The 2017 San Diego Music Awards “Artist of the Year” winners released the single “Rude Girl” in April.

@ Del Mar Turf Club,

7.21: The B-52’s 

Although founding member Keith Strickland no longer tours with the band, fellow originals Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson still “Roam” the road and have recently appeared on the TV shows “Portlandia” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

@ Pala Casino,

7.21: Third Eye Blind 

Veteran alt-rockers Third Eye Blind head out on their Summer Gods Tour and bring the bands Silversun Pickups and Ocean Park Standoff along for the ride.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.23: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill 

The husband-and-wife superstar duo’s new 65-city “Soul2Soul World Tour” celebrates the 10th anniversary of the pair’s 2007 highest-grossing country music tour of all time, as well as the first time Hill has toured in as many years. It comes on the heels of the pair’s recent collaborative single, “Speak to a Girl.”

@ Valley View Casino Center,

7.23: Buddy Guy 

The beloved living blues legend returns once again to the Belly Up for this sold-out show.

@ Belly Up,

7.27: Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey 

Say “Hello” to this double bill of superstar and diva awesomeness. Rescheduled from a May date due to knee surgery, Ritchie probably won’t be “Dancing on the Ceiling,” but Mariah will be there to pick up the slack on this “Fantasy” double shot of Grammy-winner goodness. 

@ Viejas Arena,  

7.27, 28: UB40 

Founding vocalist Ali Campbell and keyboardist Mickey Virtue left UB40 in 2008, with original toaster Astro following in 2013. Everything is back to normal now. Matisyahu opens the show.

@ Pala Casino,

7.27, 28: Psychedelic Furs 

It’s been more than a quarter-century since this band released an album, but that doesn’t stop the founding Butler brothers - singer Richard and bassist Tim - from tearing through their extended catalog over two-night stops like this one. 

@ Sycuan,

7.28: Violent Femmes 

Wisconsin’s finest export since cheese. Two of the Femmes’ original three members - vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie - are keeping the legacy alive these days. The band released their ninth studio album, “We Can Do Anything,” last year.

@ Del Mar Turf Club,

7.28: Taking Back Sunday 

Surviving a multitude of line-up changes over their 18-year career, the Long Island-based emo punks released their seventh studio album, “Tidal Wave,” last September. They return to San Diego with Every Time I Die and Modern Chemistry opening the show.

@ Observatory North Park,

7.28: Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows 

Another dynamic duo of yesteryear crowd-pleasers team up to combine their superpowers and deliver a set of greatest hits.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheater,

7.30: Maxi Priest 

Once rumored to be taking over lead vocals in UB40 after Ali Campbell left, Brit reggae crooner Max Elliott (aka Maxi Priest) has been putting out albums for more than 30 years. Elliott released his latest full-length, “Easy To Love,” in 2014. 

@ Belly Up,

7.30: Rodrigo Y Gabriela 

Another veteran act of KAABOO’s inaugural festival in 2015, the one-time couple returns to Southern California for the third time in as many years after appearing locally at the Belly Up last summer. The Mexican guitar duo’s last studio album, “9 Dead Alive,” was released in 2014.

@ Pechanga,

7.31: Rodrigo Y Gabriela 

After performing in North County, the guitar duo will head to the bay to play.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,