Groove: November concert calendar

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Fall Out Boy, Halsey, Aminé and Guns N’ Roses.

11.1: The Drums

With the departure of co-founder Jacob Graham last year, the band is now solely in the hands of front man Jonny Pierce. And he wrote all of the music for, as well as played all the instruments on, The Drums’ new album, Abysmal Thoughts.

@ Observatory North Park ,


The Drums.(Courtesy photo)

11.1: Bret Michaels 

The longtime Poison singer and star of multiple reality shows might not even bring his guitar to this gig. He don’t need nothin’ but a good time.  

@ Belly Up, 

Bret Michaels. (Courtesy photo)

11.2: Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton 

Holland and Parton, once band mates in the Americana quartet Be Good Tanyas, reunite for a tour and album. Wildflower Blues was released in September.  

@ Casbah,

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton. (Courtesy photo)


11.2: La Santa Cecilia 

No better way to close out the last night of Dia De Los Muertos than with Grammy-winning quartet La Santa Cecilia. As a bonus, Mexrrissey and Mariachi Flor de Toloache will also be on the bill of this three-act Day of the Dead celebration.

@ Balboa Theatre,

La Santa Cecilia. (Courtesy photo)
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11.2, 3: The B-52s 

Founding members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson return to San Diego for a sold-out show in Solana Beach. 

@ Belly Up,


11.3: The Devil Makes Three

The long-running rockabilly-fusion trio of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean scored a No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart with the release of last year’s Redemption & Ruin. They did that one other time with the 2009 album Do Wrong Right.

@ Observatory North Park,

Devil Makes Three

Devil Makes Three.

(Giles Clement)

11.3: The Greyboy Allstars 

After last playing there in February, San Diego’s perennial jazz quintet returns to the Music Box for a show with Jungle Fire. DJ Greyboy (aka Andreas Stevens), co-founder and namesake of the headliners, is also on the bill.  

@ Music Box,

The Greyboy Allstars will perform at The Musicbox on Feb. 25. (Courtesy photo)

11.3: The Black Heart Procession 

Local indie rock legends hit the Casbah with Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmeiser) in tow.

@ Casbah,

The Black Heart Procession. (Courtesy photo)

11.3: Gregory Porter 

Porter completes the (one-time) local three-fer on this night with a show downtown. The multiple Grammy-winning jazz singer and songwriter is touring on his just-released album, Nat “King” Cole & Me.

@ Balboa Theatre,

Gregory Porter. (Courtesy photo)

11.3: Azealia Banks 

Unfortunately, the Harlem rapper has gotten more attention for her Twitter tirades than her music. But maybe the combination of last year’s mixtape, Slay-Z, and the upcoming release of her sophomore album, Fantasea II: The Second Wave, will change all that.   

@ House of Blues,

Azealia Banks. (Courtesy photo)

11.4: Son Little 

Philly-bred singer/songwriter Aaron Livingston (aka Son Little) released his latest album, New Magic, in September. It was inspired by a trip Livingston took to the remote, tropical Northern Territory of Australia.  

@ Soda Bar,

Son Little. (Courtesy photo)

11.4: Live Wire 25th Anniversary Show 

The Observatory plays host to the quarter-century celebration for a bar just a few blocks away. Local legends Rocket From The Crypt and L.A.'s Mariachi El Bronx handle the music.

@ Observatory North Park,

Rocket From the Crypt. (Courtesy photo)

11.5: Caifanes 

Ignoring the fact that they took an extended, 16-year hiatus, the rock en español godfathers reunited in 2011 and celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.   

@ Observatory North Park,

Caifanes. (Courtesy photo)

11.5: Cults 

The New York indie pop duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin released their third album, Offering, last month. The pair shares the bill with Curls (Christopher Owens of Girls) and The Willowz - which features Follin’s brother, Richie.

@ The Irenic,

Cults. (Courtesy photo)

11.5: Halsey 

Singer Ashley Frangipane released her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, this summer and it reached the top spot on the Billboard 200. She hits San Diego with openers Partynextdoor and Charli XCX. 

@ Viejas Arena,

Press Pick-up Shoot
Halsey. (Courtesy photo)
(Jimmy Fontaine / )

11.6: Noname 

Chicago rapper Fatimah Warner broke out when she appeared on Chance The Rapper’s 2013 album, Acid Rap. Last year, she was featured on another one his albums, Coloring Book, and joined him during his “Saturday Night Live” performance. Warner self-released her debut mixtape, Telefone, last summer. 

@ Observatory North Park,

Noname. (Courtesy photo)

11.7: Yelle 

While the French pop trio hasn’t released an album since 2014’s excellent Complétement Fou, the Julie Budet-led threesome released two singles this year - Interpassion and Romeo.

Yelle. (Courtesy photo)


11.9: Hamilton Leithauser 

The former Walkman front man teamed with former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostom on 2016’s excellent I Had a Dream That You Were Mine. He’ll be selling tour-only copies of the pair’s I Won’t Let Up: Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg on the current run of dates.  

@ Belly Up,

Hamilton Leithauser. (Courtesy photo)

11.10: Aminé 

Portland, Ore. rapper Adam Daniel’s 2016 debut single, Caroline, has already gone platinum three times over. The 23-year-old released his 15-track debut studio album, Good For You, in July.

@ Observatory North Park,

Aminé. (Courtesy photo)

11.10: Matisyahu

Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his stage name Matisyahu, brings his The Broken Crowns Tour, to Music Box. The reggae/hip-hop artist last released an album - Undercurrent - in May 2017. 

@ Music Box,

Sonos Studio Listening Party With Matisyahu
Matisyahu. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Sonos)
(Jerod Harris / Getty Images for Sonos)

11.10: Deer Tick 

After four years of no new music, the Rhode Island rock quartet made its ambitious return in September with a pair of 10-song self-titled releases (the mellower Vol. 1 and the more raucous Vol. 2). The band is currently on their Twice Is Nice Tour

@ Belly Up,

Deer Tick. (Laura Partain)
(AccuSoft Inc., All right / )

11.13: Death From Above 1979 

The Toronto electro-dance punks played House of Blues almost exactly one year ago on a co-headlining tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They return by themselves in support of their September-released third album, Outrage! Is Now.   

@ House of Blues,

Death From Above 1979. (Courtesy photo)

11.15: Gary Numan 

Synth pop singer known for No. 1 hits like Cars and Are ‘Friends’ Electric? returns to San Diego. The songwriter and producer released his 21st album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World), in September. 

@ Observatory North Park,

Gary Numan. (Courtesy photo)


11.15: Fall Out Boy

The Chicago pop punk vets already have released three singles - Young and Menace, Champion and The Last of the Real Ones - from their upcoming seventh studio album. Titled MANIA, it’s set to be released on Jan. 19.    

@ Viejas Arena,

Fall Out Boy. (Courtesy photo)

11.16: Ariel Pink 

An ode to the ‘60s singer/songwriter, the September-released Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is Ariel Pink’s 11th studio album. The 13-track collection features a collaboration with L.A. musician and producer Dâm-Funk.

@ Belly Up,

Ariel Pink. (Courtesy photo)

11.16: Chad VanGaalen 

The Canadian musician and artist released his sixth album, Light Information, on Sub Pop records in September. His two young daughters appear on the closing track of the 12-song collection that VanGaalen wrote, performed and produced in his Calgary garage.  

@ Soda Bar,

Chad VanGaalen
Chad VanGaalen. (Courtesy photo)
(Marc Rimmer / )

11.19: Israel Vibration 

Cecil “Skeleton” Spence and Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin are still delivering quality roots reggae after more than 40 years of making music together. Their latest, and 24th studio album overall, Play It Real, was released in 2015.      

@ Music Box,

Israel Vibration. (Courtesy photo)

11.18, 19: Gin Blossoms 

Hey, jealousy! The Arizona alt-poppers celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 4x-platinum sophomore album, New Miserable Experience, with a pair of sold-out shows at the Belly Up. 

@ Belly Up,

Gin Blossoms. (Saki Photography)

11.20: Mogwai 

The Scottish post-rockers released their ninth studio album, Every Country’s Sun, in September. It reunited them with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, Tame Impala), who produced the band’s 2001 third album, Rock Action

@ Observatory North Park,

Mogwai Band PhotoSeptember 2013
Mogwai. (Courtesy photo)
(Steve Gullick / )

11.21: GWAR 

Feel like listening to thrash metal played by men dressed as interplanetary warriors while being sprayed by fake blood and other fake body fluids? This is the night for you. GWAR’S new album, The Blood of Gods, came out last month.

@ House of Blues,

GWAR. (Courtesy photo)

11.25: Snow Tha Product

Rapper, actress and Mesa College alum Claudia Meza has released one studio album, seven mixtapes and four compilation albums. Last year, she released her first EP, the 8-track Half Way There...Pt.1. In 2017, Meza has appeared on singles by Wolfgang Gartner and Statuz Mizury.

@ Music Box,


11.25, 26: New Found Glory

Not only did the veteran pop punk band turn 20 this year, their April-released ninth album, Makes Me Sick, hit the top spot on Billboard’s US Independent chart.

@ House of Blues,

New Found Glory. (Courtesy photo)
(David Bean / )

11.28: Tori Amos 

Currently on her Native Invader tour, the 54-year-old singer, pianist and composer released her 15th studio album of the same name in September. 

@ Balboa Theatre,

Tori Amos. (Courtesy photo)

11.28: Guns N’ Roses 

Last August, Guns N’ Roses played Qualcomm Stadium on the supposed final U.S. date of their Not In This Lifetime... tour. From July 27 through Sept. 8 of this year, Axl and Co. turned the most recent run of dates on their ironically named revival into a top spot on Billboard’s ‘Hot Tours’ with $53 million in revenue.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 2
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
(Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Coachella)

11.30: Valerie June 

The Tennessee-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter released her fifth full-length album, The Order of Time, in March - the singer’s first since breaking out with the Dan Auerbach-produced Pushin’ Against a Stone in 2013. The Old Crow Medicine Show’s Gill Landry opens.

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

Valerie June. (Jacob Blinkenstaff)
(Jacob Blickenstaff / )

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