Groove: September concert calendar


Top performers coming to San Diego this month include U2 , Glass Animals, Florida Georgia Line, Lil Yachty and OneRepublic.

9.1 OneRepublic

The Colorado-based pop rockers released their fourth studio album, Oh My My, last October. As part of the 16th annual Honda Civic Tour, the quintet hits Chula Vista with both Fitz and The Tantrums and James Arthur in tow.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

9.1 The Revivalists

The rock septet has been around since 2007 and released their third studio album, Men Amongst Mountains, in 2015. One of its singles, Wish I Knew You, hit the top spots on Billboard’s Alternative and Adult Alternative charts, a first for the New Orleans-based collective.

@ Del Mar Racetrack,

9.5 Minus The Bear + Deap Vally

The long-running, Seattle-based indie rockers released their sixth studio album, VOIDS, in March. They join forces with L.A. rock duo Deap Vally, which features drummer Julie Edwards and former Carlsbad singer/guitarist Lindsey Troy.

@ Observatory North Park,

9.6 Stiff Little Fingers

Hard to believe that pioneering Irish punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers are turning 40, but their current tour is touting that exact milestone. Founding lead vocalist Jake Burns and bassist Ali McMordie are still a part of the band, while guitarist Ian McCallum and drummer Steve Grantley joined in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

@ Belly Up,

9.6 Springtime Carnivore

Singer, songwriter and musician Greta Morgan (aka Springtime Carnivore) began her career with two Chicago bands - The Hush Sound and Gold Motel. Now based in L.A., she released the album Midnight Room last October.

@ Casbah,

9.8 Gladys Knight

The “Empress of Soul” will be “Pip”-less when she plays in Pala, but that won’t stop the seven-time Grammy-winning singer from delivering the hits that have her in the Georgia, Grammy, Apollo Theater and Rock and Roll Hall of Fames.

@ Pala Casino,

9.9 Florida Georgia Line

Back only 11 months after their last appearance at Mattress Firm, bro-country duo Brian “BK” Kelley and Tyler “T Hubb” Hubbard are back with their Smooth Tour - named after the lead track of their 2016 release, Dig Your Roots. Nelly opens. Yes, that Nelly.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

9.10 Mary J. Blige

It’s been 25 years since Mary J. Blige exploded onto the scene with her multi-platinum selling debut, What’s the 411? Instead of taking a victory lap, the Queen celebrated the milestone by releasing her 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman, in April. It features appearances from Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Kaytranada and DJ Khaled, and is Blige’s highest charting album since 2009.

@ Pechanga,

9.11 Quicksand

The NYC post-hardcore vets fronted by Youth of Today and Gorilla Biscuits’ Walter Schreifels haven’t released music since 1995. Reuniting in 2012 for their first run of shows in 13 years, the band has only played sporadically since. They’ll tackle 24-plus dates throughout September and October.

@ Belly Up,

9.13 Green Day

Despite Billie Joe and the boys celebrating their 30th anniversary last year, the five-time Grammy winners aren’t slowing down. Revolution Radio, the band’s 12th studio album, was released last October. Catfish and the Bottlemen open the show.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

9.13 Ásgeir

The 24-year-old Icelandic singer and musician released his second album, Afterglow, in May. His 2014 release, In the Silence, is actually an English-language reissue of his 2012 Icelandic debut, Dyro í dauoapögn.

@ Belly Up,

9.14 Steve Winwood

Traffic. Blind Faith. Ginger Baker’s Air Force. Higher Love. Roll With It. The legendary English musician returns to San Diego.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

9.15 Cigarettes After Sex

Although it was initially founded in El Paso, Texas, nine years ago, Greg Gonzalez’s dream pop quartet finally released its self-titled, full-length debut in June.

@ The Irenic,

9.15 Black Uhuru

Returning to the Belly Up almost exactly a year from their last performance in Solana Beach, founding member Derrick “Duckie” Simpson leads the Grammy Award-winning reggae legends back to San Diego.

@ Belly Up,

9.17 Future Islands / Explosions In The Sky

Maryland synth-rockers Future Islands released their fifth studio album, The Far Field, in April, while instrumental Texas quartet Explosions in the Sky released their seventh studio album, The Wilderness, last year.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

9.18 Lil Yachty

Nineteen-year-old rapper Miles McCollum, aka Lil Yachty, released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, in May. It features appearances from Diplo, Migos, YG and more. Yachty first came to prominence when he collaborated with D.R.A.M. on the 2016 hit, Broccoli.

@ Observatory North Park,

9.19 Sean Paul

Fresh from the 2016 hits Rockabye with Clean Bandit and No Lie with Dua Lipa, the Jamaican rapper/singer is looking to release his seventh studio album in 2017 - his first since 2014’s Full Frequency.

@ Observatory North Park,

9.19 Glass Animals

First Foals, now Glass Animals. Oxford University is churning out more than Rhodes Scholars these days. But this show is already sold out. So if you want to see the English indie rockers, it’s time to get out your kayak.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

9.21 Fleet Foxes

Still boasting three founding members, including bandleader Robin Pecknold, the Seattle folkies released their third studio album, Crack Up, in June. It’s their first release in six years, and follows a three-year hiatus from 2013-2016.

@ Observatory North Park ,

9.22 U2

Many San Diegans headed up to L.A. a few months ago to see the Irish legends play on their Joshua Tree tour. But, surprise, it’s also coming to Mission Valley!

@ Qualcomm Stadium,

9.22 Los Amigos Invisibles

The Venezuelan Grammy-winning funk and disco party starters continue to roll, now more than 25 years in. Performing these days as a quartet, the band released their 12th album, El Paradise, in February.

@ Music Box,

9.23 Ben Folds

The bespectacled piano man is out on his Paper Airplane Request Tour, which is, hopefully, exactly as it sounds. Make sure to write clearly and get a good arc to your throws.

@ House of Blues,

9.23 Frankie Rose

A veteran of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Beverly, singer-songwriter Frankie Rose relocated to her familial L.A. home to write/record her third solo album, Cage Tropical. It was released last month.

@ Soda Bar,

9.23 The Toadies

In 1994, it was impossible to turn on any kind of rock radio without hearing the song Possum Kingdom from this Fort Worth, Texas-based band’s debut. They only recorded two more albums over the next 14 years, but have done so with much more frequency since. The band’s seventh studio release, The Lower Side of Uptown, is out this month.

@ Belly Up,

9.23 Hundred Waters

Last year, Skrillex remixed this Florida-based electronic trio’s song, Show Me Love, and Chance the Rapper rapped on it. This year, they released a new EP, Currency, and new full-length, Communicating.

@ Casbah,

9.23 The Beach Boys

The surf-rock legends return to Shelter Island for two shows - one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. Late last year, the band’s perennial hit, I Get Around, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

9.26 Alison Moyet

English singer and one-time half of electronic pioneers Yaz, Moyet released her ninth solo studio album, Other, in June. It is her first album of new material since 2013, and her current tour is her first in 30 years.

@ Music Box,

9.28 Imagine Dragons

The Grammy-winning Vegas pop quartet can’t be stopped. Their third studio album, Evolve, was released in June - debuting at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200, their third in a row to crack the top five.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

9.28 Foxygen

The duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado released their fourth studio album, Hang, in January. The L.A. two-piece changed directions a bit and hired a full orchestra (40+ players!) for their latest effort.

@ Music Box,

9.29 Benjamin Booker

The Virginia-born guitarist, singer and songwriter released his second studio album, Witness, in June. He partnered with legendary singer Mavis Staples on the politically charged title track.

@ Belly Up,

9.30 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Loft may have recently lost program and events manager Brian Ross after 13 years, but they still have this awesome show on the books. The band released their fourth full-length album, The Echo of Pleasure, this month.

@ The Loft,

9.30 J. Roddy Walston and the Business

The Virginia-based roots rockers haven’t released an album since 2013, but that hasn’t stopped them from doing things like playing Coachella or dropping their new single, The Wanting. A new album is rumored to be coming soon.

@ Belly Up,

9.30 Kali Uchis

The Colombian-American singer has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Vince Staples, Gorillaz, Major Lazer and more. She’s also released a pair of mixtapes. Her studio album debut is said to be on the way.

@ Observatory North Park,