Acts to Grind
If shooting stars is your thing, grab one of the hottest tickets in town and and get ready to point your smartphone toward the stage. From pop to hip-hop, and house to hard rock (and a little bit of country thrown in for good measure), some of the world’s biggest names in music are coming through town in the next few months - celeb sightings guaranteed.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; photo by Robin Laananen” src="https://www.pacificsandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/photo-by-Robin-Laananen-300x199.jpg” alt="8/29: Steve Aoki @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; photo by Robin Laananen” width="300" height="199" />STEVE AOKI
“I’m a time-traveling, speed-reading, fortune-telling, machine-gunning, gypsy-loving, scuba-diving, multitasking, poker-playing fan of life.” -Steve Aoki, steveaoki.com
Friday, August 29 @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
D.O.B.: November 30, 1977
Given Name: Steven Hiroyuki Aoki
Genre: Electronic, house
Label: Dim Mak Records
Hits: “Turbulence,” 2011; “Boneless,” 2013; “Delirious,” 2014
Latest Album: Neon Future 1 (dropping September 30)
Of Note: Aoki is known for crowd-surfing, throwing cake and spraying the audience with champagne during his performances. His father, Hiroaki Aoki, founded Benihana Restaurants.
Facebook Likes: 5.8 million
Twitter Followers: 2.1 million
Links: steveaoki.com, facebook.com/Steve.Aoki, twitter.com/ SteveAoki
DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
Opened: July 3, 1937
Fun Fact: Legendary crooner Bing Crosby greeted the first fans through the gates on the track’s inaugural Opening Day.
“Good morning people!! I love y’all!!! And for any haters reading this have yourself a nice warm plate of scrotum...” -Blake Shelton tweet
Saturday, September 6 @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
D.O.B.: June 18, 1976
Label: Warner Bros.
Records Hits: “Austin,” 2001; “Honey Bee,” 2011; “Boys ‘Round Here,” 2013
Latest Album: Based On A True Story (2013)
Of Note: Shelton, a five-time Grammy Award nomineee, is one of four coaches on NBC’s hit show The Voice.
Facebook Likes: 8.2 million
Twitter Followers: 6.6 million
Links: blakeshelton.com, facebook.com/BlakeShelton, twitter.com/BlakeShelton
Opening Acts: The Band Perry, Dan + Shay, Neal McCoy
SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATRE
2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista
Opened: July 21, 1998
Formerly Known As: Coors Amphitheatre (1998-2008), Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (2008-12)
Fun Fact: On August 21, 1998, the Spice Girls became the first act to sell-out the amphitheatre.
DRAKE VS. LIL WAYNE
Saturday, September 20 @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
D.O.B.: October 24, 1986
Given Name: Aubrey Drake Graham
Label: Young Money Entertainment
Hits: “Best I Ever Had,” 2009; “The Motto,” 2011; “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” 2013
Latest Album: Nothing Was the Same (2013)
Of Note: From 2001 to 2009, Drake played the role of disabled Jimmy Brooks on Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Facebook Likes: 34.7 million
Twitter Followers: 15.6 million
Links: drakeofficial.com, facebook.com/Drake, twitter.com/Drake
Opening Acts: not available at this magazine’s press time
D.O.B.: September 27, 1982
Given Name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Nicknames: Weezy, Lil Tunechi
Label: Cash Money Records, Young Money Entertainment
Hits: “Lollipop,” 2008; “How to Love,” 2011; “Love Me,” 2013
Latest Album: The Carter V (expected to drop in August or September)
Of Note: Weezy had his pearly whites removed, replacing them with permanent gold- and diamond-encrusted dental implants worth a reported $150,000.
Facebook Likes: 53.9 million
Twitter Followers: 17.2 million
Links: youngmoney.com, facebook.com/ LilWayne, twitter.com/LilTunechi
“I never called anybody a piece of sh!t... But I did have Putin struttin’ in a rainbow thong. Get your facts straight bitchesss.”
-Demi Lovato tweet
Sunday, September 28 @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena
D.O.B.: August 20, 1992
Given Name: Demetria Devonne Lovato
Label: Hollywood Records
Hits: “Give Your Heart a Break,” 2011; “Heart Attack,” 2013; “Neon Lights,” 2013
Latest Album: Demi (2013)
Of Note: Lovato spent two seasons as a judge on FOX’s The X Factor (2012- 2013), alongside Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell.
Facebook Likes: 36.1 million
Twitter Followers: 23.5 million
Links: demilovato.com, facebook.com/ DemiLovato, twitter.com/DDLovato
SDSU’S VIEJAS ARENA
5500 Canyon Crest Dr., College Area 619.594.7315
Opened: July 24, 1997
Construction Cost: $29 million ($42.6 million in today’s money)
Formerly Known As: Cox Arena
Fun Fact: Major acts that have performed at this venue include Foo Fighters, Metallica, Van Halen, Green Day, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Tool and Drake.
-Paul McCartney, ORIGIN Magazine interview
Sunday, September 28 @ Petco Park
D.O.B.: June 18, 1942
Given Name: James Paul McCartney
Label: MPL, Concord Music Group
Hits with The Beatles: too many to list.
Latest Album: New (2013)
Of Note: For his contributions to music, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 1997.
Facebook Likes: 5.8 million
Twitter Followers: 1.9 million
Links: paulmccartney.com, facebook.com/PaulMcCartney, twitter.com/ PaulMcCartney
19 Tony Gwynn Dr., East Village
Opened: April 8, 2004
Construction Cost: $450 million ($562 million in today’s dollars)
Fun Fact: On November 11, 2005, the Rolling Stones became the first band to play a concert at Petco Park. Subsequent notable musicians to play the venue include Madonna, Avicii and Deadmau5.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS & PITBULL
Thursday, October 9 @ Valley View Casino Center
D.O.B.: May 8, 1975
Given Name: Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
Nicknames: The King of Latin Pop, The King of Dance
Genre: Latin pop
Label: Republic Records Hits: “Bailamos,” 1999; “Tonight (I’m F***in’ You)” 2010; “Bailando,” 2014
Latest Album: Sex and Love (released in March)
Of Note: Iglesias has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. His father, singer Julio Iglesias, has sold more than 300 million.
Facebook Likes: 47.2 million
Twitter Followers: 7.7 million
Links: enriqueiglesias.com, facebook.com/Enrique, twitter.com/ Enrique305
D.O.B.: January 15, 1981
Given Name: Armando Christian Pérez
Nicknames: Mr. 305, Mr. Worldwide
Genres: Latin, hip-hop
Label: RCA Records
Hits: “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” 2009; “Timber,” 2013; “Wild Wild Love,” 2014
Latest Album: Global Warming: Meltdown (2013)
Of Note: Pitbull’s song “We Are One (Ole Ola),” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, was the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Facebook Likes: 57.7 million
Twitter Followers: 17.2 million
Links: pitbullmusic.com, facebook.com/pitbull, twitter.com/pitbull
VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER
3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Loma Portal
Opened: November 17, 1966
Construction Cost: $6.4 million ($46.5 million in today’s dollars)
Formerly Known As: San Diego International Sports Center (1966-1970), San Diego Sports Arena (1970-2004; 2007-2010), iPayOne Center (2004-2007)
Fun Fact: On May 24, 1969, rocker Jimi Hendrix recorded a 13-minute rendition of his song “Red House” at the venue.
“Six months ago, no one knew who I was, and now fans chase my car. But I’m never going to change or let fame get the better of me. I’ll never go off the rails like Britney or do an Amy, because my upbringing was so normal.” -Lorde, The Sun newspaper interview
Friday, October 10 @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
D.O.B.: November 7, 1996
Given Name: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor
Genre: Pop, rock
Label: Universal, Lava, Republic
Hits: “Royals,” 2013; “Team,” 2013; “Tennis Court,” 2013
Latest Album: Pure Heroine (2013)
Of Note: Topped Time magazine’s list of “Most Influential Teens of 2013.”
Facebook Likes: 5 million
Twitter Followers: 1.9 million
Links: lorde.co.nz, facebook. com/LordeMusic, twitter.com/LordeMusic
SDSU’S CAL COAST CREDIT UNION OPEN AIR THEATRE
5500 Campanile Dr., College Area
Construction Cost: $200,000 ($3.2 million in today’s dollars)
Fun Fact: In 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech about the Civil Rights Bill to SDSU students and the general public at the Open Air Theater.
“Some people will say that our new record’s too clean. Everybody has a different point of view, and pretty much everybody’s an idiot. I think everybody’s an idiot. Pat thinks everybody’s an idiot. That’s how it is. Welcome to f***ing reality.”
-Dan Auerbach, Esquire magazine interview
Sunday, November 9 @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena
Members: Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums)
Age, D.O.B.: Auerbach, 35, born May 14, 1979; Carney, 34, born April 15, 1980.
Signs: Auerbach, Taurus; Carney, Aries
Label: Nonesuch Records
Hits: “Tighten Up,” 2010; “Lonely Boy,” 2011; “Gold On the Ceiling,” 2012
Latest Album: Turn Blue (2014)
Of Note: In 2012, the duo’s show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden sold out in 15 minutes. It was the band’s first headlining arena tour.
Facebook Likes: 4.2 million
Twitter Followers: 672,000
Links: theblackkeys.com, facebook.com/TheBlackKeys, twitter.com/TheBlackKeys