By Tim Pyles
Award-winning DJ's 3D backdrop sets the stage for February's hottest ticket
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Invasion 3D BY Joachim Garraud
Wintervention, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Sunday, February 17
Keytar (keyboard/guitar hybrid) maestro and French superstar DJ/producer Joachim Garraud is bringing his INVASION 3D multimedia mindfu#k to town for Hard Rock Hotel San Diego's Wintervention event on February 17. Picture thousands of people, many in bikinis, dancing their asses off in a midwinter celebration of the venue's mega-popular Intervention Sundays summertime pool parties. For this extrasensory experience, however, full immersion doesn't mean a splash in the water, but rather a voyage deep into the realm of electronic dance music, where sun-blocking shades are replaced with 3D glasses in the shape of Space Invaders, and reality is replaced with a few hours of something a whole lot better. -DMP
2/1: Pinback @ House of Blues, hob.com
This San Diego-based indie-rock band has been together since 1998; their fifth studio album came out in October 2012.
2/1: Shwayze @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Alternative hip-hopper who often performs with former Whitestarr frontman Cisco Adler.
2/1: Great White and Slaughter @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
1980s L.A. rockers Great White team up with death metal Canadians Slaughter for a loud show.
2/1: Hot Buttered Rum and Dead Winter Carpenters @ Winston's, winstonsob.com
String band Hot Buttered Rum and Lake Tahoe's 2011 Band of the Year perform Americana, bluegrass and folk music.
2/1: Earth, Wind & Fire @ Pala Casino, startickets.com
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame funk, soul and disco band.
2/1-2: Tristan Prettyman @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Local singer/songwriter is back after an extended break and has a new record called Cedar + Gold.
2/2: ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) @ House of Blues, hob.com
These rockers are signed to Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records label.
2/2: Kris Allen @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
The winner of the eighth season of American Idol started the year by getting in a car accident - but the show goes on.
2/3: Augustana (acoustic) @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
These San Diego-based indie rockers are best known for their pop charts-scoring single "Boston."
2/4: ZZ Ward @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Her first name is Zsuzsanna, but ZZ is easier to pronounce; she mixes blues, rock and soul into her own sound.
2/5: The Who @ Valley View Casino Center, ticketmaster.com
These rock legends don't ever seem to want to stop playing live music.
2/7: OFF! @ The Epicenter, frontgatetickets.com (CANCELED)
Punk rock supergroup fronted by Keith Morris of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks.
2/7: Sander Van Doorn @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
This world-traveling Dutchman is a producer/DJ who spins trance and progressive house.
2/8: Styx @ Pechanga Resort Casino, pechanga.com
Still going since the 1970s, these guys taught the country how to say, "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto."
2/8: People Under the Stairs @ The Irenic, ticketweb.com
These hip-hoppers from Los Angeles write song lyrics about life in their hometown.
2/10: The Oak Ridge Boys @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
Are they still breathing? This country, gospel and pop band originally formed in 1947.
2/10: Dirty Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207sd.com
A British house music trio that put out the international hit single "Days Go By."
2/10: Keith Sweat @ California Center For The Arts, tickets.com
R&B and soul singer/songwriter who was instrumental in creating New Jack Swing in the late 1980s and early '90s.
2/10: The Toasters @ SOMA, somasd.com
One of the first of the third-wave ska bands, but steeped in the second wave that brought The English Beat and The Specials.
2/11: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
New Orleans-based band that mixes jazz, funk and be-bop into traditional New Orleans R&B.
2/12: Ed Sheeran @ Spreckels Theater, stubhub.com
English-based singer/songwriter who recently won two BRIT Awards: Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
2/12: Suzanne Vega @ Balboa Theatre, ticketmaster.com
Alternative folk rocker known for her late 1980s album that featured "Luka" and "Tom's Diner."
2/13: In Flames @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Swedish metal band formed in 1990 and has sold two million albums worldwide.
2/14: The Hives @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Swedish garage rock group that was a big part of the garage rock revival in the early 2000s.
2/15: Ra Ra Riot @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
New York-based indie rock band now taking a synth-pop approach.
2/14: Lil' Kim @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
Brooklyn-born Kimberly Denise Jones (aka Lil' Kim) is a rapper and actress originally discovered by The Notorious B.I.G.
2/16: Steve Poltz & Glen Phillips @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Local treasure Steve Poltz celebrates his birthday with Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket.
2/16: Om @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This duo formed in 2003 when the Stoner doom metal group Sleep disbanded.
2/16: Salvador Santana @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Son of Carlos Santana who mixes Rock, electronic and hip-hop.
2/16-17: Tribute to the Reggae Legends 2013 (Formerly known as Bob Marley Day) @ Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier, purplepass.com
It's an annual tradition - no work and no school, just a cloud of reggae love.
2/17: Tim Mason @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207sd.com
Keep the Wintervention vibe going at the afterparty with this British DJ newcomer whose debut single is called "The Moment."
2/17: Youth Brigade @ Brick By Brick, brickbybrick.com
Los Angeles-based punk rock band was in it at the beginning, back in the 1980s.
2/20: B.B. King @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Blues legend Riley B. King is 87 and still tearing it up on tour.
2/21: Cosmic Gate @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
German trance duo mixes progressive and hard trance.
2/22: Leftover Salmon @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
A jam band from Boulder, Colorado, that blends bluegrass, rock, country and Cajun/Zydeco into what they call "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass."
2/23: Bonnie Raitt @ Copley Symphony Hall, ticketmaster.com
This legendary redheaded blues singer and slide guitar player has won nine Grammys.
2/25: Coheed and Cambria @ House of Blues, hob.com
New York-based rock band incorporates aspects of progressive rock, punk rock, metal and post-hardcore.
2/26: The Residents @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Avant-garde band that mixes experimental music and multimedia to create an experience of sight and sound.
2/27: Galactic @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
New Orleans-based funk and jazz jam band that brings hip-hop, rock and electronica into the mix.
2/28: Electric Six @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Rock band that spikes in disco, funk and electronica.
2/28: Bob Sinclair @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
House music DJ-producer who popularized the French touch.
2/28: G. Love & Special Sauce @ House of Blues, hob.com
Alternative blues with a slight hip-hop flair, straight out of Philly.