July Concert Calendar


By Catlin Dorset

7/10: Portugal. The Man @ House of Blues,
Portugal. The Man is from Alaska and isn’t really a man at all. Fresh off releasing its seventh full-length album in June and touring the late-night talk shows, the indie rock band is poised to breach the mainstream. The album, Evil Friends, was produced by notable The Black Keys’ collaborator/producer Danger Mouse, who seems to have the Midas touch.

7/1: “Weird Al” Yankovic @ Del Mar Fairgrounds,
The King of Pop (culture parody) lists “naked Jell-O wrestling” as an interest on his Facebook page.

7/2: Adam Lambert @ Del Mar Fairgrounds,
This Rancho Peñasquitos native and American Idol runner up was Season Eight’s only performer to get a standing ovation from judge Simon Cowell.

7/2: Anberlin @ The Casbah,
Alternative rockers from Florida, named for what the lead singer wanted to name his first daughter, but no longer can because he totally ruined it by using it for the band.

7/2: Summerland 2013 with Everclear and more @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Everclear’s most “Wonderful” hit was their most successful, and it became the anthem for Columbine High School’s 1999 graduating class.

7/2: Damian Marley and Stephen Marley @ Belly Up,
Two of Bob Marley’s 50-or-so children light up the joint... and also play music.

7/3: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Del Mar Fairgrounds,
Put another dime in the juke box, baby.

7/3: Old Man Markley @ Belly Up,
This L.A.-based bluegrass/punk band performed at last year’s Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.

7/3: T-Pain @ FLUXX,
When not singing about his love for strippers, T-Pain’s running his own record label, Nappy Boy Entertainment.

7/5: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band @ Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close,
A country rock foursome whose 1972 album, Will the Circle be Unbroken, got them inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the U.S. Library of Congress... because apparently Congress keeps track of that sort of thing.

7/5: America @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
These classic rockers and high school BFFs hit it big with the 1972 single, “A Horse With No Name.”

7/5: Fleetwood Mac @ Viejas Arena,
The ‘70s hit-makers are currently touring the world to promote their first album in 10 years, Extended Play, which was released in April.

7/7: Under the Sun 2013 with Smash Mouth and more @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,
The pop rock all-stars are hitting the road this summer with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball.

7/7: Scale the Summit @ Soda Bar,
This instrumental band out of Texas relies solely on guitars, drums, percussion and bass (not synthesizers).

7/7: RX Bandits with Northern Faces @ House of Blues,
These progressive rockers from Orange County have performed in noteworthy tours and festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour, Bonnaroo and Coachella.

7/8: Quiet Company @ Soda Bar,
The PGA tour recently chose this indie rock band’s song, “You, Me & the Boatman,” to be the musical backdrop for a series of TV commercials (which really upped the band’s cool factor).

7/9: Midnite @ Belly Up,
Brothers Vaughn and Ron make up this reggae duo.

7/10: Railroad Earth @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
This Americana/progressive bluegrass band’s moniker can be credited to a short story by Jack Kerouac.

7/11: Say Anything @ House of Blues,
A self-proclaimed “unclassifiable indie rock band” from Los Angeles.

7/11: Huey Lewis and the News @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Who could have guessed this heart of rock ‘n’ roll would still be beating?

7/11: Nico Vega @ The Griffin,
Having wrapped their spring tour with Imagine Dragons, these L.A. rockers will now tour all summer with Crash Kings.

7/12: Smokey Robinson @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
In addition to his own slew of hits, this R&B singer-songwriter wrote and produced songs for the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and other Motown greats.

7/12: Dessa @ The Casbah,
Margaret Wander (aka Dessa Darling) is a spoken-word rapper from Minnesota, doncha know.

7/12: Metalachi @ Brick by Brick,
This Mariachi-band-that-plays-heavy-metalcovers’ Facebook interests include “rocking your freaking face off” and “origami.”

7/13: Social Club @ The Griffin,
The indie rock band from America’s Finest just released its debut album, “Gamma Rays.”

7/14: Clay Walker @ Casino Pauma,
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, this country crooner founded his own nonprofit, Band Against MS, in 2003.

7/14: YES @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Have these rockers from England been making hits for the past five decades? (Hint: YES.)

7/14: Candye Kane @ Belly Up,
This former porn star now sings the blues and calls herself a “fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman’s body.” ’Nough said.

7/14: Monica @ Pride 2013 Festival,
The R&B singer from the ATL will be about seven months preggo while performing at the most colorful festival of the year.

7/15: The Cat Empire @ Belly Up,
With indie rock, reggae and jazz influences, this band from down unda has an eclectic sound all their own.

7/15: Black Flag @ SOMA,
Hardcore punk rock band often credited with pioneering the underground-DIYrecord- label movement.

7/15: Ted Nugent @ House of Blues,
The rock ‘n’ rolling avid hunter wrote a New York Times bestselling cookbook called Kill It and Grill It.

7/16: Caravan Palace @ Belly Up,
The core members of this electro swing band met while creating soundtracks for silent porno films.

7/18-19: Katchafire and J BOOG @ Belly Up,
This former Bob Marley tribute band now writes its own music and has performed with Lauren Hill, Shaggy and UB40.

7/19: Wiz Khalifa @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Rapping since he was in third grade, this hip-hop star can now afford the $10K he drops on weed every month.

7/19: The B-52s @ Del Mar Racetrack,
Taking a break from their summer tour with the Go-Go’s, The B-52s are showing a little love (Shack) to Del Mar.

7/19-20: En Vogue @ San Diego Symphony,
These R&B divas racked up seven MTV Video Music Award wins during the ‘90s - more than any other female group in history.

7/20: Aaron Lewis @ Pala Casino,
The Staind frontman swaps his combat boots for sh!t kickers to promote his second country album.

7/20: Slightly Stoopid @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, amphitheatrechulavista .com
The dub rock boys from Ocean Beach are making a pit stop in their hometown during their annual U.S. tour.

7/21: Rogue Wave @ Belly Up,
Songs from this alternative rock band have been featured in T.V. shows including The O.C., Nip/Tuck and Cougar Town.

7/21: Passenger @ House of Blues,
This folk singer-songwriter decided to go solo when his four other Passenger band members quit in 2007, leading many to wonder, “Who the eff is driving this thing?”

7/21: The Postal Service @ SDSU Open Air Theatre,
The feel-good indie pop duo recently reunited to promote the 10-year anniversary edition of their celebrated album, Give Up.

7/23: Jonny Lang @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Grammy Award-winning blues/gospel/rock singer from Fargo, North Dakota.

7/23-24: Sara Evans @ Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close,
This country singer-songwriter has three books under her belt and was a Dancing With The Stars contestant.

7/24: Matchbox Twenty @ Valley View Casino Center,
Rob Thomas and his pop rock band mates are touring with Goo Goo Dolls this summer.

7/25: Johnny Winter @ Belly Up,
Rolling Stone magazine gave this blues rocker the Number 63 spot on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists” (of all time).

7/25: Hockey @ Soda Bar,
New wave duo whose song “Too Fake” was remixed and used in a JCPenney commercial.

7/25: The Cult @ House of Blues,
UK rockers who claim (via their Facebook page) to have been “avoiding meatheads since 1984.”

7/26: Fitz and the Tantrums @ Del Mar Racetrack,
This indie pop band has had lots of success with its recent hit, “Out of My League.”

7/27: Sammy Hagar and the Wabos @ Del Mar Racetrack,
Sammy Haggar fronted Van Halen when David Lee Roth split in 1985, then went on to found the Cabo Wabo Cantina brand of bars and tequilas.

7/28: Peter Murphy @ The Belly Up,
The former Bauhaus frontman is considered the Godfather of Goth.

7/28: Los Tucanes de Tijuana @ Del Mar Racetrack,
Betcha can’t guess where these Spanish-language hit-makers are from

7/28-29: Rancid @ House of Blues,
Formed in the ‘90s, this punk rock band is slated to play at Colorado Riot Fest alongside Blink 182, Iggy and the Stooges and AFI.

7/30: Jeff Bridges @ Belly Up,
When not pretending to be one in movies (see: Crazy Heart), the Dude is a real-life country music singer.

7/30: Hollywood Undead @ House of Blues,
A hip-hop, rock and metal mashup band with an affinity for stage aliases and masks.

7/30: Bruno Mars @ Valley View Casino Center,
Bruno Mars was four years old when he Moonwalked onto the scene during Pauly Shore’s “MTV Spring Break” show.

7/31: We The Kings @ SOMA,
Summer Fest 2013 tour with Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set and Keep It Cute.

7/31: The Gipsy Kings @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Eight-piece Latin band consisting of brothers from two now-French families who fled Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War.

7/31: Tom Odell @ House of Blues,
Indie singer-songwriter who’s been invited to play at London’s Hyde Park with The Rolling Stones in mid-July.