By Tim Pyles
Keys to Success
3/13: Alicia Keys
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Alicia Keys is more than hot. Proving she's a Girl on Fire (which happens to be the title track of her fifth studio album, not to mention the music bed for Citibank's incessant TV commercials), the 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter has been selling out arenas across the country. Hold your lighter in the air and sing along as Keys' Set the World on Fire Tour stops at Valley View Casino Center March 13. - DMP
3/1-2: Iration @ House of Blues, hob.com
This Santa Barbara band shines with their brand of sunshine reggae.
3/1: Project 46 @ Voyeur, voyeursd.com
Progressive house music from a Canadian duo, eh.
3/1: As I Lay Dying @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
The name is from a William Faulkner novel; the San Diego- based, Grammy-nominated band plays metalcore.
3/1: Ryan Bingham @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Americana roots rocker who worked on the Crazy Heart (2009 movie starring Jeff Bridges) soundtrack.
3/2: Super Diamond @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
The next best thing to seeing Mr. Diamond live is checking out this tribute band, fronted by "The Surreal Neil."
3/2: Kishi Bashi @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
This multi-instrumental soloist plays violin and mixes vocal loops to create a one-of-a-kind indie-pop- electronica show.
3/3: Marcus Schössow @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207sd.com
Russia's most popular DJ in 2008 (who is actually Swedish) brings his progressive house and trance music to the U.S.
3/3: STRFKR @ Porter's Pub (UCSD), porterspub.com
Indie electronic band from Portland, Oregon.
3/4: Marcus Foster @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Fans of Twilight will recognize his single "I Was Broken," which features Kristen Stewart in the music video.
3/6: Mickey Hart Band @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
As one of the legendary percussionists for the Grateful Dead, he was nicknamed "The Rhythm Devil."
3/7: Johnny Gill @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
The former member of New Edition offers up R&B and New Jack Swing.
3/7: Flogging Molly @ House of Blues, hob.com
Celtic punk band on its ninth annual Green 17 Tour celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a month of shows.
3/7: Toad The Wet Sprocket @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This 1990s alternative-rock band had hits with "Walk On The Ocean" and "All I Want."
3/7: The Ghost Inside @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Last year, this Los Angeles- based band (formerly known as A Dying Dream) headlined the Alternative Press Tour.
3/8: Stephen Lynch @ House of Blues, hob.com
He's a musician and comedian with two Comedy Central Presents specials under his belt.
3/9: Bad Religion and Against Me! @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Here's a twin bill with two punk rock bands that don't pull any punches.
3/9: Cradle of Filth @ House of Blues, hob.com
This British black metal/ extreme metal band has been scaring parents since 1991.
3/9: Feenixpawl @ Voyeur, voyeursd.com
This DJ-ing duo from Australia remixes and produces house music.
3/9: Soft White Sixties and Nervous Wreckords @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
The opening act plays vintage R&B-tinged rock, followed by the latest effort from Brian Karscig, formerly of Louis XIV.
3/17: LA Riots @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, hardrockhotelsd.com
The electro house/indie dance producers (think hardcore remixers) bring their aggressive sound to Wintervention.
3/17: Kyau & Albert @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207sd.com
These German trance DJs used to be known at Kyau vs. Albert, but have since got on the same team to make hits like "A Night Like This."
3/17: Greensky Bluegrass @ Porter's Pub (UCSD), porterspub.com
Uncork a bottle of moonshine and get ready for a five- piece bluegrass band from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
3/17: Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
The "Roots & Boots" tour features an acoustic night from three country favorites.
3/18: Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius @ House of Blues, hob.com
Both of these alternative rockers are currently all over the radio airwaves.
3/18: Josh Ritter @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Paste Magazine named him one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" in 2006.
3/19: The Joy Formidable @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Welsh alternative rock band that's easy to find up and down the radio dial.
3/21: Kenny Rogers @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
As his classic lyrics go: "You got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em; know when to walk away; and know when to run." Run.
3/21: Felguk @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
Felguk is the stage name of Brazilian DJs/ music producers Felipe Lozinsky and Gustavo Rozenthal, who are faves of Madonna.
3/21: Schematic and Asker @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
Indie pop rock bands share the bill; the former is signed to the latter's label.
3/22: Sex Panther @ Voyeur, voyeursd.com
Progressive house music DJs bring the show to the crowd, often feeding shots to the audience and interacting on the mic.
3/22: Enter Shikari @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
British alt-metal band that mixes in dubstep and electronica.
3/22-23: Kenny G @ Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.com
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick is the king of smooth jazz saxophone.
3/22-23: Pennywise and Anti-Flag @ House of Blues, hob.com
Pennywise returns with all original members, celebrating 25 years as a band.
3/23-24: The Black Lips @ Casbah, casbahmusic. com
The garage punk rockers are playing two nights at the Casbah. Last time in town, they played three songs before police shut down the rowdy show.
3/23: Gregor Salto @ Voyeur, voyeursd.com
House music DJ and producer leading the "Dutch Sound."
3/24: Gordon Lightfoot @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This folk rock legend is the original trailblazer in the genre and helped define the sound in the 1960s and '70s.
3/25: Anthrax and Exodus @ House of Blues, hob.com
The Metal Alliance Tour is headlined by two iconic thrash metal bands.
3/27: Sevendust @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
This alt-metal band from Atlanta has released eight studio albums.
3/28: Tiger Army @ House of Blues, hob.com
Psychobilly alternative rock band fronted by lead songwriter Nick 13.
3/28: Robbie Rivera @ FLUXX, fluxxsd.com
Electro-house and tribal DJ who was born in Puerto Rico.
3/28: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ The Griffin, thegriffinsd.com
A Brooklyn-based eight- piece funk/soul band wings into town.
3/28: Brandy @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, sycuan.com
Raise your glass for this R&B singer who's also an actress (didja know she was the voice of Leah in Osmosis Jones?).
3/29: Living Colour @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
A 25th Anniversary Tour celebrates the release of their seminal album Vivid.
3/29: Tech N9ne @ House of Blues, hob.com
Aaron Dontez Yates is a rapper straight out of Kansas City, Missouri.
3/30-31: The Airborne Toxic Event @ House of Blues, hob.com
Alternative indie rock band from hipster central Los Feliz (in Los Angeles).
3/30: Veronica Falls @ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Indie Pop band from London, whose band members were formerly in The Royal We and Sexy Kids.