Sounds Like a Plan
By Catlin Dorset
2/28: Fifth Harmony @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Following a third-place finish on Season Two of The X Factor in 2012, dance pop divas Ally, Camila, Normani, Dinah and Lauren will release their much-anticipated debut studio album, Reflection, on February 3. The album’s lead single, “BO$$,” spent 15 weeks on Billboard‘s “Hot 100" chart, while the music video for the second single “Sledgehammer” (which was penned by “All About that Bass” singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor) has garnered more than 12 million views on YouTube.
2/3: Lettuce @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Bostonian funk band on its 2015, A Funk Odyssey tour.
2/4: Josh Turner @ Inspiration Hornblower, kson.com
Country crooner most known for his hits “Long Black Train,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Time Is Love.”
2/5: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This Grammy-nominated blues rocker married Mel Gibson’s eldest daughter, Hannah, in 2006.
2/6: Juan Gabriel @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Juanes and Fifth Harmony collaborated with this Latin singer-songwriter on his upcoming album, Los Dúo, which drops February 10.
2/8: Catfish and the Bottlemen @ The Merrow, ticketweb.com
These indie rockers performed their single “Kathleen” on Late Show With David Letterman in January.
2/8: John 5 @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
The Rob Zombie heavy metal guitarist, who used to strum for Marilyn Manson (1998-2003), kicks off a month-long solo tour at this show in Ramona.
2/8: Jim Brickman @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
The likes of Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Carly Simon have collaborated with this pop pianist/songwriter.
2/8: The Avett Brothers @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Brothers Seth and Scott Avett front this indie rock band out of North Carolina.
2/10: Granger Smith @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Country artist on the road to promote his latest album, Dirt Road Driveway, which dropped in April.
2/10: Migos @ Observatory North Park, observatorynp.com
Hip-hop trio most known for its 2013 single “Versace” and 2014’s “Fight Night.”
2/11: Motion City Soundtrack @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Alt. rockers on their North American Commit This to Memory 10-year anniversary tour.
2/11: Enjambre @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This five-piece band from Mexico City rocks en Español.
2/12: Juicy J @ Observatory North Park, observatorynp.com
Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug collaborated on this rapper’s current single, “Low.”
2/12: Zion I Crew @ Belly Up Tavern, wantickets.com
Baba Zumbi and Amp Live comprise this hip-hop duo from Oakland.
2/13: Ana Bárbara @ Rich’s Nightclub, wantickets.com
Headlining Club Papi’s 2015 National Gay Tour, Latin pop singer Ana Bárbara will perform at 11 LGBTQ-friendly venues across North America through mid-February.
2/14: Mod Sun @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This rapper will release his new album, Look Up, on March 10.
2/14: Logic @ Observatory North Park, observatorynp.com
In a video recently posted to YouTube, hip-hop artist Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (aka Logic) solves a Rubik’s Cube in about 67 seconds - while rehearsing his music.
2/8: Kate Voegele @ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com
Pop rock songstress most recognized from her role as Mia Catalano on One Tree Hill.
2/14: Gladys Knight @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal, harrahsresortsocal.com
The seven-time Grammy Awardwinning “Empress of Soul” released her newest album, Where My Heart Belongs, in September.
2/14: Trash Talk @ The Epicentre, epicentreconcerts.org
Hardcore punk threesome headlining a winter tour with Ratking and Lee Bannon.
2/14-15: Tribute to Reggae Legends @ Balboa Park’s Cultural Plaza, tributetothelegends.com
This inaugural event at Balboa Park’s new Cultural Plaza hosts nearly 30 Rastafarian artists including Chronixx and Don Carlos to celebrate Black History Month and the park’s centennial anniversary.
2/15: SayWeCanFly @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
This acoustic pop singer-songwriter released his debut full-length album, Between the Roses, on January 22.
2/16: Riff Raff @ Observatory North Park, observatorynp.com
Horst Christian Simco (aka Riff Raff) is a white rapper signed to Diplo’s label, Mad Decent.
2/18: Meghan Trainor @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Twenty-one-year-old popette climbing the charts with her body-positive hit, “All About that Bass.”
2/18: Lotus @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Electro jam band on its The Gilded Age Tour through early March.
2/19: 10 Years @ Brick by Brick, ticketfly.com
The 10-year-old hit “Wasteland” has been this rock band’s most successful song to date.
2/19: Less Than Jake @ House of Blues, hob.com
In 2004, these ska punkers opened for Linkin Park, Korn and Snoop Dogg while on the Projekt Revolution tour.
2/20: Air Supply @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
Soft rock Hall of Famers known for a slew of sappy songs, including “All Out of Love” (1980), “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” (1983) and “Lost In Love” (1980).
2/20: Alestorm @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
Pirate-themed heavy metal band on the road to promote its recent album, Sunset on the Golden Age.
2/20: Alan Jackson @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com
Grammy Award-winning country giant Alan Jackson has racked up 18 Academy of Country Music Award wins and another 16 trophies from the Country Music Association Awards.
2/20: Kina Grannis @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
In 2008, this acoustic folk singer-songwriter won Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl contest and scored a 60-second commercial of her “Message From Your Heart” music video during the big game.
2/21: August Burns Red @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
These metal heads covered Britney Spears’ ”...Baby One More Time” on the Punk Goes Pop 2 album.
2/21: Lucinda Williams @ Observatory North Park, obseratorynp.com
In 2002, TIME magazine hailed this guitarist and rocker as “America’s Best Songwriter.”
2/22: Hurricane Chris @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub, porterspub.com
Mid-twenties rapper most recognized for his 2007 Top-10 hit, “A Bay Bay.”
2/22: Cursive @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Indie rockers out of Omaha, Nebraska.
2/22 Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Irenic, theirenic.com
In June, this indie folk artist will play at the annual Bonnaroo music festival with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, deadmau5 and many others.
2/23: David Cook @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
American Idol Season Seven winner David Cook expects to release his third, yet-to-be-titled studio album sometime this year.
2/23: In Flames @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Swedish metal band touring worldwide to promote its recent album, Siren Charms, which dropped in September.
2/24: Brett Dennen @ Observatory North Park, observatorynp.com
NBC’s new series About A Boy, starring Minnie Driver, features this folk musician’s track “Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog)” as its theme song.
2/25: Bob Seger @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Michigander rock legend known for several of his ‘70s and ‘80s hits, including “Night Moves” (1976), “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1978) and “Against the Wind” (1980).
2/25: Cold War Kids @ Observatory North Park, observatorynp.com
Long Beach-native indie rockers touring North America in support of their latest album, Hold My Home.
2/26: Taking Back Sunday @ House of Blues, houseofblues.com
Songs from this rock band are included in the motion-picture soundtracks for Spider-Man 2, Fantastic 4 and Transformers.
2/26: Celtic Thunder @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Irish folk music band on its Very Best of Celtic Thunder tour.
2/27: Chicago @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
In 2013, Billboard ranked this legendary rock group at No. 13 on its list of “Top 100 Artists of All Time.”