Sounds Like A Plan

By Catlin Dorset

7/1: Deafhaven @ The Casbah,
Five-piece metal band out of San Francisco.

7/1: Huey Lewis and the News @ San Diego County Fair,
Pop rockers most known for their ‘80s hits “The Power of Love,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It,” among many others.

7/1: Asher Roth @ The Irenic,
Alt. hip-hop artist touring to promote his new album, RetroHash.

7/1: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
The Jerk star/actor/comedian is also a musician who performs with fellow bluegrass acts Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell.

7/2: REO Speedwagon @ San Diego County Fair,
This rock band known for its ‘80s tunes “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” will co-headline a tour with Chicago beginning in August.

7/2: Peter Murphy @ Belly Up Tavern,
Celebrating his 10th solo album, the “Godfather of Goth” will tour the world until mid-August.

7/3: Eddie Money @ Casino Pauma,
This rock music singer-songwriter recently played a travel agent in a GEICO commercial, in which he sings his ‘70s hit, “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

7/3: Matisyahu @ San Diego County Fair,
Reggae rapper Matthew Paul Miller goes by his Hebrew name Matisyahu, meaning “Gift of God.”

7/4: Nipsey Hussle @ House of Blues,
Hip-hop artist who’s collaborated with Drake, YG and Snoop Dogg.

7/4: America @ San Diego County Fair,
English folk rock band most recognized for its songs, “A Horse with No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair.”

7/5: Yngwie Malmsteen @ Ramona Mainstage,
Swedish heavy metaler Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck (spelled like it sounds) goes by his stage name, Yngwie Malmsteen.

7/5: Jerry Lee Lewis @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
This rockabilly legend married wife number three (of seven, so far) when he was 22 years old - the bride was his 13-year-old cousin.

7/5: Grand Funk Railroad @ San Diego County Fair,
Popular ‘70s hard rock band on its 45 Years of Grand Funk tour.

7/5: Kenny G @ Thornton Winery,
Jazz saxophonist who’s collaborated with the likes of Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.

7/6: Bob Weir and RatDog @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir is on the road again with fellow rock band mates RatDog.

7/6: KISS and Def Leppard @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Hard rock foursome KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

7/8: Kenny Loggins @ Belly Up Tavern,
This soft rocker appeared in the Grand Theft Auto V video game as a radio station DJ.

7/9: Ted Nugent @ Ramona Mainstage,
Rocking Michigander known for speaking out against President Obama and for gun ownership rights.

7/9: Chevelle @ House of Blues,
Alt. metal band promoting its newest album, La Gárgola (Spanish for “the gargoyle”), with a summer tour of the same name.

7/9: Wye Oak @ Belly Up Tavern,
TV shows The Walking Dead and One Tree Hill have featured these indie rockers’ song “Civilian.”


Brad Paisley @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Grammy Award-winning country singer- songwriter known for hits, “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” “Alcohol” and “Ticks,” among many others.

7/10: R

ings of Saturn @ SOMA,
Bay Area deathcore band into extraterrestrials and outer space.


Quiet Riot @ House of Blues,
The 1983 hit “Cum On Feel the Noise” is the most famous song by this heavy metal group, whose documentary, Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Story, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April.


The Growlers @ The North Park Theatre,
Psychedelic rock band from Dana Point.


Cloud Nothings @ Soda Bar,
Indie rockers touring to promote their album Here and Nowhere Else, which dropped in April.


MattyB @ House of Blues,
Eleven-year-old rapper Matthew Morris (born in 2003) became a YouTube sensation with his G-rated rhyme spitting.


Cher @ Valley View Casino Center,
Pop music icon and actress Cherilyn Sarkisian (Cher, for short) released her 25th album, Closer to the Truth, in September.

7/11: R

ingo Starr and His All Starr Band @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
In 2011, Rolling Stone readers ranked the former Beatles rocker No. 5 on its “Best Drummers of All Time” list.

7/11: R

everend Horton Heat @ Belly up Tavern,
Songs from this rockabilly trio from Texas have been used in several video games and TV commercials.


Boz Scaggs @ Embarcadero Marina Park South,
This blues/rock singer-songwriter owns Scaggs Vineyard in Napa Valley, where he makes wine with his wife, Dominique.


Bleeding Through @ SOMA,
O.C. hardcore punk band on its Final West Coast Tour.

7/12: La Roux @ House of Blues,
Synthpop singer-songwriter and keyboardist Elly Jackson (the sole member of La Roux, which used to include co-founder/producer Ben Langmaid) struck a chord in 2009 with her megahit “Bulletproof.”

7/12: W

ynonna @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
The country singer-songwriter and actress has performed with Kid Rock, Sting, Patti Labelle and many others during her 30-year career.


Little River Band @ Sycuan Casino,
This folk rock band’s song “Reminiscing” plays in the movie The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

7/13: Steely

Dan @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on their Jamalot Ever After tour.

7/13: MKTO

@ House of Blues,
Currently topping the charts with their hit single “Classic,” this pop duo will open for singer/actress Demi Lovato on her world tour this fall.


Chris Botti @ Thornton Winery,
This jazz trumpeter took home the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.


The Antlers @ Belly Up Tavern,
Indie rockers promoting their newest album, Familiars, which dropped June 17.


Chris Isaak @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Rockabilly singer-songwriter known for songs “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” among others.

7/17: R

ev Run @ Searsucker Del Mar,
The former Run-DMC hip-hopper now stars in the DIY Network show Rev Run’s Renovation with wife Justine.


Jurassic 5 @ Del Mar Concert Series,
Six-piece hip-hop group out of Los Angeles.


Don Carlos @ Belly Up Tavern,
Ocean Beach dub reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid’s 2012 track “Marijuana” featured this Jamaican reggae artist.

7/19: E

verclear @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Alt. rockers on their Summerland 2014 tour with Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog.

7/19: Andy

Grammer @ House of Blues,
This pop rocker is expected to release a new studio album, Magazines or Novels, later this summer.


Dru Hill @ Pala Casino,
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Jewel @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Folk pop songstress who, between her barista duties, got her start singing at the former Java Joe’s in Poway.


Deborah Cox @ San Diego Pride Festival,
R&B singer-songwriter most recognized for her 1998 hit, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here.”

7/20: Pat

Benatar and Neil Giraldo @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Wife and hubby rock duo, touring to promote their 35th Anniversary Tour.


The Doobie Brothers @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Classic rockers most known for their ‘70s tunes, “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes.”


The Neighbourhood @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,
This indie rock quintet will tour through October, promoting its first studio album, I Love You.

7/22: S

haggy @ House of Blues,
Reggae-pop singer-songwriter still riding the success of his 2000 hits, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.”
7/23: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
This country crooner and sometimes actor was briefly married to Julia Roberts in the ‘90s.


Jimmy Cliff @ Belly Up Tavern,
Wyclef Jean inducted this reggae musician into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.


The Aquabats @ House of Blues,
Alt. rock band with an affinity for ridiculous, matching blue costumes.

7/24: OK

Go @ Belly Up Tavern,
In 2011, these alt. rockers performed for President Obama at his 50th birthday celebration.


Tori Amos @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Alt. rocker and pianist promoting her newest album, Unrepentant Geraldines, with an international tour by the same name.

7/25: G

oo Goo Dolls @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Pop rock band that rose to fame in 1998 after writing the song “Iris” for the movie City of Angels.


The Cult @ Del Mar Concert Series,
British rockers who enjoyed maximum exposure during the 2012 Super Bowl when their song “She Sells Sanctuary” was featured in a Budweiser commercial.

7/26: K

evin Gates @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,
Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment company manages this rapper from New Orleans.

7/26: Slightly

Stoopid @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
These dub reggae rockers from Ocean Beach are stopping in San Diego during their Summer Sessions 2014 tour with opening acts Stephen Marley and NOFX.

7/26: S

ay Anything @ House of Blues,
This rock band dropped a new album, Hebrews, on June 10.


Donavon Frankenreiter @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
Songs by this soft rock musician and surfer (and friend/protégé of Jack Johnson) have been featured in films Georgia Rule and Snakes on a Plane.


Dierks Bentley @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Country music singer-songwriter most known for his hit singles, “5-1-5-0,” “I Hold On,” “What Was I Thinkin’” and more.


The Voice Tour @ The Civic Theatre,
NBC’s hit show The Voice brings past favorite contestants and last season’s finalists to cities all over the U.S. for a Top 40 concert.


Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers @ Sycuan Casino,
Gatlin brothers Larry, Steve and Rudy form this Texan country trio.


Boston @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,
‘80s rock ‘n’ roll band on its Heaven on Earth summer tour. Boston is also playing at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay on 7/30.

7/29: Foxy Shazam @ Belly Up Tavern,
These Ohio rockers released a new album, Gonzo, in April.


John Hiatt @ Belly Up Tavern,
Songs by this folk rock guitarist have been covered by Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Willie Nelson and many others.


Mötley Crüe @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Heavy metalers set to retire at after wrapping up The Final Tour in November.

7/30-31: S

hwayze @ Typhoon Saloon,
This rapper’s song “Get U Home” was featured in the horror flicks Sorority Row and Piranha 3D.


The Hold Steady! @ Belly Up Tavern,
Five-piece alt. rock group influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z and everything in between.


Los Lonely Boys @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,
Their debut single “Heaven” won these Chicano rockers a Grammy Award in 2005.