Sounds Like a Plan

By Catlin Dorset
8/21: Nine Inch Nails @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor helped create the musical scores for the films

The Social Network

(2010) and the U.S. version of

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo



This summer, Reznor’s Grammy Award-winning industrial rock band will tour North America (with grunge rockers Soundgarden) to promote its album

Hesitation Marks

, released last September.


Dave Koz & Friends @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.comJazz saxophonist on his

Hot Fun in the Summertime

tour with guests Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot.


Neon Trees @

Del Mar Racetrack,

These pop rockers continue to climb music charts with singles from their recent album,

Pop Psychology.


Queensrÿche @ Sycuan,

As agreed upon in a legal settlement earlier this year, lead singer Geoff Tate will exit this Grammy-nominated heavy metal band once its current tour concludes at the end of August.


Weezer @ Del Mar Racetrack, delmarscene.comThese Southern California natives will release their ninth album,

Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on September 30.

8/2: I

See Stars @ Soma,

Electronic hardcore rockers headlining

The All Stars

tour with The Acacia Strain, Like Moths To Flames, Slaves and many other metal bands.


Josh Abbott Band @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.comSix-piece country band from Texas.


Mike Stud @ Epicentre,

Michael Francis Seander Jr., aka Mike Stud, is a 25-year-old hip-hopper from Rhode Island.


Prince Royce @ House of Blues,

This Bachata singer-songwriter stepped into the Latin music spotlight after releasing a bilingual cover of “Stand By Me” in 2010.

8/5: Arcade Fire

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
The Hunger Games

soundtrack features this indie band’s song, “Abraham’s Daughter.”

8/5: Third World

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.comThis Jamaican reggae band’s new album,

Under The Magic Sun,

dropped June 10.

8/5: Amos Lee

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

This soul rocker has toured with and opened for the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Van Morrison and more.
8/6: Arctic Monkeys

@ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

Indie rockers promoting their most recent album,


, with an international tour of the same name.


Jagwar Ma @ the Casbah,

These alt. rock Aussies released their debut album,


, last June.


Juicy J @ House of Blues,

Rapper Jordan Michael Houston (aka Juicy J) co-owns Taylor Gang Records with Wiz Khalifa.

8/7: Lynyrd Skynyrd

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

Floridian southern rockers most known for their hits “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” Lynyrd Skynrd is also playing at Pechanga Resort & Casino August 10.

8/7-8: Rebelution

@ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.eduThese Santa Barbara reggae rockers released their fourth album,

Count Me In, on June 17.

8/8: Israel Vibration

@ Belly Up Tavern,

Members of this reggae band met as children while recovering from polio in a Jamaican rehab center.

8/8: Our Last Night and Set It Off

@ House of Blues,

This metalcore foursome released a screamo cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” in January.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ the Casbah,

Indie rockers touring worldwide to promote their recent album,

Only Run

, which dropped June 3.

8/8: Steel Pulse

@ Del Mar Racetrack,

In 1986, Steel Pulse became the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.


Counting Crows @ Del Mar Racetrack,

These alt. rockers received an Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidentally in Love,” which was featured in the film

Shrek 2

in 2004.


Dirty Heads @ UCSD Rimac Field,

These hip-hop/reggae rockin’ rappers have toured with O.A.R., 311, Kottonmouth Kings and more.


Sara Bareilles @ SDSU’S Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

This pop songstress performed with Elton John at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Annual Hot Pink Party Fundraiser in NYC in April.


Slash @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,

The former Guns N’ Roses frontman claimed No. 65 on

Rolling Stone

‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list in 2011.


Michael McDonald and Toto @ Pala Casino,

Grammy Award-winning soft rockers Michael McDonald and Toto hit the road for a co-headlining summer tour.


Wade Bowen @ Belly Up Tavern,

This country singer and guitarist has plans to release his seventh studio album in the fall.
8/11: Iron and Wine @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

Songs from this folk rock singer- songwriter have been featured in TV shows

Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, House

and many others.


The Head and The Heart @ The North Park Theatre, thenorthparktheatre.comThis indie folk band’s tune “Lost In My Mind” was the backing track for the official

Silver Linings Playbook

movie trailer.

8/12: Imelda May

@ Belly Up Tavern,

Irish rockabilly blues singer-songwriter who has performed with the likes of Elvis Costello, Meat Loaf, Bono and many other rock stars.


Deep Purple @ Harrah’s,

The 10,000-watt amp Deep Purple used during a 1972 performance in London earned it a Guinness World Record for Loudest Pop Group... and knocked three audience members unconscious.

8/14: Everlast

@ Belly Up Tavern,

The former House of Pain lead rapper is most known for his 1998 hit “What It’s Like.”


Terry Bozzio @ Ramona Mainstage,

Original artworks from this rock drummer’s debut art collection, titled “Rhythm + Sketch,” are available for purchase at

8/14: Hundredth

@ Soma,

Melodic hardcore band headlining the

Common Vision

tour with Counterparts, Handguns, Being As An Ocean and others.


Us The Duo @ House of Blues,

Pop hubby and wife duo promoting their debut album,

No Matter Where You Are

, while on a North American tour of the same name.


Farruko @ Blue Agave Nightclub,

Puerto Rican reggaeton artist who collaborated with Sean Paul on the 2014 single, “Passion Whine.”

8/15: I

Declare War @ Soma, somasandiego.comFive-piece Washingtonian deathcore band.


Julian Marley @ Belly Up Tavern,

In 2009, this Rastafari received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album for his most recent record,



8/16: A

llan Holdsworth @ Ramona Mainstage,
Guitar World

says this jazz fusion guitarist is “as influential as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.”


Grouplove @

SDSU’S Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

These alt. rockers performed “Let Me In” on


in June. The song is also included on the soundtrack for the film

The Fault In Our Stars.

8/17: Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

@ House of Blues,

Rocker bands Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus co-headline

The Hope Revolution Tour

with support from New Empire, Famous Last Words and more.

8/17: Rascall Flatts

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Country trio most known for hits “Bless the Broken Road,” “Life Is a Highway” and “What Hurts the Most.”

8/19: Reckless Kelly

@ Belly Up Tavern,

An 1800s Australian bank robber named Ned Kelly inspired this country band’s name.
8/19: Lila Downs

@ House of Blues,

This Latin music singer-songwriter played a small role as a tango singer in the 2002 flick


starring Salma Hayek.
8/20: The Naked and Famous @ The North Park Theatre,

The Invisible Children, Inc. short film

KONY 2012

features this alt. rock band’s hit single “Punching In A Dream.”


The Zombies @ House of Blues, hob.comRolling Stone

magazine listed this rock band’s 1968 album,

Odessey and Oracle,

No. 100 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

8/21: Balance & Composure

@ The Irenic,

Alt. rockers touring internationally through the beginning of November.

8/21: Chimaira

@ Soma,
This heavy metal band’s moniker comes from the Greek word “Chimera”, a monstrous creature comprised of lion, goat and snake body parts.

8/21: M

ad Caddies @ Soda Bar,
Ska punk band on its

Dirty Rice

tour to promote a recent album by the same name.


Jason Mraz @ S

an Diego Theatres,

This pop rocker just released his fifth album,


, on July 15.

8/22: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

Louisiana native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ 2010 album


hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.
8/22-23: Vanessa Williams

@ San Diego Symphony,

This singer, actress and former Miss America had two chart-topping hits in the ‘90s: “Save the Best for Last” and “Colors of the Wind.”

Fucked Up @ The Casbah,

Canadian hardcore punk band with a new album,

Glass Boys,

which dropped June 3.

John Legend @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

This nine-time Grammy-winning R&B superstar is married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen.

Led Zepagain @ House of Blues,

Successful cover band of the original classic rock foursome, Led Zeppelin.
8/23: Wiz Khalifa and Tyga @ S

leep Train Amphitheatre,

This hip-hopper collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Bruno Mars for his 2013 track, “Young, Wild & Free.”

8/24: A

l Jarreau @ Thornton Winery, thorntonwine.comMid-'70s jazz singer-songwriter with a new album,

My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, dropping August 5.

8/24: Ozomatli

@ San Diego Symphony,

These Latin rockers appeared in

Never Been Kissed.

In the 1999 film, they’re the band playing as Drew Barrymore takes her first bite of ganja cake.
8/25: K

eyshia Cole @ House of Blues,

Missy Elliott and Lil Kim collaborated with this R&B songstress on the 2007 hit single, “Let It Go.”
8/26: Groundation @ Belly Up Tavern,

Roots reggae band on its North American

Coming Home


8/27: B.B. King

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

This blues legend holds the No. 6 spot on

Rolling Stone

‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. B.B. King is also playing at Pechanga Resort & Casino August 29.


Panic! At The Disco @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.eduPop punk threesome most recognized for their 2005 track, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

8/29-31: A

wesome Fest 8 @ Soda Bar,

More than 60 DIY punk bands from across the U.S. will perform at this annual three-day music festival.

8/29: M

arc Anthony @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

The former Mr. J.Lo is a jack-of-all- trades, finding success in singing, acting, producing and fashion design.


Frampton’s Guitar Circus @ Harrah’s,
USA Today

calls rocker Peter Frampton’s current tour the “greatest guitar show on earth.”


Jack Johnson @ UCSD Rimac Field,

Folk rock musician and surfer on his

From Here to Now to You

tour in support of his album of the same name released last September.


The Offspring @ Sleep Train Amphithesaraatre,

This Huntington Beach punk rock band formed 30 years ago, in 1984.

8/31: Gipsy Kings

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

The film

The Big Lebowski

featured this flamenco pop band’s cover of The Eagles’ rock mega-hit “Hotel California.”


Ziggy Marley @ Del Mar Racetrack,

Bob Marley’s eldest son, born David Nesta Marley, takes the stage after the day’s last horse race at the annual Del Mar Reggae Fest.

8/31: D

avid Gray @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, as.sdsu.eduThis British indie rocker released his 10th album,

Mutineers, in June.