Sounds Like a Plan


By Catlin Dorset


J Boog @ Belly Up Tavern,

Reggae rapper Jarell Damonte Houston, aka J Boog, is a former member of the now defunct boy band B2K.


My Ticket Home @ House of Blues, hob.comSelf-proclaimed “puke rock” band out of Ohio.


Jesse McCartney @ House of Blues, hob.comThis pop singer was the voiceover for Theodore in all three

Alvin and the Chipmunks


9/3: S

enses Fail @ House of Blues, hob.comScreamo punk-rockers on their

Let It Enfold You: 10 Year Anniversary Tour

with No Bragging Rights and Knuckle Puck.

9/4: Atmosphere

@ House of Blues,

Hip-hop duo on the road to promote their newest album,


, which dropped in May.


The Ataris @ The Irenic,

These indie rockers have been working on their first album in seven years,

The Graveyard of the Atlantic

; release date as yet unannounced.

9/5: Gary Allan

@ Pechanga Resort & Casino,

Country singer-songwriter most known for his hits “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” “Watching Airplanes” and “Nothin’ On but the Radio,” among others.


Dave Matthews Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, livenation.comThis year’s annual summer tour,

A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band, features two complete sets from these rockers, one acoustic and one electric.


Enrique Bunbury @ SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,
Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Izarduy, aka Enrique Bunbury, is a Latin rocker from Spain.

9/6: E

yes Set to Kill @ Soma,

After unexpectedly cancelling their July 31 show at Boar Crossin’ in Carlsbad, these metal rock sisters are back in town to make it up to their San Diego fans.


Jonn Mellencamp @ San Diego Convention Center,

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Cougar Mellencamp won his only Grammy Award, in 1982, for his mega-hit “Hurts So Good.”


Blake Shelton @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Miranda Lambert and her country hubby, Blake Shelton, co-wrote the song “Over You,” about the fatal car accident that claimed the life of Shelton’s older brother, Richie, in 1990.


Shiny Toy Guns

@ Belly Up Tavern,

In March, these indie rockers performed aboard the PARAHOY! Festival Cruise with Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and others.

9/9: GBH

@ Casbah,

The last album from this punk rock foursome was released in 2010... and titled

Perfume and Piss.

9/11: Accept

@ Belly Up Tavern,

German heavy metalers on an international

Blind Rage

tour in support of their album by the same name, released August 15.

9/11-13: S

an Diego Music Thing @ venues throughout San Diego,

EDM icon Moby is the featured speaker at this year’s annual two-day music fest, featuring more than 150 live band performances, music industry discussion panels and more.

9/12: Chicago

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

In January, Robin Thicke joined these classic rockers on-stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards to perform a collection of their respective hits, including “Saturday in the Park” and “Blurred Lines.”

9/12: Puddle of Mudd

@ Ramona Mainstage,

This alt. rock group’s debut album,

Come Clean

, spawned the band’s big singles “Blurry” and “She Hates Me.”

9/12: Roberto Carlos

@ San Diego Civic Theatre,

The Frank Sinatra of Latin America (as nicknamed by his fans) lost part of his right leg in a railroad accident when he was six years old.

9/13: Air Supply

@ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.comSoft rock duo most known for its ‘80s sappy tunes “Making Love

Out of Nothing at All” and “All Out of Love.”

9/13: STYX

@ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,

These ‘80s progressive rockers wrapped their

Soundtrack of Summer

tour with Foreigner and Don Felder (former Eagles bandmate) in July.


Boney James @ Thornton Winery,

James Oppenheim, aka Boney James, is a four-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz saxophonist and songwriter.

9/14: R

amón Ayala @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,

This Norteño “King of the Accordion” learned to play his signature instrument when he was five years old.

9/14: Smile Empty Soul

@ Brick by Brick,

Santa Clarita, Calif., high school students started this alt. rock band in 1998.

9/14: P

assenger @ House of Blues,

Folk rocking solo artist Mike Rosenberg is touring worldwide through February 2015 in support of his recent album,


which dropped in June.

9/16: L

inkin Park @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Alt. rockers most recognized for their hits “What I’ve Done,” “In The End” and “Numb.”


Marco Antonio Solis @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,

Enrique Iglesias’ recent single “El Perdedor” (


for “The Loser”) features this Latin pop singer and musician.


Macy Gray

@ Belly Up Tavern,

Most known for her 1999 mega-hit “I Try,” this R&B singer-songwriter and actress has appeared in the flicks

Training Day



and others.


The Breeders @ Casbah,

The film

A Walk to Remember

and HBO’s

True Blood

featured “Cannonball,” this alt. rock band’s biggest hit to-date.


Buzzcocks @ Belly Up Tavern,

English punk rockers with a new album,

The Way

, released in May.


Tesla @ Sycuan Casino,

The late-1800s engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, who pioneered the modern-day radio and X-ray, inspired this rock band’s moniker.

9/18: Thompson

Square @ Casino Pauma,

In both 2012 and 2013, this husband and wife country act won the Academy of Country Music Awards’ trophy for “Vocal Duo of the Year.”

9/18: Luis Miguel

@ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,

This Mexican pop star’s album

Segundo Romance

was rumored to be among Saddam Hussein’s belongings when the dictator was captured in 2003.

9/18: R

ise Against @ UCSD’s Rimac Arena,

Punk rockers known for their advocacy of gay and animal rights.


The Amity Affliction @ Soma,

Metalcore Aussies on the road to promote their recent album,

Let the Ocean Take Me

, while on a tour by the same name.

9/19: G

ary Clark Jr. @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,

After a PBS White House concert performance in 2012, President Barack Obama said of this blues rocker: “He’s the future.”


Big Mountain @ Belly Up Tavern,

These San Diego natives are best known for their reggae cover of Peter Frampton’s hit “Baby I Love Your Way.”

9/20: Citizen

@ House of Blues,

Pop punk band touring the U.S. with You Blew It, Hostage Calm, Praise and True Love.


Drake vs. Lil Wayne @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Co-headliners Drizzy and Weezy compete in on-stage rapping battles while fans vote for the victor via the tour’s official app.


Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.comThis ‘60s pop band sold more than 60 million records during its heyday.

9/20: Y

anni @ San Diego Civic Theatre, sandiegotheatres.orgIn 2003, this contemporary composer and pianist’s autobiography,

Yanni in Words,

became a

New York Times


9/21: K

aiser Chiefs @ House of Blues, hob.comThese indie rockers released their fifth studio album,

Education, Education, Education & War,

in April.

9/21: Aaron Carter

@ House of Blues, hob.comIn July, the 26-year-old pop singer performed his newest single, “Ooh Wee,” on Good Day LA.


Dave Mason @ Sycuan Casino,

In his nearly 50-year career, rocker Dave Mason has worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and many other stars.

9/22: L

ykke Li @ North Park Theatre,

Indie pop singer-songwriter who collaborated with A$AP Rocky on her current single, “No Rest for the Wicked.”


Better Than Ezra @ Belly Up Tavern,

This alt. rock trio will release its first album in five years,

All Together Now

, on September 9.

9/23: Allen Stone

@ House of Blues,

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ track “Neon Cathedral” features vocals from this soul singer.

9/24: Interpol

@ House of Blues,

Indie rockers touring worldwide to promote their new album

El Pintor

, expected to drop September 9.

9/19: A

ndrew Bird

@ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

Bird’s song “Pulaski at Night” was featured on the Season Two premiere of

Orange Is the New Black.

9/21: Aaron Carter

@ House of Blues,

In July, the 26-year-old pop singer performed his newest single, “Ooh Wee,” on

Good Day LA.

9/25: Jason Aldean

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Country cowboy known for a slew of hits, including “Big Green Tractor,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and “When She Says Baby.”
9/26: Gordon Lightfoot @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

Songs by this ‘60s and ‘70s folk rocker have been covered by megastars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton and many others.


The Kooks @ House of Blues,

These indie rockers took inspiration for their band name from David Bowie’s 1971 song, “Kooks.”

9/26: Authority Zero

@ Soda Bar,

Punk rockers Authority Zero will conclude their

Rise to the Fall

tour on Halloween night in their hometown of Mesa, Arizona.


Unwritten Law @ UCSD’s Porter’s Pub,

After having the electricity cut to their show in Australia (because they refused to stop playing at the venue’s midnight curfew), these Poway natives destroyed a drum kit and stormed offstage.


Foster the People @ UCSD’s Rimac Arena,

This indie pop trio became an overnight success with their smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” in 2010.

9/27: P

ixies @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.comAlt. rock Bostonians on their North American

Indie Cindy


9/27: P

ain of Salvation @ Ramona Mainstage,

Swedish progressive metal band influenced by The Beatles, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tori Amos and everything in between.

9/27: Gortuary

@ Brick by Brick, ticketfly.comFluffy, feel-good songs from this

death metal band include “Splatter Fecal Matter,” “Mutilation by Double Penetration” and “Disembowelment by Regurgitation.”


Temples @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.comIn July, these psychedelic rockers performed their single “Shelter Song” on

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


Dave Koz @ Thornton Winery,

Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and guests Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot are wrapping their

Hot Fun in the Summertime

tour in San Diego.
9/28: Colbie Caillat @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

The folk pop singer-songwriter’s current single “Try,” which takes a jab at unrealistic beauty standards in the media, has garnered more than 20 million views on YouTube.

9/28: Paul McCartney

@ Petco Park,

Returning to America’s Finest after a nearly 40-year absence, Sir Paul McCartney plans to rock the ballpark while on his

Out There

world tour.


Demi Lovato @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,

Pop songstress most known for hits “Give Your Heart a Break,” “Heart Attack” and “Really Don’t Care.”

9/29: P

aolo Nutini @ House of Blues,

This Scottish pop rocker plans to release his third studio album,

Caustic Love,

on September 16.


Dark Star Ochestra @ Belly Up Tavern,

Grateful Dead tribute band out of Chicago.


The Gaslight Anthem @ House of Blues,

These punk rockers plan to tour through November in support of their recent album,

Get Hurt

, which dropped August 19.