Groove: August concert calendar

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include G-Eazy, Chris Stapleton, J. Cole and Bad Bunny.  

8.1: G-Eazy 

The Oakland-based MC and producer released his platinum-selling album, The Beautiful & Damned, last December. Since then, he’s teamed with Yo Gotti on the track 1942 for the Uncle Drew soundtrack, and with BlocBoy JB and Blac Youngsta on his latest single, Drop. Support on his current Endless Summer tour will come from Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beatz.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

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G-Eazy performs onstage during iHeartRadio LIVE with Bebe Rexha presented by Forever 21 at iHeartRadio Theater on August 7, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

(Kevin Winter / Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

8.2: Supersuckers 30th Anniversary 

Still led by founding member Eddie Spaghetti, the legendary cowpunkers take a victory lap for the completion of their third decade together. The show will feature a full country set, as well as the albums Smoke of Hell (1992) and La Mano Cornuda (1994) played in their entirety. 

@ Casbah,


Chris VonStreicher, Marty Chandler and Eddie Spaghetti of the band Supersuckers pose for a portrait at Spike’s Bar & Billiards on March 24, 2017 in Rosemead, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images) 

(Harmony Gerber / Getty Images)


8.2: Femi Kuti 

The eldest son of afrobeat pioneer/legend Fela Kuti, Femi returns once again to San Diego with his longtime band, Positive Force. The Grammy-winning scion released his latest album, One People One World, in February.

@ Belly Up,

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti.

(Courtesy photo)

8.2 Mýa 

The singer, songwriter, producer and actress released her eighth studio album, TKO (The Knock Out), in April. Commemorating the 20th anniversary (within a day!) of her self-titled debut, the new album was released on the singer’s own record label, Planet 9.  

@ Music Box,



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8.3: Chris Brown 

The singer’s current Heartbreak on a Full Moon tour might prove to be what fans are feeling after Brown was recently arrested, again, in Florida. As of now, the shows are going on, but it might not be a bad idea to check refund policies at point of purchase. H.E.R., Jacquees, Rich the Kid and 6LACK are set to support.  

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,


Chris Brown

Chris Brown. (Photo by Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET) 

(Ser Baffo / Getty Images for BET)

8.3: Dwight Yoakam & Lucinda Williams 

Two honky-tonk veterans join forces to give fans a double-dip of Grammy-winning, country music mold-

breakers. Yoakam last released an album in 2016, while Williams released her second in a row on the singer’s own label, Highway 20 Records, last year. Outlaw country sage Steve Earle is also on the bill.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

Dwight Yoakam & Lucinda Williams

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams performs on stage for Skyville Live on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images for Skyville)

(Natasha Moustache / Getty Images for Skyville)

8.3: Molotov 

The veteran, multi-platinum-selling Mexican rock pranksters return to San Diego after their 2012 live album, Desde Rusia con Amor, and 2014 seventh album, Agua Maldita, won back-to-back Latin Grammys. The band still boasts the same lineup it’s had in place since 1996.

@ House of Blues,



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8.5: Beach House 

Baltimore dream-poppers Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally released their seventh studio album, appropriately titled 7, in May. Touring drummer James Barone plays on all 11 tracks and the record was produced, in part, by Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (Peter Kember).

@ Observatory North Park,

Beach House

Beach House.

(Shawn Brackbill / )

8.8: Shooter Jennings 

The son of outlaw country legend Waylon Jennings and singer Jessi Colter is set to release his latest album, Shooter, this month. The record marks a return to country music for the singer and songwriter after teaming with Marilyn Manson and Brandi Carlile on his 2016 tribute album to electronic/disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, Countach (for Giorgio).

@ Belly Up,

Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings.

(Courtesy photo)

8.10: Willie Nelson + Alison Krauss 

Nelson, a 12-time Grammy Award winner, nine-time CMA Award winner and Kennedy Center Honoree, joins forces with Krauss, a 27-time Grammy Award winner (!), nine-time CMA Award winner and holder of an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. But hardware aside, a show with these two on the same stage together will undoubtedly be a night to remember.    

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

Willie Nelson + Alison Krauss

Willie Nelson performs at The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson produced by Blackbird Presents at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media)

(Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Essential Broad)

8.10: Wale 

After releasing his fifth studio album, Shine, last year, Wale, aka Washington D.C. rapper Olubowale Akintimehin, has already followed it with a pair of EPs in 2018 – March’s It’s Complicated and May’s Self Promotion.

@ House of Blues,



(Dante Marshall / )

8.11: Weezer / Pixies 

Weezer heads to Chula Vista on the heels of their 2017 11th studio album, Pacific Daydream, and the promise of their highly anticipated forthcoming Black Album. Pixies, featuring original members Black Francis, David Lovering and Joey Santiago, join in on the fun for a night of alt-rock yin and yang. 

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Weezer / Pixies

Weezer / Pixies.

(Courtesy photo)

8.15: Roger Daltrey 

Although billed as “Roger Daltrey and Members of The Who Band,” this night probably could have been called “Roger Daltrey plays The Who without Pete Townshend.” But despite the absence of rock and roll’s most infamous windmill strummer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Kennedy Center-honored frontman should have no problem taking the wheel of the Magic Bus without him.   

@ Embarcadero Marina Park South,

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey.


8.16: Chris Stapleton 

The multiple Grammy-winning country musician and songwriter has toured with Hank Williams Jr., played on Saturday Night Live, and hit the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. But for Stapleton in 2018, it’s all about Say Something, one of the three songs he wrote (and in this case, sang on) for Justin Timberlake’s February-released Man of the Woods album.   

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton.

(Andy Barron)

8.17: Snow Patrol 

The Irish alt rockers released their seventh studio album, Wildness, in May. The new record is the band’s first release in seven years and the first with Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran, Pink, DJ Snake) as a full member of the band.

@ Harrah’s, 

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol.

(Courtesy photo)

8.17: Deafheaven 

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, the fourth studio album from Bay-area metal outfit Deafheaven, was released last month. Based on Graham Greene’s 1951 novel The End of the Affair, the album again strives to blur the once rigid definitions of black metal.

@ Brick By Brick, 



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8.17: Niall Horan 

Last year, the Irish singer and former One Direction member entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with his debut solo album, Flicker. This year, Horan’s new single Finally Free appears in the upcoming animated film Small Foot and he’s touring the world with rising country star Maren Morris.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Niall Horan

Niall Horan.

(David Needleman)

8.19: Ry Cooder 

The Grammy Award-winning musician and composer responsible for things like The Buena Vista Social Club and Talking Timbuktu with Ali Farka Touré also has 17 film soundtracks and 18 solo albums to his name. Cooder’s latest effort, The Prodigal Son, was released in May.  

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder.

(Joachim Cooder)

8.20: AJJ + Kimya Dawson 

AJJ, the Phoenix-based folk punk quartet formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad, shares the stage with Kimya Dawson, the New York-based anti-folk singer best known for her contributions to the soundtrack for the 2007 film Juno. Punk duo Shellshag opens the show.   

@ Observatory North Park,

AJJ + Kimya Dawson

AJJ + Kimya Dawson.

(Courtesy photo)

8.20 Charlie Puth

The L.A.-based singer released his second studio album, Voicenotes, in May. Recorded in Puth’s home studio and featuring appearances from Kehlani, Boyz II Men and James Taylor, the album broke the top 10 in a dozen countries worldwide. Special guest Hailee Steinfeld joins Puth on tour.   

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth.

(Courtesy photo)

8.21: Jack White 

A recent report has vinyl sales up 19% this year and the former White Striper at the top of the heap with his May-released third studio solo album Boarding House Reach. Beating out heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, Michael Jackson and The Beatles, the album has sold over 37,000 platters to date. 

@ Viejas Arena,

Jack White

Singer and songwriter Jack White from the U.S. performs on the Auditorium Stravinski stage during the 52nd Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

(Valentin Flauraud / AP)

8.22: J. Cole 

North Carolina-based rapper J. Cole dropped his fifth studio album, KOD, in April. Debuting at the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200, Cole produced most of the politically-charged album on his own.  

@ Viejas Arena,

J. Cole

J. Cole.

(Courtesy photo)

8.24: Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson 

Love Halloween, wearing black, horror movies and head banging? Then it’s time to head down to Chula Vista for a double bill that features the current mainstream king and prince of macabre on their Twins of Evil tour. And for anyone wondering, the new Nine Inch Nails album is heavy on saxophone, so Trent Reznor has been demoted to duke.    

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson

US musician Marilyn Manson performs on Park stage at the ‘Rock im Park’ festival in Nuremberg, Germany, 02 June 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/TIMM SCHAMBERGER


8.25: Punch Brothers 

Local Punch Brother Chris Thile, the Oceanside-born, multiple-Grammy-winning mandolinist, singer, composer and radio host, was just here in June as a soloist. This time, he returns with the rest of the band — Gabe Witcher, Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge and Paul Kowert — in support of their new album, last month’s All Ashore.  

@ Observatory North Park,

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers.

(Courtesy photo)

8.25: Bad Bunny

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer has blown up in his two short years on the scene. Scoring major hits with everyone from Daddy Yankee and Prince Royce to Nicki Minaj and 21 Savage, the rising star recently logged yet another platinum hit by partnering with Cardi B and J Balvin on the chart-topping single, I Like It.   

@ Valley View Casino Center,

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny.

(Worldjunkies / Alejandro Pedrosa)

8.25: Lady Antebellum 

The multiple Grammy-winning country trio took some time off in 2016, but returned last year with new full-length album, Heart Break. The threesome’s seventh record together debuted at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country chart. One-time Hootie & The Blowfish bandleader Darius Rucker also will be there promoting his latest release, 2017’s When Was The Last Time. Rucker’s fifth country album includes a song with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum.

(Courtesy photo)

8.26: Israel Vibration & Roots Radics 

After first meeting in a polio rehabilitation center, Cecil “Skeleton” Spence and Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin have produced more than 40 years of roots reggae — much of it with legendary Jamaican backing band Roots Radics (Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer). The band’s 24th studio album, Play It Real, was released in 2015.     

@ Belly Up,

Israel Vibration & Roots Radiacs

Israel Vibration & Roots Radiacs.

(Courtesy photo)

8.26: Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winner Stewart joins forces with Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winner Lauper for the second time in as many years. Pro tip: Stewart still practices his career-long tradition of kicking multiple soccer balls into the crowd, so best stay alert if holding a beverage.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper.

(Chapman Baehler)

8.16, 28-29: Rodrigo y Gabriela 

It’s spread over a couple of weeks, but this Mexican guitar duo returns to the Belly Up for an amazing three-night stand. And while the one-time couple has appeared on a few singles since, they last released a studio album, 9 Dead Alive, in 2014.

@ Belly Up,

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela.

(Ina Korhonen)

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