Groove: March concert calendar

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Steven Tyler, Boys II Men and Sir-Mix-A-Lot.

Top performers coming to San Diego this month include Steven Tyler, Boys II Men and Sir-Mix-A-Lot.

3.2: Margo Price 

The Nashville-based Price released her second album, All American Made, last October on Jack White’s Third Man Records. It cracked the top ten on Billboard’s Independent and Folk Albums charts, and features appearances from Willie Nelson and The McCrary Sisters.

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Margo Price

Margo Price.

Angela Castillo

3.3: Gogol Bordello 

Produced by frontman Eugene Hütz, the New York-based gypsy punks released their seventh studio album, Seekers and Finders, last summer.

@ Observatory North Park,

Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello.

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3.3: Earthless 

The veteran San Diego instrumental/psych trio releases new album Black Heaven this month. Also on the bill are Japanese rockers Kikagaku Moyo and Phil Pirrone’s JJUUJJUU.

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3.3: Steven Tyler 

Fresh from his time machine Super Bowl ad, the Aerosmith singer and TV personality makes a stop in Temecula to play with The Loving Mary Band. This date also coincides with the grand opening of Pechanga’s new, $300million tower hotel and spa.

@ Pechanga,

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler.

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3.4: Stone Temple Pilots 

After holding online auditions for a new singer, the San Diego rockers that featured both Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington in that position hired two-time X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt for the job. The band releases its second self-titled album in a row (and first since 2010) this month.

@ Observatory North Park,

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots.

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3.4: Ex-Cult 

The Memphis garage punks, led by Ty Segall collaborator Chris Shaw, released their last album in 2016. 

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Denee Petracek

3.4: Boyz II Men 

The Motownphilly new jack swingers were here last year with NKOTB – right around the same time that a section of Philadelphia’s Broad Street was renamed in their honor.

@ Pechanga,

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men.

Rony Schram

3.5, 6: 311 

The SoCal-by-way-of-Nebraska funk-rock quintet released their 12th studio album, Mosaic, last year. It debuted at number six on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

@ House of Blues,



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3.6: The Psychedelic Furs 

People love the Furs! The band hasn’t released an album in nearly 30 years, but that hasn’t stopped the founding Butler brothers – singer Richard and bassist Tim – from continuing to sell out shows like this one. 

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The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs.

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3.7: Hot Snakes 

San Diego rock godfather Swami John Reis and longtime collaborator Rick Froberg get the band together once again. This time it comes with the first Hot Snakes studio album in 14 years. The 10-song Jericho Sirens drops this month.

@ Casbah,

Hot Snakes

Hot Snakes.

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3.8: Protomartyr 

The Detroit-based post punkers released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Relatives in Descent, last September.

@ Space,



Daniel Topete

3.8: Antibalas 

The Brooklyn-based afrobeat ensemble is currently on its Where The Gods Are In Peace album release tour. It’s the band’s sixth full-length record and first in five years.

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3.9: Talib Kweli 

The veteran MC released his latest album, Radio Silence, last November. It features appearances from Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, Robert Glasper and more.

@ Music Box,

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli.

Dorothy Hong

3.10: Billie Eilish 

The 16-year-old L.A.-based singer is signed to Interscope Records and released her debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me, in August.

@ Music Box,

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish.

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3.10, 11: G. Love & Special Sauce 

After taking a few years to do his solo thing, G. Love has spent the last few back with Special Sauce (Jeffery Clemens and Jim Prescott). While the trio released a Christmas album two-and-a-half months ago, they’ll probably stick to songs from their eight-album catalog for this show.

@ Belly Up,

G. Love and Special Sauce

G. Love and Special Sauce.

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3.14: Flogging Molly 

Last year, the Celtic punk septet released Life Is Good, their sixth studio album - and first since 2011’s Speed of Darkness.

@ Observatory North Park,

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly.

Ritchie Smyth

3.14: Oh Sees 

Bandleader John Dwyer has been playing mellower tunes of late with duo OCS. But it’s back to the best live show on the planet, as well as recently edited moniker Oh Sees (from Thee Oh Sees), for this stop in Solana Beach.

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Oh Sees.

Oh Sees.


3.16: Los Lobos Acoustic 

The venerable L.A. roots rockers unplug for this special show in Poway.

@ Poway Center for the Arts,

Los Lobos Acoustic

Los Lobos Acoustic.

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3.17: Blockhead & Yppah 

New York DJ, producer, and beat-maker Tony Simon (aka Blockhead) self-released his seventh solo studio album, Funeral Balloons, last September. Ninja Tune electro-composer Joe Corrales Jr. (aka Yppah) is also on the bill.

@ Soda Bar,

Blockhead & Yppah

Blockhead & Yppah.

Claudia Santiso

3.19: SDMAs 

The 27th annual celebration of local artists returns to House of Blues for a night that will include performances from P.O.D., Trouble In The Wind, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, and more.

@ House of Blues,

San Diego Music Awards

San Diego Music Awards.

Dennis Anderson

3.21: Lucy Dacus 

After dropping one of 2016’s best albums with her 9-song Matador Records debut, No Burden, Dacus hits the road in support of her sophomore effort, Historian, out this month.

@ Casbah,

Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus.

Dustin Condren

3.21, 22: Queens of the Stone Age 

It’s back-to-back sold-out nights of sweaty rock mayhem as Josh Homme leads QOTSA into San Diego for a double-dip of debauchery. BRONCHO opens both shows. 

@ Observatory North Park,

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age.

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3.22, 23: Phillip Phillips 

The American Idol Season 11 winner released his third album, Collateral, in January.

@ Belly Up,

Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips.

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3.23: RJD2 

Ohio-based DJ and hip-hop producer RJD2 released his new album, Tendrils, last month. It’s the second full-length release for his instrumental side project, The Insane Warrior.

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3.23: Tribal Theory 

The San Diego Music Award-winning “urban reggae” trio released their latest single, Part Time Lovers, last year.

@ House of Blues,

Tribal Theory

Tribal Theory.

Rebecca Joelson

3.24: Durand Jones & The Indications 

This month, the Indiana-based soul singer and his rock-solid backing band are set to release a deluxe edition of their 2016 self-titled debut. It features 10 new live tracks that were recorded in Boston and Bloomington, Ind. 

@ Soda Bar,

Durand Jones & The Indications

Durand Jones & The Indications.

Horatio Baltz

3.24: Sir Mix-A-Lot 

Who knew that you could parlay a song about big booties into a 30-year career? Obviously Seattle producer/rapper Anthony Ray (aka Sir Mix-a-lot) does. 

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3.25: Rhett Miller 

The Old 97s frontman hasn’t released a solo record in a few years, but that doesn’t mean the alt-country crooner’s show in the cozy confines of Soda Bar won’t be a knockout.

@ Soda Bar,

Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller.

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3.28: George Clinton 

The captain of the Parliament Funkadelic spaceship heads off into space on a solo mission. Climb aboard!

@ House of Blues,

George Clinton

George Clinton.

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3.29: J Boog 

Compton-raised, Hawaii-based reggae singer J Boog returns to San Diego after appearing on I-Octane’s single Pretty Loud last month.

@ House of Blues,

J Boog

J Boog.

Shae Talanoa

3.31: Roy Wood$ 

Canadian R&B singer Denzel Spencer (aka Roy Wood$) is signed to Drake’s OVO label. Fellow OVO artists PARTYNXTDOOR and dvsn appeared on Spencer’s 2017 debut album, Say Less.

@ Observatory North Park,

Roy Woods

Roy Woods.

Dragan Andic