Groove: March concert calendar

Concerts headed to San Diego in March include Muse, Billy Idol, FOALS, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Michael Bublé. 

3.3: Waxahatchee

After four full-length albums, Katie Crutchfield, aka Alabama-bred singer-songwriter Waxahatchee, released her first EP, Great Thunder, in September. The six-song collection was recorded at Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) remote Wisconsin studio. Detroit’s Boony Doon opens the show.

@ The Irenic,



(Molly Matalon)

3.3: The’s

You know that scene in Kill Bill: Volume 1 where The Bride tracks down O-Ren at the House of Blue Leaves? The one that, before all the bloodshed and mayhem, features a super-cool, throwback, all-girl garage-punk band? Well, that band is The’s. Woo-hoo!     

@ Casbah,



(Courtesy photo)

3.4: Beirut

As the driving force behind indie folk outfit Beirut, Zach Condon has always let geography entwine itself with his music making. February’s Gallipoli is no exception. Condon’s fifth studio full-length is named after the Italian town where he wrote the title track and recorded some of the album.


@ Observatory North Park,



(Olga Baczynska)

3.4: Trippie Redd

The 19-year-old, Atlanta-based rapper (real name Michael White) hit No. 4  on the US Billboard 200 with his debut studio album, Life’s a Trip, last summer. In February, White appeared on a pair of new singles — Ephrem’s Dark Voice and with Preme on Wiz Khalifa’s Alright.     


Trippie Redd

Trippie Redd.

(Courtesy photo)

3.4: DJ Quik & Scarface

Last year, Compton rapper/producer DJ Quik hit San Diego with fellow West Coast hip-hop legend Warren G on the bill. This time, it’s veteran Houston MC Scarface (of both solo and Geto Boys fame) who will serve as the legendary co-headliner.       

@ House of Blues,

DJ Quik

DJ Quik.

(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

3.5: Metric w/ Zoé

After last touring as support for Smashing Pumpkins, the Emily Haines-led, Canadian indie-poppers head back out on the road as headliners to support their seventh studio album, last September’s Art of Doubt. Zoé co-headlines and July Talk will also be on hand to support.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,



(Justin Broadbent)

3.5: Muse

When it was released last November, the eighth studio album from massive Brit rock trio Muse, Simulation Theory, hit the top spot in five countries, and made it to No. 12 on the US Billboard 200. The band brings their world tour of the same name to San Diego featuring support from Walk The Moon. 

@ Pechanga Arena,



(Rich Fury / Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

3.6: Band of Horses

Frontman Ben Bridwell continues to lead these Washington-born, South Carolina-based folk/pop rockers after longtime members Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds called it quits in 2017. The band hasn’t released an album since 2016’s Why Are You OK, but did release a few singles last year, including Into My Arms and a Spanish cover of their hit song No One’s Gonna Love You.       

@ Observatory North Park,


Band of Horses

Band of Horses.

(Courtesy photo)

3.7: YG

Last year, the Compton rapper appeared in the film White Boy Rick with Matthew McConaughey, as well as released his third studio full-length, Stay Dangerous. The album debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and features appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Quavo, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and more.

@ Pechanga Arena,



(Joe Scarnici / Getty Images for VaynerSports)

3.10: Empress Of

L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) just teamed up with Perfume Genius for a cover of When I’m With Him, a song originally found on her 2018 second studio album, Us. Rodriguez hits The Irenic with Colombian duo Salt Cathedral as openers.

@ The Irenic,

Empress Of

Empress Of.

(Fabian Guerrero)

3.10: Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center is also known as the musical partnership between Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and L.A. singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers (boygenius). If that doesn’t sell you on this dynamic pair, they released their self-titled debut album on Dead Oceans in January. 

@ Music Box,

Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center.

(Nik Freitas)

3.11: San Diego Music Awards

San Diego’s best and brightest artists descend on downtown for the chance to get some well-deserved accolades. Among the nominees this year are Jason Mraz, P.O.D., Hot Snakes, Slightly Stoopid, The Frights, Parker Meridien, The Redwoods Collective, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Mattson 2, B-Side Players and many, many more.

@ House of Blues,

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San Diego Music Awards

The Burning of Rome at the San Diego Music Awards.

(Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

3.13: Billy Idol

It is to be sure that the artist born William Broad will NOT be dancing with himself when he plays this sold-out show in Solana Beach. Not only is the ’80s superstar sure to roll out hits like White Wedding, Mony Mony and Rebel Yell, longtime guitarist Steve Stevens is along for the ride.   

@ Belly Up,

Billy Idol

Billy Idol.

(Courtesy photo)

3.13: Action Bronson

Taking a break from his two TV shows, F*ck, That’s Delicious and The Untitled Action Bronson Show, the New York rapper dropped his fifth full-length album, White Bronco, last November and is following it with a tour of the same name. Meyhem Lauren and Roc Marciano open the show.

@ House of Blues,

Action Bronson

Action Bronson.

(Courtesy photo)

3.14: Stephen Marley Acoustic

The eight-time Grammy-winning son of Bob Marley returns to the Belly Up to play acoustic versions of his hit-filled catalog. Marley’s children, Jo Mersa and Mystic Marley, are also both recording artists.

@ Belly Up,

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley.

(Courtesy photo)

3.16: Noname

Chicago rapper Noname dropped her self-released, debut studio album, Room 25, last September. It comes on the heels of her 2016 self-released mixtape, Telefone, with appearances on tracks by fellow Windy City artists like Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods and Mick Jenkins. 

@ Observatory North Park,



(Chantal Anderson)

3.16: Madlib

Legendary DJ and producer Madlib, aka Otis Jackson Jr., is once again teaming with Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs. The pair last collaborated on 2014’s critically acclaimed album Piñata, and are set for the highly anticipated follow-up, Bandana, sometime this year. 

@ Music Box,



(Courtesy photo)

3.16: Jamey Johnson

Alabama country singer Jamey Johnson hasn’t released a full-length album of his own material since 2010, although he has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings, and Snoop Dogg since. His latest official appearance came on The Ghost of Macon Jones, a song from Joe Bonamassa’s 2018 album Redemption

@ House of Blues,

Jamey Johnson

Jamey Johnson.

(Courtesy photo)

3.23: FOALS

The Oxford rock quartet hadn’t released an album since 2015’s What Went Down when they announced that not one, but two, new albums would be arriving in 2019. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, the band’s fifth studio album, is out this month. Part 2 is set for release later in the year.

@ Observatory North Park,



(Alex Knowles)

3.23: Durand Jones & The Indications

Unfortunately, tickets for the Indiana-based soul singer and his rock-solid backing band’s third trip to San Diego sold out mere days after it was put on sale. But don’t fret, the band’s sophomore album, American Love Call, is out this month, and they’re sure to play a far bigger venue the next time through town.

@ Casbah,

Durand Jones & The Indications

Durand Jones & The Indications.

(Rosie Cohe)

3.24: Earth, Wind & Fire

Because it’s Earth, Wind & Fire. That’s why.

@ Pechanga Casino,

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire.

(Courtesy photo)

3.24: J Boog

L.A.-bred, Hawaii-based reggae singer J Boog returns to San Diego almost exactly one year to the day after last playing here. The performer born Jerry Afemata released his last full-length album, Wash House Ting, in 2016 and has followed in with a handful of singles since.


J Boog

J Boog.

(Courtesy photo)

3.28: Wet x Kilo Kish

Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo Wet (Kelly Zutrau and Joe Valle) join forces with singer and visual artist Kilo Kish (Lakisha Robinson) for a co-headlining tour. Zutrau and Valle released their second studio album, Still Run, last July, while Robinson’s mothe EP was released two months later.

@ Observatory North Park,

Wet x Kilo Kish

Wet x Kilo Kish.

(Courtesy photo)

3.28: Gorilla Biscuits

Despite losing longtime guitarist Alex Brown to a stroke last month, the veteran New York hardcore punks are soldiering on. Their impact on the scene is cemented by this sold-out show, as with so many others on the tour, despite not releasing new music in over three decades.

@ The Irenic,

Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits.

(Courtesy photo)

3.30: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

The Bronx rapper, born Artist Dubose, released his second studio album, Hoodie SZN, in December. The album hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year and features appearances from Offset, Tyga, Young Thug, Juice Wrld and others.

@ House of Blues,

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

(Sarah Kelleren)

3.31: Michael Bublé

Maybe it’s just me, but my favorite thing the Canadian superstar singer ever did was the “Hamm and Bublé” skit with Jon Hamm on Saturday Night Live in 2010. But selling 75 millions records isn’t too shabby, either. Bublé’s latest, Love, is the singer’s 10th studio album.    

@ Pechanga Arena,

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé.

(Andrew Chin / Getty Images)

3.31: Sheck Wes

If you haven’t heard Senegalese rapper Sheck Wes’ viral hit, Mo Bamba, then you probably haven’t been listening. The double-platinum-certified hit is taken from the New York MC’s 2018 debut album, Mudboy.

@ House of Blues,

Sheck Wes

Sheck Wes.

(Courtesy photo)


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