Top concerts this week (Dec. 12-18)


San Diego performances during the first week of December include The Shelters, X, Vince Neil and Andrew Rayel.

12.12: Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkins

The same pair seen singing Ben Stiller’s theme music in There’s Something About Mary, the one-time Modern Lovers front man and his longtime drummer return to the Belly Up Tavern for an encore performance.

8 p.m. Belly Up, 481 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach . $22. 21+. 858.481.8140 or

12.13: The Shelters

The L.A.-based rock quartet released its Warner Bros. eponymous debut in June.

8:30 p.m. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $10-12. 21+. 619.232.4355 or

12.13: Sara Watkins

Another local made (better than) good, Nickel Creek fiddler and singer-songwriter Watkins released her third solo album, “Young in All the Wrong Reasons,” in July.

8 p.m. Belly Up, 481 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $20-22. 21. 858.481.8140 or

12.14, 15: Vince Neil

“The Voice of Mötley Crüe” is out on the road alone because his former band is supposedly no longer playing shows. They’ve cried wolf in that department previously, but it isn’t keeping the ‘80s front man from doing his thing.

8 p.m. Sycuan, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. $69-79. 21+.

12.15: Julian Jordan

The 21-year-old Dutch DJ started his own label this year, GOLDKID Records, and is currently teaming with Martin Garrix on the October-released single “Welcome.”

9 p.m. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20-50. 21+. (619) 544-9500 or

12.15: The Dandy Warhols

With a new album under their belts, the long-running Portland-based psych-rockers head out on their Distortland Tour.

8 p.m. Belly Up, 481 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $25-27. 21+. 858.481.8140 or

12.15: Charlie Hunter Quintet

With perhaps the greatest album title of 2016, the veteran guitarist, composer and songwriter released the Mike Tyson-inspired “Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth” in July.

7 p.m. Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. $20. All ages. 760.438.5996 or

12.16: Brian Setzer Orchestra

The senior Stray Cat makes his yearly holiday parade down the West Coast for a no-holds-barred show that has become a tradition.

8 p.m. Pechanga, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula. $69-99. All ages. 877.711.2946 or

12.16: Cheat Codes

After featuring with Moguai last year, the L.A.-based trio scored by sampling Salt-N-Pepa on their summer hit, “Sex,” with Kriss Kross Amsterdam. The just-released “Shed A Light” finds them featuring for Robin Schulz and David Guetta.

9 p.m. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20-50. 21+. 619.544.9500 or

12.16: An Evening With The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

The former Black Crowes singer brings his jam-infused catalog of originals and covers to North Park for an evening with the band.

8 p.m. The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $25. All ages. 619.239.8836 or

12.15-18: X

Their “40 Years” tour can be seen with a four-day pass, or with four different openers during this mini-residency. Thursday, Mike Watt and the Secondmen; Friday, The Blasters; Saturday, Small Wigs; and Sunday, Chris Shifflet. Read more about the band’s influence on local punk rock scene here.

8:30 p.m. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $35 per night; $99 per night for VIP XMAS Soundcheck Package. 21+. 619.232.4355 or

12.17: Breach

Fresh from his recent San Diego appearance at Groundwater in October, British DJ/producer Ben Westbeech makes a return visit.

10 p.m. Bang Bang, 526 Market St., downtown. $10. 21+. 619.677.2264 or

12.17: Andrew Rayel

The 24-year-old Moldovan DJ/producer has released four of his own singles this year, as well as a pair of remixes for the guy who signed him to Armanda Records - co-founder Armin van Buuren.

9 p.m. Omnia San Diego, 454 Sixth Ave., downtown. $20-50. 21+. 619.544.9500 or