Top concerts in San Diego (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)


Top concerts in town this week include The B-52s, Bret Michaels, The Greyboy Allstars, Breathe Carolina and Halsey.

11.1: The Drums

With the departure of co-founder Jacob Graham last year, the band is now solely in the hands of front man Jonny Pierce. And he wrote all of the music for, as well as played all the instruments on, The Drums’ new album, Abysmal Thoughts.

@ Observatory North Park ,

11.1: Bret Michaels

The longtime Poison singer and star of multiple reality shows might not even bring his guitar to this gig. He don’t need nothin’ but a good time.

@ Belly Up,

11.2: Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton

Holland and Parton, once band mates in the Americana quartet Be Good Tanyas, reunite for a tour and album. Wildflower Blues was released in September.

@ Casbah,

11.2: La Santa Cecilia

No better way to close out the last night of Dia De Los Muertos than with Grammy-winning quartet La Santa Cecilia. As a bonus, Mexrrissey and Mariachi Flor de Toloache will also be on the bill of this three-act Day of the Dead celebration.

@ Balboa Theatre,

11.2, 3: The B-52s

Founding members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson return to San Diego for a sold-out show in Solana Beach.

@ Belly Up,

11.3: The Devil Makes Three

The long-running rockabilly-fusion trio of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean scored a No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart with the release of last year’s Redemption & Ruin. They did that one other time with the 2009 album Do Wrong Right.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.3: The Greyboy Allstars

After last playing there in February, San Diego’s perennial jazz quintet returns to the Music Box for a show with Jungle Fire. DJ Greyboy (aka Andreas Stevens), co-founder and namesake of the headliners, is also on the bill.

@ Music Box,

11.3: The Black Heart Procession

Local indie rock legends hit the Casbah with Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmeiser) in tow.

@ Casbah,

11.3: Breathe Carolina

The Denver-based electro-duo kicked off 2017 with the release of their Oh So Hard EP, and followed it with the 5-track Coma EP this summer. The Fever, their collaborative single with Bassjackers and APEK, dropped in September.


11.3: Gregory Porter

Porter completes the (one-time) local three-fer on this night with a show downtown. The multiple Grammy-winning jazz singer and songwriter is touring on his just-released album, Nat “King” Cole & Me.

@ Balboa Theatre,

11.3: Azealia Banks

Unfortunately, the Harlem rapper has gotten more attention for her Twitter tirades than her music. But maybe the combination of last year’s mixtape, Slay-Z, and the upcoming release of her sophomore album, Fantasea II: The Second Wave, will change all that.

@ House of Blues,

11.4: Son Little

Philly-bred singer/songwriter Aaron Livingston (aka Son Little) released his latest album, New Magic, in September. It was inspired by a trip Livingston took to the remote, tropical Northern Territory of Australia.

@ Soda Bar,

11.4: Live Wire 25th Anniversary Show

The Observatory plays host to the quarter-century celebration for a bar just a few blocks away. Local legends Rocket From The Crypt and L.A.’s Mariachi El Bronx handle the music.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.4: Amine Edge & Dance

The CUFF label heads and French production/DJ duo released their Good Time EP in July. They also joined forces with Kevin Hedge of Blaze on the September-released single, Lovelee Dae.

@ Bang Bang,

11.5: Caifanes

Ignoring the fact that they took an extended, 16-year hiatus, the rock en español godfathers reunited in 2011 and celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.

@ Observatory North Park,

11.5: Cults

The New York indie pop duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin released their third album, Offering, last month. The pair shares the bill with Curls (Christopher Owens of Girls) and The Willowz - which features Follin’s brother, Richie.

@ The Irenic,

11.5: Halsey

Singer Ashley Frangipane released her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, this summer and it reached the top spot on the Billboard 200. She hits San Diego with openers Partynextdoor and Charli XCX.

@ Viejas Arena,