Top concerts in San Diego (Dec. 25-31)


Top performances in San Diego this week include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Little Hurricane and OMFG! NYE 2018.

12.27: Cherry Glazerr

The young L.A. rockers released their third studio album, Apocalipstick, this year. Front woman Clementine Creevy has also appeared on television (Transparent) and in film (To the Bone).

Observatory North Park, North Park,

12.29 Keys N Krates

Toronto’s DJ/electronic/percussion trio of David Matisse, Adam Tune and Jr. Flo are signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak. They released new single Glitter (feat. Ambré Perkins) last month.

Bassmnt, downtown,

12.29 ZHU

The L.A.-based DJ and former CRSSD headliner recently remixed the Portugal. The Man hit I Feel It Still and Gorillaz single Andromeda. His four-song stardustexhalemarrakechdreams EP dropped in August.

Observatory North Park, North Park,

12.29, 30: The Mattson 2

The twin sibling duo had left San Diego for seven years before recently moving back. The jazz-rock powerhouses celebrate the homecoming with a pair of year-end shows at the Casbah.

Casbah, Midtown,

12.29, 30: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Louisiana brass man Troy Andrews brings his 10-piece ensemble to the beach for a two-night stand. The band’s latest album, Parking Lot Symphony, was released on Blue Note Records in April.

Belly Up, Solana Beach,

12.30: E-40

The veteran Bay Area rapper, actor and entrepreneur played the same venue in May, but returns to finish what he started. The performer born Earl Stevens released his 23rd and 24th studio albums, The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 and 2, last year.

Music Box, Little Italy,

12.30, 31 OMFG! NYE 2018

Slimming down from four to two days this year, the annual EDM extravaganza is always a great way to end the year. It’s a no-brainer when you add the fact that this one is going to be anchored by Zedd, Dillon Francis, and Tiesto. NGHTMRE, Illenium, San Holo, Ghastly, and more also perform.

Valley View Casino Center, Sports Arena,

12.31: Little Hurricane

Ring in the New Year with San Diego’s best rock and blues duo, who both performed at KAABOO this year and released their third album, Same Sun Same Moon. The super San Diego-centric line-up also includes Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine and Dani Bell & The Tarantist.

Music Box, Little Italy,

12.31 Lane 8

Lane 8, aka Denver-based deep house DJ Daniel Goldstein, is set to release his sophomore LP, Little By Little, in January. The first single from the album, No Captain (feat. POLIÇA), is out now.

Spin, Mission Hills,

12.31 Ghastly

The Arizona-born, California-based DJ followed the release of his singles We Might Fall with Matthew Koma (May) and Geisha (August) with new track, I’ll Wait, at the end of October.

Bang Bang, downtown,


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