Top concerts this week in San Diego (Feb. 26-March 4)


Top performances in town include Demi Lovato, Thurston Moore Group, Real Estate and two nights of Burger A-Go-Go.

2.26: Demi Lovato w/ DJ Khaled

Last year was a big one for Lovato — she voiced the character of Smurfette in the animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village, launched an activewear collection with Fabletics, did charity work in Africa with WE and also released her sixth studio album (and sixth consecutive Top 5 entry on the Billboard 200), Tell Me You Love Me. DJ Khaled opens the show.

@ Viejas Arena,

Demi Lovato.

Demi Lovato.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

2.27: Burger A-Go-Go #1

Burger Records hits Solana Beach for the first night of their traveling Burger A-Go-Go series. Headlined by Atlanta punk trio The Coathangers, other bands set to perform are Death Valley Girls, The Flytraps and Feels.

@ Belly Up,

2.27: Real Estate

Real Estate released their fourth studio album, In Mind, last year. It was the first for the Brooklyn-by-way-of-New Jersey indie rockers since guitarist Matt Mondanile left the band.

@ Music Box,

2.28: Thurston Moore Group

Kim Gordon was just here last month with Body/Head and now Moore follows shortly after with his namesake group. While the one-time couple will likely never perform together again as Sonic Youth, it’s nice to have them both back in San Diego.

@ Casbah,

2.28: Burger A-Go-Go #2

Night two of the Burger A-Go-Go series concludes with Cambodian pop and psych sextet Dengue Fever holding down a lineup that also includes Winter, Summer Twins and Roya.

@ Music Box,

3.2: ATB

German DJ and producer ATB, aka Andre Tanneberger, released his 10th studio album, Next, last year. The two-volume collection features collaborations with Andrew Rayel, Alyx Ander, Sean Ryan and more.

@ Omnia,

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.

@ Belly Up,


The Brooklyn-based DJ and producer has remixed tracks for the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Flume and Wyclef Jean. His latest single, Sasha, was released in January.

@ Bassmnt,

3.2: Yo Gotti

The Memphis-based rapper released his ninth studio album, I Still Am, last October. It’s his third album to debut in the Top Ten of Billboard’s 200 chart and features appearances from 21 Savage, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj.

@ Parq,

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,

3.3: Coone

Coone is Belgian hardstyle DJ and producer Koen Bauweraerts. Also the founder of the Dirty Workz record label, Coone was recently named to play the main stage at Tomorrowland 2018 in his home country this summer. He’ll be documenting the time between then and now on a monthly blog called Trip To Tomorrow.

@ Bassmnt,

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.

@ Casbah,

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,

3.3-4: CRSSD

It’s time to gather once again at beautiful Waterfront Park for another installment of CRSSD. Acts like Empire Of The Sun, Anna Lunoe, Nicole Moudaber, Little Dragon, Tchami, Bonobo (playing with a live band), and Sasha will highlight the main two-day event. CRSSD After Dark will host the likes of DJ Harvey, Gorgon City, Shiba San, KCRW DJ Jason Bentley, Lee Burridge, Tiga and more at venues throughout San Diego after the main festival has ended each night.

@ Waterfront Park,

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,

3.4: Ex-Cult

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

@ Soda Bar,

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,