Top concerts this week in San Diego (June 18-24)


Top performances in town this week include Kenny Chesney, Shakey Graves, Janelle Monáe and the final San Diego Vans Warped Tour.

6.19: The Get Up Kids

The veteran emo-punks from Missouri take things full circle as they return to the Casbah for this long sold-out show.

@ Casbah,

6.19: Stars

The Canadian indie pop sextet released their new single, Ship to Shore, in March, and re-issued their sophomore album, Heart, on limited edition vinyl in May.

@ Belly Up,

6.20 Janelle Monáe

After starring in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures and three-time Oscar-winner (including Best Picture) Moonlight, Monáe made a return to music with the April release of her third studio album, Dirty Computer. The 14-track collection debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and features collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Brian Wilson, Grimes and more.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

Janelle Monáe. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Janelle Monáe. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

(Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

6.20: Steve Poltz

Part of the Aquarium’s annual Green Flash concert series, San Diego’s favorite troubadour and storyteller returns to the Birch for an encore performance after playing the series last summer. And if the most gorgeous backdrop to live music in the entire county isn’t enough motivation, multiple San Diego Music Award-winner Lisa Sanders (performing as a duo with Brown Sugar) opens the show.

@ Birch Aquarium (GreenFlash Concert Series),

Steve Poltz.

Steve Poltz.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

6.21: Kenny Chesney

Last October, the country music superstar hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (for the eighth time!) with the release of his two-disc, 29-track live album, Live in No Shoes Nation. He’ll follow it up this July with Songs for the Saints — his 17th studio album. After many years with Columbia, it’s the first release for Chesney on Warner Music Nashville and was inspired by the 2017 loss of his home during Hurricane Irma.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

6.21: Post Malone

After breaking out with his 2016 smash debut, Stoney, Post Malone (aka Texas-based rapper, singer and songwriter Austin Post) continues his ascent with the April release of Beerbongs & Bentleys. Post’s sophomore effort debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200, hit No. 1 in 10 other countries, and is the first album in history with over 400 million audio streams in a single week.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

6.22: Vans Warped Tour

Goodbye, Warped! And thanks for all the shoes! The iconic punk showcase takes a farewell lap in its 24th year. Helping to close down the longest-running touring music festival in North America will be the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Frank Turner, SUM 41, Pennywise, Bowling for Soup and more.

@ SDCCU Stadium,

6.22: Belle and Sebastian

After releasing three five-song EPs in consecutive months, the Scottish indie pop collective packaged them together in February’s How To Solve Our Human Problems (Parts 1 -3). It’s the band’s first release of original material since 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.

@ Observatory North Park,

6.22: Tiësto

The legendary Dutch DJ and AFTR:HRS Records founder returns to San Diego after his 2017 single, BOOM, got a remix with Gucci Mane at the helm.


Tiësto. (Photo credit ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)

Tiësto. (Photo credit ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)


6.23: Wolfgang Gartner

After releasing his sophomore full-length in 2016 and handful of singles last year, the California-based DJ and producer has already released a pair of tracks, Banshee (with K?D) and Ching Ching, in 2018.

@ Bassmnt,

6.23: Trampled By Turtles

The Minnesota bluegrass/alt-country sextet released their eighth studio album (and first in four years), Life is Good on the Open Road, in May. Rhode Island rockers Deer Tick open the show.

@ Humphreys,

6.23: Bell Biv DeVoe

Billed as the Magic 92.5 Summer Jam!, the headlining trio that brought you hits like Poison and Do Me! will be joined by colleagues Tony! Toni! Toné!, Warren G, Coolio and more.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

Bell Biv DeVoe. (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Bell Biv DeVoe. (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

(FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP/Getty Images)

6.24: The Specials

The 2 Tone/Ska legends hit 40 years together in stride last year and are still led by founding members Lynval Golding and Horace Panter, as well as original member Terry Hall.

@ House of Blues,

6.24: Seu Jorge

After playing Pelé’s father in the 2016 biographical film Pelé: Birth of a Legend, the Brazilian singer and actor returns to music. Although recent tours have focused on Jorge’s unique interpretations of David Bowie hits, he returns with a full band that draws on his entire samba-inspired catalog.

@ Belly Up,

6.24: Shakey Graves

Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) released his fifth studio album, Can’t Wake Up, in May. Inspired, in part, by The Wizard of Oz, Can’t Wake Up finds Rose-Garcia mostly forgoing his dusty Americana and skewed folk for off-kilter dream-pop.

@ Observatory North Park,

Shakey Graves. (Photo by Mickey Bernal/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

Shakey Graves. (Photo by Mickey Bernal/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

(Mickey Bernal / Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)