Top concerts this week in San Diego (Aug. 13-19)

Performers in town this week include Chris Stapleton, Snow Patrol, Niall Horan and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

8.15: Roger Daltrey 

Although billed as “Roger Daltrey and Members of The Who Band,” this night probably could have been called “Roger Daltrey plays The Who without Pete Townshend.” But despite the absence of rock and roll’s most infamous windmill strummer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Kennedy Center-honored frontman should have no problem taking the wheel of the Magic Bus without him.   

@ Embarcadero Marina Park South,

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey.


8.16: Chris Stapleton 

The multiple Grammy-winning country musician and songwriter has toured with Hank Williams Jr., played on Saturday Night Live, and hit the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. But for Stapleton in 2018, it’s all about Say Something, one of the three songs he wrote (and in this case, sang on) for Justin Timberlake’s February-released Man of the Woods album.   

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton.

(Andy Barron)

8.16: Rodrigo y Gabriela 

It’s spread over a couple of weeks, but this Mexican guitar duo returns to the Belly Up for an amazing three-night stand. And while the one-time couple has appeared on a few singles since, they last released a studio album, 9 Dead Alive, in 2014. They return to San Diego again on Aug. 28-29.


@ Belly Up,

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela.

(Ina Korhonen)

8.17: Snow Patrol 

The Irish alt rockers released their seventh studio album, Wildness, in May. The new record is the band’s first release in seven years and the first with Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran, Pink, DJ Snake) as a full member of the band.

@ Harrah’s, 

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol.

(Courtesy photo)

8.17: Deafheaven 

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, the fourth studio album from Bay-area metal outfit Deafheaven, was released last month. Based on Graham Greene’s 1951 novel The End of the Affair, the album again strives to blur the once rigid definitions of black metal.

@ Brick By Brick, 



(Courtesy photo)

8.17: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

The surf meets the turf while Missouri-bred, Denver-based frontman Rateliff, along with eight-member The Night Sweats treats racegoers and music fans to a night of Coolin’ Out. — Leslie Hackett

@ Del Mar Racing,

HOLLYWOOD-CA-FEBRUARY 7, 2018: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are photographed at The Hollywo
HOLLYWOOD-CA-FEBRUARY 7, 2018: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are photographed at The Hollywood Roosevelt on Thursday, February 7, 2018. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times )

8.17: Niall Horan 

Last year, the Irish singer and former One Direction member entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with his debut solo album, Flicker. This year, Horan’s new single Finally Free appears in the upcoming animated film Small Foot and he’s touring the world with rising country star Maren Morris.

@ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre,

Niall Horan

Niall Horan.

(David Needleman)

8.17: Steve Aoki 

What is it about food and this Grammy-nominated DJ/producer? The Guinness World Record holder for “longest crowd cheer” was first known for throwing sheet cakes into the audience during his DJ sets. Now, the globetrotting performer and entrepreneur, whose father founded the Benihana chain, is following in the family footsteps by opening his own delivery-only pizza company – Pizzaoki. Get meta and order a large pepperoni for the show!     



Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for ASICS America )

(Mike Coppola / Getty Images for ASICS America)

8.19: Robert Randolph

Randolph’s 2017s Got Soul came on the heels of a three-year break and serves as a spirited return to the celebratory hodgepodge of sounds he has spent years cultivating.

@ Embarcadero Marina Park South,

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph.

(Courtesy photo)

8.19: Ry Cooder 

The Grammy Award-winning musician and composer responsible for things like The Buena Vista Social Club and Talking Timbuktu with Ali Farka Touré also has 17 film soundtracks and 18 solo albums to his name. Cooder’s latest effort, The Prodigal Son, was released in May.  

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder.

(Joachim Cooder)

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