Top concerts this week in San Diego (Jan. 21-27)


Top performers coming to town this week include Kris Kristofferson, Ozomatli, Bananarama and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

@ Casbah,

1.21: Parquet Courts

After just eight years together, the critically acclaimed New York art-rock quartet released their seventh album, Wide Awake!, early last year. A three-song remix EP followed a few months later.

@ Music Box,

1.21-23: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

It seems as though Louisiana brass man Troy Andrews and his 10-piece ensemble have given up on the larger venue thing. Like this three-night run, Andrews and his crew would rather do multiple nights getting up close and personal with fans.

@ Belly Up,

1.22: Kris Kristofferson

The Country Music Hall of Famer, Oxford grad, songwriter of Me and Bobby McGee and Golden Globe winner picked up a Grammy Award nomination for his 2016 release, The Cedar Creek Sessions. He returns to San Diego backed by longtime Merle Haggard band, The Strangers.

@ Balboa Theatre,

1.23: Jacquees

After signing to Cash Money Records in 2014, Jacquees (aka Georgia rapper Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax) spent 2018 dropping his first two full-length studio albums, 4275 and Lost At Sea 2. The former features an impressive guest roster including Young Thug, Chris Brown, Dej Loaf, and more, while the latter is a collaborative album with Cash Money co-founder Birdman.

@ House of Blues,

1.23,24: Pinback

These hometown rockers will play back-to-back nights, with Swollen Brains accompanying them on Wednesday and Montalban Quintet on Thursday.

1.24: Peter Murphy

The “Godfather of Goth” returns to San Diego on a special tour: Peter Murphy – 40 years of Bauhaus, Ruby Celebration featuring (San Diegan) David J. The former band mates will play the iconic goth quartet’s 1980 debut, In The Flat Field, in its entirety, as well as an “extended encore” of favorites.

@ Observatory North Park,

1.25: Cash Cash

Releasing three singles in 2018 — Jewel (feat. Nikki Vianna), Finest Hour (feat. Abir), and November’s Call You (feat. Nasri) — the N.Y.-based DJ trio of Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf, and Samuel Frisch return to San Diego after hitting America’s Finest City a handful of times last year.


1.25, 26: Ozomatli

The long-running bilingual funk collective circles back around for another dual-purpose double-dip. On the 25th, it’s a night of partying for the adults. Then it’s back again on the 26th for a matinee with the kiddos. Kudos to any parent who successfully makes it out to both shows.

@ Music Box,

1.26: Eli & Fur

In addition to three singles, UK deep house DJ duo, Eli & Fur (aka Eliza Noble and Jennifer Skillman) released their Night Blooming Jasmine EP, as well as a 6-track remix EP for the single Parfume, last year.

@ Bang Bang,

1.26: Crankdat

Twenty-one-year-old Ohio-based DJ Crankdat (aka Christian Smith) infamously gave up a full-ride athletic scholarship at Kent State when he dropped out of school to DJ. He has since remixed tracks for Travis Scott, Sheck Wes, Post Malone, Skrillex, The Chainsmokers and more. Smith released six singles last year, including collaborations with Ghastly, Tisoki, Slander and others.


1.27: Bananarama

The ’80s trio that brought you mega-hits like Cruel Summer and Venus returns to San Diego as a duo after releasing its latest album, Live at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, last September.

@ Observatory North Park,

Bananarama's Sara Dallin (right) and Keren Woodward.

Bananarama’s Sara Dallin (right) and Keren Woodward.

(Chris Jackson / Getty Images)


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