Top concerts this week in San Diego (March 11-17)


Big performances coming to town this week include the San Diego Music Awards, No Name, Stephen Marley, Slander and Jamey Johnson.

3.11: San Diego Music Awards

San Diego’s best and brightest artists descend on downtown for the chance to get some well-deserved accolades. Among the nominees this year are Jason Mraz, P.O.D., Hot Snakes, Slightly Stoopid, The Frights, Parker Meridien, The Redwoods Collective, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, Mattson 2, B-Side Players and many, many more.

@ House of Blues,

The Burning of Rome at the San Diego Music Awards.

The Burning of Rome at the San Diego Music Awards.

(Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

3.13: Billy Idol

It is to be sure that the artist born William Broad will NOT be dancing with himself when he plays this sold-out show in Solana Beach. Not only is the ’80s superstar sure to roll out hits like White Wedding, Mony Mony and Rebel Yell, longtime guitarist Steve Stevens is along for the ride.

@ Belly Up,

3.13: Action Bronson

Taking a break from his two TV shows, F*ck, That’s Delicious and The Untitled Action Bronson Show, the New York rapper dropped his fifth full-length album, White Bronco, last November and is following it with a tour of the same name. Meyhem Lauren and Roc Marciano open the show.

@ House of Blues,

3.14: Stephen Marley (acoustic)

The eight-time Grammy-winning son of Bob Marley returns to the Belly Up to play acoustic versions of his hit-filled catalog. Marley’s children, Jo Mersa and Mystic Marley, are also both recording artists.

@ Belly Up,

3.15: Slander

Dubstep duo Derek Andersen and Scott Land have worked with the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake and Diplo. Since the pair was last here in August, they released their fourth EP, The Headbangers Ball, which features appearances by Riot, Spag Heddy, Elle Vee and Dylan Matthews.


3.15: Hotel Garuda

Once a duo consisting of Chris Gavino and Aseem Mangaoka, Gavino’s departure last year left the project in Mangaoka’s hands. He brings his One Reason Tour to San Diego — a 16-city swing named after Hotel Garuda’s most recent single featuring Imad Royal and Kiah Victoria.

@ Bang Bang,

3.15: Will Clarke + Sian + Lee K

Circling back after appearing at CRSSD earlier in the month, bearded beat maker Will Clarke returns with techno DJ (and Octopus Recordings founder) Sian, as well as local DJ Lee K, in tow.

@ Spin,

3.16: Matoma

Norwegian tropical house DJ Matoma (aka Tom Lagergren) released his sophomore full-length album, One In A Million, last year. It cracked the top 20 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic albums and features appearances from Noah Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Nina Nesbitt, MAX, and others.


3.16: Noname

Chicago rapper Noname dropped her self-released, debut studio album, Room 25, last September. It comes on the heels of her 2016 self-released mixtape, Telefone, with appearances on tracks by fellow Windy City artists like Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods and Mick Jenkins.

@ Observatory North Park,

3.16: Madlib

Legendary DJ and producer Madlib, aka Otis Jackson Jr., is once again teaming with Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs. The pair last collaborated on 2014’s critically acclaimed album Piñata, and are set for the highly anticipated follow-up, Bandana, sometime this year.

@ Music Box,

3.16: Jamey Johnson

Alabama country singer Jamey Johnson hasn’t released a full-length album of his own material since 2010, although he has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings, and Snoop Dogg since. His latest official appearance came on The Ghost of Macon Jones, a song from Joe Bonamassa’s 2018 album Redemption.

@ House of Blues,


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