Groove: June concert calendar


Concerts headed to San Diego in June include Brad Paisley, Jennifer Lopez, Rebelution, Alanis Morissette and Paul McCartney.

6.1: Brad Paisley

The country superstar scored his fifth straight No. 1 album with 2017’s guest-filled (Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland) Love and War. Although the three-time Grammy-winner hasn’t produced a collection of songs since, he has released a pair of singles – 2018’s Bucked Off and March’s My Miracle.

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

6.2: J.I.D

Signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, the Atlanta-born rapper released his sophomore album, DiCaprio 2, last November. In addition to an appearance from his label boss, the album also features Method Man, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, BJ the Chicago Kid and 6lack.


6.6: Father John Misty + Jason Isbell

Billed as a co-headlining tour, this night actually features three great acts. In addition to the idiosyncratic former Fleet Foxes drummer and the Grammy-winning ex-Drive-By Trucker, 21-year-old English singer/songwriter Jade Bird is also set to play. Her self-titled debut album was released in April.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

6.9: Rufus Wainwright

Returning to the Belly Up just over a year from last playing there, the composer and piano man continues on his All These Poses Anniversary Tour, which celebrates both the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut and the release of 2001 sophomore breakthrough album, Poses.

@ Belly Up,

6.9: Bad Religion

The L.A.-based punk vets are preparing to hit their 40th (!) anniversary next year and released their 17th studio album, Age of Unreason, last month. They’ll also be playing this special show commemorating the 20th anniversary of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game.

@ Observatory North Park,

6.10: Jennifer Lopez

Only the fourth time she’s hit the road for an extended period of time, Jenny from the Block heads to San Diego for the North American leg of her It’s My Party Tour. Lopez continues to juggle music with her TV and film career, currently appearing on NBC’s World of Dance and starring (alongside Cardi B, Constance Wu and Julia Stiles) in the feature film Hustlers, set for release in September. Read more about JLo here.

@ Pechanga Arena,

6.12: Plague Vendor

By Night, the L.A.-based punk quartet’s third album set for release this month, had super-producer John Congleton at the helm and it shows. A solid synthesis of the band’s feral on-stage energy and expansion into new sounds, By Night is the band’s new high-water mark.

@ Music Box,

6.14: Toby Keith

Ok, Fairgoers, it’s time to grab your cowboy hats and red Solo cups. The bearded singer hasn’t released an album of original material since 2015, but his 2017 compilation album, The Bus Songs, did feature two new tracks – Sh***y Golfer and Wacky Tobaccy.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

6.14: Oh Sees

If you don’t already have tickets to John Dwyer and Co.’s seemingly annual visit to Solana Beach, you’re out of luck. This show has been sold out for weeks. But you can pick up a copy of the garage punk foursome’s 21st studio album, Smote Reverser, which was released last August.

@ Belly Up,

6.15: Eric Burdon and The Animals

The legendary 78-year-old singer, decorated soldier of the British Invasion, and “Eggman” of The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus returns to San Diego with the band that started his career.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

6.15: Rebelution

Eric Rachmany, the Santa Barbara pop-reggae quintet’s lead singer, was last here for a solo show in December. Now the band is back on the road together and has a solid lineup of support acts with them, including funk/soul throwbacks Durand Jones & The Indications.

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

6.15: Smokey Robinson

The Motown legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Living Legend Award-winner, and Kennedy Center Honoree is hands-down the very best reason to head to the San Diego County Fair this year.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

6.17, 18: Lucinda Williams

It’s another two-night dip for the three-time Grammy-winning Americana singer in Solana Beach. After releasing an expanded version of her 1992 album, This Sweet Old World, in 2017, Williams teamed with Charles Lloyd & The Marvels for last year’s Vanished Gardens.

@ Belly Up,

6.18: Jamila Woods

The Chicago singer, poet, and longtime Chance the Rapper collaborator released her sophomore album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, last month. Each track honors an artist that has inspired Woods, including Betty Davis, Zora Neale Hurston, Muddy Waters, Sun Ra, Frida Kahlo and others.

@ Casbah,

6.19: Local Natives

After traveling the world to record 2016’s Sunlit Youth, the L.A.-based indie rock quintet stayed in Southern California to produce their fourth full-length album, April’s Violet Street. Australian trio Middle Kids opens the show.

@ Observatory North Park,

6.20: Rob Thomas

The Grammy-winning former Matchbox 20 frontman released his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile, in April. Butch Walker (Pink, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Fall Out Boy) produced.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

6.20: Mattson 2

The last time San Diego’s twin sibling instrumental duo played in town, they were opening for Texas psych trio Khruangbin. Now they’re back for a show of their own promoting a new album, Paradise, released this month.

@ Belly Up,

6.20: Eric B. & Rakim

The pioneering New York-based hip-hop duo reunited in 2017 after 23 years of going their separate ways. The MC and DJ continue their Technique Tour, which began as a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their influential debut album, Paid In Full.

@ House of Blues,

6.21: Antibalas

The Brooklyn-based afrobeat ensemble returns to the Belly Up after making a stop in Solana Beach last year. The collective continues to tour for their 2017 release, Where the Gods Are in Peace.

@ Belly Up,

6.21: Alanis Morissette

Things you oughta know: In March, the 44-year-old Canadian singer and actress announced that she is pregnant with her third child. Also, she recently chopped off most of her trademark long hair. But most importantly, if you head down to Shelter Island for this show (originally scheduled for 6.19), you’ll get to hear her play an acoustic set.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

6.22: Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney is playing at the best park in baseball. What more can be said?

@ Petco Park,

6.23: Khalid

The 21-year-old Texas-bred singer and songwriter is already a five-time Grammy nominee and multiplatinum-selling artist. In April, he released his second studio album, Free Spirit, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

@ Pechanga Arena,

6.23: Santana

After publishing his memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, in 2014, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, multiple-Grammy winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and guitar pioneer Carlos Santana returns to San Diego. The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of 1999 smash album Supernatural. The Doobie Brothers open the show.

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

6.26: Anderson .Paak

The centerpiece of one of the best live shows on the planet, singer, songwriter, drummer, and bandleader Anderson .Paak hits San Diego to promote his April-released fourth album, Ventura. And as an added bonus for those who arrive early, Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat are slated openers.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

6.26: Coheed and Cambria and Mastodon

One of the first concerts announced through a new partnership with Sycuan, Live Nation, and Petco’s Park in the Park, New York prog rockers Coheed & Cambria team with Georgia metal quartet Mastodon for a night of guitar solos and head banging.

@ Petco Park,

6.29: Pitbull

Undoubtedly the biggest act coming to the Fair this summer, Mr. Worldwide is set to bring South Beach to Del Mar for his second area appearance in as many years.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

6.29: War

The Long Beach Low Rider funk legends headline 92.5’s Summer Jam concert, which also features performances from Cameo, Brick, The Original Lakeside, The Mary Jane Girls and more.

@ Pechanga Arena,

6.30: David Gray

The English singer/songwriter of Babylon fame returns to San Diego on his Gold in a Brass Age U.S. Tour. His 11th album of the same name was released in March.

@ Copley Symphony Hall,