Groove: July concert calendar


Concerts headed to San Diego in July include Trace Adkins, Shawn Mendes, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Billie Eilish, Natalia Lafourcade and Beck.

7.2: Trace Adkins

The Louisiana-bred country singer, actor, and one-time Celebrity Apprentice contestant was last here in 2017 when he played Casino Pauma. Adkins is still touring on his 16th album, 2017’s Something’s Going On, which went all the way to No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

Trace Adkins
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7.3: Slum Village

Returning to the Music Box one year after last playing there, T3 and Young RJ continue the legacy of this Detroit hip-hop crew that once featured J Dilla. After last releasing new material in 2016, the band dropped The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 2 in 2018.

@ Music Box,

7.3: Ceremony & Sheer Mag

NorCal punk band Ceremony teams up with Philly-based rockers Sheer Mag for a double bill where all of the amps will be cranked to 11. Ceremony last released music in 2015, while Sheer Mag, after compiling their first three EPs into one full-length, released their debut album, Need To Feel Your Love, in 2017.

@ The Irenic,

7.4: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

The multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and horse enthusiast returns to San Diego with his long-running Large Band after last appearing here with Robert Earl Keene in 2018. Lovett also added some new hardware to his collection last year when he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

@ Embarcadero Marina Park South,

7.5: Anuel AA

The Puerto Rican rapper and singer won the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Award’s New Artist of the Year. His 2018 debut album, Real Hasta la Muerte, which was completed while he was in prison on a gun charge, has been certified platinum.

@ Viejas Arena,

7.5: Smokey Robinson

The Motown legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Living Legend Award-winner, and Kennedy Center Honoree just played the San Diego County Fair last month. Now he heads up the road a few miles to take things indoors at Pechanga.

@ Pechanga,

7.8: Shawn Mendes

The young Canadian singer/songwriter played at this exact venue two years ago alongside See You Again singer Charlie Puth. Mendes returns with special guest Alessia Cara this time around and just released his latest single, If I Can’t Have You, in May.

@ Pechanga Arena,

Shawn Mendes
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7.10: Jon Bellion

The New York-based singer responsible for Eminem and Rihanna’s Monster followed up his three-time platinum debut, The Human Condition, with sophomore album, Glory Sound Prep, last year. The new collection features appearances from Quincy Jones, RZA, Roc Marciano, Tuamie and more.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.11: Sir Mix-a-Lot & Kid ‘N Play

Grammy-winning, Seattle-based producer/rapper Anthony Ray (aka Sir Mix-a-lot) returns to San Diego as part of a double bill that also includes hip-hop duo and House Party actors Kid (Christopher Reid) and Play (Christopher Martin).

@ Sycuan,

7.13: Billie Eilish

The 17-year-old L.A.-based singer and Interscope Records artist returns to San Diego for her biggest solo show yet. Eilish released her long-coming and highly anticipated debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, in March.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.16: Hugh Jackman

What? The Wolverine can hit a high note? Van Helsing knows how to hunt down amazing choreography? Crazy. But it’s true. And the multitalented Jack(man) of all trades will definitely be wearing his Broadway hat when he appears in San Diego to belt show tunes instead of bad guys.

@ Pechanga Arena,

7.18: 21 Savage

Although it was believed he was from Georgia, 21 Savage (aka English rapper/producer Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was recently outed as a British citizen when he was taken into custody by U.S. ICE officials earlier this year. Abraham-Joseph’s second studio album, I Am > I Was, debuted at the top spot on Billboard’s 200 Chart last December and features appearances from J. Cole, Post Malone, Childish Gambino and more.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

21 Savage
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7.18: Animaniacs in Concert

Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko, Pinky, and others on the hit show, joins forces with Emmy-Award-winning composer Randy Rogel to bring the beloved animated series alive for one night during Comic-Con. It’s hard to believe this is a thing, but for the many fans out there, yes, it really is a thing!

@ Balboa Theatre,

7.18: Natalia Lafourcade

The Grammy-winning (and multiple Latin Grammy-winning) Mexican singer and songwriter heads to Escondido for a night of music that is sure to include selections from her two most recent albums, Musas: Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos, Vol. 1 (2017) and Vol. 2 (2018).

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

7.19: The Claypool Lennon Delirium

After closing down 2018 with a late-year performance at the Observatory, Primus frontman Les Claypool and the songwriting son of John Lennon join forces once again for a show at Music Box. The pair’s second studio album together, South of Reality, was released in February. Willie Nelson’s son Micah, aka Particle Kid, opens the show.

@ Music Box,

7.20: Beck & Cage The Elephant

Two indie faves join forces for a lone night of sing-a-longs in Chula Vista. Beck’s latest single, Saw Lightning, comes from his soon-to-be-released album, Hyperspace, and features an appearance from Pharrell. While Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant released their fifth studio album, Social Cues, in April.

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

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7.24: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Last summer, the Mexican guitar duo covered a completely sold-out three-night stand at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. The one-time couple opts for a single performance under the stars at Humphreys this time around.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

7.25: Cuco

Cuco, aka 19-year-old singer/producer Omar Banos, released his latest EP, Chiquito, in 2018. Ahead of his forthcoming major full-length debut, Banos has already released a few singles so far this year – Fix Me with Dillon Francis, Hydrocodone and May’s Bossa No Sé featuring Jean Carter.


7.26: The Used

After hitting San Diego in recent years as part of 91X’s Wrex The Halls show and the Vans Warped Tour, Utah rockers The Used headline the Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival which also features Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, Atreyu and others.

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

7.28: The Raconteurs

Jack White is back in a band! No, not that one. One of the other ones. The Raconteurs’ original lineup is back after releasing their third studio album together, Help Us Stranger, in June. It’s the first album from the band since 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

7.30: The Drums

The Drums, aka singer/songwriter/producer Jonny Pierce, released their (his) fifth studio album, Brutalism, in April. Pierce also co-produced it.

@ Observatory North Park,


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