Top concerts this week in San Diego (July 15-21)


Top performances coming to town this week include Natalia Lafourcade, Chantel Jeffries, Beck and Cage the Elephant.

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,

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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,

7.18: Kristian Nairn

What will Irish actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor in Game of Thrones) do now that the beloved HBO series has finally come to an end? Continue to DJ, of course. Nairn has played in San Diego during Comic-Con for the last four years and teamed with fellow DJ Alex Graham on the collaborative single, Life Is Too Short, in March.


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7.19: Porter Robinson

The Grammy-nominated DJ/producer turns 27 a few days before appearing at this gig and was last in San Diego to close things down at OMFG NYE 2019. While Robinson hasn’t released any new music in a while, seeing a performer that can sell out arenas at a venue like OMNIA is always a smart move.


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: Chantel Jeffries

The recent PACIFIC cover artist (March 2019) returns to San Diego for another night in America’s Finest City. Jeffries recently teamed with Chicago singer/rapper Jeremih (one half of R&B duo MihTy with Ty Dolla Sign) on the June-released single, Chase The Summer.


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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