Top concerts this week in San Diego (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)


Top performances coming to town this week include Heart & Joan Jett, ZZ Top & Cheap Trick, The Smashing Pumpkins and Angels & Airwaves.

8.27: Heart & Joan Jett

As the whole pooling talents thing goes, this special show is hard to beat. Veteran sister act and classic rockers Heart bring their Love Alive tour to Chula Vista with none other than Joan Jett & The Blackhearts as the opener. It’s a show that features two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in one night!

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

8.27: Molotov

The veteran, multiplatinum-selling, Mexican rock pranksters return to San Diego after their 2012 live album, Desde Rusia con Amor, and 2014 seventh album, Agua Maldita, won back-to-back Latin Grammys. The band still boasts the same lineup it’s had in place since 1996.

@ Music Box,

8.28: ZZ Top & Cheap Trick

Hey! Look! It’s another co-headlining tour featuring two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees! This one boasts ZZ Top, the bearded boogie-woogie and blues trio that has featured the same lineup since 1970, and Cheap Trick, the veteran power poppers responsible for hits like I Want You To Want Me, Dream Police and Surrender.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

8.28: Chris Isaak

The honorary (has to be, right?) San Diegan heads back to his favorite local venue to once again do his thing. Isaak hasn’t released new music since 2015, but the classic crooner and part-time actor hasn’t lost a step in his ability to entertain a crowd.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

8.28: The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The Chicago-born alt rock vets celebrated their 30th anniversary last year with a tour that included a stop at Viejas Arena. They upgrade to a bigger venue this time around, and bring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with them.

@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,

8.30: Steel Pulse

Summer and Steel Pulse is about as iconic a partnership as peanut butter and jelly or Batman and Robin. The veteran U.K. roots reggae act (still fronted by band founder David Hinds) returns to San Diego after releasing Mass Manipulation, their first album of original music in more than 15 years.

@ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,

8.30: Dada Life

Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom of Swedish DJ/production duo Dada Life released their latest single, No More 54, in April. And while the pair continues to work together in the studio, it’s only been Engblom who has hit the road for live performances. But this stop in San Diego is part of what the pair is calling “a very special run of 10th anniversary shows,” so who knows?


8.30: Tramps Like Us

LED’s annual 18+, all-night phenomenon returns to the Pechanga Arena boasting an impressive lineup that includes the Grammy-nominated Swedish headliners Galantis, along with Kill The Noise, Ekali, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Dabin and more.

@ Pechanga Arena,

8.31 Arty

Russian DJ and producer Arty (aka Artyom Stoliarov) was just here in February, after last performing locally in 2017 as Alpha 9. Stoliarov returns for the second time in a row under his main moniker, now with newish single, May’s Sunshine, under his belt.

@ Bassmnt,

8.31: Angels & Airwaves

So blink 182 and Tom DeLonge’s band are playing San Diego during the same month? Hmmm. Coincidence? We think not!

@ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,

8.31, 9.1: The Stray Cats

Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker return to the band they founded four decades ago for this double dip of 40th anniversary shows. The tour follows the release of the appropriately titled 40, the band’s first studio album in 26 years.

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

9.1: Massive Attack

Rescheduled from a canceled date in April, Bristol-based trip-hop pioneers Robert “3D” Del Naja and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall are finally hitting the road for the upcoming deluxe release of their 1998 album Mezzanine. They last played San Diego in 2010, but put on an amazing show at this same venue back in 2006.

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

9.1: Porter Robinson

He’s baaaaack. The 27-year-old Grammy-nominated DJ/producer was just at OMNIA in July, but it went so well he decided to return for an encore. It’s Robinson’s second San Diego club show after curating the Second Sky Music Festival, which debuted in Oakland earlier this summer.


9.1: Gorgon City

CRSSD is behind this 21-and-up, 3-11 p.m. minifest, which features London-based DJ duo headliners Gorgon City (Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott), as well as performances by Walker & Royce, Huxley, Local Dialect and Boys Don’t Disco.

@ The Park at Petco Park,