Top performances coming to town this week include Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Borgeous, KAABOO, Cash Cash and Cheat Codes, and Ex Hex.
9.9, 10: Stephen Marley
The eight-time Grammy-winning son of Bob Marley makes a quick return to the Belly Up after last playing an acoustic show there in March. This two-night dip follows Marley’s appearance on the Agent Sasco single Grateful in July.
@ Belly Up, bellyup.com
9.10: Carrie Underwood
Not that the country music superstar needed to do anything to up her cool cred, but Underwood’s recent appearance at the 2019 CMA Fest was about as cool as it gets. The seven-time Grammy-winning singer and actress joined forces with Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee Joan Jett to sing a half dozen of Jett’s greatest hits at the televised special event.
@ Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com
9.11: John Mayer
Mayer played in San Diego last year as part of (Grateful) Dead & Company with original members Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. This time, the seven-time Grammy-winning guitarist and singer returns for a solo show after last releasing a studio album of his own in 2017.
@ Viejas Arena, viejasarena.com
French DJ and electronic composer Kevin Rodrigues (aka Worakls) is a classically trained musician who founded the Hungry Music label. His debut full-length album, Orchestra, was released in March. And while it is likely he will just be DJing in San Diego, many times Rodrigues makes the title of his debut come to life by performing with others.
@ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com
Miami-based DJ John Borger makes good on his title as an OMNIA regular by quickly returning to the club after last performing there in June. Borger has released the singles Leave with Jordyn Jones and Better Anyway with RUNAGROUND, as well as few remixes, so far this year.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
KAABOO turns 5! What? Time really does fly. To celebrate, the local festival has once again assembled a nicely curated lineup of chefs (Richard Blais, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Mina), comedians (Bob Saget, Wayne Brady, Tig Notaro) and, of course, musical acts. In addition to headliners Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, Wu-Tang Clan, Duran Duran, Snoop Dogg, Mix Master Mike, Cash Cash, Toots & The Maytals, Maren Morris and more are scheduled to perform.
@ Del Mar Fairgrounds, kaaboodelmar.com
9.14: Junior Brown
Known by his signature “guit-steel” – a specially designed, double-necked, electric/lap steel hybrid – the country guitarist and singer released his latest album, Deep in the Heart of Me, last year.
@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com
English DJ, bandleader, producer, multi-instrumentalist and world traveler Will Holland returns to the Music Box after an extended hiatus. As Quantic, Holland released his latest full-length album, Atlantic Oscillations, in June. It once again pairs him with long-time collaborator Alice Russell on one of the album’s standout tracks, Now or Never.
@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
9.14: Gareth Emery
The British trance DJ and producer recently joined forces with fellow Brit and DJ Ashley Wallbridge for the collaborative album Kingdom United in May. The 14-track collection also finds the pair collaborating with the likes of NASH, PollyAnna and Jonathan Mendelsohn.
@ Hard Rock, hardrockhotelsd.com
9.14-9.15: Cash Cash and Cheat Codes
KAABOO isn’t exactly known as a hotbed of DJs and electronic-based music, but they don’t just ignore the beatmakers, either. Acts like GRiZ, David Guetta, White Panda and Andrew Luce have all played the festival in its first four years. And as the three-day event hits its fifth year, N.Y.-based DJ trio Cash Cash and L.A.-based DJ trio Cheat Codes hold things down for the bass heads. Check the KAABOO website for performance dates.
@ KAABOO, kaaboodelmar.com
9.15: Ex Hex
Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) continues to front this Washington, D.C., rock three-piece that just released its second studio album, It’s Real, in March.
@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com