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Chainsmokers, Big Freedia, Bad Bunny and more top concerts this week

Top performances coming to town this week include Ghostland Observatory, Gingee, Ray LaMontagne, Cautious Clay, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival.

11.20: Ghostland Observatory

After an extended hiatus, the Austin, Texas-based electro duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner returned to the scene in 2015. They followed that with their first full-length album in eight years, See You Later Simulator, in 2018. Known, in part, for their wild and raucous shows that many times include fans storming the stage, expect an interesting night at the Belly Up.

Belly Up, bellyup.com

A photo of Ghostland Observatory
Ghostland Observatory
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11.21: Big Freedia

Big Freedia is a flamboyant New Orleans rapper named Freddie Ross whose pronouns are she/her. She’s considered the queen of Southern-influenced Bounce music and also stars in her own reality TV series.

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Belly Up, bellyup.com

A photo of Big Freedia at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival
Big Freedia
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11.21: Gingee

The SoCal-raised, Filipina DJ is a festival favorite thanks to her unique blend of world music and hip hop. She uses instruments native to the Philippines, like kulintang (gongs) and kettle drums with cowbells and even recites poetry.

The Loft at UCSD, theloft.ucsd.edu

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A photo of Gingee
Gingee
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11.21: Ray LaMontagne

As the sub-head of his current concert listing explains, the infamously private singer and songwriter is “Just Passing Through.” Although he isn’t overtly promoting his 2018-released seventh album, Part of the Light, that doesn’t mean many of its tracks won’t make it to the set list. Canadian roots duo Kacy & Clayton opens the show.

Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org

A photo of Ray LaMontagne
Ray LaMontagne
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11.22: Bad Bunny

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer has become a bona fide superstar in recent years. Scoring major hits with everyone from Daddy Yankee and Cardi B to Nicki Minaj and 21 Savage, the artist born Benito Martinez Ocasio scored another smash hit when he teamed with J Balvin on the surprise-released collaborative album, Oasis, this summer.

Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com

A photo of Bad Bunny in concert at San Juan Puerto Rico
Bad Bunny
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11.22: Cautious Clay

Cautious Clay, aka Ohio-born singer and songwriter Josh Karpeh, released his third EP, Table of Context, in March. Karpeh is also listed as a writer on Taylor Swift’s song London Boy from her 2019 album, Lover.

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House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego

A photo of Cautious Clay
Cautious Clay
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11.22-24: Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Will this three-day music and arts festival be the new Street Scene? It’s definitely ambitious, boasting multiple venues and a diverse lineup that includes pop favorites Miguel and Migos, veteran punk bands X and Pennywise, and America’s Got Talent sweetheart, Grace VanderWaal.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Seaport Village, Ruocco Park, Hilton Bayfront Park and Broadway Port Pier, wonderfrontfestival.com

A photo of Miguel performs onstage during iHeartRadio LIVE and Verizon Bring You Miguel on October 4, 2018 in New York City
Miguel is one of the performers at the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival
(Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

11.24: Chainsmokers

The chart-topping pop-DJ duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall has been making the rounds at large San Diego venues of late, with previous headlining shows at Pechanga Arena and North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre. The pair returns to America’s Greatest City for a night at Viejas Arena in anticipation of their forthcoming third studio album, World War Joy, slated for release sometime later this year.

Viejas Arena, viejasarena.com

A photo of Chainsmokers in concert in Detriot, Michigan
The Chainsmokers
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11.24: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivalos, aka Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, have released music with Diplo, Dada Life, Lil Jon, Martin Garrix, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa and more. The Belgian siblings have kept that collaborative A list going this year as well, recently working with Armin van Buuren, Era Istrefi, David Guetta, Daddy Yankee and Paris Hilton on new singles.

Wonderfront, Embarcadero, Wonderfrontfestival.com

A photo of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
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