2.26: Rihanna at SDSU’s Vieja’s Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (aka Rihanna, RiRi, Caribbean Queen and The Barbados Babe) first appeared on the music
scene in 2005 when her single “Pon de Replay” climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s “Hot 100" chart. Throughout the ensuing decade, the Barbadian singer-songwriter has topped charts with countless hits including “Disturbia” (2008), “We Found Love” (2011) and “Diamonds” (2012), and amassed an impressive list of collaborators - Calvin Harris, Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, to name a few.
In support of the pop/R&B megastar’s forthcoming eighth album, Anti, which is expected to drop in early 2016, comes Rihanna’s nearly 70-stop world tour, which kicks off with this show in America’s Finest City.
2/2: Bullet for My Valentine @ House of Blues, hob.com
In August, these metalers dropped their new album, Venom.
2/2: Steel Pulse @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Reggae roots band on the road to celebrate its 40th year together.
2/4: Jack & Jack @ House of Blues, hob.com
Jack Johnson (no, not the “Banana Pancakes” surfer-singer-songwriter) and Jack Gilinsky compose this pop-rap twosome from Nebraska.
2/5: Ben Folds @ California Center for the Arts, artcenter.com
This rock singer-songwriter appeared in a 2014 episode of NBC’s Community, starring Joel McHale.
2/6: Ben Folds @ Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org
See 2/5 entry.
2/9: Lil Wayne @ FLUXX Nightclub, fluxxsd.com
Between dates on his Dedication Tour, rapper Lil Wayne stops in America’s Finest City for a special performance at FLUXX.
2.10: Jess Glynne @ House of Blues, hob.com
English pop artist Jess Glynne is best known for her vocals on Clean Bandit’s 2014 hit “Rather Be.”
2/10: Kate Voegele @ Lestat’s Coffee House, lestats.com
This pop rock singer-songwriter starred as Mia Catalano in four seasons of One Tree Hill.
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2/11: Tiger Army @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
L.A.-based rockers rumored to be working on a new studio album.
2/11: Hoodie Allen @ House of Blues, hob.com
Hip-hop artist on his Happy Camper Tour with support from Superduperkyle and Blackbear.
2/12: Schwayze @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
Rapper Aaron Smith, aka Shwayze, dropped his new King of the Summer EP last summer.
2/12: STRFKR @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
The 2014 blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley, featured this indie rock band’s single “While I’m Alive.”
2/12-13: Engelbert Humperdinck @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Pop crooner best known for his 1976 hit “After the Lovin’.”
2/13: Frankie J @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
In 2012, this Latino R&B singer opened for Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias on the North American leg of their co-headlining Dance Again world tour.
2/13: Hawthorne Heights @ House of Blues, hob.com
Rocking Ohioans headlining The Three Headed MonsTOUR with The Ataris, Mest, London Falling and Handguns.
2/14: Beats Antique @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Electro/world fusion music trio out of Oakland.
2/14: P.O.D. @ House of Blues, hob.com
This punk rock outfit just dropped its ninth album, The Awakening.
2/14: Logic @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
Rapper Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, aka Logic, says he’s influenced by Frank Sinatra and often refers to himself as Young Sinatra.
2/14: Christopher Cross @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
Grammy Award-winning pop rocker most recognized for his 1981 song “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).”
2/18: Cradle of Filth @ House of Blues, hob.com
Six-piece metal act travelling North America while on its Inquisitional Torture tour.
2/19: The Word Alive @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
These metalcore Arizonans plan to release their fourth studio album, Dark Matter, on March 18.
2/19: Ronnie Milsap @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
Country music singer and pianist most known for hits “Smoky Mountain Rain” (1980), "(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” (1981) and “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)” (1985).
2/19: Culture Club @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
This new wave/pop band’s sophomore album, Colour by Numbers (1983), is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
2/19: Decapitated @ House of Blues, hob.com
Polish death metalers on their Blood Mantra Across North America tour.
2/20: Air Supply @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal, harrahssocal.com
These soft rock Hall of Famers hail from down unda.
2/20: Dr. Dog @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Each of these six rock band mates have a nickname beginning with the letter T: Scott “Taxi” McMicken, Toby “Tables” Leaman, Zach “Text” Miller, Eric “Teach” Slick, Frank “Thanks” McElroy and Dimitri “Tucson” Manos.
2/20: Chelsea Grin @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This deathcore group’s moniker references cutting the corners of someone’s mouth to create a permanent, scarred smile.
2/21: Keys N Krates @ House of Blues, hob.com
These electro rappers dropped their Midnite Mass EP on January 15.
2/22: Lee Ann Womack @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Country singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack won a Grammy Award for her 2002 collaboration with Willie Nelson on “Mendocino County Line.”
2/23: Fleshgod Apocalypse @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Death metal quintet out of Perugia, Italy.
2/25: Metric @ House of Blues, hob.com
This indie rock foursome’s song “Eclipse (All Yours)” is featured on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.
2/25: Ani DiFranco @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In 1990, this folk rock singer-songwriter, activist, feminist and musician created her own label, Righteous Babe Records.
2/26: Anti-Flag @ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com
Pennsylvanian punk rock band known for its political and anti-war crusading.
2/26: Kip Moore @ House of Blues, hob.com
Country singer-songwriter known for hits “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” (2011), “Beer Money” (2012) and “Hey Pretty Girl” (2013).
2/27: Nick Carter @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This Backstreet Boy released his solo All American pop album in November.
2/28: Tobymac @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
Grammy Award-winning Christian hip-hopper on his Hits Deep tour through mid-April.
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2/28: The Charlie Daniels Band @ Casino Pauma, casinopauma.com
Southern rockers known for their big 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
2/29: Coeur de Pirate @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Canadian singer-songwriter Be?atrice Martin goes by the stage name Coeur de Pirate, which means “pirate’s heart” in French.
2/29: Vance Joy @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
In 2015, this folk pop artist opened for Taylor Swift on the North American dates of her 1989 tour.
2/29: Fetty Wap @ House of Blues, hob.com
The “Trap Queen” (2014 hit) rapper lost his left eye to glaucoma when he was a child.