May Concert Calendar


5.1: Chris Stapleton @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

In November, Justin Timberlake joined this country artist onstage at the Country Music Awards to perform Stapleton’s hit “Tennessee Whiskey.”

5.1: Puscifer @ Copley Symphony Hall,

Alt. rockers on the road to promote their recent album, Money Shot, which dropped in October.

5.2: The Subways @ The Casbah,

Pop rock trio out of England.

5.3: Pentatonix @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,

This Grammy Award-winning pop a cappella group had a cameo in Pitch Perfect 2.

5.3: Gin Wigmore @ House of Blues,

TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife and Pretty Little Liars have featured songs by this folk rock Kiwi.

5.3: Monsieur Periné @ Music Box,

This Colombian jazz pop band performs en espan?ol.

5.3-4: Explosions in the Sky @ Observatory North Park ,

These instrumental rock Texans dropped their new album, The Wilderness, on April 1 - no foolin’.

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5.4: Crystal Bowersox @ House of Blues,

Folk rock singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox finished as a runner-up to Lee DeWyze on Season Nine of American Idol.

5.5: Fear Factory @ Brick by Brick,

Heavy metal foursome on the Demanufacture 20-year anniversary tour with Soilwork.

5.5: Apocalyptica @ House of Blues,

This Finnish metal band is composed of four classically trained cellists.

5.6: Roberto Tapia @ Casino Pauma,

San Diego-born Norten?o musician.

5.6: Violent Femmes @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

In March, these punk rockers dropped We Can Do Anything, their first album in 16 years.

5.8: Eli Young Band @ House of Blues,

Country quartet best known for its hits “Crazy Girl” (2011), “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (2012) and “Drunk Last Night” (2013).

5.9: Rihanna @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,

Due to production delays, RiRi rescheduled her February 26 show to this Monday night date.

5.11: Andy McKee @ Belly Up Tavern,

This folk guitarist’s strummings are featured on Josh Groban’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” (2007).

5.12: Beyonce? @ Qualcomm Stadium ,

All hail Queen Bey, aka 34-year-old Beyonce? Giselle Knowles-Carter, who first rose to stardom in the late 1990s as one-third of the R&B trio Destiny’s Child and, in 2015, was No. 21 on Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” The 20-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress known for her feel-good, empowering singles “Run the World (Girls), “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Irreplaceable” (among countless other hits) travels internationally this summer while on The Formation World Tour, following the February release of her single “Formation.”

Lemonade, the sixth studio album from Jay Z’s baby mama, dropped April 23. It’s a safe bet this new release will top Billboard’s charts, as her last five solo albums have done, and that this long-awaited show at Qualcomm Stadium is one not to miss.

5.13: Steel Panther @ House of Blues,

Glam metalers known for their over-the-top personas and lyrical parodies.

5.13: Moonshine Bandits @ Brick by Brick,

Dusty “Tex” Dahlgren and Brett “Bird” Brooks compose this country rap duo.

5.13: The Rocket Summer @ Quartyard,

OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls and Paramore are a few of the bands with which this alt. rock group has toured.

5.13: Love and Theft @ Moonshine Flats,

Country duo most recognized by its 2009 single, “Runaway.”

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5.13: Andrew Bird @ Music Box,

Indie rock instrumentalist Andrew Bird composed the opening song for FX’s Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis.

5.13: Channel 93.3 Summer Kick-Off Concert @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Top 40 artists Gwen Stefani (pictured), Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea and others perform at this annual summertime music fest in Chula Vista.

5.13-15: Pennywise @ Observatory North Park,

Good Riddance, T.S.O.L. and Youth Brigade, respectively, open for punk outfit Pennywise at these three performances in North Park.

5.14: Billy Joel @ Petco Park,

The “Piano Man” (Billy Joel’s nickname and title of his 1973 hit) returns to San Diego for the first time in 15 years to play his only California show scheduled for 2016.

5.14: Kris Allen @ Music Box,

This pop rock artist and American Idol Season Eight alum is expecting the birth of his second child in June.

5.14: Motion City Soundtrack @ House of Blues,

These alt. rockers plan to disband after the last date of their So Long, Farewell tour this summer.

5.15: Snoop Dogg @ FLUXX,

In February, D-O-Double-Gizzle said via Instagram that he’d rather smoke weed at home than attend the Grammy Awards - the rapper has yet to take home a golden trophy, despite 17 nominations.

5.17: Tech N9ne @ Observatory North Park,

Hip-hopper Tech N9ne plans to drop his seventeenth album, The Storm, this fall.

5.17: Hillsong United @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena,

This 10-piece Christian rock band hails from down unda.

5.18: Yuna @ The Casbah,

Alt. pop artist Yunalis Mat Zara’ai (Yuna, for short) will release her Chapters album on May 20.

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5.18: Joe Walsh @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

No. 54 on Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, Joe Walsh co-headlines the One Hell of a Night U.S. tour with ‘70s/'80s rock group Bad Company.

5.19: Filter @ House of Blues,

Industrial rockers on the road with with Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High in support of their new album, Crazy Eyes, which dropped in April.

5.20: J. Boog @ Observatory North Park,

In November, this reggae artist will join Damian and Stephen Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse and many others on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise.

5.21: Jewel @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

In 1998, this folk pop singer- songwriter performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXII, held at Qualcomm Stadium.

5.20: The Cure @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Rocking quintet best known for its hits “Just Like Heaven” (1987), “Lovesong” (1989) and “Friday I’m in Love” (1992).

5.20: The Cult @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay,

In February, these British rockers dropped their new album, Hidden City.

5.21: The Cult @ Pechanga Resort & Casino,

See 5.20 listing.

5.21: Brad Paisley @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

This country star is married to Kimberly Williams, aka the bride in the 1991 flick Father of the Bride, starring Steve Martin.

5.21: Soulfly @ Brick by Brick,

Heavy metal act out of Phoenix, Arizona.

5.22: Janis Ian @ Balboa Theatre,

The Grammy Award-winning musician performs locally to raise money for the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.

5.23-24: Katchafire @ Belly Up Tavern,

Mystic Roots opens for this reggae band while on the two-month Burn It Down tour.

5.24: Gondwana @ Music Box,

Reggae group touring North America through June.

5.25-26: Enrique Bunbury @ House of Blues,

Spanish rocker Enrique Ortiz de Landa?zuri Izarduy, aka Enrique Bunbury, performs en espan?ol.

5.26: Walk the Moon @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,

This alt. rock foursome rose to fame in 2015, when its “Shut Up and Dance” single topped several Billboard charts.

5.27: The Who @ Valley View Casino Center,

The five-decade- spanning rock band wraps its two-year The Who Hits 50! Tour on June 18 at the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain.

5.27: The Lumineers @ SDSU’s Open Air Theatre,

Following the April 8 release of their new album, Cleopatra, these indie folk artists kicked off a supporting worldwide tour.

5.28: The Iron Maidens @ Brick by Brick,

All-female tribute band to heavy metalers Iron Maiden.

5.31: Leon Russell @ Belly Up Tavern,

In 2011, Elton John inducted this country rocker into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.