September Concert Calendar


9.1: Black Uhuru

@ Belly Up Tavern,

Anchored by founding member Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, the Grammy Award-winning reggae legends return to San Diego.

9.1: Huey Lewis & The News @

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

The band is celebrating 36 years together this year and has sold over 20 million albums to date. X Factor (Australian televised singing competition) contestant LeRoy Bell opens the show.

9.2: The Wailers

@ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,

Nearly 40 years after Bob Marley died, his band is still going strong. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett is the group’s only remaining original member.

9.3: Ja Rule

@ Observatory North Park,

Queens, N.Y.-based rapper and actor Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) comes to North Park ahead of the release of his upcoming eighth studio album, “Coup de Grace.” Ashanti opens the show.

9.4: Rodney Carrington

@ Sycuan Casino,

The 47-year-old country singer and stand-up comedian once had his own TV series and starred in the 2008 movie, Beer For My Horses.

9.4: The Kills @ Observatory North Park,

Earlier this year, indie rock duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince (aka The Kills) released their fifth studio album, “Ash & Ice,” after a five-year hiatus.

9.8: Cold Cave

@ Music Box,

Synthpop prince Cold Cave (aka Wesley Eisold), who performed at skateboarding legend Tony Hawk’s wedding in 2015, released his latest single, “Nothing Is True But You,” earlier this year.

9.8: Juliette Lewis @ Casbah,

Despite not having released an album since 2009, the singer and actress continues to perform live and can be seen in the current, second season of the ABC television series Secrets and Lies.

9.9: Maná

@ Viejas Arena,
Recent additions to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the band hailed as the “U2 of Spanish Rock” celebrates 20 years of performing together while on the Latino Power Tour.

9.9: TLC + Montell Jordan

@ Pala Casino,

Party like it’s 1995 - TLC is still chasing “Waterfalls,” and Montell Jordan is still proving “This Is How We Do It.”

9.10: Blondie

@ Observatory North Park,

Pioneering new wavers take a victory lap with legendary singer Debbie Harry still leading the way alongside fellow founding members Chris Stein and Clem Burke.

9.11: Dierks Bentley

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

The country singer/songwriter returns to San Diego on his Somewhere on a Beach Tour to promote his 2016 album, “Black.”

9.13: Ray LaMontagne

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

The Grammy Award-winning crooner is touring to promote his new album, “Ouroboros,” five tracks of which feature contributions by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.

9.14: Counting Crows/Rob Thomas

@ Cal Coast Credit Union

Open Air Theatre,
This co-headlining tour, featuring two iconic frontmen, is hitting 40-plus North American cities this summer.

9.15: Local Natives

@ Observatory North Park,

After its recent surprise concert at the Casbah sold out in minutes, the L.A. rock quintet returns to San Diego for a bigger show.

9.15: Chance the Rapper

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

The 23-year-old Chicago rapper released his third mixtape, “Coloring Book,” earlier this year and was recently seen dancing with Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry at the ESPYs on ESPN.

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9.16: Carrie Underwood

@ Valley View Casino Center,

The country singer, actress, seven-time Grammy winner and American Idol champion brings her Storyteller Tour to San Diego.

9.16: Fifth Harmony

@ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre,

Third-place finalists on the second season of X Factor, the vocal quintet released its second album, “7/27,” earlier this year.

9.16-18: KAABOO

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

The second annual outdoor concert festival features headliners Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Jack Johnson and Fall Out Boy, plus dozens of other bands, comedians and other live entertainment where the turf meets the surf.

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9.17: Luke Bryan

@ Sleep Train Amphitheatre,

Named after his fifth studio album, released in 2015, Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour includes covers of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.”

9.17: Crystal Castles

@ Observatory North Park,

The Canadian experimental-electro duo hit San Diego one month after releasing their fourth studio LP, “Amnesty (I).”

9.20: Animal Collective @ Observatory North Park,

Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) returns to the electronic psych-pop band that started his career, supporting the quartet’s 10th studio album (which dropped in February), “Painting With.”

9.21: Leon Bridges

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

Still touring on his acclaimed 2015 breakthrough album “Coming Home,” the throwback soul man returns to San Diego for a show with Brit chanteuse Lianne La Havas.

9.21: Mick Fleetwood

@ Belly Up Tavern,

Led by one of the co-founders of British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band also features former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito.

9.22: Descendents


In July, the influential vet punkers dropped “Hypercaffium Spazzinate,” their first album in 12 years.

9.22: The Naked and Famous

@ Observatory North Park,

New Zealand’s premier indie electronic quintet is slated to drop “Simple Forms,” the group’s third studio album in October.

9.22: Trombone Shorty + Sharon Jones

@ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,

New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and singer Trombone Shorty teams with Brooklyn soul siren Sharon Jones for a night of upscale dance music.

9.23: Atmosphere

@ Observatory North Park,

The Minneapolis-based indie rap duo returns to North Park after the release of its 11th studio album, “Fishing Blues,” in August.

9.23: Kellie Pickler @ Moonshine Beach,

The American Idol contestant and country singer also won Dancing with the Stars in 2013.

9.23: Sara Evans

@ Pala Casino,

The former Academy of Country Music Awards’ Top Female Vocalist is currently working on a follow-up to the two albums she released in 2014.

9.23: Sigur Rós

@ Copley Symphony Hall,

Now a three-piece band, the ethereal Icelandic post-rockers hit the road in advance of their upcoming album release.

9.24: Freestyle Reunion

@ Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field,

The original Cover Girls (Trinere, Debbie Deb and more) revitalize their ‘80s and ‘90s old-school freestyle jams.

9.24: Band of Skulls

@ Belly Up Tavern,

The Brit rock trio hits Solana Beach in support of its fourth studio album, “By Default,” which dropped in May.

9.24: The Gap Band

@ Pala Casino,

Re-emerging from of a self-imposed retirement that began in 2010, the R&B/funk legends return to perform live shows - still led by indomitable singer Charlie Wilson.

9.25: Tegan and Sara

@ Observatory North Park,

The Grammy-nominated Canadian sister act released its eighth studio album, “Love You to Death,” in June.

9.26: The Specials

@ House of Blues,

Pioneering ska act The Specials hasn’t released an album in 15 years, but that hasn’t stopped the band from bringing its punk-influenced rocksteady beats to sold-out audiences around the globe.

9.26: Molotov

@ Observatory North Park,

Last year, the Mexico City-based rockers/pranksters celebrated two decades of performing together.

9.27: Dolly Parton

@ Valley View Casino Center,

The country music legend brings her Pure and Simple Tour to San Diego on the heels of her August-released album of the same name.

9.30: The Heavy

@ Observatory North Park,

The British funk rockers return to San Diego after releasing their fourth full-length album, “Hurt & the Merciless,” earlier this year.

9.30: Keith Sweat

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido,

The Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award-winner and R&B legend released his latest album, “Dress to Impress,” in July.

9.30: Soul Rebels

@ Belly Up Tavern,

Fresh from touring with Bruno Mars , the New Orleans brass ensemble brings its Sound System Tour (featuring Talib Kweli) to San Diego.