1/1-2: Nahko and Medicine for the People @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This world music group’s international Winter Tour runs through March.
1/7: Mike Portnoy @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
This progressive metal drummer and vocalist co-founded ‘80s rock band Dream Theater.
1/7: Muse @ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasioncenter.com
These alt. rockers rescheduled their local December 16 show to this night in January after realizing how long it takes to build their huge stage set.
1.9: Tool @ SDSU’s Viejas Arena, as.sdsu.edu
The three-time Grammy Award-winning progressive metal outfit stops in America’s Finest for back-to-back shows at SDSU during its one-month U.S. tour with alt. rock openers Primus. Tool also plans to release a new, to-be-titled album sometime in 2016, which will be the band’s first since 2006’s 10,000 Days.
1/11: Keith Anderson @ Tin Roof San Diego, tinroofsandiego.com
Country Okie most known for hits “Pickin’ Wild Flowers” (2004), “Every Time I Hear Your Name” (2006) and “I Still Miss You” (2008).
1/13: Dave Mason @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney are among the stars with whom this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has collaborated.
1/13: Reel Big Fish @ House of Blues, hob.com
Ska rock sextuplet best known for its 1997 single “Sell Out.”
1/14: Blue Oyster Cult @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
This rock band’s biggest hit, "(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (1976), has been covered by artists including Goo Goo Dolls, Pierce the Veil and HIM.
1/15: The Expendables @ House of Blues, hob.com
Four-piece reggae rock band out of Santa Cruz.
1/15: John Anderson @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
In May, country singer-songwriter John Anderson dropped his 20th studio album, Goldmine.
1/16: Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
The hip-hop trio out of Queens, New York, recently starred in a GEICO commercial performing its mega-hit “Push It” (1986).
1/16: The Temptations @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com
Rolling Stone ranks this Motown band at No. 68 on its “100 Greatest Artists” list.
1/17: Tommy Emmanuel @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
In June, this folk music Aussie started his own record label, CGP Sounds.
1/17: Shooter Jennings @ Ramona Mainstage, ramonamainstage.com
This country rock singer-songwriter is the son of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
1/17: Tony Bennett @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, pechanga.com
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, aka Tony Bennett, recently starred opposite Lady Gaga in a Barnes and Noble commercial.
1/17: DeVotchKa @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Songs from this indie rock foursome were featured in a Season Four episode of Showtime’s Weeds.
1/20: Itzhak Perlman @ Copley Symphony Hall, ljms.org
In November, President Obama awarded Steven Spielberg, Yogi Berra, this classical music violinist and 14 others the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1/20: Half Moon Run @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
In October, these Canadian indie rockers dropped their sophomore album, Sun Leads Me On.
1/21: The Adicts @ House of Blues, hob.com
Punk rock outfit from across the pond.
1/22: Never Shout Never @ House of Blues, hob.com
Indie rock trio headlining a U.S. tour with support from Metro Station, Waterparks and Jule Vera.
1/22: Kottonmouth Kings @ SOMA, somasandiego.com
This rap/rock O.C. band dropped its new album, Krown Power, in August.
Reflection Eternal - Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
Kanye West, John Legend and Mary J. Blige collaborated with Talib Kweli on his The Beautiful Struggle album.
1/23: Steel Panther @ House of Blues, hob.com
This hard rock foursome’s cover of Aldo Nova’s “Fantasy” is the opening theme song for the now-defunct MTV show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.
1/24: Vanessa Carlton @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com
Pop songstress best known for her 2002 hit single, “A Thousand Miles.”
1/24: Europe @ Music Box, musicboxsd.com
In September, these hard rockers appeared in a GEICO commercial, performing their big 1986 hit “The Final Countdown.”
1/24: Travis Tritt @ Sycuan Casino, sycuan.com
This Grammy Award-winning country star has appeared on TV shows Tales from the Crypt, King of the Hill and The Girls Next Door.
1/25: Granger Smith @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
Texan country music singer-songwriter Granger Smith also goes by the name Earl Dibbles Jr. - his redneck alter ego.
1/25: 1349 @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Norwegian metalers on the Chaos Raids tour with Tombs and Full of Hell.
1/26: Killing Joke @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
In October, these rockers dropped their new album, Pylon.
1/28: Dustin Lynch @ House of Blues, hob.com
Country singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for songs “Cowboys and Angels” (2012), “Hell of a Night” (2014) and “Where It’s At” (2014).
1/29: Saving Abel @ Brick by Brick, brickbybrick.com
Southern rock quintet out of Corinth, Mississippi.
1/29: G. Love and Special Sauce @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com
This alt. hip-hop duo was the house band for Comedy Central’s short-lived Turn Ben Stein On show.
1/30: R5 @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
Siblings Ross, Riker, Rocky and Rydel Lynch, along with Ellington Ratliff, compose this pop rock group.
1/31: Donny Osmond @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org
In 2009, this pop rocker won Season Nine of Dancing with the Stars.