Your Guide To This Week’s San Diego Concerts

There’s punk throughout San Diego this week. Whether its garage, pop or hardcore you’re looking for, there’s a show for you. If punk isn’t your scene, we have an R&B classic or some reggae for you to enjoy. San Diego always provides.

The Cosmics and Lightning Cola – 3/17


Midway District

The Cosmics are a garage punk trio from the U.K. composed of Eric Grace and Conor and Danny Boyle, all related. Influenced by music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, this female-fronted group plays down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll with an edge.

On the other hand, Lightning Cola’s California dream rock takes a higher road, appealing to the more cerebral listeners.

Whichever category you fit into, this show won’t disappoint.

Fortunate Youth and Josh Heinrichs – 3/17

Music Box

Little Italy

Fortunate Youth is a six-person collective with aims to spread love and unity as far as its music can reach. Formed in Hermosa Beach, Fortunate Youth exhibits Southern California reggae at its finest. The group recently toured with Slightly Stoopid and SOJA.

Josh Heinrichs is a staple in the American reggae community. He started the band Jah Roots in Springfield, Missouri in 2001 and formed his own record label called GanJah Records. Since 2009, Heinrichs has been pursuing a solo career that has become a driving force of reggae worldwide.

Here’s your chance to catch these reggae cornerstones live.

The Whispers – 3/17

Sycuan Casino Showcase Theatre

El Cajon

Since 1963, The Whispers has been R&B royalty. The group started by bouncing between the Watts region of Los Angeles and nightclubs in San Francisco. Soon, The Whispers gained nationwide recognition, even becoming the first act featured on the new Soul Train label inspired by the TV program.

Despite the passing of two members, the group vowed never to replace them and continues to perform crooning ballads for fans using all original members.

Yellowcard – 3/18

The Observatory

North Park

Since the late ’90s, Yellowcard has transformed American pop punk by prominently featuring a violin. If you’re a longtime fan, this isn’t a show to miss—Yellowcard announced that this tour will be its last.

After releasing its last album in 2016, the self-titled Yellowcard, the band has embarked on its final tour to say “goodbye” to its loyal fans.

Bad Religion – 3/18

House of Blues

Downtown San Diego

Formed in 1979, Bad Religion helped shape the L.A. hardcore scene. With 16 studio albums to its name, Bad Religion, despite its ever-changing line-up, remains consistent with frontman Greg Graffin at the helm.

A 17th album is expected in 2017—and we can’t wait.

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