The Top Concerts In San Diego This Weekend
Thursday, April 28
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Shane works with a multitude of musicians doing solo shows in what he calls a “nuevo-folk” style, which will often mix loop-based electronic music with acoustic guitars, hip hop, trip hop and ambient music and everything in between.
Snail Mail is the American indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan. In 2015, she started playing her songs live with her band and released the EP Habit in 2016.
Lady Lamb is the stage name used by Aly Spaltro, a singer and songwriter whose music is a beguiling and imaginative fusion of folk, pop, and indie rock.
Sweden’s Queen of Swing, Gunhild Carling is an internationally acclaimed superstar. She is a jazz artist of the old breed, showing heavy influence from Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday. She combines extraordinary skills on trumpet and trombone with vaudeville stunts, like playing three trumpets at once.
Friday, April 29
Doors 8PM, Show 9:30PM
Not a tribute, but a rave and AV show that reworks the classic-rock sound of the Mac into a spectrum of electronic genres. Remixes of the hits and plenty of deep-cuts ready for the chiffon-filled dance floor.
The Airborne Toxic Event is an alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2006. The band is best known for their single “Sometime Around Midnight”, which was a hit in the U.K. as well on American alternative radio in 2008 and 2009.
Interpol’s fifth studio album El Pintor was released on September 9, 2014. In 2017, the band embarked on an anniversary tour for Turn On the Bright Lights, performing the album live in its entirety. The band’s sixth studio album, Marauder, was released on August 24, 2018.
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Even if you have all their albums and can sing all their songs, you don’t know Unwritten Law until you’ve seen them live. With nearly 2 million albums sold and half-a-dozen radio hits, SoCal’s favorite sons captured one of these fiery performances on their first-ever concert LP/DVD, Live & Lawless.
Filled with modern-rock muscle, pop hooks, rhythmic breakdowns, guitar heroics, and vocal harmonies, True Villains’ songs salute the influence of a bygone era while updating that sound for a new generation.
Taking 2017 with full force, LA duo ARMNHMR are no strangers to attacking all spectrums of the dance music scene. With masterful original productions and beautifully resonating remixes ranging from eclectic to trap, ARMNHMR has received strong support from high profile artists throughout the industry.
Known for his bizarre stage antics and surrealist humor, Oberhofer has been described by Billboard as “A premium combination of totally silly and dead serious.” He has on multiple occasions written, recorded and released an album overnight.
Crafting moody and introspective lo-fi pop tunes that are melodic but structurally ambitious at the same time, Car Seat Headrest is the moniker used by musician and songwriter Will Toledo. Beginning as a solo recording project by Toledo in 2010, Car Seat Headrest self-released 12 albums on the music platform, Bandcamp, before signing to Matador Records in 2015.
Gee has always been true to her audience and her music singing exactly what’s on her mind. Sheyna picked up the guitar at age five, wrote her first song at six and since she stepped out on stage, she knew that’s where she belonged.
Known for synthy, dance-oriented electro-pop, Australian duo Bag Raiders broke through in 2007 with their hit “Fun Punch.” The band’s 2010 eponymous full-length also spawned the single “Shooting Stars,” which gained further attention after it became attached to an online meme in 2017.
Doors 8:30PM, Show 9PM
“The World’s Greatest Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!” So say Katie Daryl, Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest of AXS-TV as they selected the PettyBreakers to perform on their hit TV show in 2014. What started out in 2010 as a regional band is now the Nations’s #1 touring tribute to Tom Petty.
Henry Wallace, aka “Captain Morgan Lee”, created his alter ego to bring Soul, R&B, and Funk back to San Diego, CA, a city starved for this kind of music. He is now developing tribute show acts, including vocalist extraordinaire Tamara Sheila who can be seen performing regularly with the band.
Saturday, April 30
Doors 8PM, Show 9PM
Moonchild is a combination of three independent, strong-willed spirits. The resulting union yields an ever-evolving fusion of alternative R&B and neo-soul.
He’s the modern-day Mozart — today’s leading talent in the ever-growing electronic dance music scene. He’s the pride of Moldova, known for his unique and very own sound. He is Andrei Rata, better known as Andrew Rayel.
2 Chainz is the stage name of Atlanta rapper Tauheed Epps, once known as Tity Boi in the Atlanta-based Playaz Circle. Epps launched a successful solo career in 2010 and began issuing a parade of Top 40 hits while becoming a go-to artist for guest verses. His breakout year was 2012, when he landed on Kanye West’s “Mercy” and Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap” before dropping his official debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, for Def Jam.
True Villains are a rock & roll powerhouse. Fueled by anthemic choruses, percussive punch, amplified riffs, and the larger-than-life vocals of frontman Beau Lastavich, they make hard-hitting music that revitalizes the swagger of their heroes for the modern world.
Parquet Courts’ blend of noisy, punk-friendly clatter and snarky, sometimes-serious lyrics delivered in a menacing monotone struck a chord in indie rock circles with their 2012 album, Light Up Gold, and after loads of touring and a series of literate and scrappy albums made for What’s Yr Rupture? and Rough Trade, they firmly established themselves as one of their era’s marquee groups.
Playing pop that spans fizzy punk to trap and EDM influences, Los Angeles’ Hey Violet feature drummer/vocalist Nia Lovelis, bassist/lead vocalist Rena Lovelis, and guitarist Casey Moreta.
Sheyna Gee has performed her original music all over the country from The Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, to the Zigfield Theater in New York to Tootsie’s in Nashville and everywhere in between. She has also opened for major acts such as Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John and The Donnas.
Doors 8PM, Show 9PM
Honest and sometimes subversive, but never mean-spirited, Carll keeps writing sad, funny, compelling songs in which nobody’s perfect or predictable––at least not for long. And he can’t quit wishing we’ll all realize that’s the way anything worth having or being has got to go.
After falling out with mentor, Ozzy Osbourne, following the recording sessions for 1995’s Ozzmosis, guitarist Zakk Wylde struck out on his own with his first solo album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. When it failed to score any mainstream success, the six-stringer took an extended break before resurfacing with a new album and band called Black Label Society in 1999.
The Adams Avenue Business Association hopes to treat musical aficionados and foodies to the rich neighborhood culture at Adams Avenue Unplugged, a free musical walkabout along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights, and into parts of Kensington to the East.
One Paseo has partnered with the San Diego Symphony to bring the San Diego Symphony String Quartet to the urban village for a free live performance. The arrangement will feature Jing Yan Bowcott and Julia Pautz on the violin, Hanah Stuart playing the viola, and Nathan Walhout on the cello.
Sunday, May 1
It’s been a long and prosperous road for MICHAEL MAYER since the 2002 release of his mix CD IMMER – proclaimed as a genre-defining moment for minimal house and techno, the praise from fans and the media was nothing short of overwhelming, throwing KOMPAKT’s co-founder and musician into the spotlight as one of the worlds favourite DJ’s and dance music tastemakers.
Musician and underwater basket weaving enthusiast Zach Brosi delivers a rambunctious fusion of funk, rock, pop, reggae, and the blues. Combining all of his favorite genres into one fresh squeezed jar of noise, Zach’s music is best known for being versatile and all encompassing.
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Dave Mason left Traffic in 1969 to pursue a solo career in the U.S. Dave has penned over 100 songs, has 3 gold albums: Alone Together, Dave Mason, Mariposa De Oro, and platinum album Let It Flow, which contained the top-ten single “We Just Disagree”.
Monday, May 2
He puts thoughts and feelings into words that many can’t, and delivers them in a sincere way that very few can. Donovan’s debut album may be an accident and result of something painful, but it birthed a truly honest and beautiful piece of art – Chelsea Park, After Dark.
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
The Mountain Goats are, for all practical purposes, the endlessly clever and prolific John Darnielle and whatever cast of musicians he’s working with at the moment, which means the sound may change from project to project, but the overall tone and feel of Darnielle’s work remains remarkably consistent.
See you there, San Diego!