Your Guide To This Week’s North County San Diego Concerts

Start the new year off right with a mix of living legends and up-and-comers. Whether you’re looking for some technical guitar work or some mellow, funky rock, we have you covered.

Pato Banton – 1/6

The Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA

If Pato Banton’s music is “food for the mind and soul,” then Banton himself is a master chef.

An iconic figure in reggae’s history, Banton’s positive vibrations have reverberated throughout the years, spanning from London to the States. Don’t miss this living legend while he’s in North County.

The Strawberry Moons – 1/6

The Pour House

Oceanside, CA

The Strawberry Moons puts together members of Southern California favorites Shake Before Us and The Burning of Rome to create a fusion of old rock n’ roll and progressive rock.

The dueling keyboardists double as the lead vocalists, showing what Fleetwood Mac would sound like if they channeled Rush.

Come see where they played their inaugural show and take advantage of the space to dance.

Alice Wallace – 1/7

Brick 15

Del Mar, CA

Alice Wallace is a singer/songwriter of the Americana variety. Hailing from Los Angeles, Wallace was named the 2016 LA Music Critic Awards winner for “Best Country/Americana Artist” and “Best Video (official) Female.” She also won the 2015 LA Music Critic Award for “Best Country/Americana Album.”

Speaking of albums, Wallace’s third album Memories, Music & Pride is available now. It pulls together her signature folk and country influences to create a tailored and intimate collection of songs.

The Art Dealers – 1/7

The Pour House

Oceanside, CA

A homegrown Carlsbad act, The Art Dealers play a psychedelic blend of surf and indie rock, reminiscent of a later-era Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’re funky—but in a stoned sort of way.

The members, friends since high school, know each other’s styles well enough to improvise as if they were jamming in their mom’s garage.

Bryan Sutton Band – 1/8

Brick 15

Del Mar, CA

Bryan Sutton is a nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year. In 2007, Sutton won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for his rendition of “Whiskey Before Breakfast.”

A central player not just among Bluegrass players but throughout the guitar community as a whole, Sutton embodies the best technique and skill a player can have.

Hear for yourself at Brick 15.