Your Guide To This Week’s San Diego Concerts

Hip hop and country legends, neo-soul and a local band’s album spreads its wings—you’re in for too many treats this weekend.

Brad Paisley – 6/23

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Chula Vista

Brad Paisley is good at what he does. Want proof? How do 3 Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 2 American Music Awards sound to you?

This country music singer and songwriter even set the record for most consecutive singles—10 songs—reaching the top spot on US Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2009.

If you have never seen this critically-acclaimed country star live, the time is now.

Maxwell – 6/23

Valley View Casino Center

Midway District

If you’ve ever heard the term “neo-soul” and dig the music it describes, then you can thank one of the singers who helped shape the genre: Maxwell.

Maxwell’s thoughts on neo-soul are pretty profound. He told Entertainment Weekly in 1997 that “everything out there musically was inspired or influenced by something from the past. It’s not about creating some super-fresh new thing. If it doesn’t lend itself to your history, how is it going to extend to your future? That’s what’s really brilliant about looking into children’s eyes—you can see their parents in them.”

Come see the past, present and future with Maxwell at Valley View Casino Center.

Birdy Bardot – 6/23

The Casbah

Little Italy

If haunting melodies set to California soul with an abundance of reverb sounds enticing, this one is for you.

Join garage psychedelic rockers Birdy Bardot for their record release party at The Casbah. Birdy Bardot II is ready to take flight—be one of the first to catch it.

And don’t forget to pre-order your vinyl.

The Game – 6/23

The Observatory

North Park

The Game is coming to San Diego. Get over to The Observatory to see him perform his 2005 debut album The Documentary in its entirety.

Snag a seat as a staple of West Coast hip hop runs through his magnum opus. You’re welcome for this one.

Taken By Canadians – 6/24

The Merrow


Your favorite beer-inspiring band is back. The indie alt-country stylings of Taken By Canadians are right at home on The Merrow’s stage.

They may not be serving Taken By Canadians IPA, but there’s no doubt that TBC themselves will be able to satiate you.