Your Guide To This Week’s San Diego Concerts

It’s a reggae weekend. Whether you want to blame it on the weather or just the San Diego vibe in general, everyone is in the mood for some relaxing music fed by the spirit of the sea.

Even if you aren’t from San Diego, one of these shows will make you feel like you are.

Welcome—we’ve been waiting for you.

The Wayfarers – 6/30

The House of Blues

Downtown SD

With influences like The Ventures, Dick Dale, The Surfaris, The Bel-Airs, Los Straightjackets and The Lively Ones, you can bet The Wayfarers play the best surf rock this end of California.

If you get over to The House of Blues, The Wayfarers will remind you why life is great in America’s finest city.

Sandollar and Twisted Relatives – 6/30

710 Beach Club

Pacific Beach

Sandollar uses reggae tones and splashes of Southern rock to embody what it means to play beach rock in San Diego. The group has come a long way since its daily jam sessions in high school wood-shop. Come hear how Sandollar has aged—hint: similarly to wine.

Twisted Relatives is another San Diego reggae band that is a product of its environment. They have shared the stage with artists such as Groundation, The Dirty Heads, SOJA, Iration, The Wailers, Pato Banton, The English Beat, The Abyssinians, Don Carlos, Midnite, John Brown’s Body and many more.

Pacific Beach is the perfect place to get irie. 710 Beach Club is waiting.

The Aggrolites – 7/1

The Music Box

Little Italy

Los Angeles reggae band The Aggrolites play “Dirty Reggae”: a mix of 1960s soul music, funk and skinhead/early reggae.

Since 2002, The Aggrolites have been recording albums and playing as a backing band for the likes of Phyllis Dillon, Scotty, Joseph Hill of Culture, Prince Buster and Tim Armstrong.

The Music Box’s intimate venue will let you get up close and personal with The Aggrolites. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Rebelution – 7/1

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Chula Vista

Formed in 2004 while the members were attending UC Santa Barbara, Rebelution hails from the neighborhood in Santa Barbara known as Isla Vista.

The group’s 2007 debut Courage to Grow was praised for its “crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics and savvy musicianship.”

This year, Rebelution received their first Grammy nomination for Falling Into Place as “Best Reggae Album” album. Come celebrate Rebelution’s acclaim at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre!

Cat Power – 7/1

The Observatory

North Park

Singer-songwriter Cat Power’s soulful style is personal and intimate—she’s singing directly to you, she must be.

Discovered in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth while she was opening for Liz Phair, Cat Power definitely channels some of the grunge, post-punk aesthetic Sonic Youth was famous for.

Relive the contemplative dissatisfaction of the early ‘90s with Cat Power.