Your Guide To This Week’s San Diego Concerts

Between old classics, modern classics (or kicks) and KAABOO, San Diego is in no short supply of concerts for you and yours to get front row and center. Mix and match—there’s plenty to hear this weekend.

Steve Winwood – 9/15

Humphrey’s By the Bay

Shelter Island

You know Steve Winwood from his solo work or one of his phenomenal groups such as Traffic, the Spencer Davis Group or Blind Faith. Come see a living legend at this seaside venue. Trust us, this isn’t one to miss.

The Bassics – 9/15

Pour House


The Bassics are a 4-piece mod rock band straight out of Imperial Beach. Their catchy tunes and great playing will keep you energized all night long.

The Bad Vibes plays “21st century psychedelic swamp rock to scalp to.” Even if scalping isn’t one of your hobbies, you’ll still enjoy this heavy psych with a gritty twang. Guaranteed.

Dirty Dragon describe themselves as “raw, genre bending rock.” And we wouldn’t disagree with that description.

KAABOO Music Festival – 9/15, 16, 17

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Del Mar

The sheer amount of star power in this line-up makes it nearly impossible to list them all. Instead, we’ll give you the bands slated for each day. And we’ll also take a moment to congratulate our local boys Trouble in the Wind for making the cut. Knock’em dead, fellas.

Scott H. Biram – 9/15

Soda Bar

City Heights

Scott H. Biram is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Hard rock ‘n’ roll, that is. Find out how heavy it can get at Soda Bar.

Creature and the Woods gives you “a deep howl and powerful groove” to fixate on all throughout their raw, bluesy set. Come indulge your animalistic side.

Hard Fall Hearts’ punk and rockabilly is just the kick you need to get yourself into high gear for the weekend.

Against Me! – 9/16


North Park

Between Against Me! and Bleached, it’s a night of girl power at the Observatory. Tonight, punk gets a ladies’ touch—but it ain’t your momma’s touch, that’s for certain. We’ll see you there.

Modern Kicks – 9/16

Tower Bar

City Heights

Modern Kicks’s glam rock has teeth—if you want some glitter with your gruff, this is the show for you.

Nico Bones are the trash, freakbeat gutter rockers you’ve been waiting for. They’re a modern incarnation of The Velvet Underground with the gumption and rockabilly sensibilities of The Cramps.

Don’t believe us? Come hear for yourself at Tower Bar.

Little Dove – 9/17

Belly Up

Solana Beach

Playing gritty rock with a bluesy edge, it’s easy to compare them to The Black Keys. But they have something the Keys don’t: powerhouse female vocals and the sound to match. If you get over to Belly Up , you’re in for a treat.

Shane Hall continues to “wow” North County with his soulful, expert guitar playing and songwriting. If you haven’t experience Shane Hall before, the time is now.

The nearly all-female Belladon is trying to change the way keyboards are treated in popular music. And their sweet synth-pop is doing just that. Come see firsthand at a venue that knows how to treat a keymasher.