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Fun Things to do in San Diego

The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in San Diego over the next few weeks. Check them out below and let us know if there are any you feel we should add to the list. 

 

Andrew McMahon

Andrew Ross McMahon is an American singer-songwriter. He was the vocalist, pianist and primary lyricist for the bands Something Corporate and main songwriter for Jack’s Mannequin and performs solo both under his own name as well as his moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

When
May 13, Sunday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
San Diego, CA

 

Steven Wilson

Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre.

Ninet Tayeb

Ninet Tayeb, commonly known as Ninet, is an Israeli musician, singer-songwriter, composer, DJ, model and actress.

When
May 13, Sunday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE).

SZA

Solána Imani Rowe, known professionally by SZA, is an American R&B singer-songwriter. SZA was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, later relocating to Maplewood, New Jersey.

ScHoolboy Q

Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California.

Jay Rock

Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr., better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Watts, California.

Ab-Soul

Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carson, California.

When
May 13, Sunday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish indie rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band’s original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, and Paul Thomson.

When
May 13, Sunday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Red Wanting Blue

Red Wanting Blue is a rock and roll band led by Scott Terry that formed in Athens, Ohio in 1996. In 1999 the band relocated its headquarters to Columbus, Ohio, the city Red Wanting Blue now calls home.

When
May 14, Monday @ 07:00 PM

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Juanes

Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, known professionally as Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards.

Mon Laferte

Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte, better known by her stage name Mon Laferte, is a Chilean singer-songwriter and actress. Laferte was born in Viña del Mar. She mixed her musical styles with rock, blues, pop, bolero, and electronic.

Caloncho

Óscar Alfonso Castro, better known as Caloncho, is a Mexican musician and singer. 

When
May 16, Wednesday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

 

Andrew Garcia

Andrew Adrian Garcia is an American singer from Moreno Valley, California who was the ninth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol.

When
May 17, Thursday @ 06:00 PM

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Tricky

Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, better known by his stage name Tricky, is an English record producer, vocalist, and musician.

Young Magic

Young Magic is an electronic music group from Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Melati Malay and Isaac Emmanuel.

When
May 17, Thursday @ 08:30 PM

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads is an American reggae band from Huntington Beach, California. Their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, was released on September 23, 2008, by Executive Music Group. Their newest album, Swim Team, was released October 13, 2017.

Iration

Iration is a reggae group from Santa Barbara, California. All members originally hail from Hawaii. They play a mix of reggae, dub, and rock. The group is one of the leading bands in the genre of sunshine reggae.

The Movement

The Movement is an American Reggae band originally formed in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2004. The two founding members, Josh Swain and Jordan Miller, then relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they acquired a live rhythm section in the form of local Philadelphia musicians Jay Schmidt and Gary Jackson.

When
May 18, Friday @ 06:30 PM

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

G.R.L.

G.R.L. is an American-British-Canadian girl group formed by Robin Antin. The group consists of members Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton and Jazzy Mejia. Past members included Simone Battle, Emmalyn Estrada, and Paula van Oppen.

When
May 18, Friday @ 06:30 PM

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

SayWeCanFly

Braden Barrie is a singer / songwriter from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. He started making music in his bedroom under the name SayWeCanFly in 2009.

Bry

Bry O’Reilly, known professionally as Bry, is an Irish singer/songwriter from Dublin. Bry’s eponymous debut album, Bry, was produced by Greg Wells and released on 11 November 2016.

When
May 18, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman is an all-female Irish musical ensemble conceived and created by David Kavanagh, Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance.

When
May 18, Friday @ 07:30 PM

Where
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA

 

Sara and Kenny 

When
May 18, Friday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Templar’s Hall in Old Poway Park
Poway, CA

 

Johnny Distortion & Radio Thiev 

When
May 18, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Tim Allen

Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian.

When
May 18, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA

 

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, and African. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s.

When
May 18, Friday @ 09:00 PM

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for having popularized the Southern rock genre during the 1970s.

The Outlaws

The Outlaws are an American southern rock/country rock band best known for their 1975 hit “There Goes Another Love Song” and extended guitar jam “Green Grass and High Tides” from their 1975 debut album, plus their 1980 cover of the Stan Jones classic “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky”.

Jamestown Revival

Jamestown Revival is an American rock duo made up of Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay.

The Georgia Satellites

The Georgia Satellites are a Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for their 1986 #2 single “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”.

When
May 19, Saturday @ 06:00 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Hollyn

Holly Marie Miller, known by her stage name Hollyn, is a singer and songwriter of Christian music. Hollyn sings a mixture of pop, R&B, and Christian music.

When
May 19, Saturday @ 06:30 PM

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Peter Hook and The Light

Peter Hook and The Light are an English rock band, formed in May 2010 by the former Joy Division and New Order bassist, Peter Hook.

El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles post-rock duo known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck or fretless bass, with heavy looping, or vamping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electric drumming.

When
May 19, Saturday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

John Prine

John Prine is an American country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s, and is known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

When
May 19, Saturday @ 08:00 PM

Where
Balboa Theatre
San Diego, CA

 

MGMT

MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 in Middletown, Connecticut. It currently consists of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. In the live lineup it consists of VanWyngarden, Goldwasser, Will Berman, Simon O’Connor, and James Richardson. 

When
May 19, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA

 

Smokepurpp

Omar Pineiro, known professionally as Smokepurpp, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida. Pineiro found success on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in 2017 after his song “Audi” went viral.

When
May 19, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

Tom Cruise

Thomas “Tom” Cruise is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the film Endless Love.

When
May 20, Sunday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Trevor Hall

‘Trevor Hall is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist. His music is a mix of roots, folk, and reggae. Many of the artist’s themes revolve around spirituality and life exploration. 

When
May 21, Monday @ 07:45 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years is an American pop punk band from Lansdale, Pennsylvania that formed in July 2005. Since their conception, they have released six full-length albums, two EPs, and several splits/compilations.

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw is an American rock band from Scranton, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. They released a 7″ single, “Spirit Desire”, in 2009, on Tiny Engines.

Tiny Moving Parts

Tiny Moving Parts is an American emo revival band from Benson, Minnesota.

Worriers

Worriers are an American melodic punk band from Brooklyn, New York. The band’s music is centered on the songwriting of the former vocalist/guitarist of The Measure, Lauren Denitzio. 

When
May 22, Tuesday @ 06:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart is an American indie folk band. They were formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell. The band also includes Charity Rose Thielen, Chris Zasche, Kenny Hensley, and Tyler Williams.

Grouplove

Grouplove is an American band that was formed in 2009 by Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd, Andrew Wessen, and Ryan Rabin.

When
May 22, Tuesday @ 07:30 PM

Where
Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
San Diego, CA

 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian experimental music collective which originated in Montreal, Quebec in 1994. The group releases recordings through Constellation, an independent record label also located in Montreal.

When
May 22, Tuesday @ 08:00 PM

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Smallpools

Smallpools is a US-based indie pop band that formed in 2013. The band consists of Sean Scanlon, Mike Kamerman, and Beau Kuther.

Great Good Fine Ok

Great Good Fine OK is an American synthpop duo, based in New York City, United States. The band was founded by Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman. Both grew up in Upstate New York. 

When
May 23, Wednesday @ 06:30 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Lanco

Lanco, stylized as LANCO, is an American country music band consisting of Brandon Lancaster, Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton, Tripp Howell, and Eric Steedly. The band is signed to Arista Nashville. The band’s name is short for Lancaster and Company. 

When
May 24, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Phantogram

Phantogram is an American music duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel.

Poolside

Poolside are Los Angeles based duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise—their sound is described as “Daytime Disco.”

When
May 24, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
San Diego, CA

 

The Brevet 

When
May 24, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Billy Idol

William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor.

When
May 24, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

Charged GBH

Charged GBH, commonly known as GBH, are an English street punk band which was formed in 1978 by vocalist Colin Abrahall, guitarist Colin “Jock” Blyth, bassist Sean McCarthy and Drummer Andy “Wilf” Williams.

When
May 24, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Chon

Chon is an American math rock band from Oceanside, California. Their music is largely instrumental with only a few songs containing vocal performances. The band consists of Mario Camarena, Erick Hansel, Esiah Camarena and Nathan Camarena.

Polyphia

Polyphia is an American instrumental progressive metal band based in Dallas, Texas, formed in 2010.

This Town Needs Guns

TTNG / This Town Needs Guns are a British rock band from Oxford. They were formed in 2004, and are currently signed to the American label Sargent House Records.

Tricot

Tricot is a math rock band from Kyoto, Japan. Known for their intricate rhythms and visual identity, they have released four EPs and three full-length albums. 

When
May 25, Friday @ 06:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Hawthorne Heights

A Day in the Life was an American emo band formed in Dayton, Ohio, in 2001. In 2003, the band changed its name to Hawthorne Heights.

Hotel Books

Hotel Books, is an American emo/spoken-word project from Porterville, CA revolving around the poetry of Cam Smith. Hotel Books is a Christian band.

Listener

Listener is a spoken word rock band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Initially an underground hip hop project by Dan Smith, who used the moniker “Listener”, the project evolved into a full-fledged rock band. 

When
May 25, Friday @ 06:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Hockey Dad

Hockey Dad is an Australian surf rock band from Windang, New South Wales, Australia. The band consists of two members, Billy Fleming and Zach Stephenson, and has two full albums and one EP released to date.

When
May 25, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

Pat Benatar

Patricia Mae Benatar is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and four-time Grammy Award winner.

When
May 25, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

George Clinton

George Edward Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. 

When
May 25, Friday @ 08:30 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Pouya 

When
May 26, Saturday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Danielle Bregoli

Danielle Marie Bregoli Peskowitz, also known by her stage name Bhad Bhabie, is an American rapper and social media personality. 

When
May 26, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona.

When
May 26, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
USS Midway Museum
San Diego, CA

 

The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob is an American electronic music group from Los Angeles, California. It consists of edIT, Boreta and Ooah. Chris Martins of LA Weekly noted that they “have undoubtedly found the largest audience of any L.A. beat scene artist yet.”

When
May 26, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Sofi Tukker

Sofi Tukker is a New York-based musical duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern.

Kah-Lo

Faridah Seriki, known professionally as Kah-Lo is a Nigerian singer-songwriter known for her work on ‘Rinse and Repeat’ by British DJ, Riton. The track went on to be nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 59th Grammy Awards. 

When
May 27, Sunday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Purple Disco Machine 

When
May 27, Sunday @ 09:30 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Tory Lanez

Daystar Peterson, better known by his stage name Tory Lanez, is a Canadian rapper and singer.

When
May 28, Monday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Making Movies

Making Movies is an American rock band based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Their music is influenced by rock, cumbia, psychedelia, American roots, son cubano, and spoken word.

Alex Cuba

Alexis Puentes, better known by his stage name Alex Cuba, is a Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter who sings in Spanish and English.

When
May 29, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

John Mayall

John Mayall, OBE is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years.

When
May 30, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Lord Huron

Lord Huron is an American indie folk band based in Los Angeles. The group’s debut album, Lonesome Dreams, was released in 2012 on Iamsound in the US and Play It Again Sam in UK and Ireland in January 2013.

When
May 31, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego

San Diego, CA

 

Las Rosas 

When
May 31, Thursday @ 09:00 PM 

Where
Blonde Bar
San Diego, CA

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