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Every Outdoor Concert in San Diego Worth Attending This Summer

Updated On 05/22/2017 at 06:18PM EST Updated On 05/22/2017 at 06:18PM EST
modest mouse | Flickr/Jules Minus

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May 30 Tue

Modest Mouse Modest Mouse has been around for a quarter of a century; just let that sink in for a minute.

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Modest Mouse Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre Modest Mouse has been around for a quarter of a century; just let that sink in for a minute.

empire of the sun | Flickr/Lee Gwyn

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Jun 11 Sun

Empire of the Sun Insane costumes, over-the-top light shows, and music that sounds like Prozac. Go dance your ass off.

Qualcomm Stadium

Empire of the Sun Qualcomm Stadium Insane costumes, over-the-top light shows, and music that sounds like Prozac. Go dance your ass off.

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Jun 12 Mon

Ziggy Marley Enjoy the laid-back stylings of Ziggy Marley and feel the breeze off the bay on your face. It’ll be one hell of a relaxing night.

Humphreys by the Bay

Ziggy Marley Humphreys by the Bay Enjoy the laid-back stylings of Ziggy Marley and feel the breeze off the bay on your face. It’ll be one hell of a relaxing night.

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Jun 14 Wed

Collective Soul People forget just how successful of a run Collective Soul had in the mid '90s. Songs like “Shine” and “The World I Know” feature that distinctively 1990s alt-rock sound. Have a night of nostalgia at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds

Collective Soul Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds People forget just how successful of a run Collective Soul had in the mid '90s. Songs like “Shine” and “The World I Know” feature that distinctively 1990s alt-rock sound. Have a night of nostalgia at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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Jun 16 Fri

Darius Rucker Country music tends to be pretty polarizing, but generally speaking, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Darius Rucker’s music. It’s easy listening, and the scene at Del Mar is always fun.

Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds

Darius Rucker Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds Country music tends to be pretty polarizing, but generally speaking, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Darius Rucker’s music. It’s easy listening, and the scene at Del Mar is always fun.

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Jun 18 Sun

Boston and Joan Jett Joan Jett kicks ass. Boston kicks ass. Joan Jett and Boston collectively will kick a large amount of ass.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Boston and Joan Jett Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Joan Jett kicks ass. Boston kicks ass. Joan Jett and Boston collectively will kick a large amount of ass.

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Jun 27 Tue

Future Future’s Nobody Safe Tour features the likes of Migos, Young Thug, and Kodak Black. Safe to say it’ll be a pretty wild time.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Future Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Future’s Nobody Safe Tour features the likes of Migos, Young Thug, and Kodak Black. Safe to say it’ll be a pretty wild time.

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Jun 28 Wed

Jeremih Find a date, buy them dinner, and take that person to Jeremih. If listening to Jeremih’s smooth voice and slow jam rhythms doesn’t sound like a perfect date night, I don’t know what does.

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Jeremih Del Mar Fairgrounds Find a date, buy them dinner, and take that person to Jeremih. If listening to Jeremih’s smooth voice and slow jam rhythms doesn’t sound like a perfect date night, I don’t know what does.

third eye blind | Flickr/Derrick Austinson Photog

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Jul 3 Mon

War Fun fact: That weird horn you hear at the beginning of War’s seminal “Low Rider” isn’t actually a horn, it’s a harmonica. That tidbit of information if pretty useless, but you should still see War live.

Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds

War Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds Fun fact: That weird horn you hear at the beginning of War’s seminal “Low Rider” isn’t actually a horn, it’s a harmonica. That tidbit of information if pretty useless, but you should still see War live.

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Jul 14 Fri

Dirty Heads They might be from Huntington Beach, but the Dirty Heads always bring an extra bit of energy to their San Diego performances.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Dirty Heads Mattress Firm Amphitheatre They might be from Huntington Beach, but the Dirty Heads always bring an extra bit of energy to their San Diego performances.

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Jul 21 Fri

Third Eye Blind It’s still pretty crazy to think that “Semi-Charmed Life” is about tweaking on crystal meth and having raunchy sex. It’s also pretty crazy to think that Third Eye Blind has managed to carve out such a long career without losing enthusiasm or becoming a self-parody.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Third Eye Blind Mattress Firm Amphitheatre It’s still pretty crazy to think that “Semi-Charmed Life” is about tweaking on crystal meth and having raunchy sex. It’s also pretty crazy to think that Third Eye Blind has managed to carve out such a long career without losing enthusiasm or becoming a self-parody.

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Jul 28 Fri

Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows Never forget that at one point in time, Adam Duritz -- the dreadlocked lead singer of the Counting Crows -- dated Jennifer Aniston. The ‘90s were weird.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Never forget that at one point in time, Adam Duritz -- the dreadlocked lead singer of the Counting Crows -- dated Jennifer Aniston. The ‘90s were weird.

metallica | Flickr/Man Alive!

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Aug 11 Fri

Incubus and Jimmy Eat World For whatever reason, there are a ton of bands from the ‘90s and early ‘00s coming through San Diego this summer. In the case of Incubus and Jimmy Eat World, it’s a very good thing.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Incubus and Jimmy Eat World Mattress Firm Amphitheatre For whatever reason, there are a ton of bands from the ‘90s and early ‘00s coming through San Diego this summer. In the case of Incubus and Jimmy Eat World, it’s a very good thing.

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Aug 12 Sat

America Perhaps no band represents the light folk pop rock era of the early 1970s more so than America. The band is the definition of easy listening, and seeing them at Humphreys will accentuate those mellow vibes. Go get loose with some middle aged folks.

Humphreys by the Bay

America Humphreys by the Bay Perhaps no band represents the light folk pop rock era of the early 1970s more so than America. The band is the definition of easy listening, and seeing them at Humphreys will accentuate those mellow vibes. Go get loose with some middle aged folks.

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Aug 16 Wed

Milo Greene The Green Flash Concert Series always does a great job of bringing an eclectic mix of artists to the scenic patio at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, and the saccharine indie rock of Milo Greene will pair well with the views of the Pacific Birch Aquarium provides

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Milo Greene Birch Aquarium at Scripps The Green Flash Concert Series always does a great job of bringing an eclectic mix of artists to the scenic patio at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, and the saccharine indie rock of Milo Greene will pair well with the views of the Pacific Birch Aquarium provides

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Aug 24 Thu

Young the Giant and Cold War Kids It’s a pairing of SoCal bands that typified mid-to-late 2000s indie rock.

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Young the Giant and Cold War Kids Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre It’s a pairing of SoCal bands that typified mid-to-late 2000s indie rock.

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Aug 27 Sun

Trombone Shorty Anytime you get a chance to see someone who blends the improvisational aspects of live jazz with funk rhythm New Orleans style like Trombone Shorty, you should drop whatever you’re doing and go to the concert.

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Trombone Shorty Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre Anytime you get a chance to see someone who blends the improvisational aspects of live jazz with funk rhythm New Orleans style like Trombone Shorty, you should drop whatever you’re doing and go to the concert.

green day | Flickr/Drew de F Fawkes

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Sep 12 Tue

Goo Goo Dolls Act like you don’t know all the words to “Slide,” then have a few beers and belt them out with the rest of the crowd.

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Goo Goo Dolls Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre Act like you don’t know all the words to “Slide,” then have a few beers and belt them out with the rest of the crowd.

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Sep 13 Wed

Green Day Admit it: You or someone you know probably had “Good Riddance” as their graduation song.

Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Green Day Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Admit it: You or someone you know probably had “Good Riddance” as their graduation song.

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Sep 23 Sat

The Beach Boys This entire article is about concerts that allow you to properly enjoy the Southern California summer. What band fits that description better than the band that literally invented the California sound?

Humphreys by the Bay

The Beach Boys Humphreys by the Bay This entire article is about concerts that allow you to properly enjoy the Southern California summer. What band fits that description better than the band that literally invented the California sound?