RECOMMENDED SHOWS

Recommended Shows

Music Illuminati’s recommendations for upcoming concerts in Santa Barbara and beyond.

Santa Barbara area shows

6/21-6/23 – Live Oak Music Festival (Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bombino, many others)

6/23 – John Kay @ Lobero Theatre – Interview with John Kay before a previous concert

6/23 – Gin Blossoms @ Libbey Bowl (Ojai)

6/26 – John Mayall @ The Siren (Morro Bay) – Interview with John Mayall before a previous concert

6/29 – Pato Banton @ SOhO

7/9 – Trombone Shorty @ Fremont Theater (San Luis Obispo)

7/9 – Jake Shimabukuro @ Majestic Ventura Theater – Review of a previous concert

7/14 – Rosemary Butler @ SOhO – Interview with Rosemary Butler before a previous concert

7/19 – Bad Religion @ Majestic Ventura Theater

7/20 – English Beat @ Libbey Bowl (Ojai) – Interview with Dave Wakeling before a previous concert

7/20 – The Mother Hips @ SOhO

7/23 – The Head and the Heart @ Santa Barbara Bowl

7/26 – TSOL, Flipper, etc at Majestic Ventura Theater – Interview with Jack Grisham before a previous concert, Review of a previous TSOL concert

7/27 – Raconteurs @ Santa Barbara Bowl

7/27 – Agent Orange @ Discovery Ventura – Interview with Mike Palm before a previous concert

7/31 – Styx @ Ventura County Fair – Interview with Ricky Phillips before a previous concert, Review of a previous Styx concert, Review of another previous Styx concert

8/2 – Melissa Etheridge @ Ventura County Fair

8/3 – Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan @ Libbey Bowl – Interview with Michael McDonald before a previous concert, Another interview with Michael McDonald before a previous concert, Review of a previous Michael McDonald concert

8/3 – The Ohio Players @ Ventura County Fair

8/6 – Tommy James and The Shondells @ Ventura County Fair

8/6 – Lionel Richie @ Santa Barbara Bowl

8/7 – Blondie, Elvis Costello @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Interview with Chris Stein before a previous Blondie concert, Review of a previous Elvis Costello concert

8/8 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers @ Ventura County Fair – Interview with George Thorogood before a previous concert

8/8 – Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums @ Santa Barbara Bowl

8/11 – Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller @ Granada Theatre

8/15 – The Original Wailers @ Fremont Theater (San Luis Obispo) – Interview with Al Anderson before a previous concert

8/16 – Don McLean @ Libbey Bowl (Ojai)

8/17 – Cat Power @ Lobero Theatre

8/18 – Fabulous Thunderbirds @ Fremont Theater (SLO) – Interview with Kim Wilson before a previous concert

8/23 – Tower of Power @ Libbey Bowl – Interview with Emilio Castillo before a previous concert, Review of a previous concert

8/24 – Avett Brothers @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Review of a previous concert

8/24 – Justin Hayward @ Majestic Ventura Theater – Review of a previous Moody Blues concert

8/25 – Kris Kristofferson @ Libbey Bowl – Review of a previous Kris Kristofferson concert

8/25 – Iration @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Interview with Micah Pueschel before a previous concert

8/27 – ZZ Top @ Arlington Theatre

8/30 – Lost 80’s Live (Missing Persons, Flock of Seagulls, Bow Wow Wow, Wang Chung, John Parr, The Vapors,…) @ Chumash Casino – Interview with Dale Bozzio before a previous Missing Persons Concert

8/30 – Jon Anderson @ Libbey Bowl – Interview with Jon Anderson before a previous show, Review of a previous Jon Anderson concert

8/30 – The Blasters @ The Siren (Morro Bay) – Review of a previous Blasters concert

8/30 – The Adolescents @ The Garage (Ventura) – Interview with Steve Soto (RIP) before a previous concert

8/31 – Peter Noone @ Libbey Bowl (Ojai) – Interview with Peter Noone before a previous concert, Review of a previous concert with Peter Noone

9/6 – WAR @ Libbey Bowl – Interview with Lonnie Jordan before a previous concert, Review of a previous WAR concert

9/6 – Gladys Knight @ Chumash Casino – Review of a previous Gladys Knight concert

9/8 – Brian Wilson and The Zombies @ Arlington Theatre – Interview with Brian Wilson before a previous concert, Review of a previous Brian Wilson concert, Interview with Rod Argent before a previous concert, Interview with Colin Blunstone before a previous concert

9/9 – Little Steven @ Majestic Ventura Theater (Ventura)

9/13 – Ben Harper @ Arlington Theatre

9/20 – Mark Knopfler @ Santa Barbara Bowl

9/20 – David Bromberg @ Fremont Theater (SLO) – Interview with David Bromberg before a previous concert, Review of a previous David Bromberg concert

9/28 – Rod Stewart @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Review of a previous Rod Stewart concert

10/3 – Philip Glass interviewed by Pico Iyer @ Campbell Hall (UCSB Arts & Lectures)

10/5 – Van Morrison @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Review of a previous Van Morrison concert

10/8 – Leo Kottke @ Lobero Theatre – Interview with Leo Kottke before a previous concert

10/11 – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons @ Chumash Casino

10/15 – Devendra Banhart @ Majestic Ventura Theater – Review of a previous concert

10/16 – Jimmy Buffett @ Santa Barbara Bowl

10/19 – Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer @ Campbell Hall (UCSB Arts & Lectures) – Interview with Bela Fleck before a previous concert, Interview with Zakir Hussain before a previous concert

10/24 – Hozier @ Santa Barbara Bowl

Interview: Bela Fleck


10/27 – Tenacious D @ Arlington Theatre

11/1 – Michael and Amy McDonald, with Bill and Tamara Champlin, Ellis Hall @ Lobero Theatre – Benefit for The Rhythmic Arts Project, Interview with Michael McDonald before a previous concert, Another interview with Michael McDonald before a previous concert, Review of a previous Michael McDonald concert, Interview with Bill Champlin before a previous concert

11/1 – Three Dog Night @ Chumash Casino – Interview with Danny Hutton before a previous concert

11/19 – Built to Spill @ SOhO – Review of a previous Built to Spill concert

12/14 – Tommy Emmanuel @ Campbell Hall (UCSB Arts & Lectures) – Interview with Tommy Emmanuel before a previous concert

1/15/19 – Blue Oyster Cult @ Fremont Theatre (San Luis Obispo)

1/25/19 – Itzhak Perlman @ Granada Theatre (UCSB Arts & Lectures)

2/4/19 – Chris Thile @ Campbell Hall (UCSB Arts & Lectures) – Interview with Chris Thile before a previous concert, Mini-review of a previous Chris Thile concert

3/7/19 – Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, and Charlie Musselwhite @ Arlington Theatre – Interview with Charlie Musselwhite before a previous concert, Review of a previous Buddy Guy concert

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