Sounds Like San Diego: August 16

Brandi Carlile headlines Humphreys Thursday -- and it's only one of several great concert options

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Steve Covault

There are some incredible shows in San Diego tonight, so you're going to want to start your weekend on a Thursday. At Humphreys, powerfully strong Brandi Carlile plays the headlining spot, while instrumental classical guitar powerhouse Rodrigo y Gabriela play their amazing blend of flamenco, metal, and rock at the Belly Up. Casbah welcomes North Carolinian alt-country -- or as I like to call them, twang-rockers -- American Aquarium take the stage, and legendary rapper DJ Quik brings the classic jams to the Observatory North Park. For country lovers, Chris Stapleton has seen a meteoric rise in his career and he headlines Mattress Firm Amphitheatre tonight. Parking and ride-sharing to the venue has been a bit dicey this season, so be sure to get there uber-early and be ready to wait your turn out of the lot. 

Thursday, Aug. 16:

  • Brandi Carlile, Darlingside @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, Robert Ellis @ Belly Up
  • American Aquarium, Jaime Wyatt @ Casbah
  • DJ Quik, Hypnotic, G-Rooted @ The Observatory North Park
  • Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • DJ Ratty @ Bar Pink
  • Sneaks, Blac Rabbit, Jazmin LaBrie @ Soda Bar
  • Us the Duo, Justin Nozuka @ House of Blues
  • Funk Manifesto, the Amalgamated @ Pour House  
  • Dhatura, Mortar, Kanok @ The Che Cafe
  • Dap-Kings DJs Gabriel Roth & Cochemea Gastelum @ Whistle Stop
  • Cam @ Harrah's SoCal Resort 
  • Amigo Rock, Mane One, Pokkey, Nastea, Eskimo Bros TEC + Loki @ Space
  • Be Like Max, Spazik, the Abortz @ Tower Bar
  • Lorraine Castellanos Quartet @ Panama 66
  • Solace @ U-31
  • Summer Beach Party with The Mar Dels @ Bahia Hotel (6-9 p.m.)
  • Robert Allen Shepherd @ Crossroads, House of Blues
  • Bayou Brothers @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Hollow Stage, Manic, the Shellshocks, Vuture @ Brick by Brick
  • Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne in "Eastern Standard Time" @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Jimmy Ruelas @ Seven Grand
  • January Berry Band @ De Oro Mine Co 
  • Jaron Yancey, Hollow Stage @ Bancroft Bar
  • Open Jam Session @ Winston's (6-9 p.m.)
  • Boostive, TV Broken, 3rd Eye Open @ Winston's
  • No Limits with DJMysonKing @ The Office
  • Jerry Jacobs @ Moonshine Flats
  • Summer Thursdays with Boombox Heroes @ Moonshine Beach 
  • PB&J presents DJs Brian Rose & Kyle Hapgood @ El Dorado
  • Curtis Peoples @ Tin Roof
  • Thursday Evening Swing @ Queen Bee's
  • Open Jam with Jeff Ousley @ Navajo Live
  • Flora Cash, Cardinal Moon @ Music Box
  • Mercedes Moore @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Yodah @ Henry's Pub

Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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