Summer 2018: SLO Summer Music Concerts

Concerts in the Plaza

Kicking off June 8th and running through September 4th, Concerts in the Plaza is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. Every Friday night during the series, crowds gather to listen to the talented musicians that come to play in beautiful Mission Plaza. Musical genres vary from electronic to gypsy rock, jazz to folk. Concerts are held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and are free to the public. Beer and wine are available for purchase, as well as Woodstock’s Pizza, or you can grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant. Come out and sway along to the melody with friends and family in the summer air.

  • June 8: The Molly Ringwald Project | Ultimate 80’s Tribute
  • June 15: Fialta | Sun-Drenched Indie Pop
  • June 22: Young Dubliners | Celtic Rock
  • June 29: Truxton Mile | Country
  • July 6: Stellar | Classic Hits for Everyone!
  • July 13: Resination | Roots Reggae
  • July 20: The Tipsy Gypsies | Vintage Blues, Jazz & Soul
  • July 27: The Kicks | Roots Soul Reggae
  • August 3: Damon Castillo Band | Rock, Soul
  • August 10: Bear Market Riot | Power-Folk Americana
  • August 17: Truth About Seafood | Party Rock
  • August 24: Diego’s Umbrella | Gypsy Folk Rock
  • August 31: The JD Project | California Rock Roots
  • September 7: The Mother Corn Shuckers | Americana, Beergrass
  • September 14: Moonshiner Collective | Folk Rock, Americana

SLO Brew

SLO Brew is an ideal location for a fun night out – grab a cold beer and enjoy a concert while you’re there. This trendy restaurant/bar hosts an intimate concert setting while serving up delicious eats and locally made brew.

  • June 16, 10:00 p.m.: Shwayze & Cisco Adler: 10th Anniversary Summer Reunion Tour
  • June 17, 7:00 p.m.: Shwayze & Cisco Adler: 10th Anniversary Summer Reunion Tour
  • June 18, 7:00 p.m.: Blackfoot Gypsies
  • June 20, 10:00 p.m.: SUMEAU | Black Match
  • June 25, 8:00 p.m.: Nattali Rizeke with Kelissa
  • July 11, 10:00 p.m.: Y La Bamba
  • July 16, 7:00 p.m.: Mojo Greenlan with Lants Lazwell & The Vibe Tribe
  • July 18, 10:00 p.m.: Cobi
  • July 30, 7:00 p.m.: Katastro
  • August 15, 10:00 p.m.: Valley Queen | Black Match
  • August 19, 7:00 p.m.: Parsonsfield

SLO Brew: The Rock

Located on the outskirts of SLO, this happening spot is great option complete with a taproom restaurant and outdoor beer garden.

  • June 16, 1:00 p.m.: Dante Marsh
  • June 17, 1:00 p.m.: Shawn Clark Family Band
  • June 24, 1:00 p.m.: Kenny Taylor
  • July 15, 1:00 p.m.: Bear Market Riot

Fremont Theater

SLO’s iconic Fremont Theater, nestled in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo, has been providing top-notch entertainment for over 75 years. Catch a show to experience this beautiful venue.

  • June 15, 8:00 p.m.: Buckethead
  • June 16, 8:00 p.m.: The Kingston Trio
  • June 25, 8:00 p.m.: Seu Jorge
  • June 28, 7:00 p.m.: The Milk Carton Kids
  • June 30, 8:00 p.m.: Indigo Girls
  • July 6, 8:00 p.m.: Toots & The Maytals and Katchafire
  • July 12, 8:00 p.m.: An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • July 17, 8:00 p.m.: Snow Tha Product
  • July 22, 8:00 p.m.: Jake Shimabukuro
  • August 1 7:00 p.m.: American Idol Live Tour
  • August 4, 7:00 p.m.: Y&T
  • August 8, 7:30 p.m.: Ace Frehley
  • August 9, 7:00 p.m.: Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes
  • August 11, 8:00 p.m.: Rainbow Kitten Surprise
  • August 15, 8:00 p.m.: Rodrigo Y Gabriela
  • August 21, 7:00 p.m.: Brandi Carlile
  • August 22, 8:00 p.m.: Anderson EAST Encore World Tour
  • August 27, 8:00 p.m.: Mura Masa
  • September 7, 8:00 p.m.: E-40
  • September 8, 8:00 p.m.: Steel Panther
  • September 13, 8:00 p.m.: The Zombies
  • September 15, 7:30 p.m.: Petty Theft | SF Tribute to Tom Petty
  • September 17, 7:00 p.m.: Galactic

Performing Arts Center

Located on the Cal Poly campus, the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (PAC) offers guests a world-class concert experience. This massive venue lends itself to convenient parking and great seating, plus every seat in the house gets an incredible view of the local and international entertainment.

  • June 19-20, 7:30 p.m.: Jersey Boys
  • September 25, 7:30 p.m.: Boz Scaggs
  • September 27, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Concerts Near San Luis Obispo

Avila Beach Golf Resort

Bask in the sun, get down to some good-feeling tunes, and take in the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. There’s nothing like listening to live music under the sun with a beachfront view.

  • June 28, 5:00 p.m.: PRIMUS with Special Guests: Mastodon and JJUUJJUU
  • August 11, 5:00 p.m.: Portugal The Man and Chicano Batman
  • August 19, 4:00 p.m.: DISPATCH with Special Guests Nahko and Medicine for the People and Scatter Their Own
  • September 2, 4:30 p.m.: REBELUTION with Special Guests Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, and DJ Mackle

California Mid-State Fair 2018

This annual 12-day fair is known for hosting some of the biggest names in the music industry! Ride the Ferris Wheel and eat corn dogs and cotton candy all afternoon and enjoy some music in the evening. It all happens this July, but be prepared, tickets sell out fast for the major headliners! Get your tickets now or enjoy a free show from the list below.

Free Shows:

  • July 18, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Los Lonely Boys
  • July 19, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Cassadee Pope
  • July 20, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Crystal Gayle
  • July 21, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • July 22, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Los Yonics
  • July 23, 8:00 p.m.: for KING & COUNTRY
  • July 24, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Southern Accents
  • July 25, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Devin Dawson
  • July 26, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • July 27, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
  • July 28, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Kris Kristofferson
  • July 29, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.: Saul El Jaguar

Ticketed Shows:

  • July 18, 7:30 p.m.: Florida Georgia Line
  • July 19, 7:30 p.m.: Pitbull
  • July 20, 7:00 p.m.: Rhythm & Brew with Dwight Yoakam
  • July 21, 7:30 p.m.: Eric Church
  • July 22, 7:30 p.m.: Demi Lovato
  • July 23, 7:30 p.m.: Gabriel Iglesias
  • July 24, 7:30 p.m.: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • July 25, 7:30 p.m.: ZZ TOP
  • July 26, 7:30 p.m.: Luke Bryan

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

Tucked in the vineyards of Paso Robles, Vina Robles Amphitheatre is one of the largest outdoor venues along the Central Coast. This venue features a variety of seating options, from general admission lawn seats to VIP passes, as well as multiple bars offering local wine and beer.

  • June 30, 8:00 p.m.: Los Tigres del Norte
  • July 11, 8:00 p.m.: Straight No Chaser
  • July 17, 6:30 p.m.: KIDZ BOP Live
  • July 28, 8:00 p.m.: Joe Bonamassa
  • August 1, 8:00 p.m.: Jackson Browne
  • August 4, 8:00 p.m.: Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo
  • August 1, 8:00 p.m.: La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
  • August 11, 7:00 p.m.: Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • August 12, 8:00 p.m.: Roger Daltrey and Special Guest Leslie Mendelson
  • August 28, 7:00 p.m.: Alice in Chains
  • September 13, 7:30 p.m.: Los Lobos and The Mavericks
  • September 15, 7:00 p.m.: KANSAS
  • September 19, 7:00 p.m.: NEEDTOBREATHE | Forever On Your Side Tour

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