Music Diary: Bad Bunny will precede its Petco Park stadium shows with the Pechanga Arena concert on Wednesday
Aside from their vastly different musical approaches, there’s a key difference between Super Bowl halftime show veterans Bad Bunny and The Weeknd that’s reflected in their respective 2022 touring schedules.
Specifically, The Weeknd — who headlined the 2021 halftime show — canceled his entire 2022 “The After Hours” arena tour (including his March 13 date at Pechanga Arena San Diego) in support of his “The After Hours In Dawn” stadium tour. This new tour, at least so far, doesn’t seem to include a stop in San Diego.
Bad Bunny, which invited Shakira and Jennifer Lopez to the 2020 halftime show, also opted to do a summer stadium tour, but that’s in addition at his “El Último Tour del Mundo 2022,” which includes a sold-out show on Wednesdays at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
As a result, the Puerto Rican reggaeton music superstar will perform here three times in less than seven months, thanks to his concert at the Pechanga Arena and his shows on September 17 and 18 at Petco Park, where he will become the first artist of all the genres. to play two back-to-back shows to a full stadium at the downtown ballpark.
How much more production Bad Bunny will mount on his Petco double header remains to be seen. But that might make his concert at the Pechanga Arena feel intimate by comparison.
8 p.m. Wednesday. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Loma Portal. Sold. axs.com
Drummer, producer, bandleader and self-proclaimed “rhythm scientist”, Makaya McCraven thrives on blurring the lines between jazz, electronic music and hip-hop as he takes inspiration from these traditions and reconfigures them to will.
His latest album, “Deciphering the Message”, finds him reinventing 1960s jazz classics from the Blue Note Records vaults by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon and other former giants. He does this by sampling their music and layering it over live performances edited by his own band, an approach that yields haphazard results.
How far has McCraven already gone beyond “Deciphering the Message”, whose live and recorded music format seems difficult to achieve on stage rather than on a studio console?
You can find out when he takes the stage here Friday night at UC San Diego with his quartet. It includes guitarist Jeff Parker, bassist Junius Paul and saxophonist De’Sean Jones.
8 p.m. Friday The Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $9 students; $28 general admission; $33 and $40 reserved. artpower.ucsd/edu
Albert Cummings, with Carrie & Z Boys
The influence of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan is evident in the fleet, blues-rock guitar work and earthy vocals of Albert Cummings, who cites attending a Vaughan concert in 1987 as a major epiphany.
Cummings didn’t begin his musical career until he was 27, but he soon caught the eye of former Vaughan bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. They performed and produced Cummings’ second album, 2003’s “From the Heart”.
What sets him apart from Vaughan is the welcome country-tinged melody that Cummings brings to some of his songs. His next album, “Ten,” is due out in April, and he could offer a partial preview during his concert here Friday night in Ramona.
8 p.m. Friday. Ramona Main Stage, 626 Main Street, Ramona. (760) 789-7008, ramonamainstage.com
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