Summer concerts that will please your ears

The summer months can serve as a great opportunity to see live music with many musicians hitting the road and embarking on tours.

Luckily, locals don’t have to travel far to see some of their favorite acts in person. A large array of different musicians will be making tour stops in San Diego. Some venues will even provide great deals. Here are just a few.

Students who are music lovers don’t have to stray far from campus to catch some performances. City College Jazz Live will hold a series of live performances at the Saville Theatre beginning May 15 with Mundell Lowe. Admission to Jazz Live performances is free to Jazz 88 Members. Non-member general admission is $10 for most shows and student admission is $5 with a valid student ID. A list of performers is available at www.jazz88.org. Temporary parking permits are also available for download and print at the website.

The Channel 933 Summer Kickoff concert will take place at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on May 11. The line-up includes Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Flo-Rida, Wiz Khalifa, Dev, and The Wanted.

The amphitheatre will also play host to a number of different music genres this summer with many acts stopping there including the Beach Boys, Sugarland, Big Time Rush, Kiss and Motley Crue, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Diamond, the Honda Civic Tour featuring Linkin Park and Incubus, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Jason Mraz and the 17th annual Vans Warped Tour. Some concerts will offer special low price lawn ticket packages. For more information visit the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre’s official page on www.livenation.com.

The San Diego County Fair will open next month. A number of different artists will take part in the fair’s Toyota Concert Series by performing at the Heineken Grandstand Stage. They include Demi Lovato, comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Switchfoot, Reik, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 2011 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, KC and the Sunshine Band, Train, the Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray and Lit, Matisyahu and others. The fair will open on June 8 with synthpop band Cobra Starship and close on July 4 with a fireworks show and performance by Weird Al Yankovic.

There will be 4 additional stages providing live music. Some performances are free with Fair admission. For more information visit www.sdfair.com.

The Del Mar Concert series began in 1994 and will kick off again on July 20. A list of the 10 headlining performers is still being determined. The concert series is free for fans attending the races. All patrons must be 18 years or older. Following the last race, concert prices are $20. For more information visit www.delmarscene.com.

Other venues around San Diego providing entertainment will include the Civic Theatre, House of Blues, 4th and B, Humphrey’s By the Bay, Spreckles, Anthology, the Belly Up Tavern and Harrah’s Rincon.

The summer time can be a great time for fun and leisure and the city provides a number of ways to be able to see good music and have fun.