6 p.m. Thursday at House of Blues; $30
His name is Nicky, but you can call him Dre. The San Fran-based rapper has been owning the underground scene for going on two decades. He hits HOB with opener/hype man Krayzie Bone.
San Diego Music Thing
Friday-Saturday at various venues
It’s like Comic-Con but with less dorks. It’s like Coachella but you might actually learn something. It’s like Burning Man … well, it’s not like Burning Man at all. It’s San Diego’s two-day music smorgasbord, featuring dozens of bands at 15 venues around the city, engulfed by workshops and hands-on exhibitions. Head to the Casbah on Friday to check out the kick-off show, and check out the complete schedule.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Sleep Train Ampitheatre; $60+
The biggest party in country music makes its way to Chula Vista for a raucous night of cowboy boots and blue jeans. Up-and-comers The Band Perry and Country Mega open.
Saturday at Gallagher’s Irish Pub
The local five-piece with a pair of percussionists plays a monthly gig in OB, where they mix funky covers with new stuff that promises to get your feet moving.