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Music in the Park June 23, July 20, $10 Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park

Mo’ Better Tunes Live 105’s BFD June 10, $37.50 Shoreline Amphitheatre Live 105’s BFD has been championing alternative acts to the forefront since the mid-’90s. This year’s lineup includes headliners Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand and Cold War Kids. Phoenix in particular promises to be a worthwhile set, as BFD is slated for the day after the band releases their new album, Ti Amo. Taking Back Sunday will also be playing at the fest for any ’90s

babies looking for some nostalgia. In recent years, BFD has expanded into the EDM genre as well. The fest’s Subsonic Tent will be host to big names, including San Jose’s own Getter, along with Qrion and Whethan as well.

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival June 24-25, $55 Shoreline Amphitheatre Music lovers on the hunt for something a little different:

Kendrick Lamar SAP Center, San Jose | Aug 12

As if following up on good kid m.A.A.d city weren’t a feat in and of itself, Kendrick Lamar has done it yet again. His third full-length record—DAMN.—does not disappoint. Dialing back the free-jazz explosions of To Pimp a Butterfly in favor of classic soul riffage, K. Dot’s latest is a soul-searching masterpiece. He brings his DAMN. Tour to town in August with fellow Compton emcee Y.G. —Nick Veronin

Music in the Park’s a concert series has been a staple of the summer season in downtown San Jose since 1989. The two shows revealed so far this year are New Zealand reggae band Katchafire and jam band Blues Traveler, known for their Top 40 hits “Run-Around” and “Hook.”

Fountain Blues Festival June 24, $20 Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park The 36th annual Fountain Blues Festival continues its mission to spread appreciation for the blues. The festival features a combination of new and established artists. Musicians in attendance include Elvin Bishop, Maxx Cabello Jr. and Fillmore Slim. The collection of artists featured on the bill represent both members of the old guard and newer artists keeping the blues alive. Many of the performers move between genres. The festival will also feature three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette (pictured), who is best known for her R&B interpretations of rock and blues tracks.

—Yousif Kassab

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look to the inaugural ID10T Music + Comic Conival. The event will feature a lineup that accommodates fans of music, comedy and comic books. Over the course of the two-day fest, the main stage will host the likes of Weezer, Car Seat Headrest and Animal Collective— currently touring in support of two EPs released this year—as well as Crystal Castles, who will be performing with new lead singer Edith Francis. Notable additions to the comedy stage include Demetri Martin, SNL’s Michael Che and comedy-folk band Garfunkel and Oates. However, what really sets ID10T apart from festivals of its ilk is the inclusion of notable comic book creatives. Artists and writers for titles like Batman, Green Arrow, Swamp Thing and Deadpool will be participating in panels and discussing their craft with fans all weekend.


May 17-23, 2017