Strong Central Coast concert season on tap this spring

March 22, 2011

Meat Loaf


As spring arrives, albeit wetter than usual, several concerts featuring some big name talent are lined up from Santa Barbara to Salinas.

Cal Poly Arts continues its outstanding 2010-11 calendar with upcoming shows by Mose Allison, Crosby & Nash and the Moody Blues.

The Avila Beach Resort kicks off its season on May 22 with back to back weekend shows beginning with Options benefit that Sheryl Crow headlines and the annual blues festival featuring an all-star tribute to Jimi Hendrix on May 29.

The Pozo Saloon also gets underway on its throwback outdoor stage with two festival-type shows including the Country Stampede on April 30. And the venerable SB Bowl starts its spring/summer fall season with a pair of shows by pop diva Janet Jackson.

Here’s a complete rundown of headliner shows this spring within a two-hour drive of San Luis Obispo:

Meat Loaf on Thursday, March 24 at the Chumash Casino

Mose Allison on April 2 at the Cal Poly Spanos Theater

Crosby & Nash on April 4 at the Cal Poly PAC

Janet Jackson on April 9/10 at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Bryan Adams on April 11 at the Hanford Fox Theater

George Thorogood on April 12 at Salinas Fox Theater

Air Supply on April 14 at the Tachi Palace Casino

Jerry Seinfeld on April 15 at the Arlington Theater

Kottonmouth Kings & Others on April 17 at the Pozo Saloon

Robert Plant on April 25 at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Michael Bolton on April 28 at the Chumash Casino

Leon Redbone on April 29 at the Clark Center

Steel Magnolia on April 29 at the Ranch in San Miguel

Dwight Yoakam & Others on April 30 at the Pozo Saloon

The Motels on May 1 at SLO Brew

Merle Haggard on May 8 at the Hanford Fox Theater

The Moody Blues on May 18 at the Cal Poly PAC

Sheryl Crow on May 22 at the Avila Beach Resort

Goo Goo Dolls on May 26 at the Chumash Casino

Jimi Hendrix All-Star Tribute on May 29 at the Avila Beach (Resort) Blues Festival

Peter Gabriel on June 11 at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Check with each venue for specific concert information and log on to Cal Coast News often for the latest live music updates and announcements.

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Mr. Jones, would you mind sharing what standards you go by when declaring a concert booking to be “outstanding”? Or is that just a bit of quid pro quo hyperbole delivered in a quest for the coveted “Plus One” free tickets to local entertainment venues?

I admire most anyone willing to get on a stage with the sincere goal of entertaining and/or uplifting an audience, but aren’t a lot of the acts you list what would be categorized as “has beens” whose artistic output is well know to have peaked years ago?

Doesn’t that list of acts seem to be looking backward more than forward? Is that what you mean when you say “outstanding”?

Hey, it’s what you get on the Central Coast.