The Santa Barbara Bowl is every local’s favorite venue, and after your first show it will surely be yours too. Set in a stunning outdoor amphitheatre with just under 5,000 seats, the Bowl is both impressive and intimate. Nothing could be more memorable than a night spent under the stars listening to live music, so for 2017 we’ve rounded up the best summer concerts that you won’t want to miss:
Rebelution is always a particularly exciting show for the SB Bowl because of the band’s native roots. Born from the surf scene and good vibes of Isla Vista in 2004, this modern reggae group has since seen great success and national recognition. Now, their concerts at the Bowl feel like welcome home parties for those who know their story.. Tickets range from $44-$50 and the band will be joined by special guests Collie Budz, Hirie and DJ Mackle.
Little introduction is needed for this artist, suffice to say you won’t want to miss Blondie & Garbage in concert together on July 7th. With a four-decade long career, Blondie has sealed her position in rock n’ roll through her punk fashion and massive talent. Joined by special guests John Doe and Exene Cervenka, the show will cover a range of genres and generations. Tickets are on sale for between $40-$80, so be sure to get a seat to what will be the most iconic performance of the summer.
Few things could be more quintessentially Santa Barbara than a summertime Jack Johnson concert at the Bowl. For this reason, the artist is bringing two nights of his singer-songwriter, feel-good tunes to SB this July. The concerts have a distinct environmental purpose, including Johnson’s spearheaded “Reusable Pint Program” and “ticketless” attendance. As an added bonus, all those who purchase e-tickets will also receive a download of his latest hit, “Fragments,” from the documentary The Smog of the Sea.
Slightly Stoopid shows have become almost an annual tradition at the Santa Barbara Bowl and on July 23rd you will have the opportunity to take part in the local festivities. Beginning at 5 PM and including guest openers Iration, J Boog and The Movement, the concert will be an all-night reggae and rock fest. As their 11th summer tour, Sounds of Summer will not disappoint as these guys are total pros at giving their audience a great time. Ticket prices increase $50 on the day of the show so be sure to get yours early!
With openers Joywave and Cold War Kids, this year’s Young the Giant show on August 25th is practically a three-for-one ticket. In what will be a fantastic end to the summer, the concert presents the band’s third album, Home of the Strange. The album was wildly popular and walks that perfect line between rock and pop that will keep you on your feet all night. The show begins at 6 PM and tickets cost between $35 and $50 dollars, so don’t miss this perfect opportunity to say farewell to summer in true SB style.