The Particle Acceleration Project
A night of jam rock featuring artists Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh and Friends), Darem Pajelet (Mickey Hart Band), Steve Adams (ALO), and Brian Jordan (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), along with some very special guests. Fri., Sept. 12, 9pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Critics Pick: West Beach Music Festival
Three days of fun in the sun-and a number of awesome musical acts, including Jason Mraz, Natasha Bedingfield, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Ziggy Marley, and George Clinton. Santa Barbara artists Them Terribles, Matthew McAvene, Iration, and Joe’s Band will also perform. Fri., Sept. 12, 3pm; Sat., Sept. 13, noon; Sun., Sept. 14, 11am. West Beach, W. Cabrillo Blvd. Visit westbeachfestival.com.
Stone Temple Pilots, with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Scott Weiland and company return to Santa Barbara’s big stage with San Fran-cum-L.A. garage rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. This show marks one of a number of cross-country dates on the band’s ongoing reunion tour. Sat., Sept. 13, 7pm. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Grant Lee Phillips
The man behind Grant Lee Buffalo goes solo for this night of quasi-political folk tunes. Sun., Sept. 14, 7:30pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Black Crowes, with G. Love & Special Sauce and Howlin’ Rain
One of America’s longer standing blues-rock outfits hits the stage with an alt-hip-hop band and NorCal’s primary up-and-coming psychedelic rock outfit in tow. Fri., Sept. 19, 5:30pm. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
BLVD, with Souleye
Instrumental dance music meets hip-hop when this live act travels down from San Fran. Fri., Sept. 19, 9pm. Stateside Restaurant & Lounge, 1114 State St. Visit clubmercy.com.
Orange County punk rockers stop through town in support of their 2007 release, Live from Long Beach. Fri., Sept. 19, 8pm. Velvet Jones, 423 State St. Call 965-8676 or visit velvet-jones.com.
Del Castillo and Willy Porter
Flamenco fusion rockers headline September’s Sings Like Hell offering. Sat., Sept. 20, 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit singslikehell.com.
Mr. Heidi Klum makes a date with the Granada for an evening of soul and electronica, served up British style. Tue., Sept. 23, 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
Critics Pick: The Raconteurs, with The Kills
Jack White ditches his sister-wife for Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, and a night of blues-rock tunes from the recently released Consolers of the Lonely. Post-punksters The Kills open the show with offerings off this year’s ingenious Midnight Boom. Thu., Sept. 25, 7pm. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Grammy Award-winning R&B singer takes to the Bowl with songs off her recent release, As I Am. Fri., Sept. 26, 7pm. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Jamaican dancehall superstar and noted deejay returns to town with his authentic brand of “singjaying.” Fri., Sept. 26, 9:30pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Critics Pick: Beach House
Club Mercy brings the Baltimore indie duo to one of S.B.’s tinier clubs for an intimate night of dreamy pop music. For a sampling, check out the band’s critically praised 2008 release, Devotion. Mon., Sept. 29, 8pm. Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 E. Haley St. Call 966-9328 or visit myspace.com/muddycafesb.
The country blues prodigy-and relative youngster-returns to town with a new album and his trusty slide guitar. Tue., Sept. 30, 8pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Loudon Wainwright III and Leo Kottke
Rufus and Martha’s papa offers up a smattering of rock, folk, and blues when he rolls through town in support of his newest record, Recovery. Thu., Oct. 2, 8pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Not one to let a lawsuit against Republican presidential candidate John McCain slow him down, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer heads to the Arlington with his iconic brand of protest tunes. Fri., Oct. 3, 8pm. Arlington Theatre. Call 963-0761 or visit singslikehell.com.