Heading into the last full month of summer, the Santa Barbara Bowl will host a number solo artists from all across the musical spectrum. In addition to concerts from an R&B newcomer, a veteran jazz singer and one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed composers, the Bowl will also host shows from legendary mariachi bands, a glam rock legend and one of alternative rock’s brightest new talents.
Read on for a full preview of all the shows hitting the Santa Barbara Bowl in August and click the artist’s name to get your tickets to the show right here on AXS.com.
Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival Ft. Pedro Fernandez, Mariachi Los Camperos, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Los Reyes and Mariachi Herencia de Mexico - Sat. Aug. 5
Now it its 22nd year, the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival is one of the SB Bowl’s most popular annual events. Not only will the concert spotlight some of the best mariachi acts from both the U.S. and south of the border, proceeds will help fund college scholarships for needy students. For more on the event and how it benefits the local youth, visit their official website.
Diana Krall w/ The Well Pennies - Sun. Aug. 6
Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is touring in support of her new album Turn Up The Quiet, an apt description of her silky sound. Since the release of her debut album Stepping Out in 1993, Krall has sold over 15 million albums and has been awarded several Grammys. And like her husband Elvis Costello, Krall has collaborated with countless stars in the worlds of both jazz and pop. Her 2007 album The Very Best of Diana Krall was released on vinyl for the first time in the U.S. last week.
Hans Zimmer Live on Tour - Sun. Aug. 13
Having scored over 120 movies, Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific and accomplished film composers of all time. After debuting his new live show at Coachella in April, Zimmer has been taking his music on the road for the first time ever in the U.S. His concert will be split into two parts, with the first half featuring his original scores to films like “The Lion King,” “Gladiator” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the second part featuring newly reimagined versions of his scores for Christopher Nolan films like “The Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception.” Zimmer’s incredible score for Nolan’s latest film “Dunkirk” will almost certainly win him another Oscar next year and fans are no doubt hoping to see him perform new music from it now that the film has been released.
Bryan Ferry w/ Judith Owen featuring legendary Leland Sklar - Sat. Aug. 19
As the leader of the glam rock pioneers Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry had a significant influence on the sound of rock in the ‘70s. Shifting through a variety of styles over their career, Roxy Music dropped the soft rock classic Avalon in 1982 and Ferry moved on, turning his focus to solo albums. With his affected vocal delivery and early embrace of the dreamy synths that are now a hallmark in almost every new band, Ferry remains one of the coolest and most influential figures in rock music.
Young the Giant w/ Cold War Kids and Joywave - Fri. Aug. 25
Beginning with their successful debut single “My Body” in 2011, Young the Giant has quickly become one of the most popular bands in alternative rock. Their self-titled debut also included other hits like “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment” and the title song from their 2014 follow-up Mind Over Matter continued their run of success. Last year, the band released their best record yet, the politically disillusioned Home of the Strange. Young the Giant will be joined by festival favorites Cold War Kids and the dance-rock band Joywave, who just released their new record Content.
Khalid - Wed, Aug. 30
The 19-year-old Khalid is hitting the SB Bowl in support of his debut album American Teen, which Rolling Stone just called “the year’s freshest, most surprising debut.” The record has been a huge success for the former Army brat from El Paso, Texas. His single “Location” has over a quarter billion streams on Spotify and Khalid is already landing other high profile collaborations, like “Rollin’” on Calvin Harris’ new album. Khalid may be young but by all indications, he’s ready for his moment in the spotlight.
Check out our Spotify playlist featuring music from all of the artists coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl in August below.