As musically obsessed college students, we are always on the lookout for upcoming concerts, especially after spending most of our time in the quiet wine country that is home to Sonoma State. Whether you’re looking to indulge in your early 2000’s R&B nostalgia, harmonize your broken heart away, or get loud with the hottest rappers, this list will offer you some inspiration for your next night of entertainment.
1. Twenty One Pilots
Perhaps your music taste was founded in bands like Fall Out Boy or Panic! at the Disco and you’re a bit of an alternative junkie; you wouldn’t regret attending this upcoming concert at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on November 3rd. Following the release of their fourth album Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots took an almost three year hiatus. Now, they are coming to the stage in all of their pop-punk glory to deliver their 2019 album Trench. A little over an hour drive from campus, this show will give you much to ponder about love, mental health, and loss, making it an experience worth your evening.
This upcoming concert on November 8th features BROCKHAMPTON, the unique rap collective born out of a Kanye West fan site in 2015. Perhaps you’re in the mood for something a little weird, or you’re getting a little tired of the conventional rap out right now. If that’s the case, you’d probably be glad you were on this scene. Frost Amphitheater in Stanford is one of the farther venues on this list, about an hour and a half drive from campus, but its beautiful outdoor setting would be worth the trip in itself.
3. Ski Mask The Slump God
Maybe you’re more of a SoundCloud rap fan and you don’t mind some mosh pits raging around you; November 8th at the Warfield might prove a night well-spent for you. Ski Mask The Slump God, originally recognized for his collaborations with late rapper XXXTentacion, is now supporting his STOKELEY album, which features artists including Lil Baby and Juice WRLD. Released in late 2018, the album reached number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and gave way to Ski Mask’s most popular song to date, “Faucet Failure.” Starting at a very reasonable $35, tickets to this show would look really good on your shopping list.
4. Summer Walker
Let’s say you’re into the classic smoothness of R&B; add that to the warmness and feminine grace of Summer Walker’s rhythms and you’ve got paradise. Coming to the Warfield in San Francisco on November 12th, this rising 23-year old female artist is now promoting her first album titled Over It. Her album, featuring other insanely talented artists artists like 6LACK, Drake, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie, is more than worth hearing live with its effortless sounding melodies.
5. Melanie Martinez
Offering an extremely emotional musical experience, Melanie Martinez is on her K-12 Tour on November 13th at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Though it has been long since the 2015 release of her debut album Cry Baby, Martinez channels the same dark feelings in her newest album. Speaking on heavy matters such as abuse and eating disorders, the 24 year-old artist lyrically expresses the struggles hidden in being school-aged. Melanie Martinez’s music certainly requires a specific taste, but the meaningful messages in her electric pop tunes are worth hearing for anyone.
6. Post Malone
This Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum hip-hop artist produces both emotion-laced and catchy anthems, making this upcoming concert on November 14th a good time for almost anyone. Located at the Oakland Arena, this and every show on the Runaway Tour will also feature special guests Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh. Additionally, if you happen to be a T-Mobile customer, you can get exclusive access to stage-front pit seats. Delivering inspiring tunes since 2011, Post Malone is worth the splurge.
If you miss the iconic 2000’s sound and you’ve got a significant amount of throwback playlists in your Spotify history, you’d get along quite well at this show on November 23rd. Another opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful venues in San Francisco, this upcoming concert at The Warfield could be the ultimate satisfier for all of your hip-hop and R&B needs. Grab your roomie and get tickets starting at only $35 each.
8. Shoreline Mafia
It’s true that we enjoy the peace & quiet of our campus, but sometimes a complete change in pace is essential. Shoreline Mafia is just about the definition of hyphy trap, making this upcoming concert worth splurging on for a good night out. Taking place at the Warfield in San Francisco, which seats 2,000, you’ll be part of an intimate and animated concert experience. At this November 24th show, Shoreline is promoting its September 2019 album Party Pack. Vol 2, a collection of some summer-vibe slappers. If you’re needing a party, grab your friends and pull up to The Warfield at 8pm.
9. The Chainsmokers/ 5 Seconds of Summer
For the ones who shed a tear to “Amnesia” and bellowed the chorus of “Closer” in their cars a few years back, this Chainsmokers/5SOS duo proposes a Friday night to remember. This concert on November 29th at The Chase Center is part of the North American World War Joy Tour and will promote the groups’ collab single “Who Do You Love,” as well as their individual tracks. While 5 Seconds of Summer is listed as a supporting act, they’ve been treating fans to a live-debut of their new single “Teeth” during their 45-minute set. Starting at $40, this show entails countless sing a longs and a feel-good night out.
10. Ariana Grande
Another amazing female solo artist wraps up our list with this December 17th show at The Chase Center in San Francisco. Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour is set to support her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next, and is almost guaranteed to leave you entranced by graceful melodies. Though on the pricier side of things, this show has an almost 30-track setlist, making it a night worth your pennies.
Live music may as well be considered a college necessity. Let us know what shows you’re looking forward to below!
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I am currently a second year student at Sonoma State University in Northern California majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. I particularly love poetry, lyrics, and short stories, and I have a growing interest in fashion!