This month’s not-to-miss live music events9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17: Nena Anderson and Johnzo West & The Wayward Souls at Pour House, Oceanside. Free.
Pour House has done it again — another free weekend show featuring kick-ass performers. Johnzo West & The Wayward Souls present songs full of old soul and guitar-heavy melodies. Check out their tune “By Your Side” for a romantic romp. Also performing is singer-songwriter Anderson, who blends classic styles with contemporary flair. Her powerhouse vocals are as intriguing on slower songs (“I Fall in Love Too Fast”) as they are on upbeat numbers (“Roses and Kisses”). PourHouseOceanside.com
Friday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Sept 18: KAABOO Del Mar featuring Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and many more at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. $119-plus.
This relatively new festival returns to Del Mar with a huge lineup of musical talents, comedy acts and visual artists. Besides the draw of legendary musicians such as Lenny Kravitz and Daryl Hall and John Oates, the festival also features emerging talents, including local bands and artists. One of my favorite local psychedelic pop-rock bands, The Verigolds, earned a spot in the lineup, and there will be more local nods given soon. This three-day experience goes beyond the simple appeal of a concert, with ways to indulge all the senses. Single and multi-day passes are still available. KaabooDelMar.com
7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23: Otis Taylor Band at the Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad. $25 – $30.
The Museum of Making Music is a unique place to immerse yourself in music history and catch one-of-a-kind shows. This time the museum brings the Otis Taylor Band to its stage, performing a style that combines blues, rock and more. Taylor’s music is free of frills, paying homage to the roots of American music. The multi-instrumentalist is touring with a violinist, bassist and percussionist, creating a rich and layered sound wherever he goes. MuseumOfMakingMusic.org
9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24: Band of Skulls and Mothers at the Belly Up, Solana Beach. $20 – $22.
Band of Skulls is a band whose genre has always been easily summed up as good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. The trio has crafted multiple records full of powerful anthems. Their newest album, By Default, follows suit with hard-hitting tracks such as the opener, “Black Magic.” They’ll be joined by the band Mothers. This Athens, Ga., blues-rock band is a gritty match for BoS. BellyUp.com
Out of the Woods Pick of the Month
8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13: Ray LaMontagne at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University. $29.50-plus.
Ray LaMontagne is a prolific singer-songwriter whose soulful songs often tell the tales of endless heartbreak. While his albums have been the soundtrack to many of my own breakups, I still find a beautiful hopefulness in much of his music. His latest album, Ouroboros, is a free-flowing combination of delicate singing and experimental rock jamming — no doubt influenced by producer Jim James (My Morning Jacket). With more than a decade of material to draw from, it will be interesting to see what LaMontagne chooses to perform at his San Diego stop. as.sdsu.edu/calcoast