WITH THEIR sophomore effort Can't Love, Can't Hurt, nontoxic San Diego rockers Augustana show that sincere, mature rock ballads and tunefully emotional piano melodies are the ticket to mainstream success. Augustana's lineup has changed considerably since their piano-led smash hit "Boston" made it onto national popular radio airplay via spots on TV shows Scrubs and One Tree Hill. Currently consisting of frontman Dan Layus, bassist Jared Palomar, lead guitarist/mandolin player Chris Sachtleben, pianist John Vincent Fredericks and drummer Justin South, Augustana tours supported by squeaky-clean Alabama indie-pop act Wild Sweet Orange and singer/songwriter Patrick Park.
Sunday June 15
Snoop Dogg's West Fest
JOIN Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Western Union, Warzone and Mistah F.A.B. for what is sure to be a very clean-cut, no-drugs-involved (aside from a little gin and juice) event. Snoop Dogg can always be counted on for an entertaining show and the others are all West Coast favorites, and all are converging on the Fillmore to perform for the masses in Snoop Dogg's West Fest. So regulators, mount up!
Saturday June 14
IF YOU missed the Police when they were at their best, during the '80s, here is your chance to relive the glory days. Stung, a Police cover band, plays all of their classic hits as well as some B sides that you just didn't know you loved. With John Messier on drums, Brooks Lundy on guitar and vocals and Eric Swihart on bass, you will think the Police are onstage playing their greats. Performing as well is Big Daddy Sunshine, another fun cover band that always gets people out of their chairs, plus Kingsway 202.