Ken Leighton 8 p.m., Aug. 16
Jonny Lang’s new studio album, Signs, is his sixth major-label release and his first full-length in four years. The 36-year-old has finally shed the “next Clapton” hype from his teen debut and evolved into a soulful soloist and evocative vocalist whose take on the blues, gospel, and barroom rock often sounds like someone with at least twice as many years of living to draw upon. Another road addict who can’t seem to turn down a chance to tour, Lang returns to the Belly Up for his fifth Solana Beach appearance in six years. It’ll be interesting to see and hear if his increased focus on Christian themes will continue on the new album, due September 8. His previous God-heavy release, 2013’s Fight for My Soul, hit a respectable number 50 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as topping the Blues Album chart and reaching number two on the Christian Album chart. A new single, “Make It Move,” is available online as a free download.
- Age limit: 21+
- When: Wednesday, December 6, 8 p.m.
- Cost: $55 - $97 | Get tickets