Fall Arts 2016: Music

Drake
Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Oracle Arena. $49.50-$179.50; oraclearena.com

Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour in support of his fourth album, Views, launched in Austin in July, but it won’t be hitting Oakland until Sept. 13-14. No matter: Sept. 22 is technically the last day of summer, so the tour’s name is still apropos. Arguably one of Drake’s weaker albums, Views still did startlingly well on the charts, remaining at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 for 12 weeks, and leading to the Canadian artist’s first Hot 100 number one single for “One Dance.” This 40-city tour will include opener Future, giving fans a double dose of hard-hitting beats and enough bars to mull over until Drake’s next tour.

Beyoncé
Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., at Levi’s Stadium. $53-$2338; levis.stadiumsantaclara.com

Beyoncé can’t seem to get enough of the Bay Area this year — or Levi’s Stadium, for that matter. Following her epic, politically charged Super Bowl halftime show, she returned four months later to the Santa Clara-based sports field for an even more epic performance — we’re talking thrones, pyrotechnics, and dancing on water — as part of her Formation World Tour. Now, she’s coming back again after embarking on the European leg of her tour for another raucous night in the Bay Area. That sure is a lot of traveling in one year, but we’re not complaining. A chance to see Queen Bey not once but twice in a year feels almost as good as winning the lottery.

The Descendents
With Modern Baseball and Such Gold
Thursday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., at The Warfield. $35-$45; thewarfieldtheatre.com

Hailed as one of the founders of Los Angeles’ hardcore punk scene in the ’80s and as a precursor to pop-punk and skate-punk acts like Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy, this almost four-decades old band from Manhattan Beach is still going strong. Currently touring in support of Hypercaffium Spazzinate, its seventh album and first release since 2004, the Descendents have gone through many iterations and phases over the years, churning out fast-burning, blood-pumping songs that evolved into longer, more experimental tracks, melodic hardcore, and, more recently, good ol’ punk-rock ditties. The band also has quite the reputation when it comes to its live performances, so come expecting explosive energy, lots of on-the-fly improvisation, and who knows what else.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Friday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 2, Golden Gate Park. Free; hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

When it comes to free, non-commercially sponsored music festivals, it doesn’t get much better than Hardly Strictly. Now in its 16th year, the once solely bluegrass event — whose name was amended from Strictly Bluegrass in 2004 — now includes artists from a variety of other genres like folk, country, and Americana. Past performers have included Emmylou Harris, Hazel Dickens, and Earl Scruggs, with this year’s lineup largely a mystery since it’s only been partially released. For a laid-back weekend in Golden Gate Park surrounded by 750,000 of your closest friends, Hardly Strictly is the way to go.

Treasure Island Music Festival
Friday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 16, Treasure Island. $159.50-$335; treasureislandfestival.com

The second-biggest music festival to take place in the Bay Area, Treasure Island is renowned for its eclectic lineup and this year’s doesn’t disappoint. With Sigur Rós and Ice Cube as headliners, expect to see Atlanta mumble-rap impresario Young Thug; dark electro songstress Kelela; crystalline-voiced British singer James Blake; indie-rock poster boy Mac DeMarco; and French weirdoes Christine and The Queens, among others. This year will also be the festival’s last on Treasure Island, so if you’re one who gets nostalgic or likes to say their goodbyes, this is your chance to do so.

Kanye West
Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m., at Oracle Arena. $69-$1143; kanyewest.com

We’re not sure what’s weirder: The fact that Kanye West’s Saint Pablo tour opened in Indianapolis or that it involves a flying stage. Tethered by a cable, West kicked off his 30-plus city tour atop the floating device on Thursday, Aug. 25, with “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” the first track off his 2016 album, The Life of Pablo. Whether or not his setlist will follow the same order as the record’s track listing has yet to be determined, as does the rumor that West has banned his wife, Kim Kardashian, from attending a show for fear that she’ll distract him. Unlike a slew of other cities, the Bay Area lucked out because West will be performing two shows at Oakland’s Oracle Arena this fall.

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