Harmony by the Bay
The KFOG-sponsored concert with multiple stages hosts the Shins, Tegan and Sara, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Beats Antique, Matisyahu, Jimmy Cliff, Kimbra and the Dirty Heads — along with an eco- and world marketplace and yoga programs.
[2 p.m. Sept. 29, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $39.50-$75]
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Thanks to the late, great Warren Hellman, financier and acoustic music fan, The City’s most popular annual free festival — turning 11 this year — books the best in the business.
[Oct. 5-7, Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, free]
Treasure Island Music Festival
Much-hyped electro upstart Grimes is expected to draw a big crowd; the lineup also includes Public Enemy, Girl Talk, The xx, Gossip, Los Campesinos!, Ty Segall and more.
[Oct. 13-14, Treasure Island, $75-$239.50]
After one too many plastic bottle attacks, the indie-rock icon has started performing at theaters and symphony halls.
[8 p.m. Nov. 16, Davies Symphony Hall, $49.50-$89.50]
B.B. King, Robert Cray Band
B.B. King might be 86, but the most smiley man in blues is still kicking out the jams. The 16-time Grammy Award winner of “The Thrill is Gone” fame shares the stage with younger blues master Cray.
[7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Mountain Winery, $49.50-$125]
Willie Nelson and Family
With any luck, the bandana-clad country singer and Farm Aid president won’t get pulled over by the cops on his way to the venue.
[7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Mountain Winery, $45-$125]
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
The award-winning and acclaimed group is known for outstanding live performances of contemporary and traditional gospel tunes.
[8 p.m. Oct. 6, Freight & Salvage, $20.50-$22.50]
Def Leppard, Poison
Hairspray, denim and hit after hit are expected from these classic 1980s rockers — back in the spotlight thanks to the “Rock of Ages” musical and film.
[7 p.m. Sept. 14, Sleep Train Pavilion, $36-$210]
The enigmatic musician best known for a psychedelic tour de force, 1970’s “Cold Fact,” was so mysterious many people once thought he was dead.
[9 p.m. Sept. 29, Bimbo’s 365 Club, $20]
Original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir join forces as Further.
[7 p.m. Sept. 30, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $40-$79.90]
The dandiest 1980s New Romantic pop star is back onstage in full libertine regalia in his first American tour in more than 10 years.
[8 p.m. Oct. 18, Regency Ballroom, $29.50-$32]
The legendary New York rapper and Stop the Violence founder has collaborated with Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, Nas, Talib Kweli and many more.
[9 p.m. Sept. 8, Red Devil Lounge, $20]
The Bay Area punk heroes have started touring again with rumors of new material.
[9 p.m. Oct. 5, Regency Ballroom, $25-$27]
The legacy started by Judas Priest, Dio, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Slayer comes together in Seattle band Skelator’s rockable shredfests of metal for rockers.
[9:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Hemlock Tavern, $10]
New York’s noisiest industrial band is notorious for punishingly loud shows, never being as radio-friendly as early gig buddies Sonic Youth. The lighter, more delicate psych-influenced Xiu Xiu opens.
[8 p.m. Sept. 10, The Regency Ballroom, $30-$34]
Teutonic Terror Attack 2012 headliners are German rockers Accept, which grew from meek Scorpions-alikes to thrash-metal pioneers. With TT Quick’s Mark Tornillo new lead singer, it co-headlines with German thrashers Kreator. Swallow the Sun opens.
[7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, The Regency Ballroom, $29-$32]
The death-metal gods are on tour for the first time in six years. Sweden’s Dark Funeral and Grave open.
[9 p.m. Oct. 12, Slim’s, $31]
Known for his split-kicks, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith brings the British band back to its swift, angular, post-punk roots on the new album, “The National Health.”
[9 p.m. Sept. 20, Slim’s, $18-$20]
The band’s shows are like raves for wallflowers, but pleasantly so, with twittery, glitchy electronic tinkerings opening up to produce billowing, bountiful soundscapes.
[8 p.m. Sept. 21-22, Fox Theater, $35]
The Portland, Ore., band makes a lot of sound for just two people, driving thrumming, hypnotic pop home in each passionate, sweat-riddled show.
[8 p.m. Oct. 4, Independent, $18]
The Danish-born duo’s specialty is 1950s-influenced, reverb-heavy rock-pop.
[9 p.m. Oct. 12, Bimbo’s 365 Club, $25]
ROCK ON! A short list of acts from past, present and future about to grace Bay Area stages this fall
Harmony by the Bay