Justin, J-Lo and jazz — this fall has it all

For the tops in pops this fall, here’s a short list of who’s rocking the Bay.

Unless noted, tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Justin Timberlake

Bringing sexy back, nabbing a Jessica and establishing himself as an “Alpha Dog” are all in a day’s work for the former Mouseketeer. The R&B prince of pop brings the “FutureSex/LoveSounds” tour to San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Sept. 12.

» HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose

Treasure Island Music Festival

The masterminds behind Noise Pop have put together a two-day music fest worth salivating over, with acts such as Modest Mouse and Spoon on the bill.

Besides the primo indie acts on board, the man-made island in San Francisco Bay also plays host to plenty of electronic artists like Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow. The music happens Sept. 15-16.

» Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay; www.treasureislandfestival.com

Def Leppard, Styx and Foreigner

Party like it’s, uh, 1989? The rock balladeers of yesteryear serve up a heaping helping of ’80s nostalgia Sept. 18.

» Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord

Alice 97.3 Now & Zen Fest

The 10th annual music-in-the-park event features the union of such UK imports as James Blunt and Joss Stone, with the Gin Blossoms rounding out the bunch. Celebrate “inner peace thru your outer ear” on Sept. 22.

» Sharon Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


One show is never enough for the legions of adoring Morrissey fans. The modern-rock demigod brings his latest, “Ringleader of the Tormentors,” to the Fillmore for a four-day stint on Sept. 23-24 and 26-27.

» The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.

Chemical Brothers

The Grammy Award-winning electronic duo, best known for whipping up “Block Rockin’ Beats,” delivers bombastic beats Sept. 28

complete with laser and strobe lights.

» San Francisco Design Center, 620 Seventh St., San Francisco

San Francisco Blues Festival

The 35th anniversary of the event features headliners Robert Randolph on Saturday and Allen Toussaint, Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond on Sunday. The outdoor festival runs Sept. 28-30.

» Great Meadow, Fort Mason, Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco; www.sfblues.com

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

One of San Francisco’s still hardly believable events is this annual free festival of acoustic music, featuring just about every top performer in the genre.

The list goes goes on; a few of this year’s artists include Robert Keen, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Nick Lowe, Gillian Welch, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Los Lobos. Multiple stages will grace the field in Golden Gate Park from Oct. 5-7.

» Speedway Meadow, John F. Kennedy Drive, west of Crossover and Transverse drives, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; www.strictlybluegrass.com

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

No, the Latin superstars haven’t gathered for a screening of their film, “El Cantante” — the husband-and-wife act are set to co-headline their first tour together.

The duo is slated to perform separate sets of their own material as well as duets in both English and Spanish. The show comes to the South Bay on Oct. 17.

» HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose

San Francisco Jazz Festival

SFJAZZ presents the 25th annual festival, again bringing jazz to The City in thoughtful programs at venues all across town.

Among this year’s acts: Ornette Coleman, Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders and Toots Thielemans. Performances are Oct. 17 through Nov. 30. Guitarists John McLaughlin and Kevin Eubanks bring their respective quartets to town for a Sept. 22 preview concert.

» Various venues; www.sfjazz.org

Maroon 5, the Hives and Phantom Planet

After treating fans to an smaller, more intimate performance at the Great American Music Hall this past June, Maroon 5 returns to the Bay Area with the Hives and Phantom Planet in tow for an arena-size performance on Nov. 6.

» HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose

Fall arts preview

» Tuesday: Theater and dance

» Today: Classical and popular music

» Thursday: Visual arts and family events

» Friday: Movies

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