There were some huge tours, eclectic festivals, impressive comebacks and random one-off shows that happened throughout Southern California in 2017. It all tends to feel like such a blur when you’re in the moment, going from show to show, which is why it’s nice to take a step back at the end of the year and reflect on what was really the best of the best.
Kelli Skye Fadroski’s Top 10 Shows of 2017
1. Cal Jam ’17 at Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheatre
When the members of the rock band Foo Fighters decided to do something, it’s usually something big. In 2017, the band curated the inaugural Cal Jam ’17, modeled after California Jam 1974, a one-day festival that drew over 200,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway and featured co-headlining sets by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Foo Fighters recreated that fun, carefree rock atmosphere on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheatre in San Bernardino while giving subtle nods to the ’74 fest with strategically placed rainbows.
Happening just one week after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Cal Jam ’17 was a much needed, all-out, 12-hour rock ‘n’ roll marathon that included strong turns by Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills, Cage the Elephant, Royal Blood, the Struts and culminated with the Foo’s headlining and playing songs from its new album, “Concrete and Gold.” Get the full review and photos here.