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10 big acts coming to Central Coast in 2018 — from music legends to comedy stars

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Here are 10 big-name acts coming to the Central Coast in 2018.

Some of the year’s hottest shows, such as country star Kris Kristofferon and violinist Itzhak Perlman’s upcoming concerts in San Luis Obispo, are already sold out. So buy your tickets soon!

Mike Birbiglia

What: The comedian behind “Don’t Think Twice” and “Sleepwalk with Me” brings his latest standup show, aptly titled “The New One,” to San Luis Obispo. Expect masterful storytelling and painfully funny material. (Due to adult subject matter, this show is recommended for ages 16 and up.)

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 10

Where: Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly

How much: $40 to $90

Info: 805-756-4849 or pacslo.org

Mike Birbiglia
Standup comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform in February 2018 at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Charles Sykes Invision/Associated Press

Eddie Izzard

What: Brilliant. Funny. Fashionable. The Emmy Award-winning British comedian returns to the Central Coast with an intimate, 17-and-older show inspired by his new autobiography, “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens.”

When: 7:30 p.m. March 1

Where: Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly

How much: $40 to $85

Info: 805-756-4849 or pacslo.org

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Standup comedian Eddie Izzard will perform in March 2018 at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Amanda Searle

Scott Kelly

What: Meet the first NASA astronaut to spend close to a year on the International Space Station. Capt. Scott Kelly — whose brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, is married to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — will talk about his experiences in space and what he learned about leadership and teamwork floating hundreds of miles above Earth.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 20

Where: Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly

How much: $59 to $150

Info: 805-756-4849 or pacslo.org

Scott Kelly
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will speak in March 2018 at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Dmitry Lovetsky Associated Press

Bonnie Raitt

What: The legendary blues rocker known for her sultry vocals and searing slide guitar will give concertgoers “Something to Talk About” when she takes the stage — and they won’t just be gabbing about her 10 Grammy Awards. R&B icon Jon Cleary opens the 21-and-up show.

When: 8 p.m. March 23

Where: Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez

How much: $75 to $105

Info: 805-686-3805 or www.chumashcasino.com

Bonnie Raitt
Blues rocker Bonnie Raitt will perform in March 2018 at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Courtesy photo

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

What: Who’s got the funk? George Clinton, that’s who. Get ready to boogie to such irresistible hits as “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under a Groove” as the revolutionary band leader of Parliament and Funkadelic (figuratively) tears the roof off of downtown San Luis Obispo’s coolest concert venue.

When: 8 p.m. March 30

Where: Fremont Theater, 1035 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo

How much: $48

Info: fremontslo.com

George Clinton
Funk music pioneer George Clinton will perform with Funkadelic and Parliament in San Luis Obispo in March 2018. Amy Harris Invision/Associated Press

Arlo Guthrie

What: The fearless folk icon behind “City of New Orleans” is stopping in San Luis Obispo, and he’s bringing his kids along. Of course, no concert would be complete without a performance of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” the hilarious 18-minute song landed Guthrie in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

When: 7 p.m. April 7

Where: Fremont Theater, 1035 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo

How much: $52

Info: fremontslo.com

Arlo Guthrie
Folk legend Arlo Guthrie will perform in April 2018 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo. Katie Darby Invision/Associated Press

Audra McDonald

What: The winner of six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, Audra McDonald is one of Broadway’s biggest stars — and she has the pipes to prove it. The singer returns to the Central Coast after a sold-out San Luis Obispo concert in 2014.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 16

Where: Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly

How much: $32 to $95

Info: 805-756-4849 or pacslo.org

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Broadway star Audra McDonald performs in May 2018 at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Autumn de Wilde

Yanni

What: Remember “Live at the Acropolis?” New Age music superstar Yanni will recreate the dramatic, synthesizer-drenched magic of his popular, platinum-selling live album right here in Paso Robles.

When: 8 p.m. June 5

Where: Vina Robles Amphitheatre, 3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles

How much: $55 to $85

Info: 805-286-3680 or vinaroblesmphitheatre.com

Yanni
Greek pianist and composer Yanni will perform at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles in June 2018. Balazs Mohai Associated Press/MTI

Jay Leno

What: You’ve seen him on TV. Now watch the former host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and current host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” crack jokes live in a much-anticipated show rescheduled from 2017.

When: 8 p.m. June 15

Where: Vina Robles Amphitheatre, 3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles

How much: $50 to $85

Info: 805-286-3680 or vinaroblesmphitheatre.com

Jay Leno
Comedian Jay Leno will perform in June 2018 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. Chris Pizzello Invision/Associated Press

Trevor Noah

What: Roughly a year after his sold-out San Luis Obispo County debut, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is back for another night of smart, insightful standup comedy. New York comic Angelo Lozada will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. July 18

Where: Vina Robles Amphitheatre, 3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles

How much: $49.50 to $65

Info: 805-286-3680 or vinaroblesmphitheatre.com

Trevor Noah
“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah will perform in July 2018 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. Brent N. Clarke Invision/Associated Press
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