It’s Grammy Week so it’s not surprising that it’s also a very crowded week of shows.
Among the many choices, two stand out. Monday night, Glen Campbell appears at the Grammy Museum as part of his “last time around” tour. Then on Saturday night, cult soul legend Syl Johnson will laying down the grooves at the Echo.
Jack Wilson (not the baseball player, but the Austin troubadour) has a show at Marathon Live Music and then he’ll be at Silverlake Lounge on Thursday. I’m quite impressed with his self-titled debut that’s out on Fluff & Gravy. Fredrik will be at the Bootleg on Sunday the 12th and the Hotel Cafe on the 13th. This Swedish trio crafts a mystical mix of folk and electronics that creates a rather beguiling sound.
Multiple appearances in town is one of this week’s themes. Jon Byrd comes to town from Nashville. He’ll be at South Pasadena’s Firefly Bistro on Wednesday as part of Brad Colerick’s Wine and Song Night and he’s on the bill for the Deone Jahnke’s photo show concert Thursday at Viva Cantina. Also on that bill are Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Bliss Bowen & friends, Shawn Davis, Dusty Wakeman and Cody Bryant. The Oregon Americana outfit Water Tower Bucket Boys have a double header on Friday night, playing a dinner time show at the Downtown LA Artwalk and then performing later at the Redwood. Saturday starts a string of shows by Petunia and the Vipers, who will be at the Redwood on Sat, and then Joe’s American Bar Sun. and Mon. and finally Harvelle’s on the 17th. Big Head Todd and the Monster will be serving up their bluesy, jammy rock at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach on Sunday, before going to the Coach House on the 14th and the Canyon Club on the 15th.
The 9th features many fine concert options. There’s Mark Lanegan and band at the Echoplex. The Deer Hunter will be prowling the El Rey stage and Class Actress enlivens the Echo.
But there is even more on Friday the 10th. Dr. Dog has a cool new album, Be The Void, as well as a show at the Orpheum on the 10th. Bay Area country rockers Buxter Hoot’n return to town with a show at the Mint, giving folks another chance to check out their fine sound. Brooklyn’s Lake Street Dive surface at McCabe’s. Legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela brings his African-styled band to Royce Hall on the 10th. The wonderful Chuck Prophet headlines at the Bootleg with his terrific new disc Temple Beautiful. Also on the bill is Gwendolyn, whose album last year Bright Light shined brightly but seemed to fly below the radar. And if that isn’t enough, Teitur has a show at Largo on the 10th as well.
Saturday might not have as many shows on my radar but there are some lively acts. Trombone Shorty will be bringing the sounds of New Orleans to the Music Box, while the infectious Los Campesinos! will be shaking up the Echoplex.