Go See Hear In L.A. July 19-25 (The Michigan Rattlers/Dixie Chicks edition)

If I use the “too many shows, too little time” excuse for the short intro will you still understand?

Tues. 7/19

Top Show: The Regrettes calls themselves “cupcake punk” and that’s a pretty right on description of the sweet but fiery music.


Wed. 7/20

Top Show(s): Michigan Rattlers are a Michigan duo who recently transplanted to L.A. They have a really appealing sound, a little scruffy, a little twangy, a rock ‘n’ roll and a six-pack of cheap beer – basically good Midwestern boys. They play the Hi Hat tonight and School Nights at Bardot on the 25th.  A duo of another sort – Bela Fleck and Chris Thile – will create a night of virtuoso acoustic music at the Theater at the Ace. The Hollywood Bowl hosts a wonderful salute to the great Allen Toussaint. Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Cyril Neville, Galactic and, in a rare local appearance, Irma Thomas will fill the Hollywood hills with the glorious New Orleans sounds that Toussaint created.


The Minneapolis trio On An On come through town on their pre-hiatus (i.e. farewell) tour to perform their thoughtful indie pop at the Echo. The Dixie Chicks bring their DCX World Tour MMXVI (aka their reunion tour) to the Irvine Meadows tonight (they will play L.A. in Oct.). Sticking in the OC, The Offspring and Jonny Two Bags will be rockin’ up the Pacific Amphitheatre, and then out to Riverside for a show there on the 22nd. Gabe Dixon and Keaton Simons will share some songs at the Hotel Café.


Thurs. 7/21

Top Show(s): Hayes Carll and Luke Bell form a great bill of rough-edged, witty troubadours. Carll has been a longtime fave while Bell really impressed with his neo-honky tonkin’ tune “Sometimes.”



You can catch another fine singer/songwriter at the Viper Room where Paul Cauthen (from Sons of Fathers) showcases smartly crafted tunes from his upcoming debut My Gospel.  Robert Ellis comes to town behind his excellent eponymous album. He’ll be at the Echoplex with the wonderful Leslie Stevens.


 Wilderado serve up a big rock sound with a hint of twang when they play the Resident to celebrate their new EP Latigo, which comes out on the 22nd. The Psychedelic Furs bring their intense, dark tunes to the balmy Santa Monica Pier for a free show. Opening is the geographically appropriate Day Wave.

Here is a cool acoustic version of the Furs’ “Into You Like A Train”


Another ‘80s rock survivor Soul Asylum has a concert at the Whisky A Go Go. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down will be getting down at the Skirball with their eclectic, funky indie rock.



Fri. 7/22

Top Show(s): Reggae icon Bunny Wailer (as in Bob Marley and the Wailers) makes an all too infrequent appearance in town with a show at the Regent. Get an early listen to the songs that John Paul White (of Civil Wars fame) will have on his debut Beulah (due Aug. 19) when he plays the Troubadour. The Secret Sisters are opening so get there early.


Jam band lords Phish will be found at the Forum (which will probably be re-christened the Phorum probably). The vet. Texas country rock band Reckless Kelly returns to town with an El Rey concert. Local songsmith Bill Berry (not the R.E.M. drummer) has a real clever way with a lyric celebrates his new CD at Molly Malone’s. Hopefully he’ll play “The Day We Stole Steve Martin.” The humor continues at the Hollywood Bowl, which hosts Weird Al Yankovic.


Sat. 7/23

Top Show(s): McCabe’s will present a terrific evening of music with Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton headlining the night and Sophia Knapp opening. You can listen to Madeleine Peyroux sings, which is a lovely thing to experience, at the Broad Stage tonight; she’ll be at the Coach House tomorrow night. Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale plays at Malibu’s Casa Escobar. If you haven’t seen him, you should. Another guitar giant – Albert Lee – has a free show at Levitt Pasadena.

Here’s a fun clip from some years ago


The Happy Together Tour with the Turtles, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsey, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett and Spencer Davis Group relive the Sixties at the Saban tonight and the Pacific Amphitheatre tomorrow night. Twenty One Pilots visit the Forum with their Emotional Roadshow tour. The Getty Center has a Burger Records-flavored night featuring The Garden, The Muffs, Gap Dream, Jessie Jones and VAJJ, while Nas and Wild Belle do a free show in Century City.


Festival Break: The Lost Highway Festival tour, which includes Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eagles of Death Metal, Chevy Metal (featuring Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tony Joe White, Colt Ford and Paul Cauthen comes to the San Manuel Amphitheater.

Dirty Laundry TV hosts an all-ages summer festival at the Echo/Echoplex with Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, Guantanamo Baywatch, Mike Watt & The Missingmen among others performing.


Sun. 7/24

Top Show(s): The king of Americana (or something like that) Jim Lauderdale has a show at McCabe’s. John Doe, Jane Wiedlin and Tom DeSavia (and who else) will be at Book Soup to discuss and sign Under The Big Black Sun.


The Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery will feature a screening of Rock N Roll High School, with director Allan Arkush and actress PJ Soles as well as some surprise guests. Dengue Fever will be found in Coldwater Canyon Park as part of the TreePeople concert series there. The Grand Ole Echo welcomes Agastock, Neptuna, Greg Felden, Tony Gilkyson and Waynesboro. It’s Throwback Sunday at the Greek with a bill of Barenaked Ladies, OMD and Howard Jones. Hapa and Tupua bring the sounds of the Pacific Island to the OC Fair’s Hanger Stage.


Mon. 7/25

Top Show: Swamp Pop legend Tony Joe White has a sit-down at the Grammy Museum. And remember the Michigan Rattlers at Bardot.

The Strokes will be headlining the inaugural City of Angels Benefit Concert to raise funds for the non-profit whose programs aid the homeless.

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Go See Hear In L.A. July 14-17 (the Wye Oak/Branches edition)

Yes, I have been delinquent here. Work, what can I say. Hopefully I have kept up enough to present a complete enough roundup today (and, btw,  the alternative title was  BØRNS / GØGGS edition).

Okay, so I thought I might have missed some things, so here is the updated version.

Thursday 7/14


Maggie Rose

Top Show(s): Maggie Rose is a talented young Nashville singer who intriguingly blurs lines between country, rock and pop. It’s no wonder she has named her EP The Variety Show. Find out what the buzz is all about at the Troubadour. Opening is the bright indie pop quartet Branches, who will be showcasing their upcoming sophomore CD White Flag. Keep an eye on this California band too. Mickey Erg punk/rock/garage/pop has drawn Paul Westerberg comparison. And that’s a good one to draw. He’ll share his new album Tentative Decisions at Fullerton’s Sidebar tonight and the Troubadour on the 16th.

Festival break – the big In The Red 25th anniversary event kicks off tonight. The Gories and Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin play the Echoplex tonight while the Echo welcomes Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds. The Oblivion performs at the Echoplex on Friday while GØGGS (the live debut of Ty Segall, Chris Shaw and Charles Moothart’s new band), Boss Hog (1st L.A. in over 15 years) and Red Aunts (1st show since 1998) are at the Echo. And GØGGS return to the Echo on Saturday with Wand.

Dennis DeYoung, on the other hand…well, let’s just say that he’ll be at the Greek with Boston; Boston will head down to Costa Mesa for a Pacific Amphitheater show on the 16th. Next month is the anniversary of the mega-smash debut – don’t ask how many years. If I am going to talk about oldies acts, how about Three Dog Night who are at the Pacific Amp. Tonight. BØRNS and Porches pair up for an adventurous evening of free music at the Santa Monica Pier. And don’t tell my daughter that Halsey is at the Shrine tonight (not that I wouldn’t mind her music at all).

Fri. 7/15


Rayland Baxter

Top Show(s): There a number of great singer/songwriters (too many?) playing all around L.A. tonight. Nashville troubadour Rayland Baxter has a free show at FIGat7th. Parker Milsap, an excellent songsmith from Oklahoma, will be at the Troubadour. Richard Buckner, a long-time fave, headlines McCabe’s while Tom Rhodes, a new fave, plays at the Hotel Café. If that isn’t enough, the fine Massachusetts-based Americana outfit Darlingside has a free show at the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion while local roots rock mainstay James Intveld returns to the Arcadia Blues Club.

In rock book news, the esteemed local music scribe Chris Morris will do a book reading and signing at Book Soup for his excellent new book Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan.

Last but not least, the Fonda hosts Tiger Army, Jonny Two Bags and Reckless Ones.

Sat. 7/16

Top Show: Widespread Panic is one of the preeminent live band and they will be show why at the Wiltern tonight.


Widespread Panic

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, better known as Wye Oak, perform at the Teragram Ballroom. Local songsmith Tom Freund will be at Venice’s Townhouse & The Del Monte with Matt Johnson & Ethan Phillips. You can catch a free show from Sam Llanas, co-founder of the BoDeans, at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion, while the free Pershing Square concert tonight features WAR and Los Amigos Invisibles. The best free concert will be in Century City where the eclectic bill includes Baaba Maal, Classixx and Brazilian Girl. Members of Sweetwater, a first band to play at Woodstock, will be playing the Pig’n Whistle with NYC singer/songwriter Mark Newman. Soulful songstress Vonda Shepherd will be at McCabe’s. It’ll be country night in Costa Mesa with Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay and Michael Ray performing at the Pacific Amphitheatre. K-Earth Presents Totally 80’s Live with Rick Springfield, Loverboy and The Romantics at the Greek Theatre.

Another festival break: The English Beat and Bob Log III top the bill at Ventura’s Surf Rodeo Music and Surf Festival today and tomorrow.

Sun. 7/17

Top Show(s): The local musician Dafni Amirsakis sadly passed away suddenly last monthly. She traditionally celebrated her birthday (7/19) by performing at the Cinema Bar. Today, a number of her musician friends (and a large chunk of the SoCal country/rock scene) will be playing there instead and celebrating Dafni’s life. Among the scheduled performers are Dan Janisch, Ben Vaughn, David Serby, Adam Marsland, Brian Whelan, Rich McCulley, Rick Shea, Bliss Bowen, Ronee Blakley, Kip Broadman, Ruthann Friedman, Don Heffington and Sarah Stanley

The OC Fair presents a pair of notable concerts. Ozomatli serves up their vision of one-world music to the Hanger, while the Pacific Amphitheater hosts The Psychedelic Furs and The Church. The Church then head up to L.A. for a show at the Teragram on the 20th.

This is one of the great songs from the early ‘80s


The Echoplex is a good place to be today too. The afternoon Grand Ole Echo has Pearl Charles as the headliner while at night there will be a birthday celebration for the late, great Johnny Thunders, featuring his one-time Heartbreaker bandmate Walter Lure as well as The Gears and the Dirty Eyes.

Laurence Juber and James Lee Stanley have an afternoon benefit show at (and for) the Coffee Gallery Backstage and Heather Myles has a show at Chatsworth’s Cowboy Palace Saloon. Sting and Peter Gabriel bring their Rock Paper Scissors tour to the Hollywood Bowl tonight and tomorrow, while the Greek’s wayback machine will bring the Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul and Tribe Society to their stage.

Mon. 7/18

Marvin Etzioni hosts another installment of The Record Theater at the Grammy Museum. Tonight, he will play a UK mono pressed vinyl of the BeatlesRevolver album, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Afterwards, there will be a discussion that that includes Breakfast with the Beatles host Chris Carter and Beatles author Brian Kehew.


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Go See Hear In L.A. July 1-7 (the Brass Bed/Dirty Knobs edition

Fri. 7/1

Top Show(s): The Garrison Keillor retirement tour comes to the Hollywood Bowl with some talented companions for the Prairie Home Companion host – Christine Digiallonardo, Sarah Jarosz, Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins (interestingly, Watkins’ old bandmate Chris Thile takes over the PHC helm next season). Take a ride to McCabe’s to catch rock legend Mitch Ryder, who will command the stage there tonight and tomorrow; local singer/songwriter Trevor McShane opens both nights.

Here’s a 50 year old clip of Ryder and his band performing on a local Detroit station

 In advance of latest CD They Moved in Shadow All Together, Emily Jane White will dish out some arty, spooky rock at El Cid and the Bootleg will be shaking with Brass Bed’s psych-tinted rural rock.


Sat. 7/2

Top Show: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette) will fill the Greek will love and classic songs. By the way, the Grammy Museum just opened an exhibit on the Beatles and Ringo’s birthday is on July 7 (he’ll be 75). Alice Bag was part of the original L.A. punk scene of the late ‘70s. She celebrates her long-overdue solo debut, Released at the Echo, with Generacion Suicida and Kim and The Created also on the bill.

Eric Gales will lay down some wicked blues guitar playing at the Arcadia Blues Club. Chicago is the guest band for the Hollywood Bowl’s 3-night July 4 Spectacular. While I had relegated the band to the soft rock ghetto, I was reminded of their rock chops watching them on the Rock Hall induction show.


Sun. 7/3

Veteran blues/folk-man Jim Kweskin returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The Brooklyn band Big Thief has generated some big buzz with their new disc Masterpiece; they play the Bootleg tonight.


Big Thief  (photo by Michael Buishas)


Mon 7/4


Hang out with your friends and family and watch some fireworks.


Tues. 7/5


Steven Tyler is the latest rocker to do a country album; his We’re All Somebody From Somewhere comes out later this month and he has a concert at the Dolby Theatre.


Wed. 7/6

Top Show(s): L.A.-based troubadour Shane Alexander has a record release show for his latest Bliss at the Troubadour on a strong bill that also holds GospelbeacH and Dead Rock West. Mitski presents her alluringly eerie electro pop at the Constellation Room tonight and the Echoplex tomorrow.

The Hotel Café has an eclectic bill tonight. There’s the soulful young crooner Sam Fischer as well as the Dirty Knobs, a group composed of guitarist Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and session aces: drummer Matt Laug and guitarist Jason Sinay.

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Go See Hear In L.A. April 25-28 (the Parliament/Paladins edition)


Hey, I got back to finish up the week. So without delay here you go…

Sat. 6/25

Top Show(s): Texas singer/songwriter Radney Foster is one of the best of his class. He’ll be doing an early show at the Mint tonight. See if George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic tear the roof off of the City National Grove of Anaheim. Tom Petty’s “new, old” band Mudcrutch will be the Fonda tonight and tomorrow with The Shelters opening.




Ben Watt (the boy in Everything But The Girl) comes to town behind his new effort Fever Dream. He’ll be at Bootleg and his band includes Bernard Butler (ex-Suede). ‘60s folkie Melanie will be at McCabe’s. The Coffee Gallery Backstage hosts an afternoon Kris Kristofferson tribute show/club benefit event, while Janet Klein & her Parlour Boys dish out some old-tyme fun there at night. Mt. Baldy is an apt spot to hear the woodsy sounds of Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow; Melena Cadiz also is on the bill. Blues master Guitar Shorty swings through SoCal with a gig at the Arcadia Blues Club tonight and Harvelle’s in Santa Monica on June 29. Perfume Genius is part of the event at The Broad Museum that’s inspired by its inspiring Cindy Sherman exhibit.


This weekend is the 8th annual Roadshow Revival Festival up in Ventura’s Mission Park. While it started as a tribute to Johnny Cash, it boasts a terrific lineup of roots music act. The Blasters (with Phil Alvin) and Robert Gordon will play both days with John Doe and Cadillac Tramps on Saturday’s bill and the Paladins and James Intveld performing on Sunday.


Robert Gordon, back in the day, performing Marshall Crenshaw’s great “Someday Someway” on (I believe) SCTV.


Sun. 6/26

McCabe’s welcomes the always delightful Jill Sobule and indie rockers Real Estate will be at the Teragram Ballroom with Chris Cohen.  The Coffee Gallery Backstage has another fundraiser today; this one headlined by L.A. country stalwart James Lee Stanley as well as the Tall Men Group (which includes Severin Browne, Edward Tree and Marty Axelrod). Canadian electro-pop songstress Jessy Lanza performs at the Echoplex while gothic popsters Casket Girls play the Bootleg with Night School.


Mon. 6/27

Top Show(s): After opening for Mudcrutch, the Shelters will be at Bardot’s for School Nights tonight. German garage rockers King Khan and the Shrines lay down some wild garage rock at the Echoplex.


Tues. 6/28

The Coffee Gallery Backstage hosts another Dave Harvey Presents shows; tonight’s lineup features Dylan Brody, Bliss Bowen, RJ Chesney and the Roswell Sisters.

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Go See Hear In L.A. June 22-24 (the case/lang/veirs edition)

Catching up with an “express” edition…

Wed. 6/22


Charlie Faye & the Fayettes

Top Show: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes celebrate their new release by serving up their soulful retro poppy fun at the Hotel Café.

Thurs. 6/23

Top Show(s): John Doe brings a killer band (DJ Bonebrake, Cindy Wasserman & Jesse Dayton) to Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach tonight. They will play Pappy and Harriet’s tomorrow night and Mission Park in Ventura on the 25th. Besides his fine new disc The Westerner, Doe also has helped put together in very interesting book Under the Big Black Sun on the L.A. punk scene of the late ‘70s.


Esme Patterson

The Resident presents a great bill – Esmé Patterson (just put out the wonderful We Were Wild) and twangy troubadour Frankie Lee (whose debut American Dreamers arrives July 8). Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs will be at the Greek (with Andy Shauf opening) in support of their stellar collaboration case/lang/veirs.

The Goo Goo Dolls put in an appearance at the Grammy Museum; last month they put out Boxes. Cub Sport offers up their airy rock tunes to the Bootleg while Philadelphia’s Nothing (that’s the band’s name) will be at the Echo. Kandace Springs visits the Hotel Café the day before her bluesy Blue Note debut Soul Eyes (produced by Larry Klein) is released.

Fri. 6/24


Empty Houses

Top Show: The young trio Empty Houses really impressed me with the soul-filled sound (think Adele backed by a folk/pop duo). They just released their debut Daydream, and they’ll be at the Hotel Café with Good Old War. Austin rockers Mirror Travel bring their psych-tinged desert rock to the Ham & Eggs Tavern today and to the Resident on 25th; Jess Williamson plays at both of those shows. McCabe’s is the place to be for fans of fine guitar playing since the California Guitar Trio will be performing there. Jon Brion does his monthly show at Largo. The Bootleg welcomes Royal Canoe and Plants and Animals, while Twin Peaks rises at the Echoplex with with Ne-Hi and Golden Daze. Bluesman Davy Knowles has a gig at the Mint and the inimitable James Intveld does his rootsy thing at the Arcadia Blues Club.

…and hopefully I will get to the weekend before the weekend is over…

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Go See Hear In L.A. April 16-21 (the Giant Sand/GospelBeach edition)/


This will be a bit of a stripped down version but, hopefully, better a little than none at all…

Wed. 6/15

Top Show(s): Howe Gelb has been mining fascinating desert-baked sound as Giant Sand for many years now. He returns to L.A. to share music at the Echo. Largo will be overflowing with songwriters and their songs when Inara George hosts In The Round, with her (scheduled) guests Eleni Mandell, Mike Viola, Mike Andrews and Ultan Conlon.

We Were Promised Jetpacks is one of my favorite band names; they’ll be at the El Rey with Tokyo Police Club.

Thur. 6/16

Top Show(s): One name to start tonight’s shows: Dylan. Mr. Bob Dylan brings his latest tour to the Shrine Auditorium behind his latest album of songs from the “good old days.”


Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz’s Undercurrent is one of the standout works of the first half of ’16. You can find her at the Troubadour tonight and McCabe’s tomorrow. Craig McMurtry (James’ kid) opens for her. If you are in the traveling mood, head out to Pappy and Harriet’s where Jay Farrar performs his landmark album Trace. It’s Rademarker night at the Echo. Darren and Brent Rademarker will be represented in two of tonight’s bands: The Tyde and GospelbeacH – both of which take SoCal country-rock down some interesting roads. Another great bill is at the Teragram Ballroom, with The Dustbowl Revival, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and We the Folk.

The Hotel Café hosts The Humming House, the Nashville-based group that has a very fine acoustic sound. The airy OC rock group Hawai’s celebrates their debut EP Working All Night at Dirty Laundry. Lee England Jr. and The Soul Orchestra serve up some great grooves at the Mint.

Fri. 6/17

Top Show(s): Reggae legends Toot & the Maytals make a rare appearance at the Fonda.


Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah

Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah make fun, old-school rock ‘n’ roll, drawing some on psychedelica, Southern blues and all things that make rock wonderful; they’ll be delivering their energetic music at Villains. Two of the area’s Americana mainstays, I See Hawks In L.A. and ace guitarist Tony Gilkyson are at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Rogue Wave and Floating Action roll into the Teragram Ballroom while Day Wave is at the Echo with Nico Yaryan. Local ska-punk act The Interrupters have a sold out show at the Roxy to celebrate their new one, Say It Loud. Blues guitar guru Gary Hoey plays Sainte Rocke in advance of the July release of Dust & Bone. Zoe Keating creates a one-woman orchestra using, basically, her cello and her laptop. See how she does it tonight at Largo.

Sat. 6/18

Top Show: Steely Dan kicks off the Hollywood Bowl summer season; they’ll be performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.


Steely Dan

Sunstock Solar Festival, which is fueled by alternative energy, is at the Autry this weekend, with guitar wizard Kaki King as the headline act. Blues-rocker Kara Grainger, an Aussie transplant, will be at the Arcadia Blues Club. The legendary East L.A. group Thee Midniters (featuring Greg Esparza) are at the Regent with Soul Clap (with Jonathan Toubin). Moses Sumney, who’s an outstanding vocalist, appears at the Getty.

 Sun. 6/19

Top Show: Yet another guitar giant, Al Di Meola showcases his fancy fretwork at the Coach House. The Teragram Ballroom presents a great double-bill of Beth Orton and Emmy the Great.

Carolyn Wonderland brings his Texas-bred blues rock to the Mint.

Tues. 6/21


John Prine

Top Show: If you are fan of songwriting, the Grammy Museum is your destination tonight. The great tunesmith John Prine will be there along with Sturgill Simpson who is pushing out of Americana country with his latest A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.

Yes, Eliot Sumner is Sting’s daughter but she also makes intriguing dance-friendly electro-pop. Cage The Elephant does draw on rock’s past but they also have forged an engaging sound that has made them one of the best young rock bands today. They headline the Shrine tonight. You Won’t, a Massachusetts duo that makes clever indie rock, come to the Bootleg.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage.


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Go See Hear In L.A. June 9-12 (the Sadies/Della Mae edition)

it’s a crazy week – look I’m not even going back to capitalize the “I” in it’s – but I wanted to get out some of these shows. Hopefully I got to most of the significant ones.


Thur. 6/9


Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Top Show(s): Eli “Paperboy” Reed will serve up some rousing roadhouse revival music at the Bootleg in support of his stirring new CD My Way Home.  Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is a true living legend. He’ll be cooking up some jazz with Harold Mabern at the Catalina Bar and Grill tonight through the 11th. It’s Canada night at the Echoplex as the long-running punky/twangy group The Sadies share the bill with the freshly reformed instrumental outfit Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (Kids In The Hall fans will recognize that name).

Islands have a pair of new albums to showcase – Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? – when they play the Teragram Ballroom with Honus Honus (of Man Man).


Festival sidebar: If you can’t get all the way to Tennessee for Bonnaroo, how about just heading to Ontario for the Huck Finn Jubilee. Disregard the name, this event has an awesome lineup of acoustic acts. On June 10, there’s Special Consensus, Rhonda Vincent and the Range, Peter Rowan and David Grisman. You can hear Della Mae, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dan Tyminski Band, The Cleverly Trio, The Soggy Bottom Boys and Leftover Salmon on July 11, while Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent, Mountain Heart, Elephant Revival, The Infamous Stringdusters and Punch Brothers are scheduled for July 12.


The Hollywood Bowl hosts the Playboy Jazz Festival this weekend. The eclectic bill has Los Van Van, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Seth MacFarlane and Joel McNeely among July 11’s performers, while Fourplay Silver Anniversary (with Nathan East, Bob James, Chuck Loeb & Harvey Mason), Janelle Monáe, The Robert Cray Band Celebrates B.B. King with special guests Sonny Landreth and Roy Gaines, Pete Escovedo Orchestra (featuring Sheila E.), Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. and the Congo Nation and Liv Warfield slated for the 12th.


Fri. 6/10

Top Show(s): I don’t know much about Cara Beth Satalino‘s band Outer Spaces but her song “Words” grabbed my attention. Check it out,

particularly if you are fans of Julien Baker or Waxahatchee. The band’s at Pehrspace tonight. The Wild Reeds are a wonderful local Americana band. They have a fine new EP out (Best Wishes) and a show at the Bootleg. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a living piece of American music history. Head up to Santa Barbara to see their show at the Lobero Theater.

Hillgrass Bluebilly presents a String Band Extravaganza at Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar with Hogslop String Band, Moonsville Collective and Smoggy Mountain String Band. Over at the Resident, you can enjoy Mutual Benefit’s lovely, airy music, while local Piedmont-style blues picker Roy Book Binder shares the McCabe’s bill with the old-timey Bay Area chanteuses T Sisters. Peter Rowan isn’t the only musician in this family. His brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan also are talented performers. They will be playing at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.


Sat. 6/11

Top Show(s). Robbie Fulks has an early (8 p.m.) show at the Mint. While he has long been known for his witty, funny, often darn sardonic songs, Fulks’ recent albums, including the excellent new one Upland Stories, finds him reaching deeper. This is what I wrote about it http://blurtonline.com/review/robbie-fulks-upland-stories/

Lloyd Cole is an underappreciated songwriter in my book. He’ll be at Largo tonight and tomorrow playing songs from his songbook, covering 1983-1996. Hopefully that will include “Perfect Skin.”

Another local act that deserves attention is the recently reunited Freddy & Francine (aka Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris); they have a show at the Hotel Café to celebrate their new effort Gung Ho, which is music well worth tracking down.

The Charlie Hunter Trio will lay down some funk-fueled guitar jams at McCabe’s. The local duo The Palms will do a free show at One Colorado this evening. Justin Hayward, of the Moody Blues, performs at The Rose in Pasadena.


Sun. 6/12

Feel the “Bern” at McCabe’s when the talented troubadour Dan Bern shares his songs and stories. Stargazer Lilies, Tennis System and Pale Dien bring the noise to Echo tonight while the Little Lonely, Laura Jean Anderson and Valley Queen are part of today’s Grand Ole Echo show.

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