This week offers a number of veteran acts (from the likes of Eric Clapton, Hot Tuna, Jackson Browne and Los Lobos to Michelle Shocked and Marshall Crenshaw) to some cool younger acts (such as Floating Action, Ash Reiter, Early Winters and Lykke Li). So go out and see a show.
One of the best live bands today, the Drive-By Truckers have a small club show at the Troubadour on 3/7. It’s sold out so you’ll have to be lucky getting in. I did a Q&A with DBT’s Patterson Hood recently too. (http://www.citysbest.com/los-angeles/news/2011/03/02/drive-by-truckers-frontman-talks-go-go-boots-and-tiki-ti)
It’s always nice to see Los Lobos live, even if it is an opening slot. Eric Clapton is the headliner at the Gibson March 3/8-9 and while his shows aren’t what they were in the Sixties (and whose are, for that matter), he remains a wonderful guitarist.
Another veteran performer Jackson Browne has a solo acoustic show at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theater on March 8. The 8th is also the night David Gray has a solo at Royce Hall. I saw him last year at the Greek, although he didn’t leave as strong as an impression as tour-mate Ray LaMontagne.
There’s more Sixties rock action on Wednesday when Hot Tuna comes to The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. What makes this show really intriguing is that Jim Lauderdale and Charlie Musselwhite are playing with them. Also on the 9th, Susan James will be playing Taix; she has returned to the scene with a really strong disc, Highways, Ghosts, Hearts and Home.
Asobi Seksu, despite its name, hails from Brooklyn, not Asia. They bring their buzzy rock sound to the Troubadour on the 9th and Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar on the 10th. Braids plays with them on the former and Braids on the latter (probably since Braids played the Troub last week)
Probably the concert with the biggest buzz this week is Lykke Li at the El Rey on Wednesday. The Swedish-born songtress has been getting a lot of attention for her new disc, Get Some.
Wednesday also is the night that the Early Winters settle into its Hotel Café residency. They will have shows that the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Obi Best and Vincent Minor will also be at the Hotel Café this week. The band, consisting of Carina Round, Justin Rutledge, Dan Burns and Zac Rae, have a fine EP out and a full length on the way. Look for my Q&A on them in City’s Best L.A.
Thursday the Hotel Café offers another terrific lineup with Mother Hips with Neal Casal and East Coast roots rockers Stephen Kellogg and the 88 performing.
Friday night is another Sixties flashback night as the Cerritos Center hosts a “Celebrate the Sixties” Evening with such acts as Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Outsiders’ singer Sonny Geraci, Dennis Tufano (the Buckinghams’ singer) and Ron Dante, who did vocals for the Archies.
More recommendable for Friday are two younger bands. Al James’ outfit Dolorean delivers its bleak, beautiful music to the Satellite Lounge; check out their latest The Unfazed. Over at the Hotel Café the Floating Action will be in action. Seth Kauffman leads this group through some engaging laidback slacker-ish rock. I particularly like their track “Don’t Stop (Loving Me Now).” Also on Friday, Yann Tiersen has a show at the Music Box with Breathe Owl Breathe, Medeski Martin and Wood play the El Rey and Datarock will be rocking the Echoplex.
One of my personal favorite Marshall Crenshaw returns to L.A. with a show at McCabe’s on Friday night. McCabe’s on Sunday hosts the always interesting Michelle Shocked.
Saturday night has DeVotchKa and Mariachi El Bronx at the Music Box. DeVotchKa has a new disc 100 Lovers which has an alluring, almost prog-exotica sound. The Hotel Café has Portland OR’s Fernando who also has a strong new disc True Instigator. He has along been part of the NW Americana scene.
Also notable for Saturday night, Ash Reiter plays Echo Park’s Lot 1 Café. I have been impressed with her quirky, crackly singer-songwriter sound.
Sunday wraps up the week with another worthwhile show at the Hotel Café (and another subject for one of my City’s Best L.A.’s Q&A’s). Schuyler Fisk will be having a CD release show for her delightful new disc Blue Ribbon Winner, which is indeed a winner.
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