No fooling, April 1st offers a feast of gigs. Friday’s top show is the terrific trio of cult artists: Robyn Hitchcock, Grant-Lee Phillips and Jon Brion sharing the stage at, where else, Largo. What these three will be up to is anyone’s guess.
Dierks Bentley leads the Jagermeister Country Tour into Club Nokia with rising starts Miss Willie Brown (actually a duo – check them out) and Jason Thompson on the bill.
The haunting sounds of Icelandic artist Olafur Arnalds will fill the Bootleg Theater on Friday; the first of a series of shows he will have there (also 4/13 and 4/19). Meanwhile, Greenlandic folk-pop superstar Simon Lynge lands at Genghis Cohen. Other notable shows on Friday include Austin country rockers Horse Opera ride into the Pike in Long Beach (and, on Saturday, the Farmers Market in LA), Matt White and Brendan James share the bill at the Hotel Café, the Bobs bring their acapella magic to McCabe’s and Midwestern rockers Southwest Engine rolls into the Satellite.
The coolest show Saturday is the Bill Frisell Trio (featuring Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) appearance at UCLAlive performing live accompaniment to Buster Keaton films as well as some work of Jim Woodring and Bill Morrison. An afternoon show, spotlighting just Keaton’s films, is geared more for families.
Also a benefit for Marty Nation (a LA native and long time punk rocker who was recently injured in a bad motorcycle accident) will feature performances from the likes of Julie Christensen, Candye Kane and a DJ set from Bauhaus’ Daniel Ash.
Irish songtress Julie Feeney will be at the Hotel Café on Saturday. She has a lovely, quirky style as epitomized in her song “Impossibly Beautiful” while Gomez’s Ben Ottewell has a solo show at the Bootleg to showcase his new album, Shapes and Shadows.
Sunday’s top show is another threesome of great troubadours. Dave Alvin, Peter Case and Chris Smither take over McCabe’s for a night of wonderful story-telling that only these three veteran singer-songwriters could create.
Haroula Rose has a free show at Origami Vinyl. I have touting her for some time now and here’s another chance to hear her quiet yet moving music.
While Monday provides a day (or night) of rest (or maybe watching the NCAA hoops final), Tuesday offers Pete Yorn at the Wiltern, Neil Finn (with opener Matt Costa) at the El Rey and the Grammy Museum hosting a show & talk with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (who have an interesting new collaboration with Del McCoury).