When I was a kid, I was devoted to watching the Monkees on TV. My favorite, not surprisingly, was Mike. Well, hey, hey, the Monkees are back, celebrating their 45th anniversary at the Greek Theater on Saturday. Well, at least, some of the Monkees. Davy, Micky and Peter will be there; however, Mike is sitting this one out.
Another childhood fave was Bob Dylan. And I’ll admit, that I listen to more Dylan now than the Monkees now. Bobby Z plays the Pacific Amphitheatre as part of the OC Fair on July 15.
Some younger acts will be coming to town this week too, and I’m not talking about “youngsters” like Sara McLachlan (Hollywood Bowl, July 15), Widespread Panic (Wiltern, July 13-14) or J.D. Souther (McCabe’s July 16-17)
One of the coolest shows of the week is the Music In The Zoo event on Friday night. It’s Indie Band night at the LA Zoo with acts like HoneyHoney, Abe Vigoda and Kitten among the bands playing for humans and animals alike.
There are also a couple art-y related music events. Rock history lovers will want to check out the appearance on Thursday night by legendary Rolling Stone magazine photography Baron Wolman at Santa Monica’s Duncan Miller Projects Gallery. Wolman has a new coffee table book that filled with classic rock shots from 1967-70.
Friday night offers an appearance by writer Glen Duncan and Stephen Coates, of the Real Tuesday Weld. Coates has created a soundtrack for Duncan’s new book, the Last Werewolf. They will both be at Skylight Books at 7:30 p.m.
Among these week’s regular shows, there’s Nik Freitas playing at the Satellite on Tuesday the 12th (and he’ll be returning there next Tuesday the 19th) to showcase his engaging new disc Saturday Night Underwater. Also, on Tuesday, those funny Aussies Axis of Awesome will take the stage at Largo.
John Maus has a pair of local shows this week. One at Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar on Wednesday and the other at the Echo on Friday. He just released We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves.
On Thursday the 14th, the Hotel Café welcomes Buddy Holly Award winner Laura Warshauer, while Gardens & Villa brings their smooth synth pop to the Echo.
Before Carmageddon commences you can get to McCabe’s on Friday for the local folk duo, Fur Dixon and Steve Werner. While on Saturday, East Siders can enjoy Haroula Rose at the Echo Country Outpost.