Can July really be coming to an end. Wasn’t it just the Fourth of July? The calendar says that this week wraps up the month.
The Levitt Pavilions (MacArthur Park and Pasadena locations) have been hosting summer music series again. This week, they welcome the wonderful Rupa and the April Fishes, who will be performing their colorful gypsy-esque music in MacArthur Park on the 28 and Pasadena on the 29. The North African guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar also is on the bill.
Another longtime favorite, Robbie Fulks will bring his trunkload of tunes to McCabe’s on Sunday night. The Chicago-based Americana performer is known for his wickedly clever tunes but his more heartfelt songs reveal with a talented and versatile songwriter he is.
Ben Sollee is a singer-songwriter on the rise. I first saw him when he played cello with Abigail Washburn and he was later part of the Sparrow Quartet with Washburn and Bela Fleck. On his own, he creates an intriguing sound that draws upon folk, country, pop and soul. No, Sollee isn’t your typical cellist. Sharing an excellent bill with Sollee at the Bootleg on the 28th is the Seattle duo known as the Thousands. Their Yep Roc debut The Sound of Everything is an alluring bucolic effort.
The Damnwells released a damn fine album (Nobody Listens to the Band Anymore) this spring. This Brooklyn-based band deserves to be better known. They know how to craft classic bar rock ‘n’ roll. It might not be the trendiest sound but it is timeless. Harper Blynn also is on the bill at the Mint on Friday. Friday night also offers the fine lineup of Those Darlins and Motopony at the Echo and a Los Lobos/Los Lonely Boys double bill at the Greek.
It’s a week of solo debut showcases. Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue has done a disc of gentle tunes under the name Release The Sunbird. He’ll be at the Hotel Café on the 26th. Mike Bloom has worked with the likes of Rilo Kiley, Harper Simon and Rachael Yamagata. He has done an impressive solo album, King of Circles and will at the Satellite on the 26th. The Chances, Miracle Parade and Soft Pipes will be performing too. On the 27th, the Satellite welcomes Eleanor Friedberger, who has done her first solo effort (Last Summer) outside of her Fiery Furnaces work. The airy garage rocky Cloud Control also is on the bill.
The NYC-based Guards will show off their garage pop tunes at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts on the 27th. On the 28th, the Grammy Museum welcomes local popsters the 88 to their Clive Davis stage. Wild-style Austin troubadour John Wesley Coleman has a double bill at Permanent Records and Bluestar Bar on the 29th while the Features showcase their brand new album Wilderness (on the Kings of Leon label) at the Satellite.
Ruthann Friedman, who wrote the classic ‘60s pop tune “Windy” has a Saturday afternoon show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, while Dustbowl Revival has a record release show that night at McCabe’s. Sunday, the Greek Theater will rock, in a bluesy way, as George Thorogood and the Destroyers top a bill that includes Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the great Charlie Musselwhite. The fast-rising Belle Brigade performs on the Levitt Pasadena stage on Sunday and then will be at the Grammy Museum on Aug. 1 and the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach on the 2nd.